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Toronto International Film Festival 2011

Toronto multitasks. It has to. The North American launching pad for second- or third-tier commercial releases with stars from lists A through C, the festival includes a rather high proportion of Galas and Special Presentations — a majority of them apparently uncurated. Many Torontonians, a cinephilic bunch, as well as peripatetic journalists and programmers, seek out more esoteric fare — almost all of it carefully selected by experts in different geographical zones (plus docs). Discovery, Contemporary World Cinema, Real to Reel, Visions, Masters, Mavericks, City to City: These are festival strands. The Galas and Special Presentations seem, well, booked. What […]

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