Toronto Fest Organizers Unveils Select Titles for 29th Event
by Eugene Hernandez
On Tuesday, Toronto International Film Festival organizers Noah Cowan, the festival's co-director, and Michele Maheux, managing director, unveiled a number of titles that will screen at the 2004 edition of the leading North American film festival. The 29th installment of the event will run September 9-18 in Canada. Eugene Hernandez reports.
Taylor Hackford's "Ray," a biography of the late Ray Charles, will have its world premiere in the Gala Presentations section, which presents higher-profile, more mainstream movies at Roy Thomson Hall. The film stars Jamie Foxx. Also set for the section are Tom Hooper's directorial debut "Red Dust" with Hilary Swank, and Zhang Yimou's action hit, "House of Flying Daggers," starring Zhang ZiYi and Andy Lau.
In the Masters lineup, which presents leading international directors, selections will include Jean-Luc Godard's three-part look at hell, purgatory and heaven, "Notre Musique," Benoit Jacquot's drama "A Tout de Suite," Patricio Guzman's documentary about the former Chilean president, "Salvador Allende," and Chantal Akerman's story of two women (Sylvie Testud and Aurore Clément) trying to sell their apartment, "Demain On Déménage.
Set in the Visions section, which presents films made with unconventional techniques or new technologies, are the latest from acclaimed Swedish director Lukas Moodysson, "A Hole in My Heart," Lisandro Alonso's new film "The Dead," Shinya Tsukamoto's "Vital" from Japan, Francois Romand's personal story "Theme Je," and Jonathan Caouette's festival favorite "Tarnation."
The festival's Special Presentations section, which offers a look at movies that programmers feel are destined to achieve end-of-year awards awareness, will screen John Sayles' look at corrupt politics, "Silver City," Roger Michell's "Enduring Love," Terry George's "Hotel Rwanda," Dylan Kidd's second film, "P.S.," Darrell James Roodt's "Yesterday," and the anticipated new feature from Todd Solondz, "Palindromes."
Set for the Contemporary World Cinema section, presenting a selection of foreign films, are a movies from emerging international filmmakers. On tap so far are Lucrecia Martel's new film "The Holy Girl," Cate Shortland's first feature "Somersault" from Australia, U.S. director Nicole Kassell's acclaimed "The Woodsman," Eleonore Faucher's first feature "Brodeuses" from France, Israeli filmmaker Eytan Fox's latest "Walk On Water," and the new film from Danish director Susanne Bier, "Brothers."
The festival will highlight South Africa in the National Cinema section. Set to screen are Zola Mesko's "Drum," Ian Gabriel's "Forgiveness," Teddy Mattera's "Max and Mona," Ramdan Suleyman's "Zulu Love Letter," Tony Strasborg's "A South African Love Story -- Walter & Albertina Sisulu," Mark Bramford's "Cape of Good Hope," and Mickey Dube's "Mozart -- The Music of the Violin."
TIFF organizers will announce the full festival lineup on August 24.