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iW NEWS | “Michael Clayton” and “Rendition” and More Added to Toronto Line up

iW NEWS | "Michael Clayton" and "Rendition" and More Added to Toronto Line up

Two Galas and six Special Presentations were announced by the Toronto International Film Festival, adding to the festival’s previously announced titles. Galas include writer director Tony Gilroy‘s “Michael Clayton” (U.S.), described as a legal drama about an in-house “fixer” at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. Michael Clayton (George Clooney) takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen’s dirtiest work at the behest of the firm’s co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job, Michael Clayton faces a divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt, all of which have left him inextricably tied to the firm. “Rendition,” by Academy Award-winning “Tsotsi” director Gavin Hood, will also screen as a Gala. Reese Witherspoon plays Isabella El-Ibrahimi, the American wife of Egyptian-born chemical engineer Anwar El-Ibrahimi (Omar Metwally) who disappears on a flight from South Africa to Washington. Isabella desperately tries to track her husband down, while a CIA analyst (Jake Gyllenhaal) at a secret detention facility outside the U.S. is forced to question his assignment as he becomes party to the man’s unorthodox interrogation. Special Presentations added for the festival, taking place September 6 – 15, include Santosh Sivan‘s drama “Before the Rains” (U.S., India); Neil Jordan‘s thriller “The Brave One” starring Jodie Foster (U.S., Australia); Peter Greenaway‘s Rembrandt story “Nightwatching” (U.K., Poland, Canada, The Netherlands); Alan Ball‘s story of sexual awakening, “Nothing is Private” starring Aaron Eckhart, Maria Bello and Academy Award nominee Toni Collette (U.S.); Terry George‘s drama “Reservation Road” (U.S.); and Cannes ’07 best director Julian Schnabel‘s “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly.” [Brian Brooks]

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