Deepa Mehta‘s Water will open the 30th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) on September 8th. The film, a world premiere, is one of 25 films announced yesterday by the festival. Others include the North American premiere of Ang Lee‘s upcoming Brokeback Mountain, which stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Heath Ledger, Michelle Williams, Anne Hathaway, Randy Quaid, Linda Cardellini and Anna Faris and will screen in the Masters section.
Of special interest to me are Jamie Babbit‘s The Quiet, which stars Elisha Cuthbert, Edie Falco, Shawn Ashmore and Martin Donovan, screening in the Visions section and Richard E. Grant‘s Wah-Wah, as a Special Presentation. Wah-Wah stars Gabriel Byrne, Emily Watson, Miranda Richardson, Michael Richards and Julie Walters. In addition to being a talented filmmaker (TV’s Gilmore Girls, But I’m A Cheerleader), Jamie and her life partner and producer (Pumpkin, D.E.B.S.) Andrea Sperling are not only old and dear friends of mine but are also two of the nicest, most genuine people you could ever hope to meet, especially in our business!
As for Wah-Wah, director Grant is Withnail! Need I say anymore?
Two other Gala Presentations announced yesterday were Toronto native David Cronenberg‘s A History of Violence and fellow Canadian Atom Egoyan‘s Where The Truth Lies, both North American premieres. Based on the novel of the same title by composer Rupert Holmes , Egoyan’s film stars Kevin Bacon, Colin Firth, Alison Lohman, David Hayman, Maury Chaykin and Rachel Blanchard, while Violence stars Viggo Mortensen, Maria Bello, William Hurt and Ed Harris.
Stay tuned to The Rabbi Report for more news from the upcoming festival.
Toronto is my favorite festival that takes place outside of the city of Berlin and in 2005 it runs from September 8-17. I am looking forward to returning to the Queen City and I’ll see you all at the Bistro!
Photo (L to R): Andrea Sperling and Jamie Babbit