Rare appearances featured at this year's event

Toronto’s sprocket opera has always featured boldfaced names over the years, and this edition is no different. On hand will be stars, helmers, rockers and writers: from George Clooney to George Romero, Ewan McGregor to Ian McEwan, and Lou Reed to Reese Witherspoon.

Still, some rarer film fest appearances should be noted:

Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is due to hit Toronto’s red carpet along with Jonathan Demme-helmed docu “Man From Plains,” a chronicle of Carter’s controversial “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” book tour.

Canadian Sen. and former Lt. General Romeo Dallaire comes to town in support of a film based on his memoir about the Rwandan genocide, “Shake Hands With the Devil,” helmed by Roger Spottiswoode.

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder accompanies first-time filmmaker Phil Donahue and docu “Body of War,” for which Vedder wrote two original songs. He’ll perform after Tuesday’s world preem.

And Max von Sydow is set to make a rare fest appearance. The 78-year-old Swedish thesp jets in from Paris to tubthump his role in Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and present a special screening of Ingmar Bergman’s classic “The Virgin Spring” (1960). Von Sydow and the recently departed director made 13 films together, starting with 1957′s “The Seventh Seal.”

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