Toronto festival boosts lineup

Hood's 'Rendition' to debut at event

Eight more films, featuring performances by Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Jodie Foster and Peter Sarsgaard, among others, have been added to the Toronto Film Festival lineup.

New Line’s Middle East political thriller “Rendition,” sporting an ensemble cast toplined by Witherspoon and Gyllenhaal and directed by Gavin Hood (“Tsotsi”), will world preem as a Toronto Gala Presentation at the fest, which runs Sept. 6-16. Screenwriter Tony Gilroy’s directorial debut, legal drama “Michael Clayton,” will also get the Gala treatment, its first North American screening following its preem in Venice.

Joining the Special Presentations lineup is helmer Peter Greenaway’s “Nightwatching,” in which Martin Freeman (“Breaking and Entering”) portrays Rembrandt during the time he painted his most famous work, as well as the world preem of “Before the Rains,” a U.S./India co-production from director Santosh Sivan (“Bride and Prejudice”).

Foster explores the theory that revenge is a dish best served cold in “The Brave One,” from helmer Neil Jordan, which world preems as a Special Presentation, as does Alan Ball’s “Nothing Is Private,” starring Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Toni Collette and “Reservation Road,” from “Hotel Rwanda” director Terry George. That pic stars Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin Phoenix as two fathers brought together by the death of a child.

Coming to Toronto as a Special Presentation following its Cannes preem is helmer Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”

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