Spike Lee's 'Miracle' bowing at Toronto
WWII drama among world premieres in festival sidebarTORONTO -- Spike Lee, who made noise in Cannes in May trading jabs with Clint Eastwood while promoting "Miracle at St. Anna," will bow the war drama in Toronto.
Lee's latest is among several world premieres unveiled Wednesday for the Toronto International Film Festival's Special Presentations sidebar, including new films from Peter Sollett, Vincente Amorim and Steve Jacobs.
"Miracle," which chronicles the story of four black U.S. soldiers stationed in Tuscany during World War II, stars Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, John Leguizamo and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Toronto also has booked Australian director Jacobs' "Disgrace," a big-screen adaptation of the J.M. Coetzee novel that stars John Malkovich as a professor whose life comes apart after an impulsive affair, and the Viggo Mortensen starrer "Good," a British-German co-production from Amorim.
Toronto festival co-director Cameron Bailey said that the Special Presentations sidebar spotlights auteur-driven movies without sufficient star wattage to warrant a high-profile slot at Roy Thomson Hall.
Also receiving a world premiere in Toronto is U.S. helmer Sollett's "Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist," a comedy about two people (Michael Cera and Kat Dennings) on a first date amid New York's indie rock scene.
Toronto also will give North American premieres to Italian director Paolo Sorrentino's "Il Divo," which bowed in Cannes, and Kathryn Bigelow's "The Hurt Locker," an Iraq War thriller that stars Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Jeremy Renner and Christian Camargo.
The 33rd annual Toronto International Film Festival is set for Sept. 4-13.