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McKellar’s “Last Night” To Open Toronto “Perpective” Sidebar; Toronto Adds Gala; Venice Reveals Crix

McKellar's "Last Night" To Open Toronto "Perpective" Sidebar; Toronto Adds Gala; Venice Reveals Crix

McKellar's "Last Night" To Open Toronto
"Perpective" Sidebar; Toronto Adds Gala; Venice Reveals Crix Week Lineup; Doc Con Names Honorary Committee

Compiled by Mark Rabinowitz and Eugene Hernandez

>> McKellar’s “Last Night” To Open Toronto
“Perpective” Sidebar

Don McKellar’s film, “Last Night” will be the opener for the Perspective
Canada section of the 23rd Toronto Film Festival, organizers confirmed
yesterday. Among those featured in the film are the filmmaker, Sandra Oh,
Sarah Polley, Genevieve Bujold, and David Cronenberg. The festival runs
September 10-19, 1998. There are 19 feature-length films, and 42 shorts
on tap for Perspective Canada section.

Also, confirmed was the participation of three other Canadian films,
Bruce McCullough’s “Dog Park” and Denis Villeneuve’s “Un 32 Aout Sur Terre
will be screened as festival galas, while Marco & Mauro La Villa’s “Hang
the DJ
” will screen at midnight.

>> Toronto Festival Gala Added

The Toronto Film Festival added to its growing list of gala screenings,
last week, when it was announced that Shekhar Kapur (“Bandit Queen“)’s
Elizabeth” will receive its North American Premiere at the fest. The
film, a biopic based on the rise of young Elizabeth Tudor to become
Queen of England, stars Cate Blanchett (“Oscar and Lucinda“) as
Elizabeth, Richard Attenborough as her chief advisor Sir William Cecil,
Joseph Fiennes (“Shakespeare in Love“) as her childhood sweetheart
Robert Dudley and Vincent Cassel (“L’appartement“), Christopher
Eccleston (“Jude“), Geoffrey Rush (“Shine“) and 1997 Cannes Film
Festival Best Actress award winner (“Nil By Mouth“) Kathy Burke, as
Queen Mary I. “Elizabeth” was written by Michael Hirst (“Meeting Venus“)
and produced by Tim Bevan, Eric Fellner and Alison Owen for Working
Title Films.

>> Venice Fest Announces Critics Week Selections

The Venice Film Festival has announced the lineup for the International
Critics Week, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with a lineup of
seven films from seven countries, all from either first-time of
sophomore directors. Debut director Don Roos’ 1998 Sundance film “The
Opposite of Sex
,” starring Christina Ricci, Martin Donovan, Lisa Kudrow
and Lyle Lovett is the U.S. entrant, and the pic will have its
international premiere in Venice during the week, which runs from
September 5-11. The festival proper runs from September 3-13. Also
making its international bow, according to the trade paper, is Scottish
director Peter Mullan’s debut film, “Orphans“. The remaining five
selections are world premieres, with four of them coming from new
filmmakers. Russian actor Alexander Bashirov’s Zheleznaya pyata
oligarchij,” French stage actress Myriam Boyer’s “La mere christian,”
Japan’s Amon Miyamoto’s “Beat” and Tunisian filmmaker Mohamed Bem
Smail’s “Ghodoua nahrek” are all debut films, while Italian director
Claudio Caligari will present his second feature, “The Scent of Night
(“L’odore della notte“). All films for Critics Week are selected
independently by the National Association of Italian Film Critics.

>> AMPAS and IDA Name Doc Congress Committee Members

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) and the
International Documentary Association (IDA), co-presenters if the Third
International Documentary Congress (IDC3)
have named a 30-member
Honorary Committee for the three day event, to be held from October
28-30 at the AMPAS’ Beverly Hills headquarters. The Committee is
comprised of Steven Spielberg, actor Alec Baldwin, director Les Blank,
actor/director Andy Garcia, Henry Hampton, director Scott Hicks
(“Shine“), George Kirkland, writer/producer Norman Lear, film critics
Gene Siskel, Kenneth Turan, Andrew Sarris, Richard Schickel and Leonard
Maltin, documentarians Haskell Wexler, Frederick Wiseman, Albert
Maysles, Jonas Mekas and Errol Morris, actor/directors Leonard Nimoy and
Edward James Olmos, Jay Ruby, producer George Stevens Jr.,
actor/producer Trudie Styler, journalist Nina Totenberg,
producer/director David L. Wolper, Erik Barnouw, Howard Rosenberg, Pare
Lorentz Jr., Robert J. Dowling and producer Robert Drew.

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