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Toronto Festival Rounds Out Lineup

Red carpet expected to include George Clooney, Michael Moore, Coen brothers.

The lineup for the 2009 Toronto Film Festival was completed on Thursday, with 45 titles being added to programs to bring the tally of feature-length films at the fest to 271, a number that includes 95 world premieres. 

 

A guest list of over 500 actors (George Clooney, Penelope Cruz, Colin Farrell), directors (Michael Moore, the Coen Brothers) and industry bigwigs (Oprah Winrey, Ridley Scott) expected to attend was also announced. 

 

New world premieres in the Masters category include: Suzana Amaral’s "Hotel Atlantico," the story of an actor traveling through Southern Brazil; Amos Gitai’s "Carmel," about a man’s past as a soldier; Buddhadeb Dasgupta’s "The Window," when a man’s hopes for a charity act don’t work out; and Francois Ozon’s "Le Refuge," about the relationship between a pregnant woman and her late boyfriend’s brother.

 

North American premieres include Michael Haneke’s Palme d’Or-winner "The White Ribbon," Lars von Trier’s horror film "Antichrist," Claire Denis’ "White Material" and a portrait of Mussolini by Marco Bellocchio called "Vincere."

 

South Korean director Lee Hey-jun’s "Castaway on the Moon" and Mike Sandejas’ "If I Knew What You Said" will also get international premieres as part of the Contemporary World Cinema sidebar, which added 34 films. That program will also include premieres of two Australian films, Rachel Perkins’ "Bran Nue Dae" and Robert Conolly’s "Balibo."

 

Jaco Van Dormael’s sci-fi drama "Mr. Nobody," which stars Jared Leto, Sarah Polley and Diane Kruger, was also added to the Special Presentations sidebar with a North American premiere. 

In total, Toronto will screen 271 features compared with 249 last year.

Toronto announced earlier this year its U.S. studio and independent films that will screen at the festival, with the likes of Nicolas Cage, George Clooney, and Jennifer Connolly attending the opening night film "Creation" on Sept. 10.

The Toronto International Film Festival will run from Sept. 10 to 19.