Toronto's dance card complete
Sept. 4-13 festival includes 249 featuresTORONTO -- U.S. directors Rod Lurie, Neil Burger, Jodie Markell and Gavin O'Connor were among those snaring world premieres Tuesday as the Toronto International Film Festival finalized its lineup.
Lurie will bow his political thriller "Nothing But the Truth," a Yari Film Group title that stars Kate Beckinsale as a Washington reporter put behind bars 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 its 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 new Roy Thomson slots 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 Coen and Joel Coen's Venice opener "Burn After Reading," the CIA comedy that stars George Clooney, Frances McDormand, John Malkovich and Brad Pitt.
Three French films will receive gala treatment in Toronto: French director Anna Fontaine's "La Fille de Monaco," Jean-Francois Richet's "Public Enemy No. One" and Daniel Burman's "Empty Nest." In all, France will be represented by 30 movies.
Toronto also has booked "New York, I Love You," a compilation of short films from 12 directors including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Kapur, Mira Nair and Brett Ratner.
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