Seven Italian films and six co-productions will represent Italy at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 4th-13th), which over the years has become a major appointment for the International film industry. This excellent result confirms the growing interest and consent for Italian productions by major International festivals, particularly the selection made by Piers Handling( President and Artistic Director of the festival) shows how this interest has broadened to include first features and Independent films. Indeed, besides Gomorra and Il Divo which began their triumphant march in Cannes, and will screen in the festival’s prestigious Special Presentation section, both of them already sold to Canada, Toronto also presents three first feature films: Pa-ra-da by Marco Pontecorvo, already an established Director of photography in Italy and Usa, Machan by Uberto Pasolini, renown for having produced The Full Monty, and Di madre in figlia by Andrea Zambelli, world premiering in Toronto, produced by director Davide Ferrario. Il resto della notte by Francesco Munzi programmed in Contemporary World Cinema, and following its screening in competition at Venice, A perfect day, by a well loved director at the Toronto Film Festival, Ferzan Ozpetek (Special Presentation). A film which couldn’t be left out of the co-productions is Spike Lee’s "Miracle at St Anna" produced by Roberto Cicutto, as well as "Empty Nest" by Daniel Burman, "Le Silence de Lorna" by Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, "Three Monkeys" by Nuri Bilge Ceylan, "Mia et le Migou" by Jacques-Remy Girerd, and last but not least the latest work by maestro Jean-Marie Straub "Le Genou d’Artémide" presented in the section "Wavelengths".