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    From Toronto to Blu

    Posted by Mike Finnegan on

    Before their launch as crisp, shiny Twilight Time Blu-rays, several films marked their World or North American premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, the 40th annual edition of which is now underway. They include titles from abroad (Angel, Raining Stones) and the U.S. (Places in the Heart, October’s upcoming Devil in a Blue Dress). On this day in 1996, American Buffalo opened in the U.S. after being unveiled the night before for festivalgoers in Canada. Dustin Hoffman and Dennis Franz star in this film adaptation of David Mamet’s tough-talking play about dreamer/schemers plotting a crime, adapted by the playwright and directed by Michael Corrente. Four years later, the phenomenal gangster caper Sexy Beast, directed by Jonathan Glazer, was unleashed on this date. So powerful were the performances of Ray Winstone, Ian McShane and especially future Oscar® nominee Ben Kingsley as bad boys begrudgingly reuniting for one last score that Fox Searchlight picked up North American rights for a theatrical release the following summer. What cinematic gold will be mined at this year’s TIFF?