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    TIFF '09 | Granaz Moussavi : "Something Different and Fresh from Iran"

    Filmed at great risk to all involved, Granaz Moussavi's "My Tehran for Sale" reveals the complex double lives led by many modern Iranian youth who must struggle for cultural freedom. The film screens as part of Toronto’s Discovery section. indieWIRE contacted the film’s director to discuss her care...

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    TIFF '09 | Dima El-Horr: "Dream in Arabic, speak English and write and read in French"

    Coming from Lebanon, Dima El-Horr's "Every Day is a Holiday" is a striking debut about three women on the road to visit their imprisoned men. Mixing real politics and stark absurdity, El-Horr announces herself as a major new voice in Middle Eastern cinema. The film screens as part of Toronto’s Disc...

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    Hirokazu Kore-eda: "Japanese feel an intimacy with the dead"

    Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda returned to U.S. theaters over the weekend with his subtle "Still Walking," which won praises from critics, including the New York Times, which deemed the feature "a quiet, stirring film," while indieWIRE gave near universal praise save for an "unsatisfying ending." While the film did a decent $10,000 per screen average in its initial roll out, and Kore-eda has screened in the States before with mostly well received titles, "After Life" and "Maborosi," the understated filmmaker still remains something of an unfamiliar personality outside of his core fans, but he has had a respectable presence here, ever sin...

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    TIFF '09 | Kate Ogborn: "I hope that the film touches people"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews indieWIRE will be running with the filmmakers screening in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program.

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    TIFF '09 | Ahmad Abdalla: "I wrote this film after a very hard phase of my life"

    EDITOR'S NOTE: This is part of a series of interviews indieWIRE will be running with the filmmakers screening in the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program.

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    Michael Sheen: New Man of a Thousand Faces

    Michael Sheen is as driven as the soccer coach he plays in The Damned United, his sixth collaboration with writer Peter Morgan. In demand for a range of roles, the Welsh-born stage actor has conquered London and Broadway, smart movies and genre franchises.

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    Unsatisfied with "Public" Offers, Ondi Timoner Opts to Do It Herself

    Eight months after receiving the grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival - the second time she's won the coveted documentary award - filmmaker Ondi Timoner is bringing her latest film to theaters herself. After raising money for the release and tapping Richard Abramowitz to execute the plan, ...

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    Unmasking Anna Wintour: R.J. Cutler On His "September" Subject

    "I had no relationship to this world before the film," "The September Issue" director R.J. Cutler told indieWIRE earlier this week. "I'll be honest with you. To me Vogue was a magazine that my Mom read when I was a kid that I just couldn't find my way through. I couldn't even find the table of conte...

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    Authenticity, Emotionality, and Technology: Ondi Timoner on "We Live in Public"

    EDITORS NOTE: This interview was originally published as part of indieWIRE's coverage of the 2009 Sundance Film Festival. The film opens in theaters this Friday.

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    Talking TIFF: Fest Co-Director Cameron Bailey On Toronto '09

    "I'm getting slightly more sleep this year, that's the major difference," Toronto International Film Festival co-director Cameron Bailey told indieWIRE regarding his sophomore year on the job. "But only a little bit. It's still a really demanding job. The only difference is I know what's coming this...

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