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The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is in full swing and this year, the festival will run for 10 days instead of 11 allowing 258 feature films to be screened at 29 cinemas across the city.

The festival is not competitive, but because it is attended by so many big suits from the American film industry, is an important step in the ladder towards Oscar glory.

Up to 300,000 tickets are sold during the festival, and many film-goers are there to see interesting movies rather than gather A-list autographs.

On the first night of the festival, Hong Kong director Andrew Lau was at the premiere of his new action fest, “Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen”. The film is the latest in a string of films about a Chinese hero that was first played by Bruce Lee back in 1972.

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www.imdb.com

For the trailer see
www.youtube.com

John Curran’s new thriller “Stone” was also screened. It’s a dark look at the thin line between right and wrong, in which a bad woman tempts a good man off the straight and narrow… manipulation is the name of the game until things get out of hand… De Niro stars along with MIlla Jovovitch and Edward Norton.

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www.imdb.com

For the trailer see
www.youtube.com

Tony Goldwyn’s new film “Conviction” is at the festival too. This is an Erin Brockovich style real-life yarn about a gal who took on the US authorities and, against all odds, won. Hilary Swank takes the Julia Roberts role; Minnie Driver and Juliette Lewis also star.

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www.imdb.com

For the trailer see
www.youtube.com

Today’s bonus fun trivia fact: the prison scenes in both Stone and Conviction were shot at
the State Prison of Southern Michigan, which at one time was the world’s largest walled prison but is now only used as a film location.