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A French feast at Toronto

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A French feast at Toronto

The 34th Toronto Film Festival (September 10-19) will showcase a wealth of French titles, including world premieres of new films by Jean-Pierre Jeunet, François Ozon and Bruno Dumont and almost 50 productions and co-productions. Many French international sales outfits have also flocked to the festival, which opened today.

The Gala Presentations will unveil Jean-Pierre Jeunet’s eagerly awaited Micmacs [+see also:
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and Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s Chloe [+see also:
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(largely financed by StudioCanal), while Cannes closing film Jan Kounen’s Coco Chanel & Igor Stravinsky [+see also:
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will make its North American premiere.

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The Masters showcase features François Ozon’s world premiere Le Refuge [+see also:
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(see article), Alain ResnaisWild Grass [+see also:
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(a Cannes award winner) and Venice competition entrant White Material [+see also:
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by Claire Denis, without forgetting co-productions Antichrist [+see also:
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by Danish director Lars von Trier, Carmel by Israeli helmer Amos Gitaï , Manoel de Oliveira’s Eccentricities Of A Blond Hair Girl [+see also:
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and 2009 Palme d’Or laureate A White Ribbon [+see also:
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by Austrian helmer Michel Haneke.

The Special Presentations will showcase the world premiere of Bruno Dumont’s Hadewijch [+see also:
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, Christian Carion’s Farewell [+see also:
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(starring Guillaume Canet & Emir Kusturica), Jacques Audiard’s exceptional Cannes Grand prizewinner A Prophet [+see also:
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, Arnaud & Jean-Marie Larrieu’s original Happy End [+see also:
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, Rachid Bouchareb’s Berlin awardwinner London River [+see also:
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, Catherine Corsini’s Leaving [+see also:
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(a current box-office hit) and Venice competitor Mr. Nobody [+see also:
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by Belgian helmer Jaco Van Dormael. Co-productions include world premieres of Icelandic director Dagur Kári’s The Good Heart [+see also:
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, Moloch Tropical [+see also:
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by Haitian Raoul Peck, The Vintner's Luck [+see also:
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by New Zealand director Niki Caro and Triage by Bosnia’s Danis Tanovic, as well as Women Without Men [+see also:
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from Iranian director Shirin Neshat and Johnnie To’s Vengeance [+see also:
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The Contemporary World Cinema section is screening Father of My Children [+see also:
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from the very promising Mia Hansen-Løve and five co-productions from Cannes and Venice: Lourdes [+see also:
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by Austrian helmer Jessica Hausner, collective Romanian title Tales From The Golden Age [+see also:
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, The Time That Remains [+see also:
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by Palestinian helmer Elia Suleiman, Huacho [+see also:
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by Chilean director Alejandro Fernández Almendras and Eyes Wide Open from Israel’s Haim Tabakman. The Discovery section is hosting Philippe van Leeuw’s Le Jour où Dieu est parti en voyage (“Rwanda, the Day God Went Away”), Chaque jour est une fête (“Everyday Is a Holiday”) by Lebanese director Dima El-Horr and Saint Louis Blues by French-Senegalese filmmaker Dyana Gaye, as well as co-productions A Brand New Life by South Korea’s, The Day Will Come by Germany’s Susanne Schneider and Kirot by Israel’s Danny Lerner.

On show in the Vanguard section are the new version of Gaspar Noé’s hallucinating Enter the Void [+see also:
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and co-productions Green Days from Iran’s Hana Makhmalbaf, Cannes prizewinner Spring Fever [+see also:
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by China’s Lou Ye and She, A Chinese [+see also:
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by his compatriot Xiaolu Guo. Screening in the Visions section are the moving Irène [+see also:
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from Alain Cavalier, Cannes selections Face [+see also:
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by Tsai Ming-liang, To Die Like a Man [+see also:
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by Portugal’s Joao Pedro Rodrigues and Independencia [+see also:
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by Philippine director Raya Martin, as well as Venice competition entrant Between Two Worlds by Sri-Lankan Vimukthi Jayasundara. As far as fiction goes, the Midnight Madness section will screen co-productions A Town Called Panic [+see also:
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interview: Stéphane Aubier and Vincen…
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by directing duo Stéphane Aubier & Vincent Patar and Michael J. Bassett’s Solomon Kane [+see also:
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. Meanwhile, the City To City programme features Keren Yedaya’s Jaffa [+see also:
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and Raphaël Nadjari’s A History of Israeli Cinema Part 1.

(Translated from French)

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