Toronto’s sprocket opera has always featured boldfaced names over the years, and this edition is no different. On hand will be stars, helmers, rockers and writers: from George Clooney to George Romero, Ewan McGregor to Ian McEwan, and Lou Reed to Reese Witherspoon.
Still, some rarer film fest appearances should be noted:
Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter is due to hit Toronto’s red carpet along with Jonathan Demme-helmed docu “Man From Plains,” a chronicle of Carter’s controversial “Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid” book tour.
Canadian Sen. and former Lt. General Romeo Dallaire comes to town in support of a film based on his memoir about the Rwandan genocide, “Shake Hands With the Devil,” helmed by Roger Spottiswoode.
Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder accompanies first-time filmmaker Phil Donahue and docu “Body of War,” for which Vedder wrote two original songs. He’ll perform after Tuesday’s world preem.
And Max von Sydow is set to make a rare fest appearance. The 78-year-old Swedish thesp jets in from Paris to tubthump his role in Julian Schnabel’s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” and present a special screening of Ingmar Bergman’s classic “The Virgin Spring” (1960). Von Sydow and the recently departed director made 13 films together, starting with 1957’s “The Seventh Seal.”