Toronto fest pics en route to Roadside


Roadside Attractions has nabbed a pair of Toronto International Film Festival world premieres: Santosh Sivan's romantic drama "Before the Rains," starring Linus Roache, and Tarsem's epic fantasy "The Fall."

"Rains" stars Roache as a British entrepreneur in 1937 colonial India who begins an extramarital affair with a local servant (Nandita Das). When their relationship is exposed, and his wife (Jennifer Ehle) returns from England, his future and the servant's life are put in jeopardy.

Doug Mankoff, Andrew Spaulding, Paul Hardart, Tom Hardart and Mark Burton produced the film from Indian director Sivan ("The Terrorist"). The film premiered in September and will be released next year.

Music video director Tarsem's "Fall," set in a 1920s hospital, centers on a fantastical story told to a young girl (Catinca Untaru) with a broken collarbone by an injured stuntman (Lee Pace). The films brings the tale of five heroes who escape from a desert island to life with violent and surreal imagery channeled through the girl's imagination.

The film is Tarsem's follow-up to his feature debut "The Cell," starring Jennifer Lopez. It premiered at the 2006 Toronto fest and will be released domestically in March.