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    iW NEWS | Toronto Adds 13 to its Visions Section

    Thirteen titles have been added to the Toronto International Film Festival's Visions program during the festival running September 6 - 15. Select major work in this section is eligible for TIFF's Artistic Innovation Award, which will be presented at an awards cocktail on Saturday, September 15. The films join a line up of seven films already announced for a total of 20. The newly announced films screening in Visions are: "Buddha Collapsed Out of Shame," directed by Hana Makhmalbaf (Afghanistan); "Dans La Ville de Sylvia," directed by Jose Luis Gueran (Spain); "Death in the Land of Encantos," directed by Lav Diaz (Philippines); "Encarnacia," d...

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    iW NEWS | SXSW Names 'click' Winners; Accepting Submissions for '08

    The South by Southwest Film Festival (SXSW) announced the winners of its 4th annual SXSWclick Festival with Dan Brown's "Pierre" taking the grand jury prize as well as the "Animate-It" nod, while "Peterson's Savings and Loan" by Will Elliott won the 'Popularity Contest' with 1,000 online votes in addition to taking the prize in the "Old School Shorts" category. Other winners included "Ubuntu" by David Serota (Really Real Shorts), "Always Near" by Andrea Giacomini (Sound Checks), and "The Timebox Twins" by Tipper Newton (What the F*#!?). In addition to its winners, SXSW is now accepting entries for its 2008 edition next March 7 - 15. The early...

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    iW NEWS | Woody Allen and Julie Taymor added to Toronto Fest

    Woody Allen's "Cassandra's Dream" and Julie Taymor's "Across The Universe" are set for next month's Toronto International Film Festival, running September 6 - 15, 2007 in Cananda. Taymor's film is described by the festival as "the story of two star-crossed lovers [and] is set against the backdrop of the 1960s, amid the turbulent years of anti-war protest, mind exploration and rock 'n roll." The musical, including such songs as "Hey Jude," "I Am the Walrus," and "All You Need is Love," stars Jim Sturgess, Evan Rachel Wood, Bono, and Eddie Izzard. It is a Columbia Pictures film. Meanwhile Allen's latest, again set in London, is descibed as a, "...

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    iW NEWS | TIFF Adds Ten Titles, Including Vanguard and Midnight Films

    In addition to the Real to Reel documentary section lineup which was unveiled earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival has announced the titles of another 10 films that screen at this year's festival. Set for the Vanguard section of films that push boundaries and take risks are Gus Van Sant's "Paranoid Park," Gael Garcia Bernal's "Deficit," Julien Leclercq's "Chrysalis," Koen Mortier's "Ex Drummer," Lee Kang-sheng's "Help Me Eros," Rafa Cortes' "Me," Jessica Yu's "Ping Pong Player," and Lucia Puenzo's "XXY." Meanwhile, in the Midnight Madness section, the festival has added, Dario Argento's "The Mother of Tears" and Takashi Miik...

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    TORONTO '07 | Conflicts and Character in the Spotlight as TIFF Unveils Doc Slate

    The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled this year's full documentary line up for its Real to Reel section, describing the roster as "politically engaged work and in-depth character studies." Thirteen American docs join this year's list of 20 Real to Reel films in addition to two U.S. and overseas co-productions. Conflicts past and present with an emphasis on the Muslim world are among this year's major themes, including a look back at the Algeria's conflict with France for independence in Jean-Pierre Lledo's "Algerrie, Histories a Ne Pas Dire," while Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro's "Body of War" gives a personal account of the war in ...

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    iW NEWS | TIFF Adds Eight to Special Presentations

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added eight additional titles to its Special Presentations section, joining 17 films previously announced. According to TIFF, the films "offer the latest achievements from an array of veteran filmmakers, directors on the rise, and celebrated actors working behind the camera." Films set to screen include: "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," directed by Andrew Dominik (U.S.); British romance "Atonement," directed by Joe Wright (U.K.); World Trade Organization uprising feature "Battle in Seattle," directed by Stuart Townsend (U.S.); Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" (U.S.); Paul Ha...

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    iW NEWS | Toronto Unveils Midnight Madness, Sprockets and Wavelengths Titles for Upcoming Fest

    The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled additional titles screening in the event's Sprockets Family Zone, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths sections. Among the titles screening in Sprockets, presented by the Sprockets Toronto International Film Festival, is a gala screening of Canadian filmmaker Aristomenis Tsirbas' animated feature "Terra" about a precocious alien girl (voiced by Evan Rachel Wood) living on the planet Terra who is thrown into conflict with Earth's last inhabitants. Joining Midnight Madness are zombie film "George A. Romero's Diary of the Dead" by George A. Romero (USA); Hitoshi Matsumoto's "Dainipponjin" by Hitoshi M...

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    iW NEWS | "Arithmetic" to Close Toronto Fest

    Paolo Barzman's "Emotional Arithmetic" will close the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. The film, based on Matt Cohen's eponymous novel and adapted by Jefferson Lewis and Barzman, is described as "a story of redemption, healing and reconciliation ignited by the reunion of three Holocaust sur...

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    iW NEWS | Arcand and Cronenberg Among Titles Added to Toronto Fest Line up

    Two Canadian galas have been added to the Toronto International Film Festival's line up, including Denys Arcand's "Days of Darkness" (L'Age Des Tenebres) starring Marc Labreche and David Cronenberg's "Eastern Promises" starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts. The films join previously announced fest opener "Fugitive Pieces" by Jeremy Podeswa. This year, Canada First! section opens with Martin Gero's sex comedy "Young People F*cking." Other films set to screen in the section include: "Amal" by 2005 Telefilm Canada Pitch This! winner Richie Mehta; Rafael Ouellet's "Le Cedre Penche"; Stephane Lafleur's "Continental, Un Film Sans Fusil"; Chaz Th...

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    iW NEWS | "Michael Clayton" and "Rendition" and More Added to Toronto Line up

    Two Galas and six Special Presentations were announced by the Toronto International Film Festival, adding to the festival's previously announced titles. Galas include writer director Tony Gilroy's "Michael Clayton" (U.S.), described as a legal drama about an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job, Michael Clayton faces a divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt, all of which have left him inextricab...

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