'Pieces,' Toronto a good fit

Holocaust drama to open 32nd festival

The world premiere of "Fugitive Pieces," the latest work from Canadian director Jeremy Po-deswa, will launch the Toronto International Film Festival's 32nd edition, organizers said Thursday (HR 5/11).

Podeswa's third feature, following "Eclipse" and "The Five Senses," centers on a man haunted by his childhood experiences during the Holocaust who eventually finds solace and love in Toronto.

The drama was shot last year in Greece and Canada at a cost of $9.5 million.

The choice follows the tradition of Toronto selecting a homegrown director to open the festival instead of star-driven Hollywood releases and other high-profile international entries taking center stage.

Last year, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn's opening-night film, "The Journals of Knud Rasmussen," had a bit of its thunder stolen when projection problems halted the midnight world premiere of Larry Charles' "Borat." Despite the snafu, the Sacha Baron Cohen comedy from 20th Century Fox became the most-hyped movie of Toronto in 2006.