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TIFF 2006 Warms Up

It's coming.

As September approaches, the anticipation begins. Yes, the 31st Toronto International Film Festival is gearing up for another two weeks of celeb-spotting, movie marathons, deal-making, and press conferences.

Which films are you excited for? Well, the press are excited for the Bollywood NYC romance Never Say Goodbye from director Karan Johar- featured in a Gala presentation.

The Canadian line-up sounds promising, if a little bizarre - Andrew Currie's zombie movie Fido tells the story of Jimmy and his family's zombie/his best friend Fido, who, like the other zombies, is controlled by a patented collar. But what happens when it goes wrong? Satire? Coming of age story? Total mayhem? Promises, promises.

Vying for most Canadian film ever, we have Sarah Polley's adaptation of Alice Munro story The Bear Came Over the Mountain, Away from Her, wherein an old married couple are separated when one is placed in a home due to some mental issues - when the other is finally allowed to visit, they find themselves forgotten and replaced by another denizen of the home. Gritty, sad, and poignant, probably.

For something a little more art-house, Guy Maddin swoops in with Brand Upon the Brain!, which promises live music and foley to accompany the silent 8mm story. Film students, this one's for you.

The Short Cuts program has some films we noticed at the Worldwide Short Film Festival (the moody and visual Patterns for one), should you whet your appetite seeing the shorts that appear before some of the features.

Of course there are hundreds of films in the festival, Hollywood fare, quirky indies, Canadiana - catching every great flick would be near impossible, so remember to keep an eye on your program and an eye on blogTO for reviews and rumours as the fest draws ever closer.


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