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.
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
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;
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
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
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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