TORONTO — Tom Hanks, Penelope Cruz, Bruce Willis, Gwyneth Paltrow, Robert De Niro, Marion Cotillard and Johnny Depp are among celebs expected to walk the Toronto Film Festival red carpet, it was announced Tuesday.
In addition to the lengthy guest-list of thesps, helmers and industry heavyweights attending this year, the fest unveiled its final batch of titles, bringing the total number of features to 289, 146 of which are world preems.
Masters adds 14 pics from modern cinema legends, including the world preems of Michael Winterbottom’s “Everyday,” which tells the story of a mother and four children separated from their incarcerated father, and Goran Paskaljevic’s “When the Day Breaks,” in which a retired professor’s life changes after a box is unearthed during the excavation of a former concentration camp site.
The program also delivers the North American preems of Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winning “Amour,” Cristian Mungiu’s “Beyond the Hills,” Manoel de Oliveira’s “Gebo and the Shadow,” Hong Sang-soo’s “In Another Country,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Like Someone in Love,” Bernardo Bertolucci’s “Me and You,” Raul Ruiz’s “Night Across the Street,” Kim Ki-duk’s “Pieta,” Olivier Assayas’ “Something in the Air” and Darezhan Omirbayev’s “Student.”
The Mavericks program, pairing screenings with on-stage conversations, includes the world preems of docus “American Masters: Inventing David Geffen” in which “Masters” exec producer Susan Lacy explores the industry mogul’s influence on popular culture; “Casting By,” Tom Donahue’s look at Hollywood history through the legacy of casting director Marion Dougherty; and “The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology,” which reunites director Sophie Fiennes with academic superstar provocateur Slavoj Zizek.
The program also includes the North American preems of Javier Bardem-produced docu “Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony” and Amy Berg’s “West of Memphis,” plus conversations with Jackie Chan (including a sneak of his latest, “Chinese Zodiac”) and with the Toronto filmmaking duo behind the iconic Twitter-feed-turned-web-series “Shit Girls Say.”
Discovery adds 27 first or second features by directors from around the world. World-preeming U.S. pics are Ramaa Mosley’s “The Brass Teapot,” starring Juno Temple in the story of a young struggling married couple; Rola Nashef’s “Detroit Unleaded,” about two Arab-American cousins working in a 24-hour gas station; Grace Lee’s “Janeane From Des Moines,” in which a young conservative housewife confronts Republican contenders during the Iowa caucuses; and Andrew Williamson’s “The Land of Eb,” about a family displaced from their home in the Marshall Islands because of nuclear weapons testing, struggling to make a new life in Kona, Hawaii.
Other pics world preeming in Discovery include: Pablo Berger’s “Blancanieves,” Lonesome Solo’s “Burn It Up Djassa,” Mikael Marcimain’s “Call Girl,” Emil Christov’s “The Color of the Chameleon,” Michiel ten Horn’s “The Deflowering of Eva Can End,” Sebastien Betbeder’s “Nights With Theodore,” Catriona McKenzie’s “Satellite Boy” and Rowan Athale’s “Wasteland.”
The world preem of Vincent Bal’s “Nono, the Zigzag Kid,” about a kid and his police inspector father, is added to the TIFF Kids slate.
The fest also revealed its TIFF Docs Conference is expanding to two days and is open to the public. The conference includes keynotes from Ken Burns and HBO’s Sheila Nevins, world preems of docus from Jehane Noujaim, Mona Eldaief and Paul Saltzman, and sneak peeks of new pics from Yung Chang and Patrick Reed.
Toronto runs Sept. 6 to 16.