Bell Lightbox unveils fall film lineup

Foreign-language arthouse titles, restorations dominate list

TORONTO -- Veteran directors David Cronenberg, John Waters and Peter Bogdanovich, film editor Walter Murch and "Dexter" creator Jeff Lindsay, will help launch the new home of the Toronto International Film Festival this fall, organizers said Monday.

Also giving guest talks at Bell Lightbox this fall is actor/director Isabella Rossellini, film critic Molly Haskell, actor Michael Murphy and Quebec cinematographer and director Michel Brault.

Bell Lightbox on Monday also unveiled a fall film lineup heavy on foreign-language arthouse titles and film print restorations to follow TIFF's upcoming Sept. 9 to 19 installment.

The festival's year-round home and its five cinema screens will launch Sept. 23 with screenings of Apichatpong Weerasethakul's Oscar winner "Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives," Israeli director Yael Hersonski's "A Film Unfinished," which grabbed the best international feature award at the recent Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto, and Quebec filmmaker Xavier Dolan's "Les Amours imaginaires."

Other arthouse titles set for Bell Lightbox screens include Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman's Allen Ginsberg doc portrait "Howl," Olivier Assayas's "Carlos," and Canuck director Bruce McDonald's "Trigger," which will launch the festival's year-round home on Sept. 12 with a gala screening.

And Toronto is bringing new prints of Jean-Luc Godard's "Breathless," Francis Ford Coppola's "The Godfather," Wong Kar-wai's "Chungking Express" and Fritz Lang's "Metropolis" to Bell Lightbox.

Seven years in the making, Bell Lightbox is a partnership between Hollywood filmmaker Ivan Reitman and his family, TIFF and the Daniels Group condo developer.

After Toronto sought local developer interest for a new headquarters, Ivan Reitman and his two sisters first proposed building a condominium tower and year-round home for the festival on family-owned land in 2002.       

Originally purchased by their parents, the downtown plot of land served as a commercial parking lot for decades.