Clooney, Cruz, Farrell likely to attend
The Toronto Film Festival completed its slate Thursday, adding 45 titles to various programs to bring the overall number of feature-length pics in the 2009 edition to 271, including nearly 100 world preems.
Fest also released a 500-plus list of guests expected to walk the red carpet including George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Demi Moore and Oprah Winfrey plus directors the Coen brothers, Steven Soderbergh and Claire Denis.
World preems in Masters include Amos Gitai’s “Carmel,” reflecting his own past as a soldier; Suzana Amaral’s “Hotel Atlantico,” following an unnamed actor wandering through southern Brazil; Francois Ozon’s “Le Refuge,” exploring the relationship between a pregnant woman and the brother of her late boyfriend; and Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s “The Window,” in which plans for a man’s charitable act go awry.
Masters is rounded out by North American preems of helmer Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or winner “The White Ribbon”; Lars von Trier’s erotic-horror pic “Antichrist”; Denis’ story of French expats in Africa, “White Material”; Marco Bellocchio’s fictionalized portrait of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, “Vincere”; Kira Muratova’s “Melody for a Street Organ”; and Goran Paskaljevic’s “Honeymoons.” Margarethe von Trotta’s “Vision” has its Canadian preem.
Discovery adds world preems of Oscar Ruiz Navia’s “Crab Trap” and Laxmikant Shetgaonkar’s “The Man Beyond the Bridge.”
Belgian helmer Jaco Van Dormael’s Venice-bound “Mr. Nobody,” a sci-fi fantasy starring Jared Leto, joins Special Presentations.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 24 titles, all international or North American preems, including pics from helmers Robert Connolly (“Balibo”), Lee Hae-joon (“Castaway on the Moon”), Ole Bornedal (“Deliver Us From Evil”), Alex van Warmerdam (“The Last Days of Emma Blank”), Sarah Watt (“My Year Without Sex”), Mia Hansen-Love (“Le Pere de mes enfants”), Wanma Caidan (“The Search”) and Romanian omnibus film “Tales From the Golden Age.”