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    TORONTO '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Dylan, Who, Lou Reed Music Fims Rock, "Margot" Is Bittersweet, Lumet

    Rock flicks, crime thrillers, domestic melodramas, political statements and cult auteurs--the panoply of genres and styles at Toronto is an evergreen achievement befitting one of the very best international festivals. But this year's edition delivered an especially heady cross-pollination that made ...

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    TORONTO '07 | Two Docs, "Jihad For Love" and "Surfwise" Stir Up Traditions in Both East and West

    Defying tradition both openly and while hiding are at the root of two films screening here this week in Toronto. Parvez Sharma's "A Jihad for Love" takes a look at a segment of the planet's gays who are often left voiceless (along with those in other religious traditions). Exploring homosexual Muslims, the director said making the film was surprisingly abetted by the customs of Islam itself. And on the polar opposite spectrum, Doug Pray's "Surfwise" chronicles the rejection of the material world and the pursuit of great surf by one couple and their nine children who grew up living in a camper traveling from beach to beach in search of the per...

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    NYT | A World Where an Antonioni Might Not Get a Distribution Deal

    "Because the Toronto [festival] is so large and functions both as a preview for the fall studio season and as an international bazaar, with goods from Germany, Kazakhstan, Russia and Mongolia (the multinational provenance for the period epic "Mongol"), it affords an instructive view of the state of ...

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    TORONTO '07 | Gael x 3; Gillespie x 2

    "I wanted to do it eventually and this came up," Gael Garcia Bernal told indieWIRE about his first foray into directing, "Deficit," which is having its North American debut here in Toronto. "You need to find a unified reason why the film needs to exist and find the frontier of what you want to tell." Bernal, also in Toronto as the star of Hector Babenco's "The Past" and as executive producer of Israel Cardenas and Laura Amelia Guzman's "Cochochi," sat down alongside "Deficit" screenwriter Kyzza Terrazas to discuss their experience. "Gael had this anecdote about this rich kid that had a party at his country house with some of his friends," sai...

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    AFP: Woody Allen unveils "Cassandras Dream" at Toronto Film Festival

    Despite more than three dozen films to his credit, legendary movie director Woody Allen insists that he really doesn't work all that hard, is lazy and just got into movies to meet women. "You'll think I'm being facetious, but I'm not a dedicated filmmaker," he told reporters at the North American pr...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Mark Heller: "I hope people are entertained and I want to find the

    Throughout the 2007 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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    AFP: Tears gush at Rwanda genocide film premiere

    Audiences at the Toronto International Film Festival wept for Rwanda genocide victims at the premiere this week of "Shake Hands with the Devil," a movie about the failure of UN peacekeepers in 1994 to stop the slaughter around them. Although critics panned the movie, there was not a dry eye in the c...

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    TORONTO '07 CRITICS NOTEBOOK | Discovery Section A Mixed Bag; "King of the Hill" and "Cocochi" Shine

    Containing fourteen films from a dozen countries, the Discovery section of the Toronto International Film Festival is like a miniature festival on its own. Yet the ambiguous definition of the section's title, rather than the cultural range of the program, suggests the nature of its content. Technically, Discovery is programmed as a means of showcasing emerging talent and searching for future success stories--but, based on this year's line up, it could also refer to the categorical experiments conducted by beginning filmmakers. Several of the films rely on specific technical or narrative-based techniques, as though the creators are exploring (...

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    TORONTO '07 DISCOVERY INTERVIEW: Paprika Steen: "I believe all desperate actions come from the lonel

    Throughout the 2007 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 '07 | In Two New Films, Ball & McCarthy Examine America; Both Titles Acquired Today at TIFF

    Among the new American narrative films stirring talk at the Toronto International Film Festival on 9/11 are two high-profile, provocative independent titles -- backed by powerhouse producers -- that have secured U.S. distribution today here at the festival: Alan Ball's "Nothing is Private" and Tom McCarthy's "The Visitor." Ball's "Six Feet Under" fame stirred anticipation for his feature directing debut and McCarthy's success with 2003's "The Station Agent" created substantial interest in his new movie. Tonight (Tuesday) in Canada, Warner Independent Pictures closed a deal for Ball's "Private" (adding that they are in final negotiations to pa...

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