Story by: Jack Foley
THE Toronto Film Festival, one of the year's biggest filmgoing
festivals after Cannes and Sundance, is lining up the big names
ahead of its launch next month.
Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, and Denzel Washington are among
the big Hollywood names who have already confirmed appearances
at the annual festival, which has come as some relief to organisers
who feared the worst after the city's troubled year (following
the Sars epidemic and the North American power cut).
This year's event will begin on September 4 and will feature
a colossal 64 world premières.
Among the other celebrities that are expected to attend are Anthony
Hopkins, Cate Blanchett, Meg Ryan and Francis Ford Coppola.
Ryan, in particuar, should prove a popular draw, considering
that her latest film, In
The Cut, is said to mark the most radical image makeover of
a Hollywood star in ages.
She plays a New York academic, Frannie Avery, who becomes involved
with a detective (Mark Ruffalo), who is investigating a murder
in her neighbourhood.
Said is said to appear naked at one point, while the film itself
is said to be both sexually explicit and violent.
Among the other films to be shown there are Girl With a Pearl
Earring, based on Tracy Chevalier's novel and starring Colin Firth
as 17th Century Dutch painter Johannes Vermeer, and Richard Linklater's
The School of Rock, which features Jack Black as a hard-up rock
star who hopes to get back to the top.
Director Ridley Scott is also due to introduce a director's cut
of his classic, Alien, including
previously unseen footage.
The all-star Love Actually, which marks the directorial debut
of Notting Hill writer, Richard Curtis, and which features the
likes of Keira
Knightley and Colin Firth, will also get its world première.
The festival will close with Danny Deckchair, an Australian film
about a man who lifts off in a deckchair tied to helium balloons.
Of the other notable films on show, John Sayles' Casa de los
Babys; Lars von Triers' Palme D'Or winner, Elephant;
and Vincenzo Natali's Cypher will
also be featured prominently.
Keep an eye on the IndieLondon movie pages for further details
of several of the movies featured throughout the event.