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Toronto Film Festival Pulls ‘Sparta’ From Lineup Ahead Of World Premiere Over Director Controversy – Update

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UPDATED w/TIFF Statement: Sparta, the German-Romanian drama from Austrian director Ulrich Seidl that is in the Contemporary World Cinema section of the Toronto Film Festival, has been pulled from the festival lineup.The pic was scheduled to have its world premiere Friday at 12:15 p.m.

local time at TIFF Bell Lightbox.A TIFF representative tells Deadline tonight, “New information has been presented to TIFF about Sparta, directed by Ulrich Seidl.

A recent investigative article published in the German magazine Der Spiegel has raised concerns that official guidelines established to protect children and keep their guardians informed when making films were not followed.

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