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Toronto International Film Festival adds children’s program to screenings

TORONTO — A new all-ages program at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival will showcase the best of contemporary international children’s cinema, organizers say.

"These films will captivate, delight and inspire audience members of all ages, and for the first time adult festival-goers can bring along their young friends and family," program director Jane Schoettle said Tuesday in a release.

Films in the Sprockets Family Zone will include a 3-D animated comedy called The Ugly Duckling and Me (Ireland/Denmark/France/Germany), Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about an ugly duckling who turns into a beautiful swan is reinvented in this innovative 3D animated comedy. Ratso, a success-starved rodent impresario is forced to hide in a duckling village and persuades the villagers that he is the father of a stray ugly duckling. Ratso and the ugly duckling set off on a perilous journey towards their big breakthrough, but dangerous foes, teenage problems and unexpected paternal feelings lie ahead.

The adventure tale The Hairy Tooth Fairy (Argentina/Spain) One fateful day, a vivacious little girl named Lucía, loses a tooth. Santiago, her unemployed father, and Pilar, her mother, reassure Lucía by telling her that the Hairy Tooth Fairy (a mouse named Perez) will come to her bedroom to collect her tooth, leaving some money in its place. But what would normally be a routine trip for the legendary rodent takes an unexpected turn for the worse when a pair of heartless and malicious scoundrels kidnaps Perez in order to take his fortune for themselves. Lucía, with the help of her cousin Ramiro, sets out to rescue Perez, thus beginning a memorable adventure

Lastly, the spy adventure Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (United Kingdom). Tells the story of Alex Rider, a normal teenager who is reluctantly brought into the world of espionage and international intrigue. After his uncle dies in mysterious circumstances, Alex is recruited by Mr. Blunt to assist MI6 by going undercover to see what suspected crook Darius Sayle (Mickey Rourke) is up to. Soon Alex discovers that his uncle was a spy himself, and was murdered by Yassen Gregorovich, one of the world’s most dangerous assassins. Armed with the latest high-tech gadgets, and determined to avenge his uncle’s murder, Alex must face a series of dangerous obstacles in a mission that will save the lives of millions. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, and Alicia Silverstone.

The gala presentation will be the documentary The White Planet, a Canada/France co-production that follows the change in season from winter to spring at the North Pole and how the seasons affect various animal species.

The festival, running Sept. 7 to 16, will also feature seven films commissioned in Vienna to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.

"Most of the filmmakers are well-known to festival audiences and they have all done a magnificent job responding to the stimulating challenge," said film festival director Piers Handling.

"These are not music films, or period pieces; they are works that speak eloquently to today’s issues."

By: TO411daily Staff Writer

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Toronto International Film Festival adds children’s program to screenings

TORONTO — A new all-ages program at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival will showcase the best of contemporary international children’s cinema, organizers say.

"These films will captivate, delight and inspire audience members of all ages, and for the first time adult festival-goers can bring along their young friends and family," program director Jane Schoettle said Tuesday in a release.

Films in the Sprockets Family Zone will include a 3-D animated comedy called The Ugly Duckling and Me (Ireland/Denmark/France/Germany), Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about an ugly duckling who turns into a beautiful swan is reinvented in this innovative 3D animated comedy. Ratso, a success-starved rodent impresario is forced to hide in a duckling village and persuades the villagers that he is the father of a stray ugly duckling. Ratso and the ugly duckling set off on a perilous journey towards their big breakthrough, but dangerous foes, teenage problems and unexpected paternal feelings lie ahead.

The adventure tale The Hairy Tooth Fairy (Argentina/Spain) One fateful day, a vivacious little girl named Lucía, loses a tooth. Santiago, her unemployed father, and Pilar, her mother, reassure Lucía by telling her that the Hairy Tooth Fairy (a mouse named Perez) will come to her bedroom to collect her tooth, leaving some money in its place. But what would normally be a routine trip for the legendary rodent takes an unexpected turn for the worse when a pair of heartless and malicious scoundrels kidnaps Perez in order to take his fortune for themselves. Lucía, with the help of her cousin Ramiro, sets out to rescue Perez, thus beginning a memorable adventure

Lastly, the spy adventure Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (United Kingdom). Tells the story of Alex Rider, a normal teenager who is reluctantly brought into the world of espionage and international intrigue. After his uncle dies in mysterious circumstances, Alex is recruited by Mr. Blunt to assist MI6 by going undercover to see what suspected crook Darius Sayle (Mickey Rourke) is up to. Soon Alex discovers that his uncle was a spy himself, and was murdered by Yassen Gregorovich, one of the world’s most dangerous assassins. Armed with the latest high-tech gadgets, and determined to avenge his uncle’s murder, Alex must face a series of dangerous obstacles in a mission that will save the lives of millions. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, and Alicia Silverstone.

The gala presentation will be the documentary The White Planet, a Canada/France co-production that follows the change in season from winter to spring at the North Pole and how the seasons affect various animal species.

The festival, running Sept. 7 to 16, will also feature seven films commissioned in Vienna to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.

"Most of the filmmakers are well-known to festival audiences and they have all done a magnificent job responding to the stimulating challenge," said film festival director Piers Handling.

"These are not music films, or period pieces; they are works that speak eloquently to today’s issues."

By: TO411daily Staff Writer

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Front Page, Headline, Industry News

Toronto International Film Festival adds children’s program to screenings

TORONTO — A new all-ages program at next month’s Toronto International Film Festival will showcase the best of contemporary international children’s cinema, organizers say.

"These films will captivate, delight and inspire audience members of all ages, and for the first time adult festival-goers can bring along their young friends and family," program director Jane Schoettle said Tuesday in a release.

Films in the Sprockets Family Zone will include a 3-D animated comedy called The Ugly Duckling and Me (Ireland/Denmark/France/Germany), Hans Christian Andersen’s classic fairy tale about an ugly duckling who turns into a beautiful swan is reinvented in this innovative 3D animated comedy. Ratso, a success-starved rodent impresario is forced to hide in a duckling village and persuades the villagers that he is the father of a stray ugly duckling. Ratso and the ugly duckling set off on a perilous journey towards their big breakthrough, but dangerous foes, teenage problems and unexpected paternal feelings lie ahead.

The adventure tale The Hairy Tooth Fairy (Argentina/Spain) One fateful day, a vivacious little girl named Lucía, loses a tooth. Santiago, her unemployed father, and Pilar, her mother, reassure Lucía by telling her that the Hairy Tooth Fairy (a mouse named Perez) will come to her bedroom to collect her tooth, leaving some money in its place. But what would normally be a routine trip for the legendary rodent takes an unexpected turn for the worse when a pair of heartless and malicious scoundrels kidnaps Perez in order to take his fortune for themselves. Lucía, with the help of her cousin Ramiro, sets out to rescue Perez, thus beginning a memorable adventure

Lastly, the spy adventure Alex Rider: Operation Stormbreaker (United Kingdom). Tells the story of Alex Rider, a normal teenager who is reluctantly brought into the world of espionage and international intrigue. After his uncle dies in mysterious circumstances, Alex is recruited by Mr. Blunt to assist MI6 by going undercover to see what suspected crook Darius Sayle (Mickey Rourke) is up to. Soon Alex discovers that his uncle was a spy himself, and was murdered by Yassen Gregorovich, one of the world’s most dangerous assassins. Armed with the latest high-tech gadgets, and determined to avenge his uncle’s murder, Alex must face a series of dangerous obstacles in a mission that will save the lives of millions. The film also stars Ewan McGregor, Bill Nighy, and Alicia Silverstone.

The gala presentation will be the documentary The White Planet, a Canada/France co-production that follows the change in season from winter to spring at the North Pole and how the seasons affect various animal species.

The festival, running Sept. 7 to 16, will also feature seven films commissioned in Vienna to celebrate the 250th anniversary of Mozart’s birth.

"Most of the filmmakers are well-known to festival audiences and they have all done a magnificent job responding to the stimulating challenge," said film festival director Piers Handling.

"These are not music films, or period pieces; they are works that speak eloquently to today’s issues."

By: TO411daily Staff Writer

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