Branagh, Guest Films Head To Toronto

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Kenneth Branagh's film version of the Mozart opera The Magic Flute will receive its world premiere at this year's Toronto Film Festival.

The film places the famous opera in a World War I setting, with the score translated into English by Stephen Fry. Branagh's former wife, Emma Thompson, will also attend the festival with her new film, Stranger Than Fiction. The annual festival, one of the largest in North America and Canada, celebrated its 30th anniversary last year. This year's event, which runs from 7 to 16 September, will feature more than 50 world premieres. Stars such as Pierce Brosnan, Liam Neeson, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lopez and Dustin Hoffman are due to attend.

Gervais film

The latest film by Spinal Tap co-writer Christopher Guest will also receive its first screening at the festival. For Your Consideration is a comedy centring around the Hollywood award season, and features performances from Ricky Gervais, Eugene Levy and Harry Shearer.

Other premieres include The Last Kiss, by Crash screenwriter Paul Haggis. Starring Scrubs actor Zach Braff, the film tells the story of a man who becomes attracted to a younger woman just as his long-term girlfriend falls pregnant.

Based on an Italian movie of the same name, The Last Kiss also stars Casey Affleck and Rachel Bilson from the TV series The OC.

Penelope, starring Christina Ricci, and action thriller Seraphim Falls, with Liam Neeson and Pierce Brosnan will also debut at the event.

Interrogation

Previously announced premieres include a documentary about an Iraqi cameraman's wrongful arrest and interrogation by American forces, The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair. Films about the Dixie Chicks, Kurt Cobain and John Lennon are also in the documentary line-up. The festival will open with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, which examines the history of Inuit people in Canada. Ken Loach's Irish drama The Wind that Shakes the Barley, which won the Palme d'Or at this year's Cannes Film Festival, will also be screened.

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