They say these days that the road to the Oscars goes through Toronto. While in geographical terms that might not make much sense, the Toronto Film Festival has effectively become North America’s most glamorous film event and year after year spotlights small and medium-budget indies for fall awards consideration. Having just kicked off its ten day celebration of cinema and celebrity last night, we expect the usual suspects to dominate the media feeding frenzy: actors-turned-directors like James Franco and Ethan Hawke, actors who are still just actors like Bill Murray and Julianne Moore, and of course, international arthouse auteurs like Xavier Dolan and Marjane Satrapi to round things out.

But for those less interested in red carpets and press junkets, there will a handful of unpretentious international gems playing in the various sections of the festival’s official program. For Latin American cinema buffs, the Contemporary World Cinema category will feature films from Argentina, Cuba, Chile, and the Dominican Republic, while the Wavelengths lineup adds a U.S.-Mexico co-production into the mix...

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