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Toronto International Film Festival
By: Joanne Alfano
Date: 2006-08-29 18:53:34
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Yes, it is that time of the year again: The Toronto International Film Festival is set to schedule. This is the auspicious moment when many A-star names descend on Canada’s largest city.

On arrival, top-names attend parties, grant interviews and make ambiguous-like remarks at press conferences. And, they walk among us, much like ordinary beings.

Of course, it isn’t just Hollywood sending its best and brightest. Actors, writers, directors and producers from each corner of the globe, bringing with them their assorted hangers-on. Hangers-on, you know those people who persistently follow along.

Celebrity guests are gathering for an international celebration of cinema that will screen 352 films from 61 countries.

And wherever there are marvelous people, there are journalists. This ten-day long event will begin September 7 and wrap up on September 16. Organizers on Tuesday August 22nd announced final details of the festival and its various programs at a Nathan Phillips Square press conference.

Celebrity guests are gathering for an international celebration of cinema that will screen 352 films from 61 countries. The expected visitors include many acclaimed filmmakers from around the globe who have chosen to launch their creations here. Fully 91 per cent of this year’s feature offerings are world, international or North American premieres. Filmmakers such as Pedro Almod?var (Spain), Nanni Moretti (Italy), Werner Herzog (Germany), Alejandro Gonz?lez I??rritu (Mexico), Patrice Leconte (France), Ridley Scott (United Kingdom), Mira Nair (India/U.S.) Hong Sang-soo (South Korea), Johnnie To (Hong Kong), Feng Xiaogang (China) and Guy Maddin (Canada) are among the T.O.-bound multitudes.

Celebrities making a long-stay appearance to the festival include Jennifer Lopez, Reese Witherspoon, Sharon Stone, Dixie Chicks, Tom Hanks, Anthony Hopkins, Christian Slater, Dustin Hoffman, Pierce Brosnan, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, Morgan Freeman, Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt, Cate Blanchett, Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Sandra Bullock, Sean Penn and many more.

Indeed, it is merely impossible to view all films but instead of the usual coffee night out, or nightlife scene, perhaps a never-heard of film will catch your go.

Summary of the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival (Also viewed in the Toronto Star)

The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, directed by, Zacharias Kunuk and Norman Cohn will open the festival and ending it with Michael Apted’s Amazing Grace, starring Albert Finney.

World premieres announced Tuesday include Ridley Scott’s A Good Year, starring Crowe, and Ann Hui’s The Postmodern Life of My Aunt, starring Chow Yun-Fat. Audiences will also get a first peek at Anthony Minghella’s Breaking and Entering, starring Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn.

North American premieres include Douglas McGrath’s Infamous, based on George Plimpton’s book on Truman Capote. Toby Jones stars as Capote alongside Hollywood heavyweights Sandra Bullock, Jeff Daniels, Gwyneth Paltrow, Isabella Rossellini and Sigourney Weaver.

Babel, with Brad Pitt, will have its North American premiere.

The Hottest State, written and directed by actor Ethan Hawke, will also have its North American premiere with Hawke in attendance. It’s the film adaptation of a novel written by the actor.

Filmmakers John Waters, John Cameron Mitchell and Michael Moore will be among the speakers at the festival’s Mavericks program, which is open to the public.

Moore will also show a short teaser from his new film Sicko and longer segments from his ?secret? independent documentary The Great ’04 Slacker.

The festival will also provide some tabloid fodder with the scheduled appearance by Vince Vaughn.

Audiences will also get to see 91 shorts, including Pretty Broken, which was produced, written and directed by Canadian chanteuse Chantal Kreviazuk and her husband Raine Maida.

Hype1 will keep you posted for the 10 day spectacle.
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