The gala screenings are the world premiere of Gina Prince-Bythewood's Southern States family drama Secret Life Of Bees starring Dakota Fanning, Paul Bettany and Queen Latifah and the international premiere of Saul Dibb's UK historical drama The Duchess starring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.
The special presentations will include the world premieres of James Stern and Adam Del Deo's Every Little Step, a documentary about the colourful history of the Broadway show A Chorus Line; David Koepp's comedy Ghost Town with Ricky Gervais, Greg Kinnear and Tea Leoni; and Larry Charles' religion documentary Religulous.
The lineup continues with the North American premieres of Wong Kar-Wai's Ashes of Time Redux with Tony Leung and Leslie Cheung; Mike Leigh's Happy-Go-Lucky starring Sally Hawkins; Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla with Gerard Butler, Tom Wilkinson and Thandie Newton; and Ari Folman's previously announced Cannes critical hit Waltz With Bashir, which has been reclassified as a special presentation.
Two films join the five previously announced Masters and they are the world premiere of Jan Troell's Danish-Swedish drama Everlasting Moments and the North American premiere of Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Japanese-Dutch-Hong Kong drama Tokyo Sonata, which premiered at Cannes.
The 11 additions to the six previously announced Contemporary World Cinema titles are the world premieres of Kristian Levring's Danish psycho-thriller Fear Me Not; Iannis Smaragdis' Greek-Spanish-Hungarian adventure El Greco; Francois A Velle's US drama The Narrows; and Yesim Ustaoglu's Turkish/French/Belgian/German road movie Pandora's Box.
International premieres are Hans Steinbichler's German comedy My Mother, My Bride And I; and Baltasar Kormakur's White Night Wedding from Iceland.
North American premieres are Malgosia Szumowska's German-Polish drama 33 Scenes From Life; Bohdan Slama's Czech-German-French drama The Country Teacher; Kornel Mundruczo's Hungarian-German drama Delta; Yin Lichuan's Chinese drama Knitting; and Haile Gerima's German-Ethiopian-French drama Teza.
The festival is scheduled to run from September 4-13.