328 Films On Tap for Toronto 2004
by Eugene Hernandez
New Toronto International Film Festival co-director Noah Cowan joined managing director Michele Maheux for a press conference at Nathan Phillips Square in Toronto today to unveil the complete lineup of 328 films that will screen during the 29th Toronto International Film Festival. The event is set to run from September 9-18 in Canada and the complete lineups are available on indieWIRE.com.
A total of 253 feature films will screen in Toronto, with a whopping 207 of those having their world, international, or North American premieres at the event. Festival organizers indicated that they received more than 3,300 submissions this year from 61 countries.
Over the past month, much of the lineup has been announced, but today organizers rounded out the program and unveiled a number of anticipated films for the fest roster. [Links to those stories are available in indieWIRE's special Toronto Film Festival section.]
Ten titles were added to this year's high-profile Gala Presentations section, including Mike Barker's high-society story "A Good Woman," Kevin Spacey's "Beyond the Sea," in which the actor also stars as Bobby Darin, German filmmaker Oliver Hirschbiegel's thriller "Downfall," John Stephenson's live-action/animation film "Five Children and It," Jean-Paul Salome's "Arsene Lupin," Carlo Mazzacurati's "An Italian Romance," Mick Davis' "Modigliani," Bille August's "Return to Sender," Walter Salles' "The Motorcycle Diaries," and Sir Richard Eyre's "Stage Beauty." Those titles join films by Olivier Assayas ("Clean"), Zhang Yimou ("House of Flying Daggers"), David O. Russell ("I Heart Huckabees"), Bill Condon ("Kinsey"), and Taylor Hackford ("Ray") among others.
This year's 27,075 minutes of film at the Toronto International Film Festival will unspool on 21 screens throughout the city. The event will open with Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia." The film, written by Oscar winner Ronald Harwood ("The Pianist") and based on a W. Somerset Maugham's novel, stars Annette Bening and Jeremy Irons and was produced by Robert Lantos. In the film, Bening stars as a leading British stage actress, married to a successful theater producer (Irons), who is charmed by a young American actor. The event will close with Vadim Jean's Canadian film "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood," featuring a character created by the film's star, Martin Short.
29th Toronto International Film Festival®: Film List By Programme
Canadian Open Vault & Canada First!
Contemporary World Cinema
Real to Reel
Short Cuts Canada
National Cinema - South Africa: Ten Years Later
Canadian Retrospective - The Films Of Ross Perrault
Dialogues: Talking With Pictures