Robert Redford, Woody Allen Films Coming to Toronto

First batch of announced films includes “The Conspirator,” “Biutiful,” “Miral”

Robert Redford’s Lincoln assassination film “The Conspirator,” George Hickenlooper’s Jack Abramoff drama “Casino Jack” and Michael Winterbottom’s road comedy “The Trip” are among the films that will receive world premieres at the Toronto International Film Festival, which announced its 2010 lineup at a press conference on Tuesday.

The festival will also present world premieres of new films from Guillaume Canet, John Cameron Mitchell and Mike Mills, as well as North American premieres of work from Woody Allen, Sylvain Chomet, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Mike Leigh and Julian Schnabel.

The Canadian film "Score: A Hockey Musical" was previously announced as the festival's opening-night attraction.

James McAvoyMany of the Toronto selections previously screened at the Cannes Film Festival or the Sundance Film Festival, or will show at the Venice festival just before Toronto. 

Those include Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Im Sang-Soo’s “The Housemaid,” Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger," Sylvain Chomet’s animated “The Illusiionist,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful,” Mike Leigh’s “Another Year” and Julian Schnabel’s “Miral.”

The announcement included 15 films that will receive gala screenings, and another 35 special presentations.  Additional films will be announced over the coming weeks, before the festival’s September 9 opening.

Galas will include “Casino Jack,” “The Conspirator,” Aronofsky’s Venice closer “Black Swan,” Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” with Colin Firth and Geoffrey Rush, Ben Affleck’s Boston crime story “The Town,” and Emilio Estevez’s family drama “The Way.”

Among the special presentations are Mike Mills’ “Beginners,” with Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor; Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine,” well-received at Sundance; Gonzalez’ Inarritu’s Cannes entry “Biutiful,” for which Javier Bardem shared a best-actor award; Rowan Joffee’s Graham Greene adaptation “Brighton Rock”; and Danish director Suaanne Bier’s “In a Better World.”

Besides Redford, several of the films were directed by former or current actors, including Ben Affleck, Philip Seymour Hoffman, David Schwimmer, Emilio Estevez and Tony Goldwyn.

As usual, the Toronto lineup is long on films that hope to figure into the awards race, for which it is considered an important kickoff event.

The festival will run from September 9 through September 19, and screens more than 300 films in a normal year. This year, the festival will unveil its new headquarters, the Bell Lightbox.

The complete list:


“The Bang Bang Club,”Steven Silver. With Ryan Phillippe and Malin Akerman.
“Barney’s Version,”Richard J. Lewis. With Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman and Minnie Driver.
“Black Swan,”Darren Aronofsky. With Natalie Portman, Mila Kunis, Vincent Cassel, Barbara Hershey and Winona Ryder.
“Casino Jack,”  George Hickenlooper. With Kevin Spacey, Barry Pepper and Kelly Preston.
“The Conspirator,”Robert Redford. With James McAvoy, Robin Wright, Kevin Kline, Tom Wilkinson and Evan Rachel Wood.
“The Debt,”  John Madden. With Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington.
“The Housemaid,”  Im Sang-Soo.
“Janie Jones,”David M. Rosenthal.
“The King’s Speech,”Tom Hooper. With Colin Firth, Geoffrey Rush.
“Little White Lies,”Guillaume Canet. With Francois Cluzet, Marion Cotillard and Benoit Magimel.
“Peep World,”  Barry Blaustein. With Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman, Rainn Wilson and Judy Greer.
“Potiche,”Francois Ozon. With Gerard Depardieu and Catherine Deneuve.
“The Town,”Ben Affleck. With Jon Hamm and Jeremy Renner.
“The Way,”Emilio Estevez. With Martin Sheen.
“West Is West,”Andy De Emmony.

Special Presentations:

“Another Year,”Mike Leigh. With Jim Broadbent, Lesley Menville and Ruth Sheen.
“Beginners,”Mike Mills. With Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor.
“The Big Picture,”Eric Lartigau. With Romain Duris, Marina Fois and Niels Arestrup.
“Biutiful,”Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu. With Javier Bardem.
“Blue Valentine,”Derek Cianfrance. With Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams.
“Brighton Rock,”Rowan Joffe.
“Buried,”Rodrigo Cortez.
“Conviction,”Tony Goldwyn. With Hilary Swank and Sam Rockwell.
“Cirkus Columbia,”Danis Tanovic.
“Dhobi Ghat,”Kiran Rao.
“Easy A,”Will Gluck. With Emma Stone.
“Henry’s Crime,”Malcolm Venville. With Keanu Reeves, Vera Farmiga and James Caan.
“The Illusionist,”Sylvain Chomet. With Jean-Claude Donda and Eilidh Rankin.
“In a Better World,”Susanne Bier.
“I Saw the Devil,”Kim Jee-woon.
“It’s Kind of a Funny Story,”Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden. With Emma Roberts, Zach Galifianakis and Kier Gilchrist.
“Jack Goes Boating,”Philip Seymour Hoffman. With Hoffman, John Ortiz, Daphne Ruiz-Vega and Amy Ryan.
“L’Amour Fou,”Pierre Thoretton.
“The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen,”Andrew Lau.
“Lope,” Andrucha Waddington.
“Love Crime,” Alain Corneau. With Kristin Scott Thomas and Ludivine Sagnier.
“Made in Dagenham,” Nigel Cole. With Sally Hawkins, Bob Hoskins and Miranda Richardson.
Miral,” Julian Schnabel.
Never Let Me Go,” Mark Romanek. With Carey Mulligan and Kiera Knightley.
Norwegian Wood,” Tran Anh Hung. With Kenichi Matsuyama and Rinko Kikuchi.
Outside the Law,” Rachid Bouchareb.
Rabbit Hole,” John Cameron Mitchell. With Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart.
A Screaming Man,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun.
Stone,” John Curran. With Robert De Niro and Edward Norton.
Submarine,” Richard Ayoade.
That Girl in Yellow Boots,” Anurag Kashyap.
Tamara Drewe,” Stephen Frears.
The Trip,” Michael Winterbottom. With Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon.
Trust,” David Schwimmer. With Clive Owen and Catherine Keener.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” Woody Allen. With Antonio Banderas, John Brolin, Anthony Hopkins and Naomi Watts.