The address might say Ontario, but the Toronto International Film Festival seems all Hollywood.
A-listers like George Clooney, Cate Blanchett, Brad Pitt, Jake Gyllenhaal, Jude Law and Reese Witherspoon, along with such internationally renowned filmmakers as Sidney Lumet, Ang Lee, Denys Arcand, Julie Taymor, Woody Allen and Michael Moore, are on the invite list for North America's biggest cinematic party.
Still, while Tinseltown is well represented, the 32nd annual edition of the venerable fest has unveiled a slate featuring 349 films from 55 countries unspooling between Sept. 6-15. Along the way there will be 101 world premieres, 108 North American premieres and 20 gala presentations sure to keep the paparazzi flashbulbs a-poppin'.
The opening gala will feature director Gavin Hood's Rendition, a political drama about a woman (Witherspoon) whose Egyptian-born husband is kidnapped as part of the Bush administration's secret detention program. The film costars Jake Gyllenhaal as a CIA analyst who questions his own government's policy of shipping suspects off to countries not bound by the Geneva Conventions, as well as Meryl Streep, Alan Arkin and Peter Sarsgaard.
The next night finds Canada's very own master of suspense, David Cronenberg, presenting Eastern Promises, a disturbing drama about a sex-trafficking ring run by a Russian crime syndicate in the London underworld. Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts star.
Other notable films in the gala lineup include:
But that's just the tip of the iceberg, eh.
Cannes East, as the Toronto fest is often called, will also spotlight a number of special presentations, among them Juno, a comedy-drama about an unplanned pregnancy starring X-Men's Ellen Page and Jennifer Garner. The film is Jason Reitman's follow-up to Thank You for Smoking, which made a splash at the fest two years ago.
Also in the showcase:
On the documentary front, Don Cheadle will screen Darfur Now, an expose of the ongoing genocide.
There's also Dinner with the President: A Nation's Journey, an examination of Pakistan's leader, Pervez Musharraf; and Body of War, a documentary from former talk-show star Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro chronicling the recovery of an Iraq war vet who was paralyzed by a bullet his first week in the conflict.
That film is scheduled to debut on Sept. 11 and, per Billboard, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder will be in town to perform "No More," and "Long Nights," two original tunes he wrote for the doc after meeting its subject, Tomas Young. Vedder will be plenty busy, having also contributed some songs to Into the Wild.
Thefestival will close things out on Sept. 15 with Emotional Arithmetic, a drama from Paolo Barzman about three people who meet in a World War II concentration camp and reunite 40 years later to reflect on their emotionally traumatic experience. Max Von Sydow, Susan Sarandon, Christopher Plummer and Gabriel Byrne star.