Toronto fest to feature ‘Fort Washington’ preem

The world premiere of “The Saint of Fort Washington” will kick off the Toronto Festival of Festivals’ Special screenings section.

Starring Matt Dillon and Danny Glover, the Lyle Kessler screenplay is a contemporary drama of two homeless men on the streets of New York City.

Directed by Tim Hunter, the David Picker/Nessa Hyams production will be released domestically by Warner Bros. this fall.

Additional Special screenings announced by festival organizers today are North American premieres of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Blue,” Peter Greenaway’s “Baby of Macon” and Cannes’ Palme d’Or winner “Farewell to My Concubine.” The latter two had their world preems at Cannes.

“Blue,” starring Juliette Binoche, is the first part of a proposed trilogy exploring freedom, equality, brotherhood — the three ideals that drove the French Revolution. The story centers on a woman whose husband and daughter die in a car crash and her abandonment of the past and desperate search to find a future of freedom and meaning.

The section will also feature a screening of the restored 1961 classic “El Cid,” starring Charlton Heston as the Spanish warrior who forced out the Moors and united his country.

The 18th annual edition runs Sept. 9-18.

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