New films from AnthonyMinghella, Ridley Scott, Michael Apted, Patrice Leconte, Mira Nair will maketheir world premiere at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.
TIFF organizers unveiled thecomplete line-up for the 31st event, totaling 261 features including85 world premieres from outside Canada.
Among the higher-profileworld premieres getting the Gala treatment are:
Breaking And Entering, written, directed and produced by Minghella andstarring Jude Law as married London architect who gets involved with JulietteBinoche's Bosnian refugee. Robin Wright Penn co-stars.
A Good Year, which reunites Scott with Gladiator star Russell Crowe in a story about a London businessexecutive who discovers a new passion in the south of France: the vineyards ofhis late grandfather. Adapted by Mark Klein from the novel by Peter Mayle, thefilm costars Albert Finney.
Leconte'sMon Meilleur Ami stars DanielAuteuil as an obsessive antique dealer confronted by an alarming claim: that hehas no friends. Rising to the challenge, he sets about trying to find one.
Closingthe event will be Apted's Amazing Grace, the story of 18th century abolitionist British politicianWiliam Wilberforce, starring Ioan Gruffudd in the lead alongside BenedictCumberbatch, Rufus Sewell, Ciaran Hinds, Michael Gambon, and Finney.
Threeworld premieres were added to Special Presentations: Mira Nair's The Namesake (US),Ann Hui's The Postmodern Life OfMy Aunt (China) and Hong Sang-soo's WomanOn The Beach (South Korea) while twowere added to Masters: Volker Schlondorff's drama about the Polish Solidaritymovement, Strike (Germany-Poland)and Goran Paskaljevic's TheOptimists (Serbia).
High-profileNorth American premieres screening as Galas include Paul Verhoeven'sDutch-language Black Book,Susanne Bier's English-language debut After The Wedding, Douglas Mcgrath's Infamous, and Feng Xiaogang's The Banquet.
The festival also upgradedtwo previously announced films from Special Presentation to Gala status: MarkPalansky's Penelope, a worldpremiere, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu's Babel, a North American premiere.
TIFF also introduced a newaward to be presented in the Visions programme, the Swarovski CulturalInnovation Award, which will be adjudicated by a trio of visual artists, OlivoBarbieri, Jesper Just and Beth Derbyshire.
For complete lineup, see www.e.bell.ca/filmfest/2006/films_schedules/filmlist.asp.