Colin Firth Flick to Debut at Toronto Film Fest

Published August 18, 2004

| Associated Press

"Trauma," a twisting flick starring Colin Firth (search), is one of several movies to open next month at the Toronto International Film Festival (search).

In the Marc Evans film, Firth awakens from a coma after a car crash to learn his wife was killed. Or was she?

Other films to make their world or North American premieres at the Sept. 9-18 festival include German director Hendrik Holzeman's "Off Beat," about a melancholy young man who meets the woman who has been appearing in his dreams.

From the United States comes Michael Skolnick's "On the Outs," about a trio of Latino teens from New Jersey whose lives intersect in juvenile detention.

Pete Travis' British-Irish production "Omagh" examines the 1998 IRA bombing of the small Irish town.

Michael Winterbottom of Britain brings his "9 Songs," which alternates between live music performances and a London couple's explicit sexcapades.

In an exploration of digital filmmaking, the festival will screen Lynn Marie Kirby's "St. Ignatius Church Exposure: Lenten Light Conversions," an experiment in which 16mm film is manipulated through a film-to-digital transfer machine.

Organizers hope to schedule more than 300 films from 50 countries on 21 screens during the two-week event.

The world premiere of Istvan Szabo's "Being Julia," starring Annette Bening (search) and Jeremy Irons (search), will open the festival. Bening plays a stage actress in London's West End seeking revenge on a manipulative lover in the film, adapted from Somerset Maugham's novel "Theatre."

A special festival category, "South Africa: 10 Years Later," will focus on films from the country, which held its first free elections in 1994 after the collapse of apartheid.

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