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    Toronto 2012: Magnolia Warms to Dark Comedy 'The Brass Teapot' Starring Juno Temple

    In its second pick-up of the festival, Magnolia Pictures has pocketed North American distribution rights to “The Brass Teapot,” from first-time feature-film director Ramaa Mosley and screenwriter Tim Macy. The dark and quirky love story had its world premiere Saturday at the Toronto Inte...

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    Toronto 2012: Cinedigm Bags Midnight Madness Horror Film 'Come Out and Play'

    Cinedigm Entertainment Group got into the Toronto action Friday with the acquisition of U.S. distribution rights to “Come Out and Play” (“Juego De Niños”), which had its world premiere at the Ryerson Theatre Thursday at midnight. The company plans an early 2013 theatri...

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    Toronto 2012: Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg Journey Across the Ocean for 'Kon-Tiki'

    Childhood friends and directorial team, Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg will debuted their third feature film, "Kon-Tiki," at the Toronto Film Festival this week. The film chronicles the 101-day journey across the Pacific Ocean undertaken by Norwegian ethnographer Thor Heyerdahl in 1947. The fi...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Just the Wind'

    After making the creepy sci-fi love story “Womb” with Eva Green in English, Hungarian director Benedek “Bence” Fliegauf returns to his home country and a much more realistic register with “Just the Wind.” Inspired by true events that occurred a couple of years ago, the film looks at the last day of a Romany family — composed of a mother (Katalin Toldi), her adolescent daughter (Gyongyi Lendvai) and her younger brother (Lajos Sarkany) — in a country where casual racism and verbal hatred of the Gypsy community have become such an accepted part of life that no one, not even the police and, to an...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'Peaches Does Herself'

    Toronto-born, Berlin-based electronic musician and singer Peaches plays herself in the concert film “Peaches Does Herself,” a no-holds-barred explosion of post-punk and neo-queer performance art that mixes song, music, dance, theater, costumes and nudity. Born Merrill Beth Nisker in 1966, though she doesn’t look older than 25 or thereabouts, Peaches performs songs on a Berlin stage from her various albums, including “Teaches of Peaches,” “Fatherfucker” and “Impeach My Bush,” with her radical, sexually explicit and often queer- and transgender-themed lyrics accompanied by musicians, danc...

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    TIFF Capsule Review: 'As If We Were Catching a Cobra'

    The relationship between the Islamic world and newspaper cartoons has been a hot international topic ever since the Danish newspaper Jyllandss-Posten published cartoons depicting the prophet Mohammed in 2009. Strangely, Paris-based Syrian director Hala Alabdalla chooses not to mention this incident in her documentary praising the work of caricature artists in Egypt and Syria. Yet she seems to have trouble cutting anything else out. It’s almost unfortunate for Alabdalla that the Arab Spring took place while she was in production, as it causes the director to lose focus on the subject at hand. While most of the interviews are at times ...

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    Toronto 2012: Millennium Entertainment Books Greg Kinnear-Jennifer Connelly Drama 'Writers' for the U.S.

    In its second acquisition of the week, Millennium Entertainment has picked up U.S. rights to debut filmmaker Josh Boone’s “Writers,” which had its world premiere Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival. The company acquired “What Maisie Knew,” directed by Scot...

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    Toronto Review: 'Passion' Will Please Brain De Palma Fans -- And No One Else

    Since earliest stages of Brian De Palma's career, his thrillers have constantly walked a line between self-parody and earnest pastiche. "Passion," a reworking of the late Alain Corneau's final film "Love Crimes," reassuringly falls into this camp.

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    Toronto Review: Nick Cassavetes' 'Yellow' Suggests 'Bad Teacher' By Way of Bob Fosse and Todd Solondz

    Nick Cassavetes has yet to his on a filmmaking style to rival his father's legacy, but with "Yellow," the director of "The Notebook" presents a relentlessly unhinged portrait of emotional turmoil with bold stabs at expressionistic representation at every turn.

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    TIFF Deal Update: Magnolia Buys 'No Place on Earth,' IFC Nabs Nair's 'Reluctant Fundamentalist'

    There's usually a deal in the offing when you see a street huddle after a screening of a Toronto title with advance buzz. Yesterday I saw Eamonn Bowles and his Magnolia team in a circle, heads bowed, intensely debating the merits of something they were thinking of buying. Lo and behold, the next day...

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