Hot Toronto titles bound for Oz

Australian cinemagoers can look forward to watching most of the Us and European films that created heat among buyers and critics at the just-concluded Toronto International Film Festival.

Distributors had pre-bought a goodly number of the films that premiered in Toronto, while others were snapped up on the spot.

In the biggest North American deal at the market, the Weinstein Company forked out $US7 million for Us rights to John Carney's Can a Song Save Your Life? Roadshow had bought the film which stars Mark Ruffalo and Keira Knightley in the tale of a washed-up record exec who finds his mojo after discovering a talented singer who warbles about love and heartache.

Roadshow also had Jonathan Glazer's Under the Skin, a sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson as an alien who sends hitchhiking Earthlings back to her home planet.

On December 26 Icon will release Steve McQueen.s 12 Years A Slave,
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