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Michael Dowse, Guy Maddin added to Toronto festival lineup

August 9, 2011 |  7:49 am

The Toronto International Film Festival is getting its Canada on, announcing a slate of films made by native talent.

Among the new offerings comes a world premiere from Michael Dowse, best known for the head-banging "Fubar" comedies. Dowse is back with a picture that casts another wry eye on Canadian culture, "Goon," about a hard-luck bouncer who helps turn a hockey team around. Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Sean William Scott star.

Canadian native son Guy Maddin will hit the festival with a world premiere for "Keyhole," described as a  "gangsters-meet-ghosts sonata in which dream and waking life are deliriously blended to arouse the eerie lusts and sadness that can slumber in an old home." Jason Patric  and Isabella Rossellini star. The genre-defying filmmaker perhaps most memorably came to Toronto in 2006 with "Brand Upon the Brain," a silent movie for which he arranged an orchestra to perform and even read along with the film.

And French-Canadian Jean-Marc Vallee, who was a player on the award circuit two years ago with "The Young Victoria," returns with a romantic drama, "Cafe de Flore." The  North American premiere, starring Vanessa Paradis, promises to tell "an epic love story between a man and woman, and between a mother and her son."

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 8-18.


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Photo: "Fubar." Credit: Toronto International Film Festival

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