TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL NEWS

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Argentina’s Meikincine strikes key Asian deals on TIFF slate (exclusive)

2019-09-20T21:05:00+01:00By

Business continues after strong response to The Sleepwalkers and Chilean drama Los Fuertes.

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Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney satire 'Bad Education' lands at HBO

2019-09-17T17:09:00+01:00By

Automatik, Sight Unseen produced satirical take on school board embezzlement scandal.

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Mick Jagger art heist caper 'The Burnt Orange Heresy' lands at Sony Classics

2019-09-17T03:25:00+01:00By

HanWay Films represents international sales.

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‘Martin Eden’ tops Screen’s final TIFF Platform jury grid

2019-09-17T11:59:00+01:00By Nancy Epton

Italian drama recorded an average of 3.4 stars from the six critics.

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The Match Factory reveals roaring business on Venice and TIFF favourite ‘Martin Eden’ (exclusive)

2019-09-17T13:28:00+01:00By

The film won the Coppa Volpi in Venice and the Platform award at TIFF.

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What did US buyers make of this year’s TIFF?

2019-09-16T11:25:00+01:00By

Challenging US distribution sector meant buyers were particularly cautious.

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'Jojo Rabbit' wins TIFF audience award in Oscar boost

2019-09-15T18:48:00+01:00By

Three audience winners over last decade went on to win best picture Oscar.

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Amazon Studios acquires 'Sound Of Metal', 'The Vast Of Night' in TIFF

2019-09-13T01:49:00+01:00By

Streamer enters fray after quiet start at festival.

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TIFF names 2019 Platform, FIPRESCI winners, cancels Sunday awards show

2019-09-13T04:28:00+01:00By

FIPRESCI honours for Murmur, How To Build A Girl.

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SPC acquires ‘Lyrebird’ amid sluggish TIFF deals scene

2019-09-12T05:09:00+01:00By

Bad Education in play with several offers on table.

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Netflix takes world on TIFF Midnight Madness hit 'The Platform'

2019-09-11T01:19:00+01:00By

Festival hit premiered last Friday.

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FKA Twigs crime drama 'Brighton Beach' joins Spotlight Pictures TIFF sales slate (exclusive)

2019-09-11T10:50:00+01:00By

Molly Conners of Phiphen Pictures produced with Michelle Booso, Guilio Marantonio and Jane Oster

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TIFF deals trickle in as ‘Two Of Us’, ‘Military Wives’ find US homes

2019-09-10T05:28:00+01:00By

Buyers circling Bad Education, The Platform, The Friend.

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Toronto market primed for surge after quiet first week

2019-09-09T11:00:00+01:00By

‘Bad Education’ starring Hugh Jackman, ’The Friend’ and ’Human Capital’ are generating buzz.

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Green Productions, Sweetshop join forces on new Australian, New Zealand company (exclusive)

2019-09-09T11:00:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

The new company will produce films and TV dramas aimed at the international market.

MFF’s Jane Laplante, EFP’s Sonja Heinen and Unifrance’s Gilles Renouard

New Miami market to bring together European films and South American buyers

2019-09-09T11:00:00+01:00By Louise Tutt

First iteration of event to take place in November.

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Rebecca Daly, Malgorzata Szumwoska films lead Cowtown slate (exclusive)

2019-09-09T11:00:00+01:00By

Cowtown’s debut completed film is Peter Mackie Burns’ Rialto, which premiered at Venice’s Horizons.

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Rediance seals trio of deals on Pema Tseden’s 'Balloon'

2019-09-09T08:45:00+01:00By Liz Shackleton

Tibetan-language drama sold to France, Benelux and Switzerland following Venice premiere.

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Toronto 2019: Screen’s Dailies

2019-09-09T11:00:00+01:00By Screen staff

Browse Screen International’s daily magazines from the 2019 Toronto Film Festival (Sept 5-15).

Los Fuertes

Chilean drama 'Los Fuertes' sparks sales for Meikincine (exclusive)

2019-09-09T11:00:00+01:00By

Omar Zúñiga makes feature directorial debut.

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Sarah Gavron’s ‘Rocks’ takes early lead on Screen’s Toronto Platform jury grid

2019-09-08T08:56:00+01:00By

Other titles reviewed are Paula Hernandez’ ’The Sleepwalkers’ and Alice Winocour’s ’Proxima’.

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TIFF confirms Scotiabank Theatre’s new rules on Netflix and Amazon titles

2019-09-08T10:58:00+01:00By

’This year, new restrictions were put in place on our use of their Scotiabank Theatres during the Festival.’

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WTFilms commences TIFF talks on 'Watch List' (exclusive)

2019-09-08T10:58:00+01:00By

Dark Star Pictures produce Philippines-set thriller.

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Raven Banner launches TIFF talks on 'Rendel' sequel (exclusive)

2019-09-08T11:00:00+01:00By

Shooting on masked avenger saga underway in Finland.

'A Girl Missing'

Film Movement swoops on TIFF selection 'A Girl Missing' (exclusive)

2019-09-08T11:00:00+01:00By

Mariko Tsutsui stars as home-care nurse embroiled in kidnapping aftermath.

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Angel Oak Films introduce TIFF buyers to Aaron Eckhart thriller 'Afterward' (exclusive)

2019-09-08T11:01:00+01:00By

Dito Montiel (Empire State, A Guide To Recognizing Your Saints) to direct.

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Jury for Arab Critics’ Awards for European Films revealed

2019-09-08T11:02:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

The award will be announced at the Cairo International Film Festival I Egypt (November 20-29)

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Abramorama expands into international distribution (exclusive)

2019-09-08T23:01:00+01:00By

’Our prime objective was to make sure these movies are handled respectfully and responsibly.’

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Oscar race heats up in Toronto after Venice win for 'Joker'

2019-09-08T11:00:00+01:00By

Titles generting early buzz include Just Mercy, The Personal History Of David Copperfield andProxima.

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Octane acquires Melanie Aitkenhead’s horror thriller ’Revenge Ride' (exclusive)

2019-09-08T11:00:00+01:00By

Octane Entertainment has also picked up Goran Dukic’s thriller American Dream starring Mekhi Pfeiffer.

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Arsenal Pictures boards 'Albanian Gangster' (exclusive)

2019-09-08T11:00:00+01:00By

Giant Hunter Media produced crime drama about aging mobster in Bronx, Queens.

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Devilworks seals North American deal for horror ‘The Young Cannibals’ (exclusive)

2019-09-08T11:00:00+01:00By

The Asylum will release the film on October 1.

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Festival gurus talk representation, engaging young audiences and the streamers at TIFF panel

2019-09-07T11:00:00+01:00By Kaleem Aftab

“We depend on the commerical proposition of movie houses and they are closing down.”

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'Instinct' director Halina Reijn, star Carice van Houten option WWII bestseller (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:01:00+01:00By

’You see these great roles for women but they’re male gaze roles.’

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'The Sleepwalkers' director reveals follow-up to TIFF Platform entry (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:01:00+01:00By

Rita Cortese from Wild Tales, Valeria Lois to star.

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Russia gets creative with Toronto Film Festival launches

2019-09-07T11:00:00+01:00By

Mars Media, Art Pictures Studios and Metrafilms among Russian companies unveiling projects.

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Argentina’s FilmSharks reports remake trade on ‘Dumbass’, ‘Youtuber Dad’ (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:00:00+01:00By

Separate straight licensing deals for Some Time Later, Dalia And The Red Book 3D.

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‘Arab Blues’ starring Golshifteh Farahani scores Canada deal (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:00:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

Farahani as a French-trained psychoanalyst attempting to build a practice in post-revolutionary Tunisia.

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Clear Horizon hires Priscilla Ross Smith to key European sales, acquisitions role (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:01:00+01:00By

Sales slate includes Thunderbird, Gringa.

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Netflix, Amazon titles absent from key TIFF venue (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:02:00+01:00By

Marriage Story, The Two Popes, The Aeronauts among those not screening at venue.

'The Father'

Urban Distribution picks up Karlovy Vary winner ’The Father’ for France (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:02:00+01:00By Louise Tutt

Kristina Grozeva and Petar Valchanov’s Bulgarian family drama is screening in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema strand.

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Shoreline Entertainment kicks off TIFF sales on 'The Enormity Of Life' (exclusive)

2019-09-07T11:00:00+01:00By

Melody Djavadi oversees sales efforts at festival.

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The Bureau Sales pounces on snow leopard doc ‘The Velvet Queen’ (exclusive)

2019-09-06T11:00:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

The film follows award-winning French nature photographer and explorer Vincent Munier.

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Indie Sales boards Brazilian period drama ‘All The Dead Ones’ (exclusive)

2019-09-06T11:00:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

Dutra whose credits include 2011 Un Certain Regard entry Hard Labor and Good Manners, which won the Locarno jury prize in 2017.

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StudioCanal acquires Thomas Vinterberg’s ‘Another Round’ for UK; first image revealed (exclusive)

2019-09-06T11:00:00+01:00By Wendy Mitchell

TrustNordisk has also sold the film to Germany, Switzerland, Greece and Poland.

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‘System Crasher’ director lines up new feature to shoot in Germany (exclusive)

2019-09-06T11:01:00+01:00By

’How To Spell Dignity’ is about a Nazi war criminal who take’s his brother’s identity.

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Jack O’Connell to star as Happy Mondays frontman Shaun Ryder in musical biopic for AGC Studios (exclusive)

2019-09-06T11:03:00+01:00By

Control, Film Stars Don’t Die In Liverpool screenwriter Matt Greenhalgh to make feature directorial debut.

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RLJE Films swoops on TIFF Midnight Madness entry 'Color Out Of Space'

2019-09-06T13:00:00+01:00By

XYZ Films represents worldwide rights to horror sci-fi.

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Focus Features acquires international rights to TIFF selection ‘Waves’ (exclusive)

2019-09-06T21:37:00+01:00By

Deal with A24 excludes Canada, China, Japan.

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TIFF directors among first group of clients at XYZ Films management division

2019-09-06T11:00:00+01:00By

Stable includes The Platform director Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia.

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Myriad Pictures commences TIFF talks on ‘Hammer’

2019-09-06T11:00:00+01:00By

Sales slate includes completed elevated sci-fi thriller Only starring Freida Pinto.

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Kino Lorber acquires Cannes Un Certain Regard prize-winner 'Beanpole' ahead of TIFF premiere (exclusive)

2019-09-05T10:58:00+01:00By

Oscar-nominated producer Alexander Rodnyansky (Loveless, Leviathan) of AR Content produced postwar drama.

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Sundance winner ‘Queen Of Hearts’ scores US deal (exclusive)

2019-09-05T10:59:00+01:00By Louise Tutt

May El-Toukhy’s Danish drama stars Trine Dyrholm as a woman who falls in love with her stepson.

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Big-budget Chinese drama ‘The Captain’ sells to North America, UK (exclusive)

2019-09-05T10:59:00+01:00By Liz Shackleton

Distribution Workshop has closed a string of sales on plane drama based on a real-life incident.

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Film Movement swoops on TIFF entries 'The Wild Goose Lake', 'Zombi Child' (exclusive)

2019-09-05T11:00:00+01:00By

Films screen on September 10 in CWC, September 11 in Masters.

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Voltage Pictures launches sales on Heather Graham TIFF drama 'The Rest Of Us' (exclusive)

2019-09-05T11:00:00+01:00By

Aisling Chin-Yee’s feature directorial debut centres on tragedy that unites two women.

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Beta Cinema boards Uberto Pasolini’s ‘Nowhere Special’ with James Norton (exclusive)

2019-09-05T10:58:00+01:00By

German outfit Beta re-teams with Pasolini after previously partnering on ‘Still Life’ and ’Machan’.

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France TV Distribution launches sales on love triangle drama ‘Dreamchild’, releases first look (exclusive)

2019-09-05T11:01:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

Company also announces first sales on ‘Between Two Worlds’.

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‘Kuessipan’, ‘Clifton Hill’ producers win at 2019 CMPA Indiescreen Awards

2019-09-05T21:00:00+01:00By

Both recipients’ latest features premiere at TIFF.

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Magnolia Pictures takes world on TIFF opener 'Once Were Brothers'

2019-09-05T22:01:00+01:00By

Lorna Lee Torres commences international sales.

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Wide Management invites TIFF buyers to enter 'Valley Of The Gods' (exclusive)

2019-09-05T11:00:00+01:00By

Private market screening at the TIFF Bell Lightbox on Monday.

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Electric Entertainment launches TIFF sales on Maltese production 'Just Noise'

2019-09-05T07:59:00+01:00By

Davide Ferrario to direct from screenplay by Jean-Pierre Magro.

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Adam Devine, Rachel Bloom head voice cast of animation ‘Extinct’

2019-09-05T10:05:00+01:00By Liz Shackleton

US-China co-production is being launched in Toronto by Ralph Kamp’s UK-based sales agent Timeless Films.

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'The Climb' producers strike first-look pact with Topic Studios

2019-09-04T14:00:00+01:00By

Friendship saga to receive Canadian premiere on September 5 in Contemporary World Cinema.

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Cercamon boards sales on TIFF selection ‘Anne At 13,000 Ft' (exclusive)

2019-09-04T16:00:00+01:00

2015 TIFF Rising Star Deragh Campbell plays lead.

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Dave Bautista, Ice Cube thriller 'The Killer’s Game' gets start date, lands at Capstone for TIFF sales (exclusive)

2019-09-03T01:38:00+01:00By

Principal photography set for December 2 in Dominican Republic, Miami.

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J.K. Simmons joins Cinema Management Group TIFF animation sales title ‘Seal Team’ (exclusive)

2019-09-03T03:00:00+01:00By

New voice cast members include British musician Seal, John Kani (The Lion King).

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Princ Films boards sales on Marie Grahtø’s Venice Critics’ Week title ‘Psychosia’ (exclusive)

2019-09-03T14:23:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

Danish filmmaker Grahtø’s feature debut stars Lisa Carlehed and Victoria Carmen Sonne.

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FilmNation to launch TIFF sales on Telluride premiere 'Lyrebird'

2019-09-03T16:54:00+01:00By

Imperative Entertainment / 30WEST’s Dan Friedkin makes feature directorial debut.

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FilmNation TIFF-bound with Netflix package including ‘The Irishman’ (exclusive)

2019-09-02T00:30:00+01:00By

Streamer remains worldwide distributor on all five titles.

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UK sales agent Reason8 boards Toronto selection ‘South Terminal’ (exclusive)

2019-09-02T11:55:00+01:00By

Film plays in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema programme after Locarno premiere.

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MoJo Global Arts picks up North American sales rights to TIFF selection 'Knuckle City' (exclusive)

2019-08-30T02:13:00+01:00By

AAA Entertainment handles international sales on South Africa-set boxing drama.

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Dogwoof boards sales and UK distribution on Toronto doc 'The Cave' (exclusive)

2019-08-30T16:18:00+01:00By

The film will world premiere in Toronto.

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Morgan Freeman, Frank Grillo sign on to Highland Film Group TIFF sales title 'Panama'

2019-08-29T19:30:00+01:00By

Principal photography on action feature to commence in November

'Wet Season'

First trailer for Anthony Chen’s Toronto Platform world premiere ‘Wet Season’ (exclusive)

2019-08-28T10:41:00+01:00By

It centres a friendship between a Chinese teacher and a student with absentee parents.

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Wild Bunch boards Tunisian TIFF divorce drama ‘Noura’s Dream’ (exclusive)

2019-08-27T11:34:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

The film explores themes of female independence in contemporary Tunisia.

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The Exchange TIFF-bound with sales title ‘A Gift From Bob’ (exclusive)

2019-08-27T15:00:00+01:00By

Charles Martin Smith (Dolphin Tale) to direct.

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Simon Pegg, J.K. Simmons to star in comedy heist 'My Only Sunshine'

2019-08-27T16:59:00+01:00By

Mark Palansky (Penelope, Rememory) to commence directing later this year.

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Sally Potter project on Ontario Creates International Financing Forum schedule

2019-08-27T22:25:00+01:00By

Companies attending for first time include A24, Cornerstone Films, Film Constellation.

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Freida Pinto sci-fi thriller ‘Only’ on Myriad Pictures TIFF sales slate

2019-08-26T20:31:00+01:00By

Takashi Doscher wrote, directed tale of disease that threatens female population.

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First trailer for Grimur Hakonarson’s ‘The County’ ahead of Toronto premiere (exclusive)

2019-08-22T10:31:00+01:00By

‘Rams’ director set to premiere new film in Toronto’s Contemporary World Cinema strand.

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TIFF adds conversation sessions, names Mati Diop for Mary Pickford Award

2019-08-20T14:00:00+01:00By John Hazelton

Yorgos Lanthimos short joins the line-up and Antonio Banderas is among conversation guests.

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First-look trailer: Heretic Outreach acquires TIFF world premiere 'Africa' (exclusive)

2019-08-19T22:09:00+01:00By

Drama to receive European premiere in San Sebastian in New Directors.

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Warner Bros snaps up worldwide rights to Bruce Springsteen doc 'Western Stars'

2019-08-16T16:13:00+01:00By

“Intimate” concert doc will be companion piece of sorts to Blinded By The Light.

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TIFF world premiere '1982' starring Nadine Labaki is first WaZabi Films acquisition (exclusive)

2019-08-16T20:01:00+01:00By

Oualid Mouaness’ drama joins Sophie Deraspe’s Contemporary World Cinema entry Antigone on TIFF slate.

'Mrs Fletcher'

Rosario Dawson crime drama ‘Briarpatch’, Nicole Holofcener’s ‘Mrs Fletcher’ to screen in TIFF's TV strand

2019-08-15T14:00:00+01:00By John Hazelton

TIFF Industry Conference to hear from Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Fernando Meirelles.

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'Before The Plate' joins 'Aftermath' on Motion Picture Exchange Toronto sales slate (exclusive)

2019-08-14T23:17:00+01:00By

Roster includes Karen Allen drama Colewell, A Thousand Miles Behind.

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‘The Aeronauts’, ‘Lucy In The Sky’, ‘Our Lady Of The Nile’ join TIFF line-up

2019-08-13T14:34:00+01:00By

Sorry We Missed You, The Traitor, A Hidden Life among Masters selection.

'Certified Mail'

Media Luna boards sales on TIFF Discovery title ‘Certified Mail’ (exclusive)

2019-08-12T05:10:00+01:00By Melanie Goodfellow

The film stars Egyptian actress Basma, best known internationally for her recurrent role in FX’s political drama Tyrant.

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Raven Banner boards worldwide sales on 'Kill Mode' heading into Toronto (exclusive)

2019-08-12T14:00:00+01:00By

Thijs Meuwese wrote and directed sophomore feature.

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Joaquin Phoenix to receive TIFF Tribute Actor Award

2019-08-09T14:00:00+01:00By

Mary Pickford Award honouring a female emerging talent to be announced shortly.

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Toronto unveils Midnight Madness, Discovery, TIFF Docs, Cinematheque

2019-08-08T13:59:00+01:00By

Canadian zombie film Blood Quantum, Ugandan gonzo action film Crazy World bookend Midnight Madness.

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Best Friend Forever acquires TIFF Midnight Madness title ‘The Twentieth Century’ (exclusive)

2019-08-08T12:57:00+01:00By

The film is Matthew Rankin’s English-language debut.

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Sarah Gavron’s 'Rocks' to open TIFF Platform

2019-08-07T14:00:00+01:00By

Pietro Marcello’s Martin Eden to close section.

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Taika Waititi to receive inaugural Toronto Ebert Director Award

2019-08-06T14:31:00+01:00By

The director is premiering ‘Jojo Rabbit’ at the festival.

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TIFF Midnight Madness selection 'The Twentieth Century' lands at O-Scope

2019-08-01T16:40:00+01:00By

Dan Beirne stars as ambitious turn-of-century politician out to appease various factions.

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TIFF unveils 2019 Canadian feature line-up, new female talent scheme

2019-07-31T14:00:00+01:00By

Festival also announces four Canadian Rising Stars and the annual Filmmaker Lab participants.

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Celine Dion music producer David Foster to receive TIFF tribute, world premiere doc slot

2019-07-30T14:00:00+01:00By

Barry Avrich (The Last Mogul) directs documentary.

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Meryl Streep to be honoured at inaugural TIFF Tribute Gala

2019-07-26T14:00:00+01:00By

As previously announced, Participant Media will receive TIFF Impact Award.

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Toronto sets out its stall as fall festival season approaches

2019-07-24T03:40:00+01:00By

Selections give clues to Venice, Telluride premieres.

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‘Jojo Rabbit’, ‘A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood’, ‘Radioactive’ among world premieres at Toronto

2019-07-24T00:10:00+01:00By

Marjane Satrapi’s ‘Radioactive’ will close the festival.

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'Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson And The Band' to open 2019 Toronto Film Festival

2019-07-18T14:00:00+01:00By

Premiere marks the first time a Canadian-made documentary will open festival.

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TIFF Industry Conference to focus on sustainability, innovation

2019-07-16T16:28:00+01:00By

Full schedule to be unveiled in August.

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Geoff Macnaughton named TIFF director of industry

2019-06-18T16:15:00+01:00By

Kathleen Drumm returns to New Zealand to head up arts organisation.