Dance card complete

Toronto adds world bows from U.S. helmers

World premieres from U.S. directors Rod Lurie, Neil Burger, Jodie Markell and Gavin O'Connor have snared some of the final spots at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Lurie will bow his political thriller "Nothing but the Truth," a Yari Film Group title that stars Kate Beckinsale as a Washington reporter jailed for revealing the name of a covert CIA agent.

O'Connor will bring Warner Bros.' "Pride and Glory," a cop family drama that stars Edward Norton, Colin Farrell and Jon Voight, while Burger will debut Lionsgate/ Roadside Attractions' Rachel McAdams-Tim Robbins starrer "The Lucky Ones," about a road trip by returning U.S. soldiers.

Markell's "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" is based on a rediscovered Tennessee Williams screenplay and stars Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans and Ann-Margret.

As Toronto completed the lineup for its Sept. 4-13 run, it unveiled 312 films from 64 countries. These include 249 features, most of which are world, international or North American premieres, and 61 of which are directorial debuts.

Other films getting new Roy Thomson Hall gala spots include German filmmaker Caroline Link's "A Year in Winter"; Toa Fraser's "Dean Spanley," toplined by Peter O'Toole, Jeremy Northam and Sam Neill; Jerry Zaks' "Who Do You Love," a biopic about famed record producer Leonard Chess; and Indian director Anees Bazmee's romantic action comedy "Singh Is Kinng."

Also on tap is a North American premiere for Ethan and Joel Coen's Venice opener "Burn After Reading," the CIA comedy that stars George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Brad Pitt.

A complete lineup of titles is available at TIFF08.ca. (partialdiff)
comments powered by Disqus