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A French tidal wave in Toronto

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- 54 French productions and co-productions on show 21 of which are world premieres including Samba, The New Girlfriend and Eden

A French tidal wave in Toronto
Eden by Mia Hansen-Løve

French production has a massive turnout at the 39th Toronto International Film Festival  which kicks off today showcasing 54 feature films produced or co-produced by French companies. And behind the scenes, on the informal market, numerous sharp French international sales companies are working hard in Canada to negotiate their extra-long line-ups.

Three notable world premieres in the Gala Presentations section with Samba [+see also:
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by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, The New Girlfriend [+see also:
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by François Ozon and the Franco-Belgian co-production The Connection [+see also:
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by Cédric Jimenez. Also on show are Paradise Lost [+see also:
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by Andrea di Stefano (co-production by Spain and Belgium) and the Cannes competitor Maps to the Stars [+see also:
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by David Cronenbeg (presented under the Canadian flag, but with production delegated to SBS Productions).

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13 films will be screened in Special Presentations including Eden [+see also:
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by Mia Hansen-Løve and Gemma Bovery [+see also:
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by Anne Fontaine as a worldpremiere. They’ll be accompanied by the Franco-Belgian-Cambodian co-production The Gate [+see also:
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interview: Régis Wargnier
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by Régis Wargnier, Cannes competitors Sils Maria [+see also:
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interview: Charles Gillibert
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by Olivier Assayas and The Search [+see also:
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Q&A: Michel Hazanavicius
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from Michel Hazanavivius, Venice competitors 3 Hearts [+see also:
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interview: Benoît Jacquot
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by Benoît Jacquot, Far from Men [+see also:
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by David Oelhoffen and Pasolini [+see also:
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interview: Abel Ferrara
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by Abel Ferrara, not forgetting Return to Ithaca [+see also:
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by Laurent Cantet, also unveiled on the Lido. And in minority productions there are two notable world premieres with the animated film Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet (co-produced by Canada, France, Lebanon,  Qatar and the US) and Miss Julie [+see also:
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by Liv Ullmann (Norway, United Kingdom, Ireland and France), but also the Cannes Turist [+see also:
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interview: Ruben Östlund
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by Swedish Ruben Ostlund and Two days, one night [+see also:
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interview: Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne
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by Belgian Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne.

In the Contemporary World Cinema section landing from the Croisette is Girlhood [+see also:
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interview: Céline Sciamma
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by Céline Sciamma, L'il Quinquin [+see also:
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by Bruno Dumont, Bird People [+see also:
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interview: Pascale Ferran
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by Pascale Ferran, Breathe [+see also:
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interview: Lou de Laâge
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by Mélanie Laurent, Gett – The trial of Viviane Amsalem [+see also:
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by Israeli Ronit and Shlomi Elkabetz and the minority co-productions Still the Water [+see also:
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by Japanese Naomi Kawase and Xenia [+see also:
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interview: Panos H. Koutras
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by Greek Panos H. Koutras. Also selected were High Society [+see also:
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by Julie Lopes Curval, Not my type [+see also:
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interview: Lucas Belvaux
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from Belgian Lucas Belvaux and Men Who Saved The World [+see also:
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by Liew Seng Tat (Malaysia, Netherlands, Germany and France). World premieres are on the menu for the Franco-Greek feature film Red Rose by Iranian Sepideh Farsi, for Don't Breathe [+see also:
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by Nino Kirtadze (Zadig Production) and for minority films Tigers [+see also:
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by Danis Tanovic (co-produced by India, France and the United Kingdom), The Valley by Ghassan Salhab (Lebanon, France, Germany, Qatar, United Arab Emirates) and Tokyo fiancée [+see also:
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by Stefan Liberski (Belgium, Canada and France).

Standing out on the Masters programme are Murder in Pacot [+see also:
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by Raoul Peck (produced by Velvet Film with Haiti and Norway) making its world premiere, Cannes competitors Goodbye to Language [+see also:
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by Jean-Luc Godard and Timbuktu [+see also:
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by Abderrahmane Sissako, as well as three minority co-productions: 1001 grams [+see also:
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interview: Bent Hamer
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by Bent Hamer (Norway, Germany and France), Venice competitor A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence [+see also:
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interview: Roy Andersson
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by Roy Andersson (Sweden, Norway, France and Germany) and Palme d'Or Winter Sleep [+see also:
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interview: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
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by Turkish Nuri Bilge Ceylan.

The Discovery section will screen as global premieres May Allah Bless France! [+see also:
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by Abd Al Malik, The Great Man by Sarah Léonor and minority films The Narrow Frame of Midnight from Tala Hadid (Morocco, United Kingdom, France and Qatar) and Sway by Rooth Tang (United States, France and Thailand). Also on show are Cannes discovery Run [+see also:
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by Philippe Lacôte and minority co-productions Flapping in the Middle of Nowhere [+see also:
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by Diep Hoang Nguyen, (Vietnam, France, Norway, Germany) and Los Hongos [+see also:
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by Oscar Ruiz Navia (Colombia, Argentina, France and Germany).

Wavelengths will offer La Sapienza [+see also:
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by Eugène Green, the documentary Letters To Max by Eric Baudelaire, Journey to the West [+see also:
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by Taiwanese Tsai Ming-Liang and minority movies Jauja [+see also:
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by Argentinian Lisandro Alonso and Heaven Knows What by Americans Benny and Joshua Safdie.

In the TIFF Docs section world premieres are scheduled for the 100 % French production This Is My Land by Israeli Tamara Erde and for The Wanted 18 by duo Amer Shmali - Paul Cowan (Canada, Palestine and France). Also featuring on the menu are the Franco-American title National Gallery [+see also:
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by Frederick Wiseman, Franco-Congolese National Diploma by Dieudo Hamadi, Italo-French Natural Resistance [+see also:
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by Jonathan Nossiter, and Silvered Water, Syria self-portrait from Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan (Syria, France).

Finally worth mentioning is the world premiere of animated film Song of the Sea by Tomm Moore (Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, France and Denmark) in TIFF Kids, screenings of the Franco-Belgian co-production Alleluia [+see also:
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by Fabrice Du Welz in Vanguard, as well as the presence of Juliette Binoche who will chatting on the Maverick Conversations stage.

(Translated from French)

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