Flicks from Spike Lee, Lee Daniels, P.T. Anderson set to shine at TIFF
This image released by Starpix shows director Spike Lee backstage on the opening night of "Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth" on Thursday, Aug. 2, 2012, at the Longacre Theatre in New York. (AP Photo/Starpix, Amanda Schwab)
The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:31AM EDT
Last Updated Tuesday, August 14, 2012 11:34AM EDT
TORONTO -- Spike Lee's documentary on Michael Jackson, Walter Salles' long-awaited Kerouac tale "On the Road" and "The Master" from acclaimed director Paul Thomas Anderson are among the latest titles announced for next month's Toronto International Film Festival.
Lee Daniels, meanwhile, will return to TIFF to screen "The Paperboy" -- a '60s-set film noir starring Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Zac Efron. Daniels won the people's choice award at the fest three years ago for the Oprah Winfrey-backed "Precious."
TIFF audiences will also get a look at the Brian De Palma thriller "Passion," starring Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace; the robbery romp "Spring Breakers," with Selena Gomez and James Franco; the Nick Cassavetes drug story "Yellow," featuring Sienna Miller and Melanie Griffith; and the Emily Blunt-Colin Firth vehicle "Arthur Newman."
Salles ("The Motorcycle Diaries") has spent years on his adaptation of "On The Road," which stars Sam Riley, Kristen Stewart, Kirsten Dunst and Viggo Mortensen.
Lee's "Bad 25" celebrates the anniversary of the seminal 1987 Jackson album, with unseen footage and content shot by the late "Thriller" artist.
"The Master," which will compete at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, stars Joaquin Phoenix as a naval veteran who returns from the Second World War uncertain of his future. The film co-stars Philip Seymour Hoffman and Joaquin Phoenix.
The festival, which runs Sept. 6 to 16th, also announced that it will close with "Song for Marion," the story of a grumpy pensioner (Terence Stamp) who doesn't understand why his wife (Vanessa Redgrave) is so involved in the local choir.
The titles announced Tuesday join a slate that includes Deepa Mehta's "Midnight's Children"; the Ben Affleck political thriller "Argo"; the Tom Hanks epic "Cloud Atlas"; and the Ryan Gosling drama "The Place Beyond the Pines."
It opens with the Bruce Willis time-travelling thriller "Looper."