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Toronto fest clocks ‘Time’ world preem

Organizers also unveil Planet Africa slate

TORONTO — The Carl Franklin suspense thriller “Out of Time,” starring Denzel Washington, will have its world preem at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Pic also stars Eva Mendes, Sanaa Lathan and Dean Cain. Washington plays a police chief in a small Florida town who becomes the prime suspect in a murder.

Neal Moritz and Jesse B’Franklin produced the pic; executive producers are Kevin Reidy, Damien Saccani, Jon Berg and Alex Gartner. MGM is distributing worldwide.

Fest organizers also unveiled the Planet Africa program, featuring the world premiere of Mario Van Peebles’ “How to Get the Man’s Foot Outta Your Ass,” a critical homage to his father, Melvin Van Peebles, also a filmmaker (1971’s “Sweet Sweetback’s Baadasssss Song”).

The 16-strong slate comprises pics from Africa and the African diaspora. Countries repped include Morocco (“Mille mois,” from Faouzi Bensaidi), Burkina Faso (S. Pierre Yameogo’s “Moi et mon blanc”) and Cameroon/Gabon/Central African Republic (“Le Silence de la foret,” Bassek ba Kobhio).

Also included are world premieres of “Valley of the Innocent” (Germany) from Branwen Okpako and Norman Maake’s “Soldiers of the Rock” (South Africa) as well as Canadian premieres of D.A. Bullock’s “Dark” and “Afro-Punk: The ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll Nigger’ Experience,” from James Spooner.