A number of anticipated new films were added to the lineup for the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival Tuesday. Martin Scorsese will bring to the festival a documentary look at Bob Dylan, dubbed “No Direction Home: Bob Dylan,” added to the Masters lineup in Toronto. The film is said to include unseen footage, rare recordings and in-depth interviews. Also added to the same section is Amos Gitai’s “Free Zone,” described as the story of a woman living in Jerusalem (played by Natalie Portman), who embarks on a journey with an Israeli cab driver (played by Hanna Laslo).
World Premieres added to the Special Presentations lineup include Michel Gondry’s look at a block party that was hosted by comedian Dave Chappelle last year. The work in progress premiere of “Dave Chappelle’s Block Party” features music and comedy, including the reunited Fugees, Mos Def, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Talib Kwali, Kanye West, The Roots, Common, Dead Prez, and others. Also on tap is the narrative feature debut from Bennett Miller, director of “The Cruise.” The film stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as Truman Capote in a look at the author’s research and writing of “In Cold Blood,” in “Capote.”
Also having a world premiere in the Special Presentations section are Bart Freundlich’s “Trust The Man” with Julianne Moore, David Duchovny, Billy Crudup, and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the story of two couples living in modern day New York, and Balthasar Kormakur’s “A Little Trip To Heaven” from Iceland, starring Forest Whitaker, Jeremy Renner, and Julia Stiles in the story of an insurance investigator who travels to Minnesota to explore the death of an infamous scam artist. Among the other world premieres in the section are Ol Parker’s “Imagine Me And You,” Roman Polanski’s “Oliver Twist,” and Josef Fares’ “Zozo.”
Jim McKay’s latest, “Angel,” is among the world premieres added to the Contemporary World Cinema section. It is described by the festival as the story of “the complicated relationship between Nicole, a middle class counselor, and Angel, a troubled inner city teenager.” Also on tap is Fien Troch’s “Someone Else’s Happiness” about “a woman’s discovery of a dead child (leading) to a contemporary witch-hunt in a Belgian village,” Chema de la Pena and Gabriel Velazquez’s “Sud Express,” featuring six interconnecting stories “about passengers whose lives are all affected by a train traveling across southwest Europe”, and Kevin Jordan’s “Brooklyn Lobster”, about “a family’s struggle to save their failing business” with Danny Aiello and Jane Curtin.
Other world premieres in the section include Vincent Ward’s “River Queen” about a woman (played by Samantha Morton) traveling into Maori territory to rescue her son, Klaus Haeroe’s “Mother of Mine” which is described as “an epic story of a child’s plight during the evacuation of more than 70,000 children from Finland to Sweden during the Second World War,” Adrian Shergold’s “The Last Hangman,” about “the true story of Albert Pierrepoint, a local delivery truck driver from Lancashire who becomes the world’s most famous executioner,” Alex Steyermark’s “One Last Thing” with Cynthia Nixon, “about a 16-year-old with terminal cancer, who wants to date a supermodel as his last wish,” and Aric Avelino’s “American Gun,” described as a powerful series of interwoven storylines that shows how the proliferation of guns in America dramatically affects and shapes lives,” with Donald Sutherland, Forest Whitaker, and Marcia Gay Harden.
Among the world premieres added to the Discovery section are Hamid Rahmanian’s “Day Break,” described as revolving around “the imminent execution of a man found guilty of murder,” Yi-kwan Kang’s “Sa-Kwa” from South Korea about “an emotionally damaged woman as she searches for true love,” Dionysius Zervos’ “The Shore” from the U.S., with Ben Gazarra, about “the aftermath of a child’s disappearance” and Pablo Solis’ “Time Off” from Chile, about “an insomniac, taking a one-week break from his relationship (who) meets a strange 16-year-old girl who shows him a different world.” Also on tap as world premieres in the section are Joseph Castelo’s “The War Within” from the U.S., described as “a human and political drama that explores the motives of a Pakistani suicide bomber manufacturing explosives in New York City in order to effect a terrorist act,” as well as Barlen Pyamootoo’s “Benares,” the first film made in Mauritian Creole, and Yorgos Lanthimos’s “Kinetta,” about “a threesome making perverse crime re-enactments.”
World premieres added to the Toronto Visions section Tuesday include Larry Clark’s latest, “Wassup Rockers,” described as the story of “a gang of skaters who, instead of conforming to the hip hop culture of their neighborhood, wear tight pants, listen to punk rock, and ride tricked out skateboards.” Dorota Kedzierzawska’s “I Am” from Poland is described as “the story of an 11-year-old boy who lives alone in an abandoned river boat.” Also on tape are the world premieres of Beto Brant’s “Delicate Crime” from Brazil, about “a respected theatre critic whose equilibrium is shattered when he falls desperately in love with a seductive, uninhibited woman and learns of her ambiguous relationship with a painter.” And also, Philippe Faucon’s “La Trahison”, exploring “the consequences and contradictions of French colonization in Algeria.”
Also notable is the North American premiere of Matthew Barney’s latest, “Drawing Restraint 9,” a collaboration featuring a soundtrack by Bjoerk. The project has been in the works continuously since 1987. In the words of the 21 Century Museum of Contemporary Art, Kanazawa where it is currently on display, “the works were inspired by the idea that resistance makes muscles larger and stronger due to hypertrophy.” The film, with no dialogue, is described by the museum as “an abstract fairy tale carried by striking visuals and music (much like opera), which draws its inspiration from Japanese cultural tradition, the history of petroleum-based energy, and the evolution of the whale.”