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Reeves returns to Toronto for fest

Keanu Reeves is to attend the Toronto International Film Festival, it has been announced.

The Beirut-born star will return to his hometown for the North American premiere and a Q&A panel of his directorial debut Man Of Tai Chi at the Asian Film Summit, which takes place at the Shangri-La hotel in Toronto on September 10.

Tatsumi 'Tom' Yoda and Hong Kong director Johnnie To will also appear at the summit, which hopes to "build bridges" between Asia and the West.

The festival's director Piers Handling said: "The Asian Film Summit is the product of many years' work and a natural outgrowth of the festival's role showcasing the best of global cinema. Building on the momentum and excitement of our own recent Japanese and Chinese film retrospectives, and the global attention focused on the region, the summit will continue to grow and develop.

"We're looking forward to even more exchanges of the type that made the inaugural event such a success."

Cameron Bailey, the festival's artistic director, added: "This year's summit will offer practical opportunities for producers to meet counterparts from the other side of the world, as well as the chance to learn from industry leaders who've made pioneering strides towards bridge-building."

Benedict Cumberbatch's WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival on September 5, while Life Of Crime, starring Jennifer Aniston and John Hawkes, will be the closing film on September 15.

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