The 1998 program has slotted 83 films by first-time filmmakers, with local production,
The Red Violin by Francois Girard, set to open the Festival, which will close with the
world premiere of DreamWorks' animated family movie, Antz.
Traditionally strong on star power, Toronto is expecting a heavy contingent of
Hollywood stars to put in an appearance, including Tom Cruise, Meryl Streep, Holly Hunter,
Sylvester Stallone, Billy Bob Thornton (pic) and Bridget Fonda.
The centerpiece Gala section has largely been revealed in earlier announcements, and
the additions to the section are Hilary and Jackie, from the UK, starring Emily Watson;
Kiefer Sutherland headlining a tale of Vietnam field medics in A Soldier's Sweetheart; and
the English fantasy-drama, Little Voice, with Michael Caine, Brenda Blethyn, Ewan
MacGregor and Jane Horrocks.
Toronto’s biggest section, Contemporary World Cinema, includes world premieres of
Beauty from Hong Kong, Rose Troche's British sexuality comedy (with Hugo Weaving),
Bedrooms & Hallways (pic), Last Contract from Sweden and End of August, Beginning of
September from France's Olivier Assayas. American productions having their premieres
include Peter Berg's Very Bad Things, Home Fries, starring Drew Barrymore; Bette Gordon's
Luminous Motion with Deborah Unger, Bruce Wagner's I'm Losing You and Trance by Michael
Almereyda. The section also features The Celebration by Denmark's Thomas Vintenberg
and Dream Life of Angels from France's Erick Zonca; Francis Veber's French box office hit,
The Dinner Party; the controversial Happiness, by Todd Solondz; The Hole, from Taiwan;
Saul Rubinek's Jerry and Tom, from Sundance; and John Maybury's Frances Bacon bio, Love is
the Devil (pic).
Making their world debuts in the Special section are Dani Levi's German-Swiss The
Giraffe; iconoclast John Waters' Pecker; the US thriller, Permanent Midnight, starring Ben
Stiller; Britain's The Theory of Flight by Paul Greengrass, with Kenneth Branagh and
Helena Bonham Carter; Deepa Mehta's Earth from India; Bryan Singer's Apt Pupil, starring
Ian McKellan; Sturla Gunnarsson's Canada-UK coproduction, Such a Long Journey; and the
American indies At Sachem Farm, and Finding Graceland. Also of note in Specials are James
Ivory's A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries; Roberto Benigni's Life Is Beautiful; James Woods
and Melanie Griffith in the Larry Clark-directed Another Day in Paradise; Dorris Dorrie's
German comedy Am I Beautiful? and The Mighty, based on the children’s literary
classic and directed by Peter Chelsom, featuring Sharon Stone and Gena Rowlands.
The Masters Choice selection includes Cannes Palme d'Or winner Eternity and a Day by
Theo Angelopoulos, as well as recent films by John Boorman ( The General ), Carlos Saura (
Tango ), Eric Rohmer ( Tale of Autumn ), Shohei Imamura ( Dr. Akagi ) and Mexico's Arturo
Ripstein ( Divine ). Others in the series are Italian Nanni Moretti's April, Ken Loach's
My Name Is Joe and Tu Ridi by Paolo and Vittorio Taviani.
The popular Midnight Madness fare ranges from American indie Six-String Samurai to Hong
Kong's Mighty Peking Man. Other cult delights include Alex de la Iglesia's Perdita
Durango, The Acid House from the U.K. and Matthew Harrison's The Bystander From Hell.
The cutting edge Discovery program features such previously trumpeted fare as LA indie
prize winner Broken Vessels, the French-Lebanese West Beirut from Cannes; and the
Estonian, Georgica. Others are India's The Terrorist, Radiance from Australia, and
France's A Minute of Silence.