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Balkan pix highlight Toronto

MONTREAL — This year’s National Spotlight Program at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival will focus on pics from the Balkans, fest organizers announced Wednesday.

The sidebar section will include Emir Kusturica’s “Underground,” which won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival in 1995 and is set to be released Stateside by New Yorker Films, and Romanian helmer Lucian Pintilie’s 1993 film “An Unforgettable Summer,” featuring Kristin Scott Thomas.

Other films in the section include Srdjan Dragojevic’s antiwar drama “Pretty Village, Pretty Flame,” which made waves on the fest circuit last year, and director Eduard Zahariev’s Bulgarian pic “Belated Full Moon,” an examination of Bulgarian society through the eyes of an old man whose family is falling apart. More details of the special section will be unveiled at the fest’s first press conference July 8.

The Toronto film festival is set to run Sept. 4-13.

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