New films from Istvan Szabo, Peter Chelsom, Paul Cox and Carlos Saura will have their world premieres at the 26th Toronto International Film Festival, Sept. 6-15. At the final press conference before the event, Festival Director Piers Handling announced the titles rounding out the programme including Closing Night selection Lantana, from Australian director Ray Lawrence, making its international premiere.
Szabo's Taking Sides stars Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgard in a post-WWII drama about an American officer sent to interrogate a renowned symphony conductor about his support of the Nazi regime. Written by Ronald Harwood, based on his play, the film is being sold worldwide by Beyond Films.
Directed by Chelsom and written by Marc Klein, Serendipity is a romantic comedy featuring John Cusack, Kate Beckinsale, Molly Shannon and Jeremy Piven. Cox's latest, The Diaries Of Vaslav Nijinsky, takes the same tack on the infamous Russian dancer as his Vincent did Vincent Van Gogh; Saura's Bunuel And King Solomon's Table, presents the great auteur as a fictional character who dreams of the film he would like to make about his youth.
Among other world premieres unveiled are Sur Mes Levres, only the fourth film from French auteur Jacques Audiard, starring Vincent Cassel and Emmanuelle Devos; The Man From Elysian Fields, starring Mick Jagger and Andy Garcia, directed by George Hickenlooper; World Traveler, starring Julianne Moore and Billy Crudup, from Myth Of Fingerprints director Bart Freundlich; Prozac Nation, based on the Elizabeth Wurtzel memoir, starring Christina Ricci and Jessica Lange, directed by Insomnia's Erik Skjoldbjaerg; Who Is Cletis Tout', the feature debut of Chris Ver Wiel, starring Christian Slater and Tim Allen; Rose Troche's The Safety Of Objects, featuring Glenn Close and Dermot Mulroney, Sunji Iwai's All About Lily Chou-Chou and Tim Blake Nelson's Auschwitz story, The Grey Zone, featuring Harvey Keitel, Steve Buscemi, David Arquette, Mira Sorvino and Natasha Lyonne.
Several Venice competitors are among the film announced, including Ken Loach's The Navigators, Alfonso Cuaron's Y Tu Mama Tambien, Amos Gitai's Eden, Korean director Kim Ki-Duk's Address Unknown, Richard Linklater's Waking Life, Mira Nair's Monsoon Wedding, Goran Paskaljevic's How Harry Became A Tree and Clare Peploe's The Triumph Of Love, produced by Bernardo Bertolucci. Films screening out of competition or in sidebars at Venice also screening in Toronto are Milcho Manchevski's Dust, Benoit Jacquot's Tosca, Josee Dayan's Cet Amour La and David Mamet's Heist.
Other high-profile titles screening include Michael Apted's Enigma, Jean-Pierre Jeunet's Amelie, and Edward Burns' Sidewalks Of New York, Jean-Luc Godard's Eloge de l'amour, Michael Haneke's The Pianist, Catherine Breillat's A Ma Soeur!, Iranian director Mohsen Makhmalbaf's The Sun Behind The Moon, David Lynch's Mulholland Drive, Hou Hsiao-hsien's Millennium Mambo and two films from Danny Boyle, Strumpet and Vacuuming Completely In The Nude.