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Toronto fest unveils slate

Premieres of David Mamet’s “A Life in the Theater” with Jack Lemmon and Matthew Broderick, the Debra Winger-starrer “A Dangerous Woman” and the distaff thriller “Romeo Is Bleeding,” with Lena Olin, are among the latest additions to the Toronto Festival of Festivals. Most of the 300-film lineup was announced today for the event, which kicks off Sept. 9 with the world preem of “M. Butterfly.”

In addition to previously announced galas, new entries include the indie thriller “Red Rock West,” starring Nicolas Cage, the Roman Polanski-directed “Bitter Moon,” Cannes-prized “The Piano,””The Movie Teller” from Germany, and France’s “L’Accompagnatrice.” The Canadian-made drama “32 Films About Glenn Gould” has also been added to the galas, and Akira Kurosawa’s “Madadayao” will unspool as a special presentation.

The festival had earlier announced its lineup in the Panorama Canada section and this year’s special Italian Renaissance section, featuring a tribute to filmmaker Nanni Moretti.

The event’s Contemporary World Cinema section will include some 50 titles, including Mike Leigh’s “Naked”; “Helas Pour Moi” by Jean-Luc Godard; “The War Room” on the Clinton campaign trail; Estonia’s “Darkness at Talinn”; the world premiere of “Roosters” with James Edward Olmos; along with new films from Poland , Sweden, Burkina Faso, Portugal and Australia.

Filmmaker Gregg Araki’s “Totally F***ed Up” gets world premiered in the fest’s Edge Section. Among the 20 Edge titles are the Hungarian “Child Murders, “”The Travellers” from Iran, “Life With an Idiot” from Russia, “Wittgenstein” from Great Britain and the American indie “When Pigs Fly.”

The other major section to be unveiled was the Fipresci-prized First Cinema section, which includes Cannes-premiered “Odor of Green Papaya” from Vietnam, “Moi Ivan Toi Abraham,” Australia’s “Bedevil,” and “Menace II Society.” Some two dozen films will be up for the critic’s prize, including tyro efforts from the Netherlands, France, Finland and Germany. American entries include the Forest Whitaker-directed “Strapped,””Suture” and “Don’t Call Me Frankie.”

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