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    TORONTO '08 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Intimate Moments with Denis, Kore-eda and Kim; and Linklater Channels

    Not only can few Toronto attendees pronounce the name of this year's opening night film "Passchendaele," a Canadian WWI epic, but few among us have actually seen it. So much for a rousing start. Rather than major big-budget works (although the Coen brothers' "Burn After Reading," by most accounts, i...

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    TORONTO '08 DISPATCH | Canadians Kick Off Fest; Venice - Telluride Stoke Pre-TIFF Buzz; and Discover

    The local news here wondered during their early evening broadcasts if it would rain on the party Thursday night, but in the end, the Toronto International Film Festival's opening night went off with only a minimum amount of precipitation. The 33rd edition of the festival, which many consider the world's second most important, maintained tradition by launching with a Canadian film. Paul Gross' "Passchendaele," one of the country's largest productions ever. And the film received all the usual fanfare, including gawkers, press, fans and the usual trappings of an opening night gala. Canada's armed forces also turned out in the film's honor with a...

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    TORONTO '08 | Eating, Drinking, and Shopping in Toronto: An indieWIRE Insiders Guide

    Tens of thousands of people are about to converge upon Canada's largest city for one of the world's largest film events, socializing and networking all over town. indieWIRE surveyed a group of Toronto locals and insiders about their favorites places to eat, drink, shop and chill, including some of our own tips from indieWIRE staffer (and former Torontonian) Peter Knegt. The results of our informal, subjective survey follow. We invite readers and TIFF attendees alike to discuss, dispute and react to the suggestions offered. Comments and corrections are invited at the end of this article, so go for it. We'll take another look at it next year. B...

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    TORONTO '08 | Day Two Roundup

    TORONTO '08 | Day Two Roundup

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    iW NEWS | Merilees Takes CFTPA Award at TIFF

    The Canadian Film and Television Production Association announced that Rob Merilees is the recipient of the third annual CFTPA Producer's Award. The Award was presented at the 5th Elementt Restaurant at the opening of the Toronto International Film Festival earlier today. Merilees produced TIFF's Cl...

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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Daytime Drinking" Director Young-seok Noh

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Hooked" Director Adrian Sitaru

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '08 | Day One Roundup

    TORONTO '08 | Day One Roundup

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    TORONTO '08 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW | "Vacation" Director Hajime Kadoi

    EDITORS NOTE: For the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, indieWIRE will be publishing interviews with filmmakers in the Discovery section of the festival, which TIFF describes as a showcase for new and emerging filmmakers from contemporary international cinema.

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    TORONTO '08 | Assessing the Business Landscape as TIFF Gets Underway this Week

    Myths die hard in the film business. But the fairytale that says an independent movie goes into a film festival, sparks a bidding war and gets sold for millions and millions of dollars is fading fast. The dream may hold true for some rare exceptions (Sundance '08: "Hamlet 2"). But with several buyer...

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