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8/19/2008| Three International Titles Round Out Lineup For TIFF08's Real To Reel

Toronto - Three titles have been added to the Real to Reel lineup for the 33rd Toronto International Film Festival. A total of 30 Canadian and international documentaries will screen as part of Real to Reel, showcasing the finest in non-fiction film from around the world. Purchase online at, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM or in person at the Festival Box Office at Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West (main floor, north entrance). Box Office hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

Paris, Not France Adria Petty, USA
World Premiere
Polls show that in certain demographics, more people identify the name Paris with "Hilton" than with "France." Gaining intimate access to the glamorous and chaotic day-to-day life of one of the world's biggest icons, director Adria Petty explores the businesswoman and the human being behind the public persona that is Paris Hilton. Modelled after the 1960s "it"-girl film Darling, and featuring additional interviews with Hilton's family and friends, as well as media experts ranging from Donald Trump to tabloid columnist Richard Johnson, Paris, Not France attempts to explore the Paris phenomenon and how it defines this moment in culture.

Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary Jamie Jay Johnson, United Kingdom
World Premiere
Delving behind the scenes of the world's premiere youth music spectacle, the Junior Eurovision Song Contest, Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary follows contestants from four very different parts of the continent, celebrating this next generation of Europeans, and the quirks, aspirations and foibles that make each child and each country different from its neighbour. A comic and moving celebration of the spirit of Eurovision and the power of music to unite people, even in the face of historical and political acrimony, competition and personal heartache.

The Heart of Jenin Leon Geller and Marcus Vetter, Germany
North American Premiere
In late 2005, 12-year-old Ahmed Khatib was shot and killed by Israeli soldiers inside the Jenin refugee camp in the West Bank. Ahmed's father Ismael made an extraordinary decision, despite his grief, to donate his son's organs to several Israeli children who come from diverse family backgrounds of Orthodox Jewish, Druze and Bedouin. A collaboration between directors from Israel and Germany, The Heart of Jenin follows Ismael from the time of this son's death through to his journey into Israel, over a year later, to meet the children whose lives he helped save.

The Real to Reel programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Discovery Channel.

Bell Lightbox
Currently under construction in downtown Toronto, Bell Lightbox is soon to be the world's leading destination for film lovers. This major new cultural institution on the Canadian and international landscape will be structured around five state-of-the-art cinemas celebrating film from around the world. Bell Lightbox programming will give context to films through innovative cross-media exhibitions, lectures, and film-related learning opportunities for all ages. Designed by innovative architecture firm KPMB, Bell Lightbox's fluid design encourages exploration, movement and play within its soaring atriums.

The campaign to build Bell Lightbox is generously supported by founding sponsor Bell. The Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario each have contributed $25 million to realize Bell Lightbox. A gift of more than $22 million has been confirmed from the Reitman family - acclaimed filmmaker Ivan Reitman and his sisters Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels - and The Daniels Corporation, who together form the King and John Festival Corporation. The project is also supported by RBC as Major Sponsor and Official Bank, Visa†, Copyright Collective of Canada, NBC Universal Canada, The Allan Slaight Family, The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, CIBC, and many other individuals and corporations. The Board of Directors, staff and many generous individuals have also contributed to the campaign. The total amount raised to date is $147 million, three quarters of the total campaign of $196 million. For more information on the Bell Lightbox campaign, visit

We are a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. Our vision is to lead the world in creative and cultural discovery through the moving image.


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