Two more sneak into Toronto lineup

'Green Days,' 'Warrior and the Wolf' added

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MONTREAL -- The Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday made two last-minute bookings for Iranian director Hana Makhmalbaf's "Green Days" and "The Warrior and the Wolf," a combat epic from Chinese director Tian Zhuangzhuang.

The latest film from Mohsen Makhmalbaf's daughter portrays a young woman seeking psychological help amid Iran's political turmoil, and will be shopped in Toronto by Wild Bunch. The eagerly anticipated "Warrior and the Wolf" is produced by Bill Kong ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"), and stars Maggie Q.

Fortissimo is shopping rights outside Asia and North America. The two films are among a slew of titles coming into Toronto with significant territories up for grabs, including U.S. indie titles like Barry Levinson's "The Band That Wouldn't Die," Bob Richman's "Ahead of Time," "How to Fold a Flag," from Michael Tucker and Petra Epperlein, and Derrick Borte's "The Joneses," the Demi Moore and David Duchovny-starring dramedy in Toronto for a world bow. Films coming to Toronto for North American premieres by way of Venice, and seeking distribution, include Joe Dante's "The Hole," Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime," "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans," from Werner Herzog, George A. Romero's "George A. Romero's Survival of the Dead," Jessica Hausner's "Lourdes," and Tom Ford's "A Single Man."

Other high-profile titles seeking buyers' heat in Toronto include "Cleanflix," by Andrew James and Joshua Ligairi, Chris Smith's "Collapse,"the festival's opener "Creation," by Jon Amiel, and Alan Jacob's "Down For Life." The unusually high number of films coming into Toronto without North American distribution results in large part from a crop of indie pics financed in better times by equity players being launched into a buyer's market.

Toronto will also have rich pickings for foreign titles looking for distribution deals, including Francois Ozon's "Le Refuge," the Mexican film "Presumed Guilty," from Roberto Hernandez and Geoffrey Smith, Indian director Dev Benegal's "Road,Movie," and Danis Tanovic's "Triage." The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run Sept. 10-19.
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