Organizers unveiled Wednesday the full slate for the 32nd Toronto International Film Festival, with offerings from the likes of Michael Moore, Kenneth Branagh, Richard Attenborough and Wayne Wang added to the mix, which now comprises 349 films from 55 countries.
Moore directs and stars in “Captain Mike Across America,” which has been added to the Special Presentations lineup, which already boasted high-profile pics such as the Jodie Foster starrer “The Brave One,” Ang Lee’s “Lust, Caution” and Julian Schnabel’s Cannes entry “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.”
Joining the Gala slate are Branagh’s “Sleuth,” starring Michael Caine and Jude Law; and Attenborough’s love story “Closing the Ring,” starring Shirley MacLaine, Christopher Plummer, Neve Campbell and Pete Postlethwaite.
Two titles from Wang have been added to the Masters lineup, which now totals 20. “A Thousand Years of Good Prayers” and “The Princess of Nebraska” both examine the experiences of Chinese immigrants in the U.S.
Adding even more star wattage to Special Presentations are films with Philip Seymour Hoffman and Ethan Hawke(Sidney Lumet’s “Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”); Aaron Eckhart and Jessica Alba (“Bill”); Guy Pearce and Catherine Zeta-Jones (Gillian Armstrong’s “Death Defying Acts”); Uma Thurman and Evan Rachel Wood (Vadim Perelman’s “In Bloom”); Jennifer Garner (Jason Reitman’s “Juno”); Chris Cooper, Patricia Clarkson, Pierce Brosnan and Rachel McAdams (“Married Life”); Kevin Bacon and Marcia Gay Harden (“Rails and Ties”); and Jim Broadbent and Colin Firth (“And When Did You Last See Your Father?,” directed by Anand Tucker.)
Rounding out the Special Presentations list are: Brian De Palma’s Iraq war story “Redacted”; John Leguizamo, Tyrese Gibson and Bobby Cannavale starrer “The Take,” from Brad Furman; Tom McCarthy’s “The Visitor”; and Jonathan Demme’s doc “Man From Plains,” about Jimmy Carter.
The Gala slate also adds psychological chills and thrills with Paul Schrader’s “The Walker,” starring Woody Harrelson, Kristin Scott Thomas, Lauren Bacall, Lily Tomlin and Willem Dafoe; and Renny Harlin’s “Cleaner,” starring Samuel L. Jackson, Ed Harris, Eva Mendes and Keke Palmer.
Rounding out the Gala program are Alain Corneau’s 1950s-set remake of Melville’s 1966 pic “Le deuxieme souffle,” starring Daniel Auteuil and Monica Bellucci, and Robin Swicord’s “The Jane Austen Book Club,” with Kathy Baker, Maria Bello, Marc Blucas and Emily Blunt.
New on the Real to Reel slate are three musical docs — Paul Crowder and Murray Lerner’s “Amazing Journey: The Story of the Who”; “Lou Reed’s Berlin,” also from Schnabel; and “Joy Division,” from Grant Gee — as well as “Children of the Sun”; “Callas assoluta”; “Fengming: A Chinese Memoir”; “Rebellion: The Litvinenko Case”; and “Useless.”
This year’s Mavericks sessions, examining how the worlds of politics and cinema intersect, include “Everything to Gain: A Conversation With Jimmy and Rosalynn Carter”; “Darfur/Darfur,” featuring Don Cheadle; “Religulous: A Conversation With Bill Maher and Larry Charles”; and “Mira Nair Presents Four Views on AIDS in India.”
“Dialogues: Talking With Pictures” will feature architect Bruce Kuwabara, Max von Sydow, Ellen Burstyn and filmmakers Lumet, Attenborough, Ken Loach, Arthur Dong & Nancy Kwan and Peter Bogdanovich.
Fest runs Sept. 6-15.
For more on the Toronto lineup, visit Fest Central.