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Toronto heads ‘North,’ visits ‘Elizabethtown’

'Dreamer' makes world preem at fest

TORONTO — The 30th annual Toronto Film Festival unveiled more than a dozen additional titles Tuesday, including several high-profile world premieres and the North American preem of Cameron Crowe’s “Elizabethtown.”

World preems include the Charlize Theron starrer “North Country,” from Niki Caro. Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Sean Bean also star in the story of a single mom (Theron) who rallies female miners to speak up against harassment.

“North Country” will be a gala presentation, as will the world preem of playwright Phyllis Nagy’s “Mrs. Harris,” the sensational tale of Jean Harris, the boarding school headmistress who killed Scarsdale Diet creator Dr. Herman Tarnower. Pic stars Annette Bening and Ben Kingsley.

John Gatins’ “Dreamer: Inspired by a True Story” makes its world preem as a matinee gala. Tale features Kurt Russell as a champion racehorse breeder who must save an injured filly for the love of his daughter (Dakota Fanning). Gatins, who makes his helming debut, also scripted.

“Elizabethtown,” starring Kirsten Dunst and Orlando Bloom, will be another fest gala. The music-rich tale of unexpected romance in the midst of a Kentucky patriarch’s funeral also stars Susan Sarandon and Alec Baldwin.

Other world preems coming to Toronto are “Bee Season,” starring Richard Gere, Juliette Binoche, Flora Cross and Max Minghella, from Scott McGehee and David Siegel; Mary Harron’s “The Notorious Bettie Page,” starring Gretchen Mol; and “Breakfast on Pluto,” Neil Jordan’s pic starring Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson and Stephen Rea.

Also added: the latest from Michael Winterbottom, whose “Tristram Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story” makes its world preem; the North American preem of Steven Soderbergh’s “Bubble”; “Everything Is Illuminated,” from Liev Schreiber; “Tim Burton’s Corpse Bride,” directed by Burton and Mike Johnson; and the James Gandolfini starrer “Romance and Cigarettes,” directed by John Turturro.

The world premiere of Udayan Prasad’s “Opa!” and “The World’s Fastest Indian” from Roger Donaldson have been added to the slate, as have North American premieres of Shane Black’s “Kiss, Kiss, Bang, Bang” and Abel Ferrara’s “Mary.”

Fest runs Sept. 8-17.

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