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123 films from Europe will play in Toronto

European Film Promotion (EFP) with support from the European Union's MEDIA Programme, will be present for the tenth year at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 7 - 16) where a record number of 123 feature films and documentaries will be screened from twenty-three of EFP’s twenty-seven member countries. Among the films receiving World Premieres are six from France including Anne Fontaine’s Nouvelle chance and Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold’s One to Another, four from British directors including Shane Meadows’ This is England and Roger Michell’s Venus, and two from Denmark, Ole Christian Madsen’s Prague and The Art of Crying, a first feature by Peter Schønau Fog. Other World Premieres in Toronto include I Am The Other Woman by German director Margarethe von Trotta, Alex Warmerdam’s Waiter from The Netherlands, Nacho Cerdá’s The Abandoned from Spain, Finnish director Antti-Jussi Annila’s Jade Warrior, a coproduction with China, Estonia and The Netherlands, and the Italian documentary Primo Levi’s Journey by David Ferrario.

Eight European films will be presented as Galas: After the Wedding (Denmark) dir: Susanne Bier; Black Book (Netherlands/Germany/UK/Belgium) dir: Paul Verhoeven; Breaking and Entering (UK) dir: Anthony Minghella; My Best Friend (France) dir: Patrice Leconte; Penelope (UK) dir: Mark Palansky; Volver (Spain) dir: Pedro Almodóvar; and two Canadian co-productions, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (Canada/Denmark) dir: Zacharias Kunuk, Norman Cohn; and The White Planet (Canada/France) dir: Thierry Piantanida, Thierry Ragobert, Jean Lemire.

Close to one hundred European directors and actors are scheduled to be in Toronto during the Festival to participate in discussions with the public following the presentation of their film and to meet with members of the international and Canadian press. Announced as of this date are:

director Jean-Pascal Hattu and actress Valérie Donzelli for 7 Years (FR); director Susanne Bier and actor Mads Mikkelsen for After the Wedding (DK); director Robert Guédiguian for Armenia (FR); director Peter Schønau Fog and actor Jesper Asholt for The Art of Crying (DK); director Marc Recha and actor David Recha for August Days (ES); director Abderrahmane Sissako for Bamako (FR); director Paul Verhoeven and actress Carice van Houten for Black Book (NL/DE/UK/BE); director Jens Lien for The Bothersome Man (NO/IS); actress Juliette Binoche for Breaking and Entering (UK);

director Olivier Masset-Depas for Cages (BE/FR); director Laurent Herbiet and screenwriter Costa Gavras for The Colonel (FR/BE); director Pedro Costa for Colossal Youth (PT/FR/CH); actress Emmanuelle Béart for A Crime (FR); director Rachid Bouchareb for Days of Glory (FR/BE/MA/DZ); director Jesper Ganslandt for Falkenberg Farewell! (SE);
director Santiago Amigorena and actress Juliette Binoche for A Few Days in September (FR); director Cesc Gay and actor Eduard Fernández for Fiction (ES); director Bruno Dumont for Flanders (FR); director Chris Kraus and actress Hannah Herzsprung for Four Minutes (DE); director Asger Leth for Ghost of Cité Soleil (DK/USA); director Emanuele Crialese and actress Charlotte Gainsbourg for The Golden Door (IT/FR);

director Pen-ek Ratanaruang for the Dutch co-production Invisible Waves (NL/TH/HK/KR); director Nader Takmil Homayoun for Iran: A Cinematographic Revolution (FR); director Antti-Jussi Annila and actress Krista Kosonen for Jade Warrior (FIN/CN/EE/NL); directors Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn for The Journals of Knud Rasmussen (DK/CA); directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth for Khadak (BE/D/NL); director Zeka Laplaine for Kinshasa Palace (FR/CG);

director Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck for Lives of the Others (DE); director Paul Andrew Williams for London to Brighton (UK); director Jérôme Laperrousaz for Made In Jamaica (FR/USA); director Zabou Breitman for The Man Of My Life (FR/IT); director Patrice Leconte for My Best Friend (FR); director Alexander Oey for My Life as a Terrorist: The Story of Hans-Joachim Klein (NL); director Anne Fontaine for Nouvelle chance (FR);

directors Jean-Marc Barr and Pascal Arnold for One To Another (FR); actress Juliette Binoche for Paris, je t’aime (FR); director Denis Dercourt for The Page Turner (FR); director Sophie Fiennes for The Pervert’s Guide to Cinema (UK/AT/NL); director Ole Christian Madsen, actress Stine Stengade and actor Mads Mikkelsen for Prague (DK); director Joachim Lafosse for Private Property (BE/FR);

director Christian Volckman for Renaissance (FR/LU/UK); director Joachim Trier for Reprise (NO); actress Sandra Hüller for Requiem (DE); director Nicolas Rey for Schuss! (FR); director Kim Chapiron and actor Vincent Cassel for Sheitan (FR); director Michael Glawogger for Slumming (AT/CH); director Geoffrey Sax and actor Alex Pettyfer for Stormbreaker (UK); director Stefan Krohmer and actor Robert Seeliger for Summer 04 (DE); director Sadik Ahmed for Tanju Miah (UK); director György Pálfi for Taxidermia (HU/AT/FR); director Teresa Villaverde and actress Ana Moreira for Trance (PT/FR); actress Asia Argento for Transylvania (FR); director Steve Hudson for True North (UK/IE/DE);

directors Serge Elissade and Grégoire Solotareff and actress Isild Le Besco for U (FR); directors Michael Hegner and Karsten Kiilerich for The Ugly Duckling and Me (DK/IE/FR/DE); director Benoît Jacquot and actress Isild Le Besco for The Untouchable (FR); director Pedro Almodóvar for Volver (ES); director Alex van Warmerdam and actor Tom Erisman for Waiter (NL); directors Thierry Piantanida and Thierry Ragobert for The White Planet (CA/FR); director Hans Steinbichler for Winter Journey (DE); director Philippe Parreno for Zidane, A 21st Century Portrait (IS/FR).

Directors of all Austrian co-productions of the NEW CROWNED HOPE Project: Bahman Ghobadi for Half Moon (IR/IQ/AT/FR); Apichatpong Weerasethakul for Syndromes and a Century (TH/AT/FR); Tsai Ming-Liang for I Don’t Want to Sleep Alone (TW/FR/AT); Paz Encina for Hamaca Paraguaya (FR/AR/NL/PY/AT/ES/UK); Garin Nugroho for Opera Jawa (ID/AT); Mahamat-Saleh Haroun for Daratt (FR/BE/TD/AT); Teboho Mahlatsi for Moegko and the Stickfighter (ZA/AT).

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