‘Beautiful,’ ‘Water’ to preem at Toronto

Altman's 'Women' making North American bow as well

TORONTO — Sally Field’s directorial debut “Beautiful” and “Dr. T and the Women,” the latest from Robert Altman, are among four world premieres and six North American bows added to the slate at this year’s Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

“Beautiful,” which gets its world premiere at the fest, stars Minnie Driver as a small-town beauty queen concealing a secret as she claws her way up the pageant ladder; pic also stars Kathleen Turner.

Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Weight of Water” will also have its world preem at Toronto. Pic stars Sean Penn, Catherine McCormack, Elizabeth Hurley and Josh Lucas.

Other films slated for world bows are Michael Corrente’s “A Shot at Glory,” starring Robert Duvall as a Scottish football manager who leads a misfit Highland team in a fight for the Scottish Cup; and Joel Hershman’s “Greenfingers,” a tale of redemption based on a true story about gardening prison inmates (Clive Owen and David Kelly).

Robert Altman’s “Dr. T and the Women,” a comedy starring Richard Gere as a gynecologist trying to juggle all the women in his personal and professional life, makes its North American debut at Toronto; pic also stars Shelley Long, Farrah Fawcett, Helen Hunt, Laura Dern, Liv Tyler and Kate Hudson.

Also making its North American premiere is the Cannes screener “Bread and Tulips,” an Italian/Swiss co-production from Silvio Soldini, starring Licia Maglietta and Antonio Catania.

Cannes Competition pic “In the Mood for Love,” from helmer Wong Kar-wai, will have its North American premiere at the festival. Starring Tony Leung and Maggie Cheung, pic is about neighbors in a Hong Kong apartment building in the 1960s who must face the fact that their respective partners are having an affair.

Other North American preems include Ed Harris starring as abstract expressionist painter Jackson Pollock in “Pollock,” Harris’ directorial debut that is also slated for the New York Film Festival later in September; Tom Tykwer’s “The Princess and the Warrior,” about a woman’s search for the man who, after a car accident, saved her life and then disappeared; and “Before Night Falls,” the latest from Julian Schnabel (“Basquiat”) about the Cuban novelist and poet Reinaldo Arenas and the difficulties he faced first as a writer and homosexual in Castro’s Cuba and then in exile in New York.

The 25th annual Toronto Film Festival will unspool Sept. 7-16.