MONTREAL — The Toronto Intl. Film Festival unveiled several high-profile additions to its lineup Tuesday, including three new gala pics and three special presentations.
Twentieth Century Fox release “Men of Honor” will have its world preem as a gala at the Toronto fest, which takes place Sept. 7-16. Pic stars Robert De Niro, Cuba Gooding Jr., Charlize Theron, Michael Rapaport and Hal Holbrook in a tale based on the true story of Carl Brashear (Gooding), who became the Navy’s first African-American master diver. Brashear runs into big-time opposition from Billy Sunday (De Niro), a rebellious senior officer. “Men of Honor” is directed by George Tillman Jr., produced by Robert Teitel and Bill Badalato and penned by Scott Marshall Smith.
‘Tiger’ burns bright
Ang Lee’s “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon,” which screened to critical acclaim at this year’s Cannes fest, will also be presented as a gala at Toronto. Starring Chow Yun-Fat and Michelle Yeoh, pic is Lee’s first Chinese-language feature since “Eat Drink Man Woman” in 1994. Based on the four-volume novel by Wang Du Lu, the epic love story set in early 19th century China features spectacular martial arts sequences.
Gallic helmer Patrice Leconte’s “La Veuve de Saint-Pierre” (The Widow of Saint-Pierre) will have its North American preem in Toronto. Period piece, starring Juliette Binoche, Daniel Auteuil and Yves Jacques and set on a small French island off the coast of Newfoundland, concerns an alleged murderer (played by helmer Emir Kusturica) who waits in a jail cell for his long-delayed execution, and who is championed by Binoche’s character.
David Mamet’s latest film, “State and Main,” will screen as a special presentation in Toronto. Alec Baldwin, William H. Macy, Sarah Jessica Parker and Charles Durning star in the story of what happens when a movie crew descends on a small New England town.
Paltrows pair in ‘Duets’
“Duets,” also a special presentation, will have its world premiere in Toronto. Directed by Bruce Paltrow and starring his daughter Gwyneth Paltrow as an innocent Vegas showgirl, pic revolves around a collection of offbeat characters.
“Shadow of the Vampire,” which makes its North American bow at Toronto, stars John Malkovich as legendary director F.W. Murnau and Willem Dafoe as actor Max Schreck.
Academy Award-winning producer-director Jeremy Thomas will be the keynote speaker at the Rogers Industry Center during the Toronto event. Thomas’ credits as a producer include “Crash,” “Stealing Beauty” and “The Last Emperor.” Canuck helmer David Cronenberg will moderate the keynote address.