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Mehta’s “Water’ to Open Toronto Fest, Ang Lee’s “Brokeback” Set; Other Titles Also Unveiled

Mehta's "Water' to Open Toronto Fest, Ang Lee's "Brokeback" Set; Other Titles Also Unveiled

Mehta’s “Water’ to Open Toronto Fest, Ang Lee’s “Brokeback” Set; Other Titles Also Unveiled

by Eugene Hernandez

A scene from Deepa Mehta’s “Water,” which will open the 2005 Toronto International Film Festival. Photo provided by the festival.

The 2005 Toronto International Film Festival will open on September 7th with Deepa Mehta‘s “Water,” which is one of the three Canadian Gala Presentations set for this year’s festival. The film is described as being “set in pre-independent India against the backdrop of Mahatma Gandhi’s rise to power, (it) tells the story of eight-year old child-bride Chuyia, who is exiled to a widow’s ashram after her husband dies.”

Organizers unveiled a slate of 11 world premieres, 5 international premieres and 9 North American premieres. Set for the festival’s Master section is the anticipated North American premiere of Ang Lee‘s “Brokeback Mountain,” starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as two cowboys who fall in love, and the world premiere of Buddhadev Dasgupta‘s “Kaalpurush” from India.

The North American premieres of two Canadian titles, David Cronenberg‘s “A History of Violence” and Atom Egoyan‘s “Where The Truth Lies,” will screen in the festival’s Gala Presentation section. Cronenberg’s latest is a thriller looking at the lives of a seemingly ordinary family, and Egoyan’s new film is the story of comedic duo who’s lives change when a dead woman turns up in their hotel room. Both movies debuted in competition in Cannes this year.

A handful of titles on tap for the festival’s Discovery section have been unveiled. They include Ritu Sarin and Tenzing Sonam‘s “Dreaming Lhasa” from India, Sarah Watt‘s “Look Both Ways” from Australia, Julia Solomonoff‘s “Sisters” from Argentina, Perry Ogden‘s “Pavee Lackeen” from Ireland, Khalie Joreige and Joana Hadjithomas‘ French/ Lebanese film, “Perfect Day” and Antonin Svoboda‘s “You Bet Your Life” from Austria.

Other titles on tap for Toronto, in the Visions section, include Jamie Babbit‘s “The Quiet,” Stewart Main‘s “50 Ways of Saying Fabulous,” and John Hilcoat‘s “The Proposition.” Set for the Special Presentations section are Anand Tucker‘s “Shopgirl,” Jason Reitman‘s “Thank You for Smoking,” Paul Mayeda Berges‘ “Mistress of Spices,” and Richard E. Grant‘s “Wah-Wah.”

Screening in the Contemporary World Cinema section are Michael Caton-Jones‘ “Shooting Dogs,” Michael Cuesta‘s “Twelve and Holding,” Zhang Yang‘s “Sunflower,” Alberto Rodriguez‘s “7 Virgins,” Alexey Uchitel‘s “Dreaming of Space,” and Shonali Bose‘s “Amu.”

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