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French cinema has all bases covered at Toronto

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- 30 majority and 34 minority productions are being showcased, including films by Bercot, des Pallières, Ozon, Bonello, Quillévéré, Zlotowski, Assayas and countless others

French cinema has all bases covered at Toronto
150 Milligrams by Emmanuelle Bercot

The incredible diversity of French film production and its openness to the international scene are once again clearly on display on the line-up of the 41st Toronto Film Festival (8-18 September 2016), with a staggering 64 features produced or co-produced by the country. The huge number of French international sales agents will no doubt be taking full advantage of this tidal wave behind the scenes, while their slates also include films from other countries, to boot.

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Standing out particularly on the gargantuan Toronto menu are the hotly anticipated world premieres of 150 Milligrams [+see also:
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by Emmanuelle Bercot and Orphan [+see also:
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by Arnaud des Pallières, which will be unveiled in the Special Presentations programme.

Also enjoying the limelight are three French titles that will be taking part in the Platform competition. The majority French production Daguerrotype [+see also:
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by Japanese director Kiyoshi Kurosawa will be world-premiered there, the fascinating Nocturama [+see also:
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interview: Bertrand Bonello
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by Bertrand Bonello will have its international premiere, and the moving Heal the Living [+see also:
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interview: Katell Quillévéré
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by Katell Quillévéré will be rocking up fresh from Venice.

Another title coming straight from the Venice Film Festival is Planetarium [+see also:
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by Rebecca Zlotowski (with actress Natalie Portman as its main attraction), which will enjoy a Gala screening at Toronto. Also hailing from the Lido is the sublime Frantz [+see also:
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by François Ozon, which has been selected in Special Presentations, as has the Berlin-awarded Things to Come [+see also:
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by Mia Hansen-Love. Meanwhile, the Cannes-awarded Personal Shopper [+see also:
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by Olivier Assayas and Never Ever [+see also:
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by Benoît Jacquot will be on the line-up of the Masters section, and the up-and-coming generation of female French directors will be present thanks to the Cannes Caméra d'Or winner Divines [+see also:
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interview: Houda Benyamina
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by Ouda Benyamina in Discovery and Raw [+see also:
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interview: Julia Ducournau
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by Julia Ducournau in Midnight Madness. Lastly, the Contemporary World Cinema programme will offer audiences Heaven Will Wait [+see also:
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by Marie-Castille Mention-Schaar (highly popular at Locarno) and TIFF Kids will shine the spotlight on the excellent animated film My Life as a Courgette [+see also:
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interview: Claude Barras
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by Claude Barras (a parity French-Swiss production) and the gripping Miss Impossible [+see also:
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by Emilie Deleuze.

Standing out among the 15 other majority French productions being showcased are the world premieres of Foreign Body [+see also:
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by Tunisian director Raja Amari (Special Presentations) and La caja vacía by Mexican filmmaker Claudia Sainte-Luce (Discovery), in addition to the international premieres of Wulu [+see also:
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by Malian director Daouda Coulibaly and Jesús [+see also:
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by Chile's Fernando Guzzoni in Discovery. We should also note the presence of the Cannes-awarded The Salesman [+see also:
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by Iran's Asghar Farhadi and Elle [+see also:
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by Dutch director Paul Verhoeven in Special Presentations, while The Beautiful Days of Aranjuez [+see also:
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by Germany's Wim Wenders and the documentary Hissein Habré, A Chadian Tragedy [+see also:
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by Chadian director Mahamat-Saleh Haroun have been accepted into Masters. The animated film The Red Turtle [+see also:
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by Dutch-British filmmaker Michael Dudok de Wit will be screened in Discovery, Death in Sarajevo [+see also:
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interview: Danis Tanovic
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by Bosnian director Danis Tanovic in Contemporary World Cinema, the French-Greek feature Blind Sun [+see also:
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by Joyce A Nashawati in Vanguard and Last Days of Louis XIV [+see also:
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interview: Albert Serra
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by Spaniard Albert Serra in Wavelengths.

Twelve world premieres will be on the cards for the 34 minority French co-productions on the programme. The Fixer [+see also:
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by Romania's Adrian Sitaru, Clair Obscur [+see also:
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by Turkey's Yesim Ustaoglu, Marie Curie, The Courage of Knowledge [+see also:
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by French-German filmmaker Marie Noëlle, In Between [+see also:
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by Israel's Maysaloun Hamoud, Santa & Andres [+see also:
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by Cuba's Carlos Lechuga and The Wedding Ring by Nigeria's Rahmatou Keïta will be revealed in Contemporary World Cinema, and the British executive production Message from the King [+see also:
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by Belgium's Fabrice du Welz in Vanguard. I Am Not Your Negro by Haitian director Raoul Peck and Off Frame aka Revolution Until Victory by Palestinian filmmaker Mohanad Yaqubi have been selected in TIFF Docs, Jeffrey by Yanillys Perez (co-produced with the Dominican Republic) in Discovery, and last of all, the Canadian-French-US feature (re)Assignment by Walter Hill and Sing by British director Garth Jennings will be shown in Special Presentations.

Some of the other minority French titles on the line-up of the Masters section are the Berlin Golden Bear winner Fire at Sea [+see also:
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interview: Gianfranco Rosi
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by Italy's Gianfranco Rosi and the Cannes competitor The Unknown Girl [+see also:
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Q&A: Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne
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by Belium's Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne. Seven titles will be showcased in Special Presentations: the Cannes Palme d'Or winner I, Daniel Blake [+see also:
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by British director Ken Loach, Souvenir [+see also:
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by Luxembourg's Bavo Defurne, It's Only the End of the World [+see also:
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by Canada's Xavier Dolan, Brimstone [+see also:
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Q&A: Martin Koolhoven
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by Dutch director Martin Koolhoven, Salt and Fire by Germany's Werner Herzog, Neruda [+see also:
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by Chile's Pablo Larraín and Harmonium [+see also:
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by Japan's Koji Fukada.

Minority French productions also have a very strong presence on the Contemporary World Cinema programme, with After Love [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Lafosse
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by Belgium's Joachim Lafosse, Aquarius [+see also:
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by Brazil's Kleber Mendonça Filho, We Are Never Alone [+see also:
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interview: Petr Vaclav
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by the Czech Republic's Petr Vaclav, Zoology [+see also:
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interview: Ivan I Tverdovsky
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by Russia's Ivan I Tverdovski, The Road to Mandalay [+see also:
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interview: Midi Z
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by Burma's Midi Z and Apprentice [+see also:
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by Singapore's Boo Junfeng. Finally, Noces [+see also:
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by Belgium's Stephan Streker and Godless [+see also:
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interview: Ralitza Petrova
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by Bulgaria's Ralitza Petrova have been selected in the Discovery section, The Untamed [+see also:
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by Mexico's Amat Escalante in Vanguard and four features in Wavelengths: The Ornithologist [+see also:
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interview: João Pedro Rodrigues
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by Portugal's Joao Pedro Rodrigues, Mimosas [+see also:
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interview: Oliver Laxe
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by Spaniard Oliver Laxe, the documentary Ta'ang by China's Wang Bing and By the Time It Gets Dark [+see also:
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by Thailand's Anocha Suwichakornpong.

Lastly of note in TIFF Cinematheque are the documentary Lumière!, co-directed by Thierry Frémaux, One Sings, the Other Doesn't by Agnès Varda and Irma Vep by Olivier Assayas.

(Translated from French)

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