Toronto gets 'Wild' with 8 titles

Sean Penn pic, Townsend's 'Seattle' set for world debuts

The Toronto International Film Festival will host the world premieres of Stuart Townsend's "Battle in Seattle," starring Charlize Theron and Woody Harrelson, and Sean Penn's "Into the Wild," festival organizers said Thursday.

The festival also has booked North American premieres for the latest films from Andrew Dominik, Todd Haynes, Joe Wright and Paul Haggis, each of which are scheduled to bow in Venice.

Unveiling another eight titles for its high-profile Special Presentations sidebar, Toronto said it will screen Townsend's directorial debut, "Seattle," which recounts Seattle's 1999 clash between demonstrators and police in the shadow of World Trade Organization meeting. Joshua Jackson, Ray Liotta, Michelle Rodriguez and Channing Tatum round out the cast.

Also bowing in Toronto is Paramount Vantage's "Wild," Penn's portrait of a young man who gives up all luxuries to live in the Alaskan wilderness. The movie, based on a true story, stars Marcia Gay Harden, William Hurt and Vince Vaughn, and is due for a late-September theatrical release.

Other titles joining the Special Presentations party include Dominik's "The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford," the Brad Pitt starrer from Warner Bros. Pictures, and Brit director Wright's "Atonement," a classic British romance drama from Focus Features that stars Keira Knightley and James McAvoy.

Also due here is Haynes' "I'm Not There," a Bob Dylan-inspired movie starring Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere and Heath Ledger, set for a November release by the Weinstein Co.; and Paul Haggis' "In The Valley of Elah," a Warner Bros. September release about parents, played by Tommy Lee Jones and Susan Sarandon, who attempt to find their son after he returns from the Iraq war.

There also are Special Presentations berths for Noah Baumbach's "Margot at the Wedding," a portrait of a family in distress from Paramount Classics that stars Nicole Kidman and Jack Black, and Tamara Jenkins' "The Savages," which stars Laura Linney and Philip Seymour Hoffman as siblings who must come together to care for an elderly parent. The Fox Searchlight title bowed in Sundance.

Toronto organizers earlier announced another 17 titles for the Special Presentations program, which will unspool during the festival's Sept. 6-15 run.
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