Sarah Gavron, Argentina's Hector Babenco and India's Rituparno Ghosh
are among 73 international films unveiled for next month's Toronto
International Film Festival.
The line-up includes the North American premiere of Ang Lee's
Shanghai-set wartime thriller Lust, Caution, as well as Ken Loach's
social drama It's A Free World and Amos Gitai's Israeli troop
withdrawal saga Disengagement.
Broomfield's UK entry Battle For Haditha, about US Marines in Iraq who
exact bloody revenge following the roadside killing of a popular
officer, and Gavron's UK drama Brick Lane, are included in
Contemporary World Cinema.
The section includes world premieres of Ventura Pons' torrid Spanish
relationship drama Barcelona (A Map), and Florent Siri's Algerian War
saga L'Ennemi Intime starring Benoit Magimel and Albert Dupontel.
Eran Kolirin's Israel-France Un Certain Regard hit drama The Band's Visit
also gets a slot, as does David Schwimmer's directorial debut Run
Fat Boy Run with Simon Pegg, which receives its international
Lust, Caution starring Tony Leung and Tang Wei is a Special
Presentation, alongside the world premiere of Jan Schutte's
Germany-Austria-US drama Love Comes Lately with Barbara Hershey and
North American premieres include Johnny To's crime caper
Mad Detective, Marjane Satrapi and Vincent Paronnaud's Iran-set
graphic novel adaptation Persepolis, and the international premiere of
Sergei Bodrov's Mongol, a Germany-Kazakhstan-Mongolia-Russia
co-production starring Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano as Genghis Khan.
Organisers have also programmed the popular Cannes initiative Chacun
Son Cinema, featuring short tributes to the film theatre by renowned
film-makers such as David Cronenberg, Roman Polanski, Atom Egoyan, and Hou Hsiao-hsien.
The Masters section features the North American premiere of Eric
Rohmer's romance Les Amours D'Astree Et De Celadon, Loach's It's A
Free World, and Gitai's Disengagement starring Juliette Binoche and
The Masters line-up features Babenco's Argentina-Brazil co-production
The Past starring Gel Garcia Bernal as a man on the rebound following
a divorce, and the North American premieres of Takeshi Kitano's
Japanese drama about a film-maker who tries to reinvent himself in
Glory To The Filmmaker, and Claude Chabrol's social satire La Fille
Coupee En Deux with Ludivine Sagnier.
The two Gala presentations announced today are Alexi Tan's
Taiwan-China-Hong Kong Shanghai-set period crime saga Blood Brothers, and Ghosh's The Last Lear, a drama that features the first
English-language lead role by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan.
The Vanguard section includes the world premiere of John Crowley's
drama A Boy starring Andrew Garfield as a former child prisoner and
Peter Mullan as his care worker, and the North American premiere of
Harmony Korine's UK-France-Ireland-US co-production Mister Lonely
starring Diego Luna as a Michael Jackson impersonator and Samantha
Morton as a Marilyn Monroe look-alike.
'Our commitment to promoting international voices has never been
stronger,' TIFF co-director Noah Cowan said. 'As seen by this year's
titles from around the world, the global industry is thriving and we
are proud to have these film-makers present their work at TIFF, often
as world premieres.'
The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6-15. For
further details visit www.tiff07.ca.