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    Reuters: Vedder to perform at movie premiere in Toronto

    Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder will perform at the world premiere of the documentary "Body of War" at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11. "Body of War," directed by talk show legend Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, chronicles the travails of Tomas Young, who was paralyzed by a bul...

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    TORONTO '07 | Fest Set With 349 Film Slate; Cowan Unveils Serious, Political 32nd TIFF

    349 films from 55 countries are set for the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers are revealing this morning in Canada. "There is a lot of soul-searching and a lot of extremely gifted, overwhelmingly passionate cinema in the festival this year, TIFF co-director Noah Cowan told indieWI...

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    iW NEWS | Toronto Adds Two Galas Among 73 Titles to Line up

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added 73 more titles to its line up, with two galas as well as special presentations, in addition to films added to the fest's Masters, Contemporary World Cinema, Visions and Vanguard sections. Alexi Tan's Taiwan/China/Hong Kong production "Blood Brothers," the story of three siblings who are lured to the crime world in 1930s Shanghai will screen as a gala as well as Indian director Rituparno Ghosh's "The Last Lear." The film, starring Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, follows veteran theater actor Harish Mishra (Bachchan) who becomes gravely ill. The star's director, Siddharth (Arjun Rampal), howe...

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    TORONTO '07 | Fest Sets Slate for Discovery Section, Showcasing New Films From Emerging Internationa

    Thirteen titles have been announced for the Discovery section at the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival, running September 6 - 15, 2007, joining one previously announced Discovery film. Now in its 12th year, the section -- for new and emerging directors from around the world -- is competitive. Filmmakers vie for a $10,000 DIESEL Discovery Award with the winner chosen by voters from the festival's 1000 accredited journalists. Last year's winner was Joachim Trier's "Reprise" from Norway. The complete list of fourteen Discovery films is included below and the festival indicated that no additions to the section are expected. Last year, the ...

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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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