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Toronto cracks open door

The sport that is guessing Telluride’s line-up got a boost today from early announcement of the premiere status of titles destined for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Those deemed North American premieres are assumed not to play Telluride; those deemed Canadian premieres are expected to play south of the 49th first.

The Dark Horse

The Dark Horse played TIFF last year

No NZ titles were among the almost 50 titles named in today’s TIFF announcement, but a couple of Australian films were . Simon Stone’s The Daughter and Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker will both pay the Canadian festival.

Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition will open the festival, which has also named plenty of titles premiered earlier this year at Sundance, Berlin and Cannes, and some of those currently here courtesy of the NZIFF. Expected to be announced for Venice tomorrow, Remember is among the Canadian titles named for Toronto, because the world apparently needs another Atom Egoyan film.

Last year, Toronto selected three NZ features, Jams Napier Robertson’s The Dark Horse, Toa Fraser’s The Dead Lands and Jemaine Clement & Taika Waititi’s What We Do in the Shadows.

TIFF, which turns 40 this year, will run 10 – 20 September.

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