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TIFF Gala Presentations

Toronto – Eight films have been added to the lineup for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, joining two previously announced Gala Presentations and six previously announced Special Presentations. These titles profile works by both renowned and up-and-coming filmmakers and feature performances by some of cinema’s most celebrated performers, including Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, George Clooney, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Linus Roache, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Martin Freeman, Maria Bello, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino, Mathieu Amalric and Marie-Josée Croze. The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 – 15, 2007. Ticket Pass and Package sales are now available for VISA cardholders only and begin Monday, July 16, 2007 for VISA, cash and debit sales, and may be purchased online by visiting tiff07.ca, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM, or in-person at the TIFFG Box Office at Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West (main floor, north entrance).

GALA PRESENTATIONS

MICHAEL CLAYTON Tony Gilroy, USA

Tony Gilroy (screenwriter, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY) wrote and makes his feature directorial debut with this gripping legal drama about an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job, Michael Clayton faces a divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt, all of which have left him inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life. Produced by Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox, Steven Samuels and Kerry Orent, MICHAEL CLAYTON is a Mirage Enterprises/Section Eight production. The film is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Samuels Media and Castle Rock Entertainment.

RENDITION Gavin Hood, USA

Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard and Alan Arkin head an all-star ensemble cast in RENDITION, a compelling thriller from Gavin Hood, director of the Academy Award-winning TSOTSI (winner of the TIFF 2005 People’s Choice Award). Witherspoon plays Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the American wife of Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. Isabella desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man’s unorthodox interrogation. A New Line Cinema production, RENDITION is produced by Steve Golin and Marcus Viscidi from a screenplay by Kelly Sane. The film is distributed by New Line Cinema in the United States and by Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution in Canada.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

BEFORE THE RAINS Santosh Sivan, USA/India

The English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan (THE TERRORIST, ASOKA), set in 1930s India. When a married British colonialist (Linus Roache) is caught having an affair with his beautiful housemaid (Nandita Das), he convinces his trusted farmhand (Rahul Bose) – a member of the housemaid’s tribe – to help find a solution to the potentially deadly situation.

THE BRAVE ONE Neil Jordan, USA/Australia

Two-time Academy Awardâ„¢ winner Jodie Foster stars in a bracing thriller from filmmaker Neil Jordan (BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, THE CRYING GAME). New York radio host Erica Bain (Foster) has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores – and it all is taken away when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public’s attention, and New York is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective (Terrence Howard) hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path, or if she is indeed becoming the very thing she is trying to stop. Also starring Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt and Mary Steenburgen. 

NIGHTWATCHING Peter Greenaway, UK/Poland/Canada/The Netherlands

The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt, transforming him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper. At the insistence of his pregnant wife Saskia, Rembrandt (Martin Freeman, BREAKING AND ENTERING) has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait, a portrait that would become his most celebrated painting – The Nightwatch. Going about his work, Rembrandt discovers that there is conspiracy afoot after a man is shot dead during routine musket practice. Determined to bring these conspiracies to light, the artist builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting itself, simultaneously uncovering a seamy and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age.

NOTHING IS PRIVATE Alan Ball, USA

Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette star in the feature directorial debut from Alan Ball (Writer, AMERICAN BEAUTY; Creator, TV’s "Six Feet Under"). Based on the acclaimed book Towelhead, Ball’s NOTHING IS PRIVATE deals with the powerful issues of female sexuality, politics and racial bigotry, challenging preconceived notions of what is political and what is personal. America prepares for the first Gulf War. Thirteen-year-old Jasira (newcomer Summer Bishil) unwittingly enters into a dangerous flirtation with her mother’s boyfriend, and is sent to live with her father Rifat (Peter Macdissi of "Six Feet Under") in the suburbs of Houston. An over-bearing and traditional man, Rifat is ill-equipped to deal with the rapid sexual awakening of his teenage daughter. Jasira’s interactions with Rifat, her classmates and the neighbours on either side of her new home – liberal newlyweds and a conservative Army reservist – yield startling consequences, as Jasira comes to realize that she and only she should be in control of her body and her life.

RESERVATION ROAD Terry George, USA

A compelling tale about the lure of revenge and the power of redemption, the drama revolves around two fathers whose families and lives tragically converge with the death of a child. In the aftermath, Ethan (two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix) and Dwight (Mark Ruffalo) each react in unexpected ways as their families struggle to cope and an emotional reckoning looms. Directed by Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA), the film also stars Academy Award winners Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino.

LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY) Julian Schnabel, France

The remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric),a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby’s fate first leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life’s passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries. Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and based on Bauby’s internationally acclaimed memoir, the film also stars Marie-Josée Croze (ARARAT, LES INVASIONS BARBARES) and Max Von Sydow.

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TIFF Gala Presentations

Toronto – Eight films have been added to the lineup for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, joining two previously announced Gala Presentations and six previously announced Special Presentations. These titles profile works by both renowned and up-and-coming filmmakers and feature performances by some of cinema’s most celebrated performers, including Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, George Clooney, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Linus Roache, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Martin Freeman, Maria Bello, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino, Mathieu Amalric and Marie-Josée Croze. The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 – 15, 2007. Ticket Pass and Package sales are now available for VISA cardholders only and begin Monday, July 16, 2007 for VISA, cash and debit sales, and may be purchased online by visiting tiff07.ca, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM, or in-person at the TIFFG Box Office at Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West (main floor, north entrance).

GALA PRESENTATIONS

MICHAEL CLAYTON Tony Gilroy, USA

Tony Gilroy (screenwriter, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY) wrote and makes his feature directorial debut with this gripping legal drama about an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job, Michael Clayton faces a divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt, all of which have left him inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life. Produced by Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox, Steven Samuels and Kerry Orent, MICHAEL CLAYTON is a Mirage Enterprises/Section Eight production. The film is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Samuels Media and Castle Rock Entertainment.

RENDITION Gavin Hood, USA

Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard and Alan Arkin head an all-star ensemble cast in RENDITION, a compelling thriller from Gavin Hood, director of the Academy Award-winning TSOTSI (winner of the TIFF 2005 People’s Choice Award). Witherspoon plays Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the American wife of Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. Isabella desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man’s unorthodox interrogation. A New Line Cinema production, RENDITION is produced by Steve Golin and Marcus Viscidi from a screenplay by Kelly Sane. The film is distributed by New Line Cinema in the United States and by Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution in Canada.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

BEFORE THE RAINS Santosh Sivan, USA/India

The English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan (THE TERRORIST, ASOKA), set in 1930s India. When a married British colonialist (Linus Roache) is caught having an affair with his beautiful housemaid (Nandita Das), he convinces his trusted farmhand (Rahul Bose) – a member of the housemaid’s tribe – to help find a solution to the potentially deadly situation.

THE BRAVE ONE Neil Jordan, USA/Australia

Two-time Academy Awardâ„¢ winner Jodie Foster stars in a bracing thriller from filmmaker Neil Jordan (BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, THE CRYING GAME). New York radio host Erica Bain (Foster) has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores – and it all is taken away when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public’s attention, and New York is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective (Terrence Howard) hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path, or if she is indeed becoming the very thing she is trying to stop. Also starring Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt and Mary Steenburgen. 

NIGHTWATCHING Peter Greenaway, UK/Poland/Canada/The Netherlands

The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt, transforming him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper. At the insistence of his pregnant wife Saskia, Rembrandt (Martin Freeman, BREAKING AND ENTERING) has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait, a portrait that would become his most celebrated painting – The Nightwatch. Going about his work, Rembrandt discovers that there is conspiracy afoot after a man is shot dead during routine musket practice. Determined to bring these conspiracies to light, the artist builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting itself, simultaneously uncovering a seamy and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age.

NOTHING IS PRIVATE Alan Ball, USA

Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette star in the feature directorial debut from Alan Ball (Writer, AMERICAN BEAUTY; Creator, TV’s "Six Feet Under"). Based on the acclaimed book Towelhead, Ball’s NOTHING IS PRIVATE deals with the powerful issues of female sexuality, politics and racial bigotry, challenging preconceived notions of what is political and what is personal. America prepares for the first Gulf War. Thirteen-year-old Jasira (newcomer Summer Bishil) unwittingly enters into a dangerous flirtation with her mother’s boyfriend, and is sent to live with her father Rifat (Peter Macdissi of "Six Feet Under") in the suburbs of Houston. An over-bearing and traditional man, Rifat is ill-equipped to deal with the rapid sexual awakening of his teenage daughter. Jasira’s interactions with Rifat, her classmates and the neighbours on either side of her new home – liberal newlyweds and a conservative Army reservist – yield startling consequences, as Jasira comes to realize that she and only she should be in control of her body and her life.

RESERVATION ROAD Terry George, USA

A compelling tale about the lure of revenge and the power of redemption, the drama revolves around two fathers whose families and lives tragically converge with the death of a child. In the aftermath, Ethan (two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix) and Dwight (Mark Ruffalo) each react in unexpected ways as their families struggle to cope and an emotional reckoning looms. Directed by Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA), the film also stars Academy Award winners Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino.

LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY) Julian Schnabel, France

The remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric),a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby’s fate first leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life’s passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries. Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and based on Bauby’s internationally acclaimed memoir, the film also stars Marie-Josée Croze (ARARAT, LES INVASIONS BARBARES) and Max Von Sydow.

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TIFF Gala Presentations

Toronto – Eight films have been added to the lineup for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, joining two previously announced Gala Presentations and six previously announced Special Presentations. These titles profile works by both renowned and up-and-coming filmmakers and feature performances by some of cinema’s most celebrated performers, including Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard, Alan Arkin, George Clooney, Sydney Pollack, Tilda Swinton, Tom Wilkinson, Linus Roache, Nandita Das, Rahul Bose, Jodie Foster, Terrence Howard, Martin Freeman, Maria Bello, Aaron Eckhart, Toni Collette, Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Jennifer Connelly, Mira Sorvino, Mathieu Amalric and Marie-Josée Croze. The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 – 15, 2007. Ticket Pass and Package sales are now available for VISA cardholders only and begin Monday, July 16, 2007 for VISA, cash and debit sales, and may be purchased online by visiting tiff07.ca, by phone at 416-968-FILM or 1-877-968-FILM, or in-person at the TIFFG Box Office at Manulife Centre, 55 Bloor Street West (main floor, north entrance).

GALA PRESENTATIONS

MICHAEL CLAYTON Tony Gilroy, USA

Tony Gilroy (screenwriter, THE BOURNE IDENTITY, THE BOURNE SUPREMACY) wrote and makes his feature directorial debut with this gripping legal drama about an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job, Michael Clayton faces a divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt, all of which have left him inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement that Clayton’s firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach’s brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life. Produced by Sydney Pollack, Jennifer Fox, Steven Samuels and Kerry Orent, MICHAEL CLAYTON is a Mirage Enterprises/Section Eight production. The film is a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with Samuels Media and Castle Rock Entertainment.

RENDITION Gavin Hood, USA

Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal, Meryl Streep, Peter Sarsgaard and Alan Arkin head an all-star ensemble cast in RENDITION, a compelling thriller from Gavin Hood, director of the Academy Award-winning TSOTSI (winner of the TIFF 2005 People’s Choice Award). Witherspoon plays Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the American wife of Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. Isabella desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst (Gyllenhaal) at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man’s unorthodox interrogation. A New Line Cinema production, RENDITION is produced by Steve Golin and Marcus Viscidi from a screenplay by Kelly Sane. The film is distributed by New Line Cinema in the United States and by Alliance Atlantis Motion Picture Distribution in Canada.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

BEFORE THE RAINS Santosh Sivan, USA/India

The English language debut of acclaimed Indian director Santosh Sivan (THE TERRORIST, ASOKA), set in 1930s India. When a married British colonialist (Linus Roache) is caught having an affair with his beautiful housemaid (Nandita Das), he convinces his trusted farmhand (Rahul Bose) – a member of the housemaid’s tribe – to help find a solution to the potentially deadly situation.

THE BRAVE ONE Neil Jordan, USA/Australia

Two-time Academy Awardâ„¢ winner Jodie Foster stars in a bracing thriller from filmmaker Neil Jordan (BREAKFAST ON PLUTO, INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE, THE CRYING GAME). New York radio host Erica Bain (Foster) has a life that she loves and a fiancé she adores – and it all is taken away when a brutal attack leaves Erica badly wounded and her fiancé dead. Unable to move past the tragedy, Erica begins prowling the city streets at night to track down the men she holds responsible. Her dark pursuit of justice catches the public’s attention, and New York is riveted by her anonymous exploits. But with the NYPD desperate to find the culprit and a dogged police detective (Terrence Howard) hot on her trail, she must decide whether her quest for revenge is truly the right path, or if she is indeed becoming the very thing she is trying to stop. Also starring Naveen Andrews, Nicky Katt and Mary Steenburgen. 

NIGHTWATCHING Peter Greenaway, UK/Poland/Canada/The Netherlands

The year 1642 marks the turning point in the life of the famous Dutch painter, Rembrandt, transforming him from a wealthy respected celebrity into a discredited pauper. At the insistence of his pregnant wife Saskia, Rembrandt (Martin Freeman, BREAKING AND ENTERING) has reluctantly agreed to paint the Amsterdam Musketeer Militia in a group portrait, a portrait that would become his most celebrated painting – The Nightwatch. Going about his work, Rembrandt discovers that there is conspiracy afoot after a man is shot dead during routine musket practice. Determined to bring these conspiracies to light, the artist builds his accusation meticulously in the form of the commissioned painting itself, simultaneously uncovering a seamy and hypocritical side to Dutch Society in the Golden Age.

NOTHING IS PRIVATE Alan Ball, USA

Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette star in the feature directorial debut from Alan Ball (Writer, AMERICAN BEAUTY; Creator, TV’s "Six Feet Under"). Based on the acclaimed book Towelhead, Ball’s NOTHING IS PRIVATE deals with the powerful issues of female sexuality, politics and racial bigotry, challenging preconceived notions of what is political and what is personal. America prepares for the first Gulf War. Thirteen-year-old Jasira (newcomer Summer Bishil) unwittingly enters into a dangerous flirtation with her mother’s boyfriend, and is sent to live with her father Rifat (Peter Macdissi of "Six Feet Under") in the suburbs of Houston. An over-bearing and traditional man, Rifat is ill-equipped to deal with the rapid sexual awakening of his teenage daughter. Jasira’s interactions with Rifat, her classmates and the neighbours on either side of her new home – liberal newlyweds and a conservative Army reservist – yield startling consequences, as Jasira comes to realize that she and only she should be in control of her body and her life.

RESERVATION ROAD Terry George, USA

A compelling tale about the lure of revenge and the power of redemption, the drama revolves around two fathers whose families and lives tragically converge with the death of a child. In the aftermath, Ethan (two-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix) and Dwight (Mark Ruffalo) each react in unexpected ways as their families struggle to cope and an emotional reckoning looms. Directed by Terry George (HOTEL RWANDA), the film also stars Academy Award winners Jennifer Connelly and Mira Sorvino.

LE SCAPHANDRE ET LE PAPILLON (THE DIVING BELL AND THE BUTTERFLY) Julian Schnabel, France

The remarkable true story of Jean-Dominique Bauby (Mathieu Amalric),a successful and charismatic editor-in-chief of French Elle, who believes he is living his life to its absolute fullest when a sudden stroke leaves him in a life-altered state. While the physical challenges of Bauby’s fate first leave him with little hope for the future, he begins to discover how his life’s passions, his rich memories and his newfound imagination can help him achieve a life without boundaries. Winner of Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and based on Bauby’s internationally acclaimed memoir, the film also stars Marie-Josée Croze (ARARAT, LES INVASIONS BARBARES) and Max Von Sydow.

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