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iW NEWS | Toronto Adds Two Galas Among 73 Titles to Line up

iW NEWS | Toronto Adds Two Galas Among 73 Titles to Line up

The Toronto International Film Festival has added 73 more titles to its line up, with two galas as well as special presentations, in addition to films added to the fest’s Masters, Contemporary World Cinema, Visions and Vanguard sections. Alexi Tan’s Taiwan/China/Hong Kong production “Blood Brothers,” the story of three siblings who are lured to the crime world in 1930s Shanghai will screen as a gala as well as Indian director Rituparno Ghosh’s “The Last Lear.” The film, starring Indian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, follows veteran theater actor Harish Mishra (Bachchan) who becomes gravely ill. The star’s director, Siddharth (Arjun Rampal), however, keeps a cold distance, refusing to visit him, but Mishra decides to leave the comfort of his home and joins the cast and crew on location, taking up the position of “outsider” and proclaiming the superiority of Shakespeare. Among TIFF’s Special Presentations are Francois Ozon’s latest “Angel,” “Chacun son Cinema,” by various directors who made shorts in honor of the 60th Festival de Cannes this past May as well as Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Cannes jury winner “Persepolis.” Joining Contemporary World Cinema are Nick Broomfield’s “Battle for Haditha,” Sarah Gavron’s “Brick Lane,” and Lone Scherfig’s “Just Like Home.” Cannes Palme d’Or winner “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” by Cristian Mungiu will join Visions, while “Boy A” by John Crowley and “White Lies, Black Sheep” by James Spooner will screen in the Vanguard section. “Our commitment to promoting international voices has never been stronger,” said Noah Cowan, TIFF co-director in a statement. “As seen by this year’s titles from around the world, the global industry is thriving and we are proud to have these filmmakers present their work at TIFF, often as world premieres. Not only does this international presence speak to the diversity of the city of Toronto, but in seeing ourselves reflected in films from other countries, we see how the art of filmmaking unites us all.” [For a full list including descriptions, please visit the iW Insider Blog.] [Brian Brooks]

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