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“Shame,” “The Raid” lead list of TIFF 2011 film sales

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Sales news out of this year’s Toronto International Film Festival was steady, with deals being negotiated throughout the festival instead of landing in massive waves either near the start or finish of the 11-day fest.

Major titles harboring Oscar aspirations, from Steve McQueen’s “Shame” and Andrea Arnold’s “Wuthering Heights” to Luc Besson’s “The Lady,” struck deals during TIFF 2011, part of an announced 31 films that left Toronto with distribution deals in place. Outside of the awards game, films that will find niche audiences (such as Bobcat Goldthwait’s pitch-black comedy “God Bless America,” the action hit “The Raid,” or Lynn Shelton’s “Your Sister’s Sister”) learned they’d be distributed to larger audiences in time.

“It’s good to see that the Festival has once again provided a solid foundation to facilitate film sales,” said Cameron Bailey, Co-Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. “Our organization exists to bring films to audiences around the world and we could not be more delighted to report that these outstanding films will reach film lovers in all corners of the globe.”

Film sales confirmed to date include:
“Free Men”
“Generation P”
“God Bless America”
“The Hunter”
“Into the Abyss”
“Killer Joe”
“Last Days in Jerusalem”
“Life Without Principle”
“Your Sister’s Sister”
“Sarah Palin –You Betcha!”
“The Awakening”
“The Incident”
“The Lady”
“The Raid”
“This is not a Film”
“Wuthering Heights”
“You’re Next”

Festival organizers revealed in a release that nearly 4,000 industry delegates attended TIFF this year, which marked a 20% increase over those same numbers the previous year. The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival runs until Sunday, Sept. 18 and wraps up with an Awards Reception at noon that day.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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