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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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    iW News | Kuo Named Artistic Director at AFI Fest

    Film festival programmer, consultant and filmmaker Rose Kuo has been named Artistic Director at AFI Fest, the organization announced Monday. In her new position, Kuo will oversee the programming direction and "overall artistic vision" of the annual festival, taking place this year November 1 - 11 in Los Angeles. A fixture at the Telluride Film Festival for many years, Kuo has also served as a programming consultant specializing in Asian cinema and has worked for the San Francisco, Santa Barbara and Mill Valley Festivals. "Rose has a gift for spotting emerging talent, as well as a deep knowledge and appreciation of world cinema," said AFI Fest...

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    iW NEWS | Toronto Fest Adds to Slate

    The Toronto International Film Festival has added five Special Presentations screenings to its 2007 lineup. Joining the previously announced "No Country For Old Men" by The Coen Brothers is Richard Roxburgh's "Romulus, My Father" from Australia, as well as David Auburn's directorial debut "The Girl ...

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    indieWIRE INTERVIEW | "Joshua" director George Ratliff

    [EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published in January as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2007 Sundance Film Festival.]

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    iW NEWS | Finalists Named for 4th SXSWclick

    Fifteen finalists in five categories have been named for the South by Southwest Film Conference & Festival's four-year-old online Summer short film event, SXSWclick. Selected in the Animate-It category are: AM Peters' "Corporate Whore," Dan Brown's "Pierre," and David Crumley's "Sloths on a Tank"; in the Old School Shorts section: Will Elliott's "Peterson's Savings and Loan," Johnny O'Hara's "Mac's First Time," and Adam Wingard's "1000 Year Sleep"; in the Really Old Shorts category: David Serota's "Ubuntu," Kent Osbourne's "Every Picture I Took Last Year," and Jenny Perlin's "Review"; in the Sounds Shots section: Jonathan Stearns' "Falling Up...

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