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Every year at the Toronto Film Festival, there seems to be one Canadian film that gets all the buzz. This year, that film seems to be Suck, Rob Stefaniuk's rock 'n roll vampire romp that features a strong cast of real rockers like Iggy Pop, Alice Cooper and Henry Rollins in a script that kinda sorta follows a Faustian theme.

Check out my review here for details on the flick.

There's been so much buzz, as a matter of fact, that the film, (from Capri Vision, a division of Capri Films,) was picked up for Canadian distribution by Alliance Atlantis. “SUCK is a fantastic combination of vampire comedy and the best rock and roll ever. We’re pleased to be able to introduce the film to Canadian audiences”, said Noah Segal, EVP of Alliance Films.

Hot on the heels of Alliance, Tim Brown of Joker Films (his new company) signed on to handle U.S. and international sales, and immediately after the deal was signed between Brown and the film's producers, sales were made to the UK, France, Scandinavia, Benelux, Australia and New Zealand. As of just yesterday, (September 14,) Universal Pictures International Entertainment showed up to the buying block.

Both the World Premiere and a second screening were sold out, so let's hope that's a precursor to what's to come for Stefaniuk and Suck. And, let's give credit where credit is due:

Director of Photography is D. Gregor Hagey, with editing by Michele Conroy. John Kastner (Asexuals, The Doughboys) composed the soundtrack, while Jim Goodall handled Production Design. Costume Designer was Mario Davignon, with key makeup by Jordan Samuel.

The movie is produced by Robin Crumley, Vice President of Capri Vision (a branch of Capri Films), and by Jeff Rogers. Co-Producer is Victoria Hirst. Executive Producer is Gabriella Martinelli. Other Executive Producers include Jeff Sackman, Brad Petyon, Terry Markus and Mihkel Harilaid.

Outside of TIFF, there's still plenty going on film-wise in this town.

Pour Elle
stars Diane Kruger, (pictured right, by Thore Siebrands,) Vincent Lindon and Olivier Marchal, directed by Fred Cavayé. It tells the story of happily married couple Lisa and Julien (Kruger & Lindon), who lead a normal life together with their young son, until one morning, out of the blue, the police come to arrest Lisa for a brutal murder. When she's found guilty and sentenced to 20 years in prison, Julien sets out to prove her innocence - but is she really? And how far is he willing to go?

Opens Friday, September 18 at the Royal Theatre - check out the French trailer here - English here.

Email: info@theoryal.to
Office: 416-534-5252
Location: 608 College at Clinton, 5 blocks West of Bathurst

Nazi bashing takes an undead turn in Dead Snow, starring Charlotte Frogner, Orjan Gamst, directed by Tommy Wirkola. The group of friends had all they would need for a successful Easter vacation; cabin, skis, snowmobile, toboggan, copious amounts of beer and a fertile mix of the sexes. Certainly, none of them had anticipated not returning home alive! However, the Nazi zombie battalion haunting the mountains surrounding the aptly named Øksfjord (Axefjord) had other plans...

Opens Friday, September 25 at the AMC Yonge & Dundas Theatre.

Check out the trailer here - looks like great fun.

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From a media release:

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to new heights and new audiences

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March 20-24, 2013 - A Night in Madrid
Company dancers Esmeralda Enrique and Paloma Cortés perform Spanish Classical dance with the celebrated Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Chamber Choir for A Night in Madrid featuring the Iberian flavoured music of composer Luigi Boccherini who made his home in Spain. His work is infused with the sounds of Spanish and gypsy folk music.

March 20-24 …

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From a media release:

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WITH AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE
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