Guy Maddin and Isabella Rossellini willpresent the world premiere of the short film My Dad Is 100 Years Old, a celebration of the centenary of Italian filmmaker RobertRossellini, at the Toronto International Film Festival (Sept 8-17). It was oneof a number of personal appearances announced for this year's event including aDialogue evening with diva Liza Minnelli presenting a restored print of BobFosse's 1972 concert film Liza With A 'Z'.
As well, the festival's Mavericks seriesfeatures public conversations with producer Ivan Reitman, documentary legendAlbert Maysles, performance artist Laurie Anderson and Aardman founder NickPark, who will present the North American premiere of the latest Aardmanfeature, Wallace & Gromit - The Curse Of The Were-Rabbit.
Rossellini wrote My Dad Is 100 Years Old and stars in every role, including those of Alfred Hitchcock,Federico Fellini, David O. Selznick and indeed her own mother, Ingrid Bergman.Rossellini and Maddin will present the film followed by a screening ofRossellini's 1945 classic Rome, Open City, afilm that inspired much of the Maddin short.
Other Dialogues, wherein filmmakers andfestival guests present movies that informed their careers, include musicianNick Cave and John Hillcoat presenting Hillcoat's 1988 debut, Ghosts'Of TheCivil Dead, in which Cave was an integralcollaborator. Their latest joint-effort, The Proposition, screens in the Visions programme.
Taiwan filmmaker Tsai Ming-liang willpresents Wang Tianlin's 1960 Hong Kong title The Wild, Wild Rose (Hong Kong, 1960), an adaptation of Bizet's opera, Carmen. Tsai'sfilm The Wayward Cloud (Tian Bian Yi Duo Yun) alsoscreens in Visions.
Larry Clark (Kids) and Michael Almereyda present a 1973 documentary by photographerWilliam Eggleston, Stranded In Canton, as acompanion piece to Almereyda' portrait of Eggleston, William Eggleston InThe Real World.
As well, filmmaker Stuart Samuels presentshis Cannes out of competition title Midnight Movies: From The Margins To TheMainstream, a look back at the production of filmsnow considered cult classics, such as George Romero's Night Of The LivingDead and Perry Henzell's The Harder They Come.
TIFF also announced a film-inspired artinstallation Art Project: The Ghosts of Woodrow,presented by stop-animation artist Graeme Patterson on September 12 and 13.