‘Elizabeth’ reigns in Toronto lineup

Blanchett film to premiere at film festival

Cate Blanchett starrer “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” will have its world preem at the Toronto Film Festival in September as a Gala presentation, the highest-profile slot at the Canuck fest.

Event on Tuesday announced 32 pics that have already played other festivals, including a slew of Cannes entries. Toronto runs Sept. 6-15.

In “The Golden Age,” Blanchett reprises the role she played in the Oscar-nominated “Elizabeth” and Geoffrey Rush returns to play the queen’s adviser, Sir Francis Walsingham. Shekhar Kapur directed the pic as he did the original.

Clive Owen stars as Sir Walter Raleigh.

Pic, which Universal has skedded for an Oct. 12 release, was penned by William Nicholson and Michael Hirst. Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Jonathan Cavendish produced.

Joel and Ethan Coen’s “No Country for Old Men,” which world preemed in competition at Cannes, will have its North American premiere at the Toronto fest. The Miramax release is set to make its U.S. bow just after Toronto at the New York Film Festival. Carlos Reygadas’ “Silent Light” (which tied for the jury prize at Cannes) is also in the lineup.

Other pics set for Toronto include Russian helmer Alexander Sokurov’s “Alexandra,” Hou Hsiao-hsien’s French/Taiwanese co-production “The Flight of the Red Balloon,” Bela Tarr’s French/Hungarian/German co-production “The Man From London” and French auteur Jacques Rivette’s “Ne touchez pas la hache” (Don’t Touch the Ax), based on a Balzac short story and set amid the extravagant balls of 1820s Paris.

Also on the menu at Toronto areItalian helmer Ermanno Olmi’s “One Hundred Nails,” German helmer Volker Schlondorff’s “Ulzhan” and Canuck helmer Bruce McDonald’s “The Tracey Fragments,” which preemed at the Berlin festival.

Photog-turned-helmer Anton Corbijn’s Ian Curtis biopic “Control,” a Cannes entry, will also play Toronto.

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