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Rich selection of Belgian flicks in Toronto line-up

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Rich selection of Belgian flicks in Toronto line-up

The festival news keeps coming for Belgian cinema: after the Venice and Montreal selections came the turn of the Toronto International Film Festival to announce its rich line-up, which also gives pride of place to Belgian productions.

On the Francophone side, three features will be presented on both sides of the Atlantic this September. Chantal Ackerman’s Almayer’s Folly [+see also:
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(Artémis Production), Nicolas Provost’s The Invader [+see also:
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(Versus Productions, Prime Time) and John Shank’s Last Winter [+see also:
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(Tarantula) will be shown both on the Lido and at Toronto.

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Ackerman’s film will screen in the Masters section, alongside the Dardenne brothersThe Kid With A Bike [+see also:
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. This prestigious section brings together the latest works by the most influential and challenging filmmakers of the current era, from Wim Wenders to Aki Kaurismaki, Alexander Sokurov and Bruno Dumont.

The Invader will be shown in the Discovery section, a selection of works by young, up-and-coming directors from around the world. Meanwhile, Last Winter will appear in the jam-packed Contemporary World Cinema section, which will also unspool Moroccan helmer Faouzi Bensaïdi’s Death For Sale, co-produced by Entre Chien et Loup.

The Contemporary World Cinema section will also unveil two Flemish features, Hotel Swooni by Kaat Beels and Lena [+see also:
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, the new film by Christopher Van Rompaey (Moscow, Belgium [+see also:
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), the naturalistic portrait of a teenage girl set in present-day Rotterdam. This Belgian/Dutch co-production is produced by A Private View and Isabella Films.

Finally, three other Belgian co-productions have been selected: in the Vanguard sidebar is Jean-Baptiste Léonetti’s Carré Blanc [+see also:
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(France), co-produced by Tarantula; showing in Special Presentations is Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Chicken with Plums [+see also:
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(France), co-produced by UFilms; and in the Midnight Madness section is Frédéric Jardin’s Sleepless Night [+see also:
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(France), co-produced by Saga Film. The Belgian contingent thus promises to be plentiful and varied at the 36th edition of TIFF.

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(Translated from French)

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