Toronto sets ‘Lantana’ to close

Big names, world preems in fest's 326-film lineup

TORONTO — “Lantana,” Ray Lawrence’s psychological thriller starring Geoffrey Rush and Barbara Hershey, will close the 26th annual Toronto Intl. Film Festival.

Pic, which traces the ruinous effects of doubt and deception on a couple in the wake of their daughter’s murder, will have its international premiere at the fest, which this year includes 326 films, 249 of them features.

Fest, which runs Sept. 6-15, will include the world premieres of Istvan Szabo’s “Taking Sides,” set in U.S.-occupied Berlin after WWII and starring Harvey Keitel and Stellan Skarsgard; Peter Chelsom’s romancer “Serendipity,” starring John Cusack and Kate Beckinsale; and Bart Freundlich’s “World Traveler,” starring Billy Crudup and Julianne Moore.

Taking ‘Prozac’

Also world preeming are Erik Skjoldbjaerg’s “Prozac Nation,” starring Christina Ricci, Jessica Lange, Anne Heche and Jason Biggs; Rose Troche’s “The Safety of Objects,” toplining Glenn Close, Dermot Mulroney, Joshua Jackson and Moira Kelly; and Chris Ver Wiel’s “Who Is Cletis Tout?,” with Christian Slater, Tim Allen, Portia de Rossi and Richard Dreyfuss.

David Mamet’s crime caper “Heist,” starring Gene Hackman and Danny DeVito, will have its North American premiere, as will Edward Burns’ “Sidewalks of New York,” toplining Heather Graham.

Michael Apted’s adaptation of Robert Harris’ WWII code-breaker thriller, “Enigma,” starring Dougray Scott, Kate Winslet and Jeremy Northam, makes its Canuck premiere. Pic is produced by Lorne Michaels and Mick Jagger; Tom Stoppard penned the script.

Jean-Pierre Jeunet brings his comedy “Amelie From Montmartre,” fresh from its North American premiere in Montreal. Also from the Montreal fest will be Todd Field’s directorial debut “In the Bedroom,” starring Sissy Spacek and Tom Wilkinson.

French director Benoit Jacquot returns to the Toronto festival with the North American premiere of the cinematic adaptation of Puccini’s “Tosca,” in which opera stars Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna portray the doomed lovers.

March of ‘Triumph’

Mira Sorvino, Ben Kingsley and Fiona Shaw star in the mistaken identity comedy “The Triumph of Love,” from Clare Peploe, based on an 18th century play by French dramatist Pierre de Marivaux.

This year’s Masters program includes the world premiere of “Bunuel and King Solomon’s Table,” from Spanish director Carlos Saura; David Lynch’s latest, “Mulholland Drive,” in its North American premiere; and Cannes Palme d’Or winner “The Son’s Room,” from Italian director Nanni Moretti.

The Contemporary World Cinema program includes “The Man From Elysian Fields,” starring Jagger and Andy Garcia and directed by George Hickenlooper; Serbian director Goran Paskaljevic’s “How Harry Became a Tree”; and Patrick Stettner’s “The Business of Strangers,” starring Stockard Channing and Julia Stiles.

Keitel, David Arquette, Steve Buscemi and Mira Sorvino star in “The Grey Zone,” Tim Blake Nelson’s harrowing story of Auschwitz’s Jewish prisoners forced to help kill fellow prisoners.

‘Kingdom’ come

Don Boyd returns with “My Kingdom,” a Richard Harris and Lynn Redgrave starrer about what happens to a crime patriarch’s life after the murder of his wife. Also on the bill is Richard Glatzer and Wash West’s “The Fluffer,” about a young man in love with gay porn star Johnny Rebel.

There is a strong French-language presence this year, with 37 features, including Catherine Breillat’s “A Ma Soeur!,” about the sexual awakening of two sisters on summer holiday; Gabriel Aghion’s “Absolument Fabuleux,” setting the popular British TV show in Paris with French stars; and Bertrand Bonello’s “Le Pornographe,” about a veteran porn director who returns to the industry to pay off some debts.

Fest director Piers Handling introduced the fest’s lineup in Toronto on Tuesday.

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