Films from KevinSpacey, Mike Barker, Oliver Hirschbiegel, Jean Paul Salome and CarloMazzacurati will make their world premiere at the 29th TorontoInternational Film Festival. TIFF took the wraps off its complete line-up at apublic press conference today. Of the 253 feature-length films announced, 100are world premieres, 26 are international premieres and 81 are North Americanpremieres.

Several worldpremieres were announced as gala presentations. Spacey's Beyond The Sea, his second film as director, sees him playing (andsinging) the role of 1950s crooner Bobby Darin, whose 14-year-roller coastercareer was topped by the smash single "Mack The Knife"; Lions Gate has NorthAmerican rights.

Barker's A Good Woman, based on Oscar Wilde play Lady Windermere's Fan, stars Helen Huntand Scarlett Johansson in a comedy of high society Americans in Italy; Beyondis handling. Hirschbiegel's Downfall,written and produced Bernd Eichinger of Constantin Films, stars Bruno Ganz asAdolf Hitler in the final days of the collapse of the Third Reich, based inpart on the recently published memoirs of Hitler's secretary. Salome's Arsene Lupin, starring Romain Duris andKristin Scott Thomas and based on the Maurice Leblanc novel The Countess Of Cagliostro follows thelove affair between a gentleman burglar and a countess in post-revolutionaryFrance; Hugo Films and TF1 International are handling. Mazzacurati's An Italian Romance, stars SteffanoAccorsi and Maya Sansa as estranged lovers reunited in pre-WWII Italy;Biancafilm and Pyramide Productions are handling sales.

Other world premieregala presentations are Mick Davis' Modigliani,starring Andy Garcia in a portrait of the Italian artist during his brief butexplosive career; Bille August's ReturnTo Sender, starring Aidan Quinn as a lawyer fighting for the life of awoman on death row; and John Stephenson's FiveChildren And It, a combination of live-action and animation based on the E.Nesbit classic about the magical discovery of five siblings sent to live in aseaside castle. Produced by Capitol Films and Jim Henson's Creature Shop, thefilm stars Kenneth Branagh, Tara Fitzgerald, Zoe Wanamaker and the voice ofEddie Izzard.

World premieres aboundin other programmes. Special Presentations features first showings of DannyBoyle's Millions, a comic fantasy oftwo children who discover stolen cash and have a week to spend it; LaurenceDunmore's The Libertine stars JohnnyDepp as the infamous John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester, tangling wits withJohn Malkovich's Charles II; Sally Potter's Yesfeatures Joan Allen as a scientist whose travelling relationship with aLebanese surgeon forces them to question their prejudices; in Lodge Kerrigan's Keane, a man who has lost his daughterbefriends a single mother and her young family; in A Dirty Shame, camp-cult filmmaker John Waters explores headinjuries and sex addiction with stars Tracey Ullman and Johnny Knoxville; ChazzPalminteri's Noel stars PenelopeCruz, Susan Sarandon and Alan Arkin in a New York Christmas fable; Germanfilmmaker Florian Gallenberger's ShadowsOf Time tells a tragic story of Calcutta carpet workers. Jim Brown'smusical tribute to US folk promoter Harold Levanthal, Isn't This A Time! A Tribute Concert For Harold Leventhal, will be followed by a rare liveperformance by Pete Seeger and The Weavers. A real-life Mighty Wind.

The Masters programmefeatures the world premiere of Spike Lee's SuckerFree City, a story a young white boy whose family is forced to move to thepoor black side of town; Chased By Dreams,from India's Buddhadeb Dasgupta, a tale of economic migration; Brides, from Greece's PantelisVoulgaris, in which a US photographer falls in love with the mail-order Greekbride of another man on their voyage from Greece to New York City in the 1920s;Goran Paskaljevic brings Serbian-Montenegro production Midwinter Night's Dream, as a man returns home from prison to findsquatters living in his apartment.

Planet Africa, theprogramme dedicated to cinema from Africa and the African diaspora, has threeworld premieres (apart from Lee's) including UK filmmaker Saul Dibb's Bullet Boy, a story of black youthsgrowing up in London's East End; Canadian John L'Ecuyer's Le Gout Des Jeunes Filles, which parallels a boy's coming of agewith the political upheavals of Haiti; and Fanta Regina Nacro's La Nuit De La Verite, from Burkina Faso,which explores themes of genocide and civil war in an imaginary Africancountry.

Even ContemporaryWorld Cinema, the last resort for international titles, boasts world premieres,including Spanish filmmaker Alex de la Iglesia's Ferpect Crime, about an accidental killer who is blackmailed by acolleague and driven to madness; Carlos Sorin's Bombon - El Perro, an Argentinian comedy set among the young peopleof Patagonia; Plastic Flowers, aChina-Canada coproduction by Liu Bingjian, about a doomed relationship; LuisMandoki's Innocent Voices, aMexico-US coproduction based on a true story of a Salvadoran boy who worked toprevent conscription of children into the military during the civil war; fromBosnia and Herzegovina, Pjer Zalica's DaysAnd Hours, about a mechanic who comes to fix a couple's boiler and ends uprepairing their relationship; Iranian filmmaker Bahman Ghobadi's Turtles Can Fly, an Iraq-Irancoproduction looks at the border between Turkey and Iraq in the days leading tothe US invasion; Netherlands-UK coproduction Hidden Flaws, directed by Paula van de Oest, delicately balancesfamily relationships; Greek filmmaker Panos Koutras' brings Greece-Francecoproduction Real Life, a look at theidle and decadent elite of Athens.

Documentary worldpremieres include Su Qing's and Mi Na's WhiteTower, a film that examine the plight of the deaf in China and PolaRapaport's Writer Of O, about thewriter of The Story Of O, the erotic novel that scandalized the worldfollowing its 1954 publication.

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