Considered one of the most important film festivals in the world, aside from Cannes, the Toronto International Film Festival has become a force to be respected amongst Hollywood’s elite and the 2002 edition of the “Festival of Festivals” is set to roll through town between September 5th and 14th.
Among the recently announced Gala presentations, Antwone Fisher, which is directed by Academy Award-winning actor Denzel Washington, will join David Cronenberg‘s Spider, Peter Kosminsky‘s White Oleander, writer/director Brad Silberling‘s Moonlight Mile, celebrated South Korean director Im Kwon-taek‘s Chihwaseon, and Canadian director Atom Egoyan will be honored with the Opening Night Gala Presentation of Ararat.
Other film treats include the Perspective Canada series which will open with Deepa Mehta‘s Bollywood/Hollywood, the Masters series, which highlights work of internationally acclaimed filmmakers, the Real to Real documentary series, and many more. One new addition this year is the Visions spotlight which, according to a Film Festival press release “focuses on innovation – spotlighting works that enter new cinematic territory, use unconventional approaches to storytelling, or employ new technologies in distinctive ways. Visions features international filmmakers pushing the boundaries of contemporary cinema.” To date, only a portion of the Festival’s details have been announced, but a press conference is being held in late August to announce most of the other information regarding this year’s festival. Stay tuned to The GATE for a range of coverage from the 2002 Toronto International Film Festival.