'Rescue,' 'Woman' added to slate
Organizers at the Toronto Intl. Film Festival have added 20 titles to the slate of this year’s event. Majority of pics are world preems, selected with an eye to stoking sales buzz.
Werner Herzog’s Christian Bale starrer “Rescue Dawn,” the true story of a U.S. Navy lieutenant’s escape from a Laos POW camp during the Vietnam War, will world preem in the Masters Program, as will Margarethe von Trotta’s tale of a one-night stand gone wrong, “I Am the Other Woman.”
Nine world premieres have been added to the Special Presentations slate, including Parker Posey starrer “Fay Grim” from Hal Hartley, a “quasi-sequel” to his 1997 film “Henry Fool”; Tarsem Singh’s psychological thriller “The Fall,” a visual epic shot in 23 countries; “Vince Vaughan’s Wild West Comedy Show” from Ari Sandel; “Love and Other Disasters” from Alek Keshishian, starring Brittany Murphy; Scott Caan’s “The Dog Problem,” starring Giovanni Ribisi, Mena Suvari and Don Cheadle; and Shane Meadows’ “This Is England,” in which a boy grieving about his father joins the local skinhead community.
Also on the Special Presentations slate are world preems of Brad Silberling’s “10 Items or Less,” starring Morgan Freeman and Paz Vega; Laurent Herbiet’s tale of the colonial war between France and Algeria, “Mon colonel”; and “L’Homme de sa vie” from Zabou Breitman and starring Charles Berling and Bernard Campan in which the arrival of a male neighbor tests a man’s marriage.
The international premiere of Viggo Mortensen starrer “Alatriste,” based on the bestselling Spanish book series and directed by Agustin Diaz Yanes, makes its international preem as a Special Presentation. Other international preems are “The Bubble,” an Israeli/Palestinian gay romance tale from Eytan Fox; Manuel Pradal’s “Un crime,” starring Harvey Keitel, Emmanuelle Beart and Norman Reedus; and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s samurai film “Hana.”
Greta Scacchi and Tom Long star in “The Book of Revelation,” Ana Kokkinos’ tale of an abducted man struggling for answers, which makes its international preem in the Visions Program.
From Japan, Sang-il Lee’s “Hula Girls” makes its world premiere in the Contemporary World Cinema program, as do “Outsourced” from John Jeffcoat, Larry Fessenden’s “The Last Winter” and “Waiter” from Alex van Warmerdam.
Among previously announced titles gathering buzz are “The Pleasure of Your Company” from Michael Ian Black; “The Prisoner or: How I Planned to Kill Tony Blair” from Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker; and “Chacun sa nuit” from Pascal Arnold and Jean-Marc Barr.
More than 3,000 are expected to attend the festival, which runs Sept. 7-16.