Fest adds Fuqua, Hugheses, Nair to Gala lineup
The Toronto Intl. Film Festival has announced three new Gala preems for the event, including helmer Antoine Fuqua’s “Training Day,” starring Denzel Washington and Ethan Hawke; the Hughes brothers’ “From Hell,” starring Johnny Depp; and Indian helmer Mira Nair’s “Monsoon Wedding.” Fest runs Sept. 6-15.
In addition, the Canuck event announced Tuesday the lineup for the eight-pic Planet Africa sidebar, including the world preems of U.S. pics “The Killing Yard,” from Euzhan Palcy (“A Dry White Season”), and “Snipes,” toplining rap stars Nelly, Schooly D and Kool Moe Dee.
In “Training Day,” a Warner Bros. release, Washington plays a veteran LAPD detective who tests the resolve of an idealistic beat cop portrayed by Hawke. Penned by David Ayer, pic is produced by Jeffrey Silver and Bobby Newmyer. Cast also includes Scott Glenn, Tom Berenger, Cliff Curtis, Dr. Dre, Macy Gray and Snoop Dogg.
“From Hell,” adapted by Rafael Yglesias and Terrry Hayes from the Jack the Ripper-inspired graphic novel series by Alan Moore and Eddie Campbell, stars Depp as Scotland Yard Inspector Abberline, who is investigating the brutal murder of a prostitute in 19th century London. The 20th Century Fox pic is produced by Don Murphy and Jane Hamsher.
Directed by Nair (“Salaam Bombay!”) and written by Sabrina Dhawan, “Monsoon Wedding” is a comic family drama with five intersecting stories centered around an extended family that is reuniting for a last-minute marriage.
“The Killing Yard,” starring Alan Alda, is based on the true story of the uprising at the Attica State Penitentiary in 1971. “Snipes,” the feature directorial debut of musicvid helmer Richard Murray, is the story of a kid who finds two dead bodies while putting up posters.
Other Planet Africa features include the world preem of Rwanda-U.K. co-production “100 Days,” set during the Rwandan genocide, and “Karmen,” a French/Senegalese/Canadian co-production about a woman (Djeinaba Diop Gai) who escapes from jail and starts running a smuggling ring in Senegal.
The fest also announced Tuesday that it will be publishing a daily newspaper during the event. Ten thousand copies will be distributed free of charge at theaters, hotels and restaurants in the Bay/Bloor neighborhood where the fest is situated.
Also slated: Oscar-nominated composer James Newton Howard (“Snow Falling on Cedars,” “Glengarry Glen Ross”) will be the subject of the “In Conversation With” program at the Rogers Industry Center.
Howard will be interviewed by Jon Burlingame, author of “Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks.”
Other highlights at the Rogers Industry Center include “Cultural Policy: A Global Perspective,” a forum addressing how public policies can affect diverse cultural expression around the world.
The “Digital Radicals” panel will discuss the impact of digital technology on film distribution, mediated by Andrew Robbins, head of Miramax New Media.
“Small Screen, Big Screen” looks at challenges faced by telepic helmers. The workshop ” ‘Ben-Hur’ Production Values on an ‘I Love Lucy’ Budget” will help producers learn how to use digital techniques to raise production values on a tight budget. Leading the workshop will be Bob Munroe, prexy of Core Digital Pictures and Bill Buxton, chief scientist at Alias/Wavefront.
The six-minute “Pitch This,” with its C$6,000 ($3,900) prize, returns for its second year.