Wednesday, August 22, 2007

32nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival...

Organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival have announced final programming details, including the complete lineup of films and programmes for its 32nd edition running September 6 - 15, 2007.

At this year's Festival, 349 films from 55 countries will screen, including 275 feature and mid-length films, 85 per cent of which are world, international or North American premieres.

There will be six Gala Presentations, including Renny Harlin's "CLEANER", starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes and Keke Palmer; Richard Attenborough's "CLOSING THE RING" starring Shirley MacLaine; Alain Corneau's "LE DEUXIÈME SOUFFLE" starring Monica Bellucci; Robin Swicord's "THE JANE AUSTEN BOOK CLUB" starring Maria Bello; Kenneth Branagh's "SLEUTH" starring Michael Caine; and Paul Schrader's "THE WALKER" starring Lauren Bacall and Willem Defoe.

Eight presentations in 'Dialogues: Talking with Pictures' will feature Max von Sydow, Bell Festival Centre architect Bruce Kuwabara, Ken Loach, Arthur Dong and Nancy Kwan, Peter Bogdanovich, Ellen Burstyn, Sidney Lumet, and Lord Richard Attenborough showcasing films that marked a significant period in their careers.

For the first time in ten years, Wayne Wang returns to the low-budget filmmaking that made him a leader in the American independent cinema movement with "A THOUSAND YEARS OF GOOD PRAYERS" and "THE PRINCESS OF NEBRASKA", two tales about the experience of Chinese immigrants in the United States screening as part of Masters. This year's Masters will feature a complete line-up of 20 films.

Thirteen titles have been added to Special Presentations for a complete programme of 50 films. Titles announced include Sidney Lumet's "BEFORE THE DEVIL KNOWS YOU'RE DEAD", Melisa Wallack and Bernie Goldmann's "BILL", Michael Moore's "CAPTAIN MIKE ACROSS AMERICA", Gillian Armstrong's "DEATH DEFYING ACTS", Vadim Perelman's "IN BLOOM", Jason Reitman's "JUNO", Ira Sachs' "MARRIED LIFE", Jonathan Demme's "MAN FROM PLAINS", Alison Eastwood's "RAILS & TIES", Brian De Palma's "REDACTED", Brad Furman's "THE TAKE", Thomas McCarthy's "THE VISITOR" and Anand Tucker's "WHEN DID YOU LAST SEE YOUR FATHER?"

Eight documentaries join Real to Reel for a complete programme featuring 32 of the world's finest non-fiction films.

Titles include Paul Crowder/Murray Lerner's "AMAZING JOURNEY: THE STORY OF THE WHO", Ran Tal's "CHILDREN OF THE SUN", Philippe Kholy's "CALLAS ASSOLUTA", Wang Bing's "FENGMING: A CHINESE MEMOIR", Grant Gee's "JOY DIVISION", Olga Konskaya and Andreï Nekrasov's "REBELLION: THE LITVINENKO CASE" and Jia Zhang-ke's "USELESS".

A series of conversations with directors and producers exploring the how and why of documentary filmmaking, Doc Talks will be open to the public for the first time this year...

Peter Bogdanovich will be presented with the International Federation of Film Archives (FIAF) Award for his contribution to film preservation. He has chosen to screen Jean Renoir's "LA GRANDE ILLUSION" as an example of the importance of film restoration.

The Festival is a presentation of The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG), a charitable, not-for-profit, cultural organization.

The Masters programme is made possible through the sponsorship of BMO Nesbitt Burns.

The Real to Reel programme is made possible through the sponsorship of Discovery Films.