Toronto film festival promises Oscar bait, major celebrities
TORONTO (REUTERS) - The 38th Toronto International Film Festival promises a heavy dose of Oscar bait and celebrities, with past Academy Award winners Meryl Streep, Colin Firth and Julia Roberts all expected in town for the 11-day event, which starts on September 5.
Widely considered the kick-off to Oscar season, the 2013 festival will feature 146 world premieres, including talked-about new films from acclaimed Canadian directors Paul Haggis and Denis Villeneuve. The full programme was released on Tuesday.
Streep and Roberts are set to walk the red carpet for the world premiere of the John Wells film August: Osage County,which is adapted from the Pulitzer Prize-winning play and is already the source of much early Oscar buzz.
Firth takes on the lead role in The Railway Man, the true story of a British soldier who was captured by Japanese troops in World War Two and remained haunted by his captivity. Directed by Jonathan Teplitzky, the film also stars Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman.