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Toronto adds world premieres including Disgrace, Miracle Of St Anna

The Toronto International Film Festival has added six films to its Special Presentations line-up for 2008.

The films include four world premieres: Steve Jacobs’ Disgrace, Vicente Amorim’s Good, Spike Lee’s Miracle At St Anna, and Peter Sollett’s Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

North American premieres are Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes jury prize-winner Il Divo and Kathryn Bigelow’s The Hurt Locker.

Disgrace (Australia/South Africa) is an adaptation of the Booker-winning JM Coetzee novel about a Cape Town professor (John Malkovich) who visits his daughter on her rural farm in the Eastern Cape and becomes the victim of violence.

Good (UK/Hungary) stars Viggo Mortensen as a 1930s professor whose novel is suddenly lauded by political figures.

Miracle At St Anna, which had been tipped to show in Venice, is Spike Lee’s Italy-set story of four black American soldiers in Tuscany during WWII. The cast features Starring Derek Luke, Michael Ealy, Laz Alonso, Omar Benson Miller, Matteo Sciabordi, John Leguizamo and Joseph Gordon Levitt.

Comedy Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist is about two people, played by Michael Cera and Kat Dennings, who are brought together one night by a love of the same music.

Cannes hit Il Divo stars Toni Servillo as controversial Italian politician Giulio Andreotti.

The Hurt Locker stars Ralph Fiennes, Guy Pearce, David Morse, Jeremy Renner and Christian Camargo as members of an elite Army bomb squad unit in Iraq.

The festival runs Sept 4-13.

Source: Screen Daily

Toronto film festival follows Cannes’ lead

TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival made way for some Cannes heavyweights Thursday, unveiling Special Presentation slots for Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or winner “The Class” and Matteo Garrone’s Grand Prix winner “Gomorrah” among a group of about two dozen North American premieres.

Arnaud Desplechin’s “Un conte de Noel” and Canadian helmer Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration” — both Cannes Competition titles — also will get the red-carpet treatment in Toronto, alongside South Korean filmmaker Kim Jee-woon’s Out of Competition “The Good, the Bad and the Weird.”

Other Cannes entries making their Canadian splash include the Dardennes brothers’ “Lorna’s Silence,” best screenplay winner in Cannes; Jerzy Skolimowksi’s “Four Nights With Anna”; Terence Davies’ “Of Time and the City”; Jia Zhang-ke’s “24 City”; and “Three Monkeys,” which earned director Nuri Bilge Ceylan the best director trophy.

The quintet has been programmed as part of Toronto’s Masters sidebar.

On the documentary side, films headed for Toronto include “Blind Loves,” from Slovakian director Juraj Lehotsky, Lisandro Alonso’s “Liverpool” and “Service,” by Brillante Mendoza.

Cannes Competition titles from Brazil — Walter Salles and Daniela Thomas’ “Linha de Passe” and Pablo Trapero’s “Lion’s Den” — headline a Contemporary World Cinema sidebar that includes Federico Veiroj’s “Acne,” Bent Hamer’s “O’Horten,” Amos Kollek’s “Restless” and Gotz Spielmann’s “Revanche.”

The Discovery program will feature Steve McQueen’s “Hunger,” which earned the Camera d’Or in Cannes, U.S. filmmaker Barry Jenkins’ “Medicine for Melancholy,” Argentinean director Gabriel Medina’s “The Paranoids,” Pablo Aguero’s “Salamandra,” Matthew Newton’s “Three Blind Mice,” Pablo Larrain’s “Tony Manero” and Sergey Dvortsevoy’s “Tulpan.”

Rounding out the Toronto lineup is yet another Cannes Competition title — Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir” — which will compete in the Vanguard section.

The 33rd Toronto International Film Festival will run Sept. 4-13.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

TIFF taps programmers

The Toronto Film Festival has recruited Montreal film critic and author Matthew Hays to its Canadian feature programming team and appointed Kathleen Mullen as Short Cuts Canada programmer.

Hays, who has written on film for the weekly Montreal Mirror since 1993 and on popular culture and politics for a broad range of dailies and periodicals, teaches film studies at Concordia U and is the author of “The View From Here: Conversations With Gay and Lesbian Filmmakers.”He joins associate director of Canadian programming Steve Gravestock and Jesse Wente. Canadian features are now slotted throughout TIFF’s array of programming windows rather than having their own separate category.

Mullen has programmed for the Provincetown Film Festival, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts Film Program and the Vancouver Film Festival. She was the director of programming at Inside Out Toronto Lesbian and Gay Film and Video Festival from 2000-05.

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 4-13.

Source: Variety

Queen Street West and TIFF: Hollywood North featuring Valentino and Jeanne Beker

Toronto, ON – The red carpet meets the runway when the stars of film and fashion align during the 2007 Toronto International Film Festival. CTV announced today the second in a series of exclusive red carpet events to be held at its Festival Headquarters at 299 Queen Street West. “FashionTelevision Celebrates Valentino” will see one of Hollywood’s most cherished designers feted on Monday, September 10 in an ultra-exclusive runway event and fashion show hosted by FashionTelevision’s Jeanne Beker.

He was inspired by Hollywood… and Hollywood helped make him a star! Valentino’s strong association with Hollywood and its stars over the years has been unparalleled. The Italian couturier believes modern-day movie stars should always look glamorous and, as a result, the stars of the silver screen became his most important clients. From Liz Taylor to Julia Roberts, Sarah Jessica Parker to Jackie O, Ashley Judd to Uma Thurman to Gwyneth Paltrow, Hollywood loves Valentino. Now, as luminaries from Hollywood and beyond descend upon the city for the Toronto International Film Festival, CTV honours Valentino’s 45 years of fashion with this unique celebration.

At “FashionTelevision Celebrates Valentino,” CTV’s Festival Headquarters will be transformed into a world-class fashion event with cocktails and couture. A VIP list of special guests from Hollywood and beyond will enjoy cocktails before being treated to a spectacular fashion show featuring Valentino’s 2007 Fall/Winter Collection. In a first for CTV’s 299 Queen West environment, special guests will look on as the collection is presented on a spectacular 80-foot runway created just for this special night.

Hosted by Jeanne Beker, “FashionTelevision Celebrates Valentino” serves as a “teaser” for the upcoming, one-hour biography Valentino, Master of Style, set to air on CTV and FashionTelevision Channel at a later date.

As announced yesterday, CTV’s suite of #1 entertainment brands is joining forces to cover every red carpet, every major star, every gala, and every breaking story for the 10 days of the Toronto International Film Festival. Combining to bring even more all-access coverage are entertainment news teams from eTalk, Star!, MuchMusic, MTV, Bravo! and Fashion Television Channel- each fanning across the City to cover the Festival like never before. Add in Canada AM, and full TIFF news coverage across a full slate of CTV News properties, and its easy to see why CTV viewers will get the big picture. It’s the biggest names, the rising stars and all the breaking stories. It’s massive and multi-platform. This September, viewers will get it all on CTV and its trusted stable of entertainment experts.

Bell Lightbox new name of TIFF headquarters

Toronto – The Toronto International Film Festival Group (TIFFG) and Bell today announced the new name and logo of the TIFFG’s home and headquarters: Bell Lightbox.

The Bell Lightbox name acknowledges TIFFG’s special relationship with Bell and underlines the Group’s dedication to advancing the art form of the moving image. TIFFG has adopted a simple, effective and direct logo for their new headquarters, highlighting the dynamic and powerful energy contained within every theatre, monitor and new media that displays the moving image. To view the name and logo, please visit belllightbox.ca.

“It’s with great pride that we announce the new Bell Lightbox name and logo for our home and headquarters at King and John Streets,” said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFFG. “This is another milestone in achieving Toronto International Film Festival Group’s goal – to be the landmark destination for the moving image. Thanks to Bell, TIFFG’s headquarters will feature the latest video and other communications technologies, providing the richest possible experiences to artists and visitors.”

“Bell Lightbox evokes the power of film to captivate us and to illuminate our ideas, not only for Torontonians and all Canadians, but for people from around the world,” said Michael Sabia, President and Chief Executive Officer of BCE and Chief Executive Officer of Bell Canada. “The new building will have the most advanced technology that Bell can offer to create the richest possible experience and ensure Bell Lightbox is a vibrant destination for artists from across Canada and from around the world.”

An open and inviting design by Kuwabara Payne Mckenna Blumberg (KPMB), Bell Lightbox will be a welcoming platform to the public, Canadian and international filmmakers and industry professionals. In celebration of the recent groundbreaking, renowned KPMB lead architect Bruce Kuwabara will offer a visual presentation and intimate opportunity to discuss the ideas and design process behind Bell Lightbox at 5:00pm on Thursday, September 13 at the Cumberland Cinema.

Chris Marker’s masterpiece LA JETÉE (1964) will be screened following Kuwabara’s presentation and discussion. This innovative narrative uses a series of black and white still images to tell the story of a man in a dystopian future who is selected to travel back and forth in time in the hopes of saving the dying planet. This highly influential work introduced a new model for telling stories through film, and complements Kuwabara’s presentation of a new approach to designing a space that celebrates the wonder of the moving image.

TIFFG’s capital project to build Bell Lightbox is generously supported by founding sponsor Bell, the Government of Canada and the Government of Ontario who have each contributed $25 million, and a number of other individuals and corporations including but not limited to CIBC, The Copyright Collective of Canada, NBC Universal Canada, VISA, Allan Slaight and family, Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation, the TIFFG Board of Directors and Facility Committee, and our staff. Bell Lightbox is made possible through a co-development relationship between the Toronto International Film Festival Group, and the King and John Festival Corporation (KJFC), comprising The Daniels Corporation, filmmaker Ivan Reitman and his sisters Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels.

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