Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Some of Today's Additional Titles

Stumbled across this on Variety's web site:

TORONTO — George Clooney, Edward Norton and Canuck starlet Rachel McAdams are among the celebs that will walk the Gala red carpet in Toronto next month, as the fest announced its 500-plus guest list, full film slate — including 11 Gala pics —and special events Tuesday.

Seven world preems join the Gala gang, including helmer Gavin O’Connor’s NYC cop family saga “Pride and Glory,” starring Norton and Colin Farrell, Toa Fraser’s period pic “Dean Spanley,” starring Peter O’Toole, Jodie Markell’s “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” from a rediscovered Tennessee Williams screenplay, Neil Burger’s “The Lucky Ones,” with McAdams, Tim Robbins and Michael Pena as U.S. soldiers on an unplanned road trip, Rod Lurie’s government scandal flick “Nothing But the Truth,” starring Kate Beckingsale and Matt Dillon, foreign Oscar-winner Caroline Link’s family secret story “A Year Ago in Winter” and Jerry Zaks’ Leonard Chess biopic “Who Do You Love,” starring Alessandro Nivola.

The Coen’s Venice-opener “Burn After Reading,” starring Clooney, Frances McDormand and Brad Pitt, gets its North American preem as a Gala, as does Anne Fontaine’s “La Fille de Monaco.”

Gala program also includes work-in-progress “Public Enemy No. 1,” French helmer Jean-Francois Richet’s thriller starring Vincent Cassel as legendary gangster Jacques Mesrine, and Indian box-office hit “Singh Is Kinng,” helmer Anees Bazmee’s romantic-action-comedy starring Akshay Kumar, Om Puri and Katrino Kaif.

The Masters program adds world preem of Paul Schrader’s “Adam Resurrected,” based on Israeli Yoram Kaniuk’s novel about a charismatic patient in a mental institution for Holocaust survivors. Pic stars Jeff Goldblum and Willem Dafoe. Program also includes North American preem of Werner Schroeter’s “Nuit de chien.”

Real to Reel dazzles with the world preem of Adria Petty’s examination of Paris Hilton phenom “Paris, Not France,” modeled after 1960s pic “Darling.” Doc program also adds “Sounds Like Teen Spirit: A Popumentary” and “The Heart of Enin,” about Palestinian father who donated his slain son’s organs to several Israeli children.

Special Presentations adds Daniel Burman’s domestic comedy “Empty Nest" and the work-in-progress omnibus “New York, I Love You,” 12 shorts from international filmmakers, including Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Joshua Marston, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, Fatih Akin, Scarlett Johansson, Ivan Attal, Natalie Portman, Shunji Iawi, Jiang Wen and Andrei Zvyagintsev.

Twenty-five titles round out the Contemporary World cinema lineup, which now includes 58 films from 42 countries. Among the pics announced Tuesday are world preems of Mika Kaurismaki’s “Three Wise Men,” Nigel Cole’s Christopher Walken-starrer “$5 a Day,” Rashid Masharawi’s “Laila’s Birthday,” John Stockwell’s “Middle of Nowhere,” Ella Lemhagen’s “Patrik, Age 1.5,” Nicholas Oceano’s bio about “The Real World” cast member Pedro Zamora, Anthony Fabian’s apartheid drama “Skin” and Samira Makhmalbaf’s “Two-Legged Horse.” CWC also adds international preem of Dogme 95 helmer Ole Christian Madsen’s “Flame & Citron” and the North American preem of Olivier Assayas’ “L’Heure d’ete.”

Canada First! adds international preem of helmer Lynn Charlebois’ feature bow “Borderline.”

Mavericks on-stage guests include Kathryn Bigelow, social activist Howard Zinn, thesps Matt Damon and Josh Brolin and painter-director Julian Schnabel.

Also announced is the new public street hub of Yonge-Dundas Square, feature free public performance, including musical artists featured in some of this year’s films (Youssou Ndour, Keb’ Mo’ and cast members of “A Chorus Line”), screenings and events throughout the fest.

This year Toronto presents 249 features: 116 are world preems and 61 are first features.

Event runs Sept. 4-11.

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