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Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Seven Spanish-language Titles for September Fest

Toronto International Film Festival Unveils Seven Spanish-language Titles for September Fest

The 31st Toronto International Film Festival is set to screen international or North American premieres of seven Spanish-language films from a number of countries. Three of the titles will screen in TIFF’s Dicsovery section, two in Visions and one in the Contemporary World Cinema section, while one will be shown as a Special Presentation. The seven films include: Manuel Nieto Nas‘ “The Dog Pound” (Uruguay/Argentina/Canada/Spain), about a young urban intellectual who settles in a rural town after failing his university exams and being dumped by his girlfriend (North American debut, Contemporary World Cinema); Daniel Sanchez Arevalo‘s “Dark Blue Almost Black” (Spain), is about a young man who is trapped in his father’s shadow, but then meets a woman who helps him find his own way (international premiere); “The Silly Age” by Pavel Giroud (Cuba/Spain Venezuela) centers on Alicia and her son Samuel who arrive on the doorstep of her mother, a brazen woman unimpressed by the idea of giving up her relished privacy and sharing her space (North American premiere, Visions). Marc Recha‘s “August’s Days” (Spain) centers on twin brothers Marc and David who attempt to put some distance between themselves and their situation by taking a road trip across the interior of Catalonia following an exhaustive and unresolved search for their missing friend (North American debut). Also screening in Visions is Lisandro Alonso‘s “Fantasma” (Argentina/Netherlands/France). Atmospheric and experimental, the film follows Argentino Vargasas he makes his way through a large theatre – having never stepped foot inside one before – in search of the room where the film in which he stars is being screened (North American premiere). The North American debut of Guillermo Del Toro‘s “Pan’s Labyrinth” (Spain) is set against the backdrop of a fascist regime in 1944 rural Spain, and explores the mind of a lonely child with an active imagination. Alexis dos Santos‘ “Glue – A Teenage Story in the Middle of Nowhere” (Argentina) is the story of 15-year-old Lucas who fills the hot days of summer by succumbing to his adolescent desires – experimenting with drugs, music and sex alongside two cohorts equally bored with life in their small desert town. [Brian Brooks]

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