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    Festival talk - 'The audience was in for a special moment'


    Which festivals do you rate highly and enjoy visiting' On that basis, what makes a strong festival'Of the big festivals, I love going to Cannes and Berlin. You know you are going to see a wide range of new films, and reconnect with many friends in the international film industry.Cannes ...

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    Fifty Dead Men to go ahead at Toronto in defiance of IRA mole


    The world premiere of Kari Skogland's Toronto International Film Festival gala Fifty Dead Men Walking will take place, say the film's co-producers, Future Films and HandMade Films International. The film has been the centre of row involving Martin McGartland, the former RUC Special Branch mole who infiltrated the IRA and ...

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    Maximum picks up world sales to McGowan, Mehta Toronto titles


    Maximum Films International has picked up world sales rights on two major Canadian titles at TIFF: Michael McGowan's gala title, One Week, and Deepa Mehta's special presentation, Heaven On Earth.The One Week deal covers all rights except for Canada while the Heaven On Earth deal covers the world ex Canada ...

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    Maple Pictures takes Canadian rights to McDonald's Pontypool


    Toronto-based distributor Maple Pictures has acquired all Canadian rights in all media to Bruce McDonald's TIFF Vanguard title, Pontypool. Described as the veteran guerilla filmmaker's first foray into horror, the film explores the terrorizing effects of a strange virus in a small town. It's adapted from the novel Pontypool Changes ...

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    Toronto's Filmport officially open for business


    Toronto's long-awaited mega-studio, Filmport Studios, was officially opened today. Filmmaker David Cronenberg was on hand for the event alongside Toronto mayor David Miller and Filmport president Ken Ferguson.The facility is the largest studio complex outside of Los Angeles and lays claim to the continent's largest purpose-built sound stage: 45,900 sq. ...

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    Canadian author Bezmozgis begins directorial debut Victoria Day


    Award-winning Canadian author David Bezmozgis is set to begin principal photography on his directorial debut Victoria Day. Written by Bezmozgis, the film is produced by Bezmozgis and Judy Holm and Michael McNamara of Toronto-based production company Markham Street Films. Holm, Robin Cass and Anna Stratton of Toronto's Triptych Media serve ...

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    Toronto unveils rest of line-up for a total of 249 features


    World premieres from Paul Schrader, Neil Burger, Rod Lurie and Anne Fontaine were among the titles unveiled as the Toronto International Film Festival released the balance of its 2008 line-up.Screening in the Masters programme, Schrader's Adam Resurrected stars Jeff Goldblum in an adaptation of Israeli writer Youram Kaniuk's story of ...

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    Isabelle Huppert to be honoured at Montreal Film Festival


    French actress Isabelle Huppert will be presented with a career achievement award at the upcoming Montreal World Film Festival. The MWFF, which runs August 21 to September 1, will screen five of her performances, including her latest, Ursula Meier's Home. The other titles are Violette Noziere (1978), Madame Bovary (1990) ...

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    Preview: Montreal World Film Festival


    Montreal's World Film Festival (WFF) enters its 32nd year in a state of suspended animation. Is it, as its mercurial president Serge Losique claims, a festival of discoveries' Or is it a repository for films that no-one else has selected'At the opening press conference on August 5, the line-up was ...

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    Canadian festivals - Telefilm plays the Canada card


    In July, Telefilm Canada introduced a new regime for its festival funding. In essence, eligible Canadian film festivals will be required to increase the number of Canadian films they screen in order to qualify for funding.The issue came up at the opening press conference of Montreal's World Film Festival (Wff). ...

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    TIFF adds 13 world premieres to Discovery, Vision and Vanguard


    The Toronto International Film Festival added a further 13 world premieres to an already impressive line-up, as it completed the slates for the Discovery, Visions and Vanguard programmes. Among the seven Discovery world premieres announced are Brian Goodman's What Doesn't Kill You, starring Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo as Bostonian ...

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    Torresblanco to present film keynote speech at Strategic Partners


    Frida Torresblanco, the New York-based producing partner of Alfonso Cuaron's Esperanto Films, will present the opening keynote speech at Halifax's Strategic Partners International Co-Production Market (Sept 12-14).Torresblanco's credits include Guillermo Del Toro's Pan's Labyrinth, Neils Mueller's The Assassination of Richard Nixon and Sebastian Cordero's Cronicas. Presenting the television keynote speech ...

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    Martin-Smith's Stone Of Destiny to close Toronto


    Charles Martin Smith's Stone Of Destiny will be the closing night Gala at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF announced the title as well as an additional 20 Special Presentations, including 12 world premieres from major filmmakers.Among the debuts are Stephan Elliott's Noel Coward adaptation Easy Virtue, featuring Colin ...

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    Eastern Promises, Fugitive Pieces lead DGC awards nominations


    David Cronenberg's Eastern Promises and Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces led the pack as the Directors Guild of Canada announced the nominees for its 2008 awards. Both films had nods for Best Director, Best Picture Editing, Best Sound Editing, Best Production Design and Outstanding Team Achievement, an award presented to all ...

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    TIFF announces Asian and Spanish-language titles


    The Toronto International Film Festival has added a raft of Spanish-language and Asian titles to its September line-up, including the world premiere of South Korean filmmaker So Yong Kim's Treeless Mountain, the follow-up to her acclaimed 2006 debut In Between Days. Inspired by events in her own life, the new ...

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    Montreal unveils competition titles, full line-up


    The Montreal World Film Festival announced its full line-up, including 20 films in its official competition alongside festival opener Christophe Barratier's period drama Paris 36 announced yesterday. In all, MWFF festival president Serge Losique and vice-president Danielle Cauchard unwrapped 234 feature films, 105 of which are world or international premieres.Competition ...

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    Barratier's Paris 36 to open Montreal World Film Festival


    Christophe Barratier's Paris 36 will make its world premiere at the Montreal World Film Festival on August 21. Written by Barratier from an original idea by Frank Thomas, Jean-Michel Derenne and Reinhardt Wagner, the film stars Gerard Jugnot, Clovis Cornillac, Kad Merad, Nora Arnezeder, Bernard-Pierre Donadieu and Maxence Perrin. Set ...

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    Cannes opener Blindness to open Atlantic Film Festival


    Fernando Meirelles' Cannes competitor Blindness will open the 28th Atlantic Film Festival in Halifax on September 11. Based on the novel by Jose Saramago and starring Julianne Moore, Mark Ruffalo, Danny Glover, Gael Garcia Bernal and Alice Braga, the Canada-Brazil-Japan coproduction was adapted for the screen by Don McKellar, who ...

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    Asselin's Sentimental Capitalism to open FNC in Montreal


    Olivier Asselin's A Sentimental Capitalism (Un Capitalisme Sentimental) will make its world premiere as the opening film of the 37th annual Festival du Nouveau Cinema in Montreal. Starring Lucille Fluet, Paul Ahmarani and Sylvie Moreau, the period drama lays bear the saga of a young woman at the centre of ...

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    TIFF unveils 20 world premiere documentaries


    The Toronto International Film Festival has announced 25 world premieres in its line-up of documentaries screening across various programmes. Among the debuts screening in the Real To Reel programme are An Inconvenient Truth director Davis Guggenheim's It Might Get Loud, a celebration of the electric guitar featuring three virtuosos, Led ...