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Arcand, Cronenberg added to TIFF

TORONTO (CP) _ Acclaimed Canadian directors Denys Arcand and David Cronenberg will receive the red-carpet treatment at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.

Organizers announced the full lineup of Canadian talent for the festival at a news conference Tuesday, with Arcand and Cronenberg getting gala presentations for their films.

Arcand, who won an Oscar in 2004 for "The Barbarian Invasions," will show "Days of Darkness" ("L’Age des Tenebres") about a man who struggles to find his place in life.

The comedy, starring Marc Labreche, was the closing film at the Cannes Film Festival in May.

Cronenberg will screen his thriller "Eastern Promises," starring Viggo Mortensen ("A History of Violence") as a Russian mobster whose life is shaken by a midwife, played by Naomi Watts.

Cronenberg showed up at the news conference with Mortensen.

Jeremy Podeswa’s "Fugitive Pieces" will open the 32nd annual Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from Sept. 6 to 15.

Film Reference Library home movie submissions

Toronto, The Film Reference Library, a division of the Toronto International Film Festival Group, invites the public to bring their home movies from May 15 to July 20 to the Film Reference Library for a free inspection and evaluation. These films will also be considered for a two-hour curated programme. This programme will screen on August 11, during a celebration of the 5th annual International Home Movie Day at Cinematheque Ontario (Art Gallery of Ontario’s Jackman Hall, 317 Dundas St. West - McCaul Street entrance). 

Home Movie Day will run from noon to 5pm and admission is free. Owners of films chosen for the programme will be contacted the week of July 23. For more information, visit the Film Reference Library website at filmreferencelibrary.ca.

Film drop-off:  The Film Reference Library

2 Carlton Street – East Mezzanine

Toronto, Ontario M5B 1J3

Drop-off hours:  Monday, Wednesday & Friday: Noon to 5pm

Accepted formats:  8mm film, Super8mm film, 16mm film, video
(video accepted if film original no longer exists or is not available)

Please note: Not all films can or will be accepted or programmed for reasons such as physical condition, content and/or length.

Home Movie Day is a celebration of amateur films and filmmaking held annually on the second Saturday in August at many local venues worldwide. Home Movie Day events provide the opportunity for individuals and families to see and share their own home movies with an audience of their community, and learn about film preservation in general. 

TIFF Top 10 Can. films of 2006

TORONTO (CP) _ The Toronto International Film Festival Group has released its list of Top 10 Canadian movies of 2006, and while the titles may sound familiar, chances are you haven’t had a chance to watch many of them yet.

That’s because half of the films on the list have yet to be released in theatres, including Sarah Polley’s critically acclaimed "Away From Her," due to hit the big screen in May. Based on an Alice Munro short story, the film was a hit at the Toronto fest earlier this year, and will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival next month.

Other yet-to-be-released titles on the list unveiled at an industry event Tuesday are "Radiant City" by Gary Burns and Jim Brown, Rob Stewart’s documentary "Sharkwater" and "Sur La Trace D’Igor Rizzi" by Noel Mitrani. Again, all showed at the Toronto festival but haven’t been widely released.

The bohemian black comedy "Monkey Warfare" by Reginald Harkema also made the cut before its official release date this Friday, alongside Philippe Falardeau’s "Congorama," which has only been screened in Quebec.

"Manufactured Landscapes" _ Jennifer Baichwal’s portrait of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky _ and Robert Favreau’s "Un Dimanche a Kigali" also made the cut.

"The Journals of Knud Rasmussen" by Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn, which opened the Toronto film festival in September, was another obvious choice for judges, as was the box office success "Trailer Park Boys: The Movie."

The annual list, which does not rank the films, was assembled by a 10-member panel of filmmakers, journalists, programmers and industry professionals. They included David Hamilton, the producer of "Water" and "Bollywood/Hollywood," and Jean-Marc Vallee, the maker of the Genie-winning film "C.R.A.Z.Y."

Judges considered any Canadian film that either opened in 2006, appeared in a Canadian festival or had obtained a commercial release in Canada throughout the year.

Festival chief executive Piers Handling said this year’s selection reflects a "phenomenal" year for Canadian cinema. "The diversity of genres and subjects featured in Canada’s Top Ten highlight the extraordinary filmmaking talent in this country," he said in a release.

The films will have public screenings from Jan. 26 to Feb. 4 at Cinematheque Ontario in Toronto. Tickets go on sale Dec. 13.

A selection of the films is also slated to tour to Vancouver and Ottawa at the end of February and Victoria in early March.

Toronto Film Fest Winners

Winners at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival’s awards ceremony:

Swarovski Cultural Innovation Award _ "Takva _ A Man’s Fear of God." A Turkish-German co-production about a man whose belief in God is put to the test.

People’s Choice Award _ "Bella," an American film written and directed by first-time film-maker Alejandro Monteverde, about two people whose lives converge on a single day in New York City.

Diesel Discovery Award _ "Reprise," a Norwegian comedic tale about two young men with a shared dream of becoming writers.

Prize of the International Critics (Fipresci Prize) _ "Death of a President," a British drama about the fallout from the imagined assassination of U.S. President George W. Bush.

CityTV Award for Best Canadian Feature Film _ "Sur La Trace d’Igor Rizzi," a film by Noel Mitrani about a former professional soccer player who leaves his native France for Montreal after the death of his Quebecois girlfriend.

Toronto-City Award for Best Canadian Feature Film _ "Manufactured Landscapes," a portrait of Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky.

Short Cuts Canada Award _ Maxime Giroux’s "Les Jours," an exploration of loss in the days that follow a tragic death in the woods.

TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES ITS COMPLETE LINE-UP OF 352 FILMS

At this year’s Festival, 352 films from 61 countries will screen, including 261 features, 91 per cent of which are world, international or North American premieres, and 62 of which are feature directorial debuts. Limited Festival Passes and Coupon Books are available until August 25, offering outstanding deals available to filmgoers of all ages.

The complete lineup additionally features eight Gala Presentations, including the world premiere of Michael Apted’s AMAZING GRACE, starring Ioan Gruffudd, Benedict Cumberbatch, Rufus Sewell, Youssou N’Dour, Ciaran Hinds, Romola Garai, Michael Gambon, and Albert Finney. This years Closing Night Film; Ridley Scott’s A GOOD YEAR, a world premiere starring Russell Crowe, Albert Finney, and Abbie Cornish; Anthony Minghella’s BREAKING AND ENTERING, a world premiere starring Jude Law, Martin Freeman, Juliette Binoche, Robin Wright Penn, and Rafi Gavron; Patrice Leconte’s MON MEILLEUR AMI, a world premiere starring Daniel Auteuil, Dany Boon, and Julie Gayet; Douglas McGrath’s INFAMOUS, a North American premiere starring Toby Jones, Sandra Bullock, Daniel Craig, Peter Bogdanovich, Jeff Daniels, Hope Davis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini, Juliet Stevenson, Sigourney Weaver, John Benjamin Hickey, and Lee Pace; Paul Verhoeven’s BLACK BOOK, a North American premiere starring Carice van Houten, Sebastian Koch, Thom Hoffman and

Halina Reijn; Feng Xiaogang’s THE BANQUET, a North American premiere starring Ziyi Zhang and Daniel Wu; and Susanne Bier’s AFTER THE WEDDING, a North American premiere starring Mads Mikkelsen, Sidse Babett Knudsen, and Rolf LassgÃ¥rd. Gala tickets on sale Saturday, August 26 at 10 a.m.

A blockbuster Mavericks features up close and personal conversations with Michael Moore, John Waters, John Cameron Mitchell, Karan Johar, Shah Rukh Khan, Rani Mukherji, and Amitabh Bachchan. The Festival also announces five presentations in its Dialogues: Talking with Pictures programme. Presenters Bruce Weber, Albert Maysles, Perry Henzell, Costa Gavras, and Christine Vachon will showcase films that have inspired them or mark a significant period in their careers.

Wavelengths spotlights 27 films and videos in five programmes and features internationally renowned visual artists working in film and video. The programme features new work from such celebrated artists as Abbas Kiarostami, Mika Taanila, Jay Rosenblatt, Nathaniel Dorsky, Christoph Girardet, and Matthias Müller.

Thirteen titles, consisting of five world premieres and seven North American premieres, round out this year’s edition of Masters, which will include Goran Paskaljevic’s THE OPTIMISTS; Volker Schlöndorff’s STRIKE; Alain Resnais’ COEURS; Benoît Jacquot’s L’INTOUCHABLE; Gianni Amelio’s THE MISSING STAR; and Robert Guédiguian’s LE VOYAGE EN ARMÉNIE.

Fifteen films have been added to Visions for a complete line-up of 31 films from 25 countries, including Gabriel Range’s D.O.A.P.; Jem Cohen’s BUILDING A BROKEN MOUSETRAP, NYC WEIGHTS AND MEASURES and BLESSED ARE THE DREAMS OF MEN; Jay Anania’s DAY ON FIRE; Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth’s KHADAK; Manoel de Oliveira’s BELLE TOUJOURS; Katsuhiro Otomo’s BUGMASTER; Olivier Masset-Depasse’s CAGES; Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s

CLIMATES; Pedro Costa’s COLOSSAL YOUTH; Julia Loktev’s DAY NIGHT DAY NIGHT; Pavel Lounguine’s THE ISLAND; Douglas Gordon and Philippe Parreno’s ZIDANE: UN PORTRAIT DU XXIème SIÈCLE; and So Yong Kim’s IN

BETWEEN DAYS.

With eleven titles announced, the full Special Presentations line-up features 39 films from 15 countries, including Ann Hui’s THE POSTMODERN LIFE OF MY AUNT; Mira Nair’s THE NAMESAKE; Hong Sang-soo’s WOMAN ON THE BEACH; Emanuele Crialese’s GOLDEN DOOR; Todd Field’s LITTLE CHILDREN; Johnnie To’s EXILED; Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck’s THE LIVES OF OTHERS; Joachim Lafosse’s NUE PROPRIÉTÉ; PARIS JE T’AIME; Santiago Amigorena’s QUELQUES JOURS EN SEPTEMBRE; and Marc Evans’ SNOW CAKE.

Contemporary World Cinema features 60 titles, including 19 world, 4 international and 32 North American premieres from a total of 40 countries, including recently announced Alejandro Gomez Monteverde’s BELLA; Mel Chionglo’s TWILIGHT DANCERS; Dror Shaul’s SWEET MUD; Cate Shortland’s THE SILENCE; Jeffrey Jeturian’s THE BET COLLECTOR; and Chris Kraus’ FOUR MINUTES.

The North American premiere of THE HOTTEST STATE, written and directed by Ethan Hawke, joins the 12 films already announced in the new Festival programme, Vanguard.

Seven titles join Real to Reel for a complete programme featuring 34 titles from 18 countries, 28 of which will see a world, international or North American premiere, including James Stern and Adam Del Deo’s …SO GOES THE NATION; Rob Stewart’s SHARKWATER; Adrian Grenier’s SHOT IN THE DARK; Jia Zhangke’s DONG; Ron Mann’s TALES OF THE RAT FINK; Amy Berg’s DELIVER US FROM EVIL; and Sadik Ahmed’s TANJU MIAH.

New this year, to ensure that audiences of all ages can be part of the Festival experience, TIFF has significantly increased the number of films submitted for classification. Film classifications appear in the Official Film Schedule on August 29 and will be updated on the Festival website. Additionally, the films in Sprockets Family Zone each have specific age recommendations, from age four to age 11. Films without classification are restricted to those 18 years and older. In addition to these titles, two previously announced films – Alejandro González Iñárritu’s BABEL, a North American premiere starring Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, and Gael García Bernal; and PENELOPE, a world premiere starring Christina Ricci, Reese Witherspoon, Catherine O’Hara, Richard E. Grant, James McAvoy, and Peter Dinklage – will now screen as Gala Presentations.

Advance tickets for Festival films are available September 6. For more information and to purchase tickets call 416-968-FILM, click bell.ca/filmfest or visit one of two Box Office locations: the Festival HQ Box Office, located on the Main Floor of Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West (North Entrance) and, opening August 29, the Festival Box Office at College Park, 444 Yonge Street (South Entrance, market level). The Festival’s

programme book and Official Film Schedule are available August 29.

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