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Pitt heads for Toronto Festival
Brad Pitt
Brad Pitt stars alongside Cate Blanchett in Babel
Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and Cate Blanchett are among the stars set to attend the Toronto Film Festival.

Pitt and Blanchett star in the multi-lingual drama Babel, which will be screened at the Canadian event.

Director Sir Ridley Scott will accompany Crowe for the world premiere of their film A Good Year, which is based on the book A Year in Provence.

Organisers say 352 films will be shown at the annual festival, which is one of the largest in North America.

The festival's tentacles are truly in every part of the world
Piers Handling
Co-director, Toronto Film Festival
More than 100 movies will receive world premieres at the event, including Kenneth Branagh's The Magic Flute and All the King's Men, starring Sean Penn.

Global reach

Entries come from 61 countries - with films from Portugal, South Korea, Turkey and Russia in the line-up.

"The festival's tentacles are truly in every part of the world," said festival director Piers Handling.

Jude Law and Sean Penn in All the King's Men
Sean Penn (right) plays a corrupt politician in All The King's Men
Now in its 31st year, the festival now sits alongside Cannes and Sundance as a major movie showcase.

"Our selections have a big impact on the Oscars and the Golden Globes" said festival co-director Noah Cowan.

Stars and directors attending this year's event include Sir Anthony Hopkins, Yoko Ono, Jude Law, Dustin Hoffman and Michael Moore.

Blair film

The festival opens with The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, which examines the history of Inuit people in Canada.

A documentary called The Prisoner Or: How I Planned To Kill Tony Blair, examining an Iraqi cameraman's wrongful arrest and interrogation by American forces, will be premiered at the event.

Isla Fisher
Former Home and Away star Isla Fisher has a film at the festival
Films about the Dixie Chicks, Kurt Cobain and John Lennon are also in the documentary line-up.

Closing the festival is the world premiere of Amazing Grace, which tells the story of William Wilberforce's campaign to end slavery in the British Empire.

The film stars Ioan Gruffudd as Wilberforce and Benedict Cumberbatch as British Prime Minister William Pitt.

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.

The Canadian festival runs from 7 to 16 September.

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