Lee to bow 'Miracle' at Toronto festival


Spike Lee, who made noise in May at the Festival de Cannes by 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 films from Peter Sollett, Vincente Amorim and Steve Jacobs.

The 33rd annual festival is set for Sept. 4-13.

"Miracle" chronicles the story of four black U.S. soldiers stationed in Tuscany, Italy, during World War II. It 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 affair, as well as the Viggo Mortensen starrer "Good," a U.K.-Germany co-production from Amorim.

Festival co-director Cameron Bailey said the sidebar spotlights auteur-driven movies without the star wattage to warrant a high-profile slot at Roy Thomson Hall.

Also on the world premiere list is U.S. helmer Sollett's "Nick and 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 offer 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. (partialdiff)