New films from Spike Lee, Nick Cassavetes, and Brian De Palma are among the 29 titles joining the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival slate, the festival announced today. Lee’s documentary Bad 25 commemorates the 25th anniversary of Michael Jackson’s Bad, including footage shot by the pop superstar. Cassavetes’ Yellow focuses on a woman whose Vicodin habit plunges her into a high style fantasy world; it stars Sienna Miller, Gena Rowlands (i.e. Cassavetes mother), Ray Liotta, David Morse, Lucy Punch, Heather Wahlquist, and Melanie Griffith. And De Palma’s Passion pits Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace (pictured) against each other as a high-powered business woman and her protégé.
Three gala premieres also join the festival, including Song for Marion as the closing night film. Directed by Paul Andrew Wiliams (Cherry Tree Lane), it follows an elderly couple, Arthur (Terence Stamp) and Marion (Vanessa Redgrave) who are at odds over Marion’s involvement in a local choir. In Emperor, Tommy Lee Jones plays WWII luminary Gen. Douglas MacArthur, and Matthew Fox a Japanese expert, as the two deal with the U.S. occupation of Japan after the war; Peter Webber (Girl With a Pearl Earring) directs. And in What Maisie Knew – starring Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgard, and Steve Coogan — directors Scott McGehee and David Siegel (Bee Season) depict the dissolution of a marriage through the eyes of a seven-year-old girl as her parents fight for custody.
Also joining the festival: Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master; Walter Salles’ On the Road; Lee Daniels’ The Paperboy; and Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers. Click here for a full list of films at the festival.