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Toronto adds 3 preems

'Music,' 'Simpatico,' 'Me' to unveil at fest

TORONTO — The lineup for the 24th Toronto Intl. Film Festival continues to fall into place, with the addition Tuesday of three world premiere galas, the masters program lineup and two special presentations.

Wes Craven’s “Music of the Heart,” with Meryl Streep, Aidan Quinn, Gloria Estefan and Angela Bassett is based on the true story of a woman (Streep) who, with the help of a slew of violins and an inner-city teaching job, starts her life over after her husband leaves her and their sons.

The Sam Shepard-scribed “Simpatico” is the directorial debut of Matthew Warchus. Pic stars Jeff Bridges, Nick Nolte, Albert Finney and Sharon Stone in the unraveling of a web of intrigue involving fixed horse races.

Pip Karmel’s directorial debut, the surreal “Me Myself I,” starring Rachel Griffiths, is about a woman who, upon encountering her alter ego, learns to beware of what she wishes for.

The Masters Program this year will feature 13 films from internationally renowned filmmakers, also announced Tuesday. They include “8-1/2 Women” from Peter Greenaway, (“The Cook, the Thief, His Wife and Her Lover,”) “Goya in Bordeaux,” from Carlos Saura (“Tango,”) “The Emperor and the Assassin” from Chen Kaige (“Farewell My Concubine,”) and “Moloch,” about 24 hours in the life of Hitler and Eva Braun, from Alexandr Sokurov (“Mother and Son.”)

Mexican master Arturo Ripstein (“Devine”) brings “No One Writes to the Colonel,” an adaptation of the Gabriel Garcia Marquez novella. Italian director Marco Bellocchio’s adaptation of the Luigi Pirandello short story “The Wet-Nurse” is also on the sked. Aki Kaurismaki (“Drifting Clouds”) will bring the conventions of silent cinema with his film “Juha,” based on the Juhani Aho novel, published in 1913.

Fest organizers added two more titles to the special presentation lineup: “The Hurricane,” a Norman Jewison work-in-progress starring Denzel Washington, and Randall Harris’ feature film debut, “Wayward Son,” starring Harry Connick Jr.

The Toronto Intl. Film Festival runs Sept. 9-18.

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