The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled anotherraft of world and international and North American premieres, with new filmsfrom Christopher Guest, Marc Forster, Roger Michell and Darren Aronofsky.
Also in the mix is a joint world premiere with the VeniceFilm Festival of Kenneth Branagh's adaptation of Mozart's opera The MagicFlute.
Two world premieres are set to receive the Gala treatment:Guest's Oscar race spoof For Your Consideration, starring Catherine O'Hara, Eugene Levy and Guest along with regularsin the comic director's troupe; and Christopher N. Rowley's Bonneville, starring Jessica Lange, Kathy Bates and Joan Allenin a distaff road movie.
Special Presentations has been buttressed by seven worldpremieres:
* Leon Ichaso's El Cantante, starringMarc Antony and Jennifer Lopez, about salsa pioneer Hector Lavoe;
* Marc Foster, the director behind Finding Neverland and Monster's Ball is presenting his newest film, Stranger Than Fiction, with Emma Thompson and Will Ferrell;
* Mark Palansky's Penelope, aUS-UK-Germany coproduction produced by Reese Witherspoon starring ChristinaRicci, Catherine O'Hara and Richard E. Grant;
* Tony Goldwyn's The Last Kiss, starringZach Braff and Rachel Bilson in a Paul Haggis' scripted adaptation of GabrieleMuccino's 2001 Italian box office hit;
* Seraphim Falls, a US Civll Warera action thriller pitting Pierce Brosnan against Liam Neeson;
* and Roger Michell's Venus,starring Peter O'Toole and Leslie Philips, about an aging actor smitten by hiscolleague's grand-niece.
As for Branagh's highly anticipated return to the screen, TheMagic Flute will screen simultaneously inToronto and at Venice's La Fenice, although quite how they will achieve this over the six hour time difference has not been made clear.
Not so Darren Aronofsky'stime-travelling love story The Fountain,which makes its world premiere in competition at Venice. Starring Hugh Jackmanand Rachel Weisz, it will make its North American premiere at Toronto as aSpecial Presentation.
Two new Galas are North American premieres: PedroAlmodovar's Cannes title Volver,starring Penelope Cruz and Carmen Maura; and Emilio Estevez's Bobby (also in competition at Venice), a fictionalisedtale set around the days leading to the 1968 assassination of Robert Kennedy,featuring a huge ensemble cast Harry Belafonte, NickCannon, Emilio Estevez, Laurence Fishburne, Heather Graham, Anthony Hopkins,Helen Hunt, Joshua Jackson, Ashton Kutcher, Shia LaBeouf, Lindsay Lohan,William H. Macy, Demi Moore, Freddy Rodriguez, Martin Sheen, Christian Slater,Sharon Stone, and Elijah Wood.