Canadian ‘Station’

Toronto Fest preems Brazilian helmer's pic

MONTREAL — Brazilian helmer Walter Salles’ latest pic, “Central Station,” will have its Canadian preem as a Gala presentation at this year’s Toronto Intl. Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.

Sony Pictures Classics has U.S. rights to the film, which was produced by five-time Academy Award winner Arthur Cohn and Martine de Clermont-Tonnerre.

“Central Station,” which made its bow at Sundance this year, won the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival in February.

The film, penned by Joao Emanual Carneiro and Marcos Bernstein, tells the tale of a young boy (Vinicius de Oliveira) whose mother is killed in front of Rio de Janeiro’s Central Station. He is befriended by a lonely woman (Fernanda Montenegro), who eventually decides to help him find his father in the remote Northeast region of Brazil.

“Central Station” is an Arthur Cohn production in association with MACT Prods., Videofilms, Riofilme and Canal Plus.

Spanish program

Also Tuesday, the Toronto Festival unveiled its Latin American and Spanish Cinema program, which this year includes 13 features from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Mexico, Spain, and Venezuela.

World premieres include “Un Embrujo,” a Mexican period piece from helmer Carlos Carrera; “Mensaka,” the debut from Spanish director Salvador Garcia Ruiz; and Fernando Spiner’s “The Sleepwalker,” a futuristic tale set in Buenos Aires circa 2010.

Bows aplenty

The majority of the Latin American and Spanish titles will be having their North American preems at the Toronto Festival, which runs Sept. 10 to 19.

Veteran Argentinean director Fernando Solanas’ “The Cloud” is the story of a legit helmer and his dysfunctional troupe of actors, fest regular Arturo Ripstein’s “Divine” looks at a group of religious outcasts living in Mexico, Daniel Diaz Torres’ Cuban/Spanish/German co-production “Little Tropikana” is a crime story about a German tourist killed in Havana, and Paulo Thiago’s “The Patriot” is a political satire set in 19th-century Brazil.

The Latin American programming also features “The Rose Seller,” Victor Gaviria’s update of a Hans Christian Anderson tale set in modern-day Colombia, and “The Stolen Years,” Fernando Colomo’s look at two students involved in the anti-Franco resistance movement.

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