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French take Toronto by storm

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A copious contingent of 33 French majority (co-)productions will screen at the 32nd Toronto Film Festival (September 6-September 15).

The Canadian event will give pride of place to Alain Corneau’s Second Wind [+see also:
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(see news), which will get a gala world premiere screening on Saturday. The spotlight will also be on Nadine Labaki’s French/Lebanese co-production Caramel [+see also:
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, the darling of May’s Cannes Directors’ Fortnight.

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Five other titles will premiere at the renowned festival: Florent-Emilio Siri’s Intimate Enemies [+see also:
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and Philippe Faucon’s Dans la vie [+see also:
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(see news) in the Contemporary World Cinema section, Michelange Quay’s Eat, for This Is My Body [+see also:
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(produced by Les Films à Un Dollar and sold by Memento Films) in the Visions programme, Julien Leclercq’s anticipation thriller Chrysalis [+see also:
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starring Albert Dupontel (produced and sold by Gaumont) in the Vanguard section and Xavier GensFrontier(s) (see news) in the Midnight Madness category.

World sales agents will abandon Venice’s Lido to head for the Canadian city, with films screened at Venice also getting a showing at Toronto. These include Claude Chabrol’s A Girl Cut in Two [+see also:
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(see article), Eric Rohmer’s Les Amours d'Astrée et de Céladon [+see also:
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(see article), Youssef Chahine’s Chaos, Amos Gitaï’s Disengagement [+see also:
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(see news), as well as minority co-productions Vincenzo Marra’s L’ora di punta [+see also:
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, Jose Luis Guerin’s En la ciudad de Sylvia [+see also:
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(see article), Manuel de Oliveira’s Cristovão Colombo – O Enigma [+see also:
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and Philippe Kohly’s Callas Assoluta.

Cannes prizewinners to screen at Toronto include Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud’s Persepolis [+see also:
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(see Focus), Julian Schnabel’s The Diving Bell and the Butterfly [+see also:
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(see article), Naomi Kawase’s French/Japanese feature The Mourning Forest and Gus Van Sant’s French production Paranoid Park [+see also:
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(see article).

Other Cannes titles are Christophe Honoré’s Love Songs [+see also:
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(see article), Catherine Breillat’s An Old Mistress [+see also:
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, Céline Sciamma’s Water Lilies [+see also:
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(see interview), Hou Hsiao Hsien’s Flight of the Red Balloon [+see also:
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(see news), Inside [+see also:
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by directing duo Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, Barbet Schroeder’s Terror’s Advocate [+see also:
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(see article ), collective film Chacun fait son cinéma, Caméra d’Or winner Jellyfish [+see also:
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by Israeli directing duo Etgar Keret and Shira Geffen and Jacques Nolot’s Before I Forget [+see also:
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(see news).

Minority co-productions at Toronto are Alexander Sokurov’s Alexandra [+see also:
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(see article), Béla Tarr’s The Man from London [+see also:
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(see interview), Volker Schlöndorff’s Ulzhan [+see also:
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, Carlos ReygadasSilent Light [+see also:
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, Roy Andersson’s You, the Living [+see also:
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, Daniele Luchetti’s My Brother is an Only Child [+see also:
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(see news) and Sandra Kogut’s Mutum.

Berlinale titles selected for the North American festival include François Ozon’s Angel [+see also:
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(see interview) and Jacques Rivette’s Don’t Touch the Axe [+see also:
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(see news), while Hiner Saleem’s Locarno prizewinner Sous les toits de Paris [+see also:
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also features.

The line-up also features French/UK co-production Son of Rambow by Garth Jennings, Salif Traoré’s Faro; Philippe Calderon’s The Besieged Fortress [+see also:
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; Jean-Pierre Lledo’s Algérie, Histoires à ne pas dire.

A number of non-French films feature in the line-up of French sales agents, such as Terra by Aristomenis Tsirbas, Woody Allen’s Cassandra’s Dream [+see also:
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, Kevin Macdonald’s My Enemy’s Enemy and Hana Makhmalbaf’s Buddha Collapsed out of Shame (Wild Bunch); Todd Haynes’s I'm Not There, Takeshi Kitano’s Glory to the Filmaker!, Mad Detective by directing duo Johnnie To & Wai Ka-fai, Emotional Arithmetic by Paolo Barzman (Celluloid Dreams); Jia Zhang-ke’s Useless (Memento Films); and Denys Arcand’s The Age of Darkness (Studio Canal).

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(Translated from French)

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