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Toronto hosts Weingartner’s return and 22 other German (co-)productions

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This year the 32nd Toronto Film Festival (September 6-15) is screening no less than 23 German (co-)productions, including the first film by Austria’s Hans Weingartner since The Edukators (competition entry, Cannes 2004). Entitled Reclaim Your Brain [+see also:
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, the film will premiere at the festival as a special presentation.

Subtitled "Dein Fernseher lügt" (“Your Television’s Lying") and co-written by the director and Katharina Held, Reclaim Your Brain, like The Edukators, is being co-produced by one of the most productive Austrian outfits around in the auteur films scene, Coop 99.

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Once again blending humour and drama, the director uses the story of a television producer (Moritz Bleibtreu) to evoke the utopia of an intellectually free society.

Reclaim Your Brain goes on nationwide release on November 15 through Kinowelt.

Toronto will also devote special presentations to Jan Schütte’s Love Comes Lately, Russian/German/Kazakh Genghis Khan biopic entitled Mongol and Shadows from Macedonia’s Milcho Manchevski.

The Masters section will feature attractive co-productions: Volker Schlöndorff’s latest film Ulzhan [+see also:
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(France/Kazakhstan), Claude Chabrol’s A Girl Cut in Two [+see also:
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(France/Germany), Béla Tarr’s The Man from London (France/Germany/Hungary/UK) and Venice Golden Lion contenders It's a Free World [+see also:
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by Ken Loach (UK/Germany/Spain/Italy) and Amos Gitai’s Disengagement (Germany/Italy/France/Israel).

Six German (co-)productions have been selected in the Contemporary World Cinema category, including Robert Thalheim’s And Along Come Tourists [+see also:
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, Fatih Akin’s The Edge of Heaven [+see also:
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and Stefan Ruzowitzky’s The Counterfeiters [+see also:
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Other co-productions at the festival are Yoon (Weiße Lilien), by Austria’s Christian Frosch, and Visions sidebar entry You, the Living [+see also:
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by Swedish helmer Roy Andersson.

The documentary section Real to Reel will present Werner Herzog’s latest title Encounters at the End of the World.

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