Russell Crowe's 'A Good Year' Joins Toronto International Film Festival Lineup

Published August 22, 2006

| Associated Press

Russell Crowe and Ridley Scott's romance "A Good Year" and Anthony Minghella's drama "Breaking and Entering" joined the lineup Tuesday for the Toronto International Film Festival, a major lead-in to Hollywood's awards season.

Other titles announced as the final lineup was released include "Infamous," the second-straight Truman Capote film biography to premiere at Toronto, this one featuring Toby Jones as the author, plus Sandra Bullock, Gwyneth Paltrow, Sigourney Weaver and Jeff Daniels.

North America's largest film festival, the Toronto showcase runs Sept. 7-16 and will present 352 feature-length and short movies, including key Academy Awards contenders and top Hollywood releases coming this fall.

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Crowe and director Scott, who delivered 2000's big Oscar winner with "Gladiator," reunite for "A Good Year," starring Crowe as a rapacious London investment genius who reclaims his soul and finds love during a stay at a French vineyard inherited from his uncle (Albert Finney).

"Breaking and Entering," from "The English Patient" director Minghella, stars Jude Law, Juliette Binoche and Robin Wright Penn in the tale of a landscape architect whose life is changed by a series of burglaries at his offices.

"Infamous" comes on the heels of "Capote," which premiered at the Toronto festival last year and went on to earn a best-picture nomination and the best-actor prize for Philip Seymour Hoffman at the Oscars.

The new Capote tale echoes the plot of the previous movie, centering on the author and raconteur's dark journey investigating the true-crime book "In Cold Blood." Daniel Craig, debuting as James Bond in this fall's "Casino Royale," plays murderer Perry Smith.

Previously announced Toronto films include:

— Sean Penn's "All the King's Men," a new take on Robert Penn Warren's novel about the rise and fall of a Southern political boss, directed by Steven Zaillian, screenwriter of "Schindler's List."

— Will Ferrell and Emma Thompson's "Stranger Than Fiction," a comedy from director Marc Forster ("Monster's Ball," "Finding Neverland") about a man suddenly able to hear an author chronicling his life — and impending demise.

— Hugh Jackman and Rachel Weisz's "The Fountain," from director Darren Aronofsky ("Requiem for a Dream"), a fountain-of-youth epic spanning a man's 1,000-year adventure as a 16th century Spanish warrior, contemporary scientist and 26th-century space explorer.

— "For Your Consideration," a comedy from director Christopher Guest ("Best in Show," "A Mighty Wind") that spoofs Hollywood's awards season, with an ensemble including Guest, Catherine O'Hara, Parker Posey and Eugene Levy in a tale about a low-budget film that unexpectedly lands in the Oscar race.

— "Dixie Chicks: Shut Up and Sing," a documentary from Oscar-winning director Barbara Kopple ("Harlan County, U.S.A.") examining the furor over the country trio after singer Natalie Maines harshly criticized President Bush at a concert.

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