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Toronto fest adds 13 to Masters

Van Sant, Dardennes, Kaurismaki pix join lineup

TORONTO — Gus Van Sant’s “Restless,” Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne’s “The Kid With the Bike” and Aki Kaurismaki’s “Le Havre” are among 13 titles added to the Toronto Film Festival’s Masters program, it was announced Tuesday.

Fest also unveiled 25 first and second features from around the globe screening in Discovery, as well as its Mavericks and free screen slates. The official schedule of public and industry screenings was also released Tuesday.

Masters unspools North American preems of Alexander Sokurov’s “Faust,” Chantal Akerman’s “Almayer’s Folly,” Bruno Dumont’s “Outside Satan,” Robert Guediguian’s “Snows of Kilimanjaro” and Bela Tarr’s “The Turin Horse,” as well as the international preem of Hirokazu Kore-Eda’s “I Wish” and the Canadian preem of Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Once Upon a Time in Anatolia.”

Ryan O’Nan’s music-fuelled road trip “The Brooklyn Brothers Beat the Best” world preems in Discovery, as does Dain Said’s dark homecoming drama “Bunohan,” Axel Petersen’s nightclub-set chiller “Avalon,” Ngoc Dang Vu’s romance rivalry “Lost in Paradise,” Sebastian Brahm’s existential “Roman’s Circuit” and Emmanuelle Millet’s coming-of-ager “Twiggy.”

Discovery screens the international preems of Dee Rees’ “Pariah,” Rolando Colla’s “Summer Games,” Joseph Israel Laban’s “Cuchera,” Zaida Bergroth’s “The Good Son” and Frederic Louf’s “J’aime regarder les filles.”

Susan Youssef’s “Habibi” receives its North American preem in the program, as does John McIlduff’s “Behold the Lamb,” Rebecca Daly’s “The Other Side of Sleep,” Pablo Giorgelli “Las Acacias,” Tomas Lunak’s “Alois Nebel,” Marco van Geffen’s “Among Us,” Milagros Mumenthaler’s “Back to Stay,” Karl Markovics’ “Breathing,” Ruslan Pak’s “Hanaan,” Julia Murat’s “Historias Que So Existem Quando Lembradas,” Nicolas Provost’s “The Invader,” Haofeng’s “The Sword Identity,” Angelina Nikonova’s “Twilight Portrait” and Runar Runarsson’s “Volcano.”

Mavericks’ slate of celebrated artists, newsmakers and industry legends in conversation unveils the world preems of Albert Maysles’ “The Love We Make,” documenting Paul McCartney’s prep for his October 2001 9/11 memorial concert in New York City, and Erik Canuel’s film of Canadian thesp Christopher Plummer’s Tony-winning “Barrymore.” Frequent collaborators Neil Young and Jonathan Demme present the world preem of “Neil Young Life,” chronicling the Toronto native’s musical return to the city’s legendary Massey Hall.

The program hits the front page with world preeming “The Island President,” followed by a live onstage chat with President Nasheed of the Maldives, who has taken on world superpowers in the struggle to save his island nation from rising seas. Omnibus pic “Tahrir 2011: The Good, the Bad, and the Politician” offers three cinematic portraits of Egypt’s political revolution.

Mavericks also features a dialogue between Canadian filmmaker Deepa Mehta and Salman Rushdie (including a peek at scenes from Mehta’s adaptation of “Midnight’s Children”), conversations with Francis Ford Coppola (“Twixt”) and with Tilda Swinton (Lynne Ramsay’s “We Need to Talk About Kevin”), and a trip down memory lane with Sony Pictures Classics founders Michael Barker and Tom Bernard commemorating the company’s 20th anniversary.

The festival’s free screen offers Mark Cousins’ 15-hour world-preeming docu “The Story of Film: An Odyssey” (two presentations of five three-hour instalments), and Jafar Panahi and Mojtaba Mirtahmasb’s “This Is Not a Film.”

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18.

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