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    Sony Pictures Classics Acquires 'The Patience Stone' Out of Toronto

    Sony Pictures Classics has acquired U.S. rights to Atiq Rahimi's sophomore feature "The Patience Stone," adapted from the award-winning novel of the same name. The film recently screened at the Toronto International Film Festival, which wrapped today. Sony plans to release it in 2013.

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'God Loves Caviar'

    A breezy account of how a Greek sailor, Varvakis (Sebastian Koch) survives the Greek Civil War, before ending up working out of a Russian brothel from where he discovers a method of preserving caviar. As trade with Greece booms, the money starts pouring in.  Starting off with an older Varvakis secluded on an island chatting to McCormic (John Cleese), the clunky narrative is told in flashback and with a jaunty tone. There is not much to recommend as the story swings wildly from one set piece to another. Of minor note: Catherine Deneuve has a cameo appearance as Catherine the Great in director Iannis Smaragdis’ turgid tale. Critic...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'When I Saw You'

    Annemarie Jacir has done something remarkable in her sophomore feature film. She’s managed to couch the tricky subject of the 1967 Palestinian-Israeli war into the romanticised tale of a mother’s love for her son. Having been separated from their father (presumed dead) as Israel began...

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    Toronto: Olivier Assayas Discusses the Personal and Political Dimensions of 'Something in the Air'

    Olivier Assayas discusses shifting gears after "Carlos" to direct the semi-autobiographical tale "Something in the Air."

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    'Silver Linings' and 'Laurence Anyways' Top Toronto Film Festival Winners

    David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" won the Blackberry People's Choice Award at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

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    TIFF Capsule Review: '90 Minutes'

    Just as with Austrian Markus Schleinzer’s "Michael," Norwegian Eva Sørhaug’s is obsessed with the banality of evil. Three men go about their everyday activities before the tales explode or implode as the men produce acts of senseless violence. What makes them do such acts is left to conjecture. Just as "Michael" was seen in the light of the Fritzl case, those looking for real-life context will point to the Breivik mass murder of last year. In splitting the film into three stories, each showing the final 90 minutes in the life of a victim, Sørhaug comments on the frequency with which evil occurs...

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    Oscar Talk: Toronto and Telluride Update, from 'The Master' and 'Cloud Atlas' to 'Silver Linings Playbook'

    Kris Tapley and I go over the Oscar race post-Toronto and Telluride, from Paul Thomas Anderson's "The Master" and Terrence Malick's "To the Wonder" to the fate of "Anna Karenina" and "Cloud Atlas." Neither of us liked "Hyde Park on Hudson" ve...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp'

    Iceberg Slim made his name by writing the autobiographical book "Pimp: The Story of My Life." Released in 1969, it was an eye-opening account of how pimps persuade, cajole and beat women into agreeing to sell themselves. Director Jorge Hinojosa (long time manager of Ice-T) doesn’t just concern itself with his seminal book, but looks at how the author turned himself from a seller of women to a seller of words. The mix of talking heads and archive photographs works better than some clunky use of pulp-style animation. Hinojosa goes to the usual suspects to chat about black culture, Ice-T, Snoop Dogg and rent-a-quote Chris Rock...

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    TIFF Capsule Revew: 'English Vinglish'

    While the Toronto International Film Festival's City-to-City strand has focussed on Mumbai’s new wave of subversive independent filmmakers, the Gala section of TIFF has opted for standard Bollywood fare with this light-hearted comedy.  Most of the action takes place in New York and features a band of English language students hailing from Africa, India, Mexico, France and China. Bollywood fans will be delighted with the news that the very watchable Indian actress Sridevi has come out of retirement to play a mother-of-two growing increasingly frustrated with life as a housewife in Pune, India. The Manhattan wedding of a niece...

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    Javier Bardem on Making 'To the Wonder': "When you work with Terrence Malick, you don't expect anything"

    Javier Bardem was one of the few actors to work on "To the Wonder" and make it to the finish line of Terrence Malick's latest opus (Rachel Weisz, Jessica Chastain, Michael Sheen, Amanda Peet and Barry Pepper, did not). But he along with co-star Ben Affleck have been noticeably absent on the press ci...

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