After a morning where we thought we were getting a chunk of the lineup for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) due to the ongoing WGA and SAG strikes, we only received the announcement of a single world premiere. Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Atom Egoyan’s “Seven Veils,” starring Amanda Seyfried, will have its world premiere at this year’s TIFF. The drama film Egoyan’s 18th to screen at TIFF also stars Rebecca Liddiard, Douglas Smith, Mark O’Brien, and Vinessa Antoine.
“We are honored to premiere Atom Egoyan’s extraordinary film at this year’s festival,” said TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey. “Egoyan’s cinematic works are unmatched, and we’re excited to bring ‘Seven Veils’ to our TIFF audiences and to the city of Toronto, his home.”
The plot for “Seven Veils” follows Jeanine (Seyfried), an earnest theater director tasked with remounting her former mentor’s most famous work, the opera “Salome.” She is haunted by dark and disturbing memories from her past, allowing her repressed trauma to color the present as she re-enters the opera world after so many years away.
“Amanda is a phenomenal actress, and here she brilliantly plays a woman dealing with complex and explosive relationships in her past, present, and future,” said Egoyan. “To have the world premiere of this film at TIFF and to be partnering with the Canadian Opera Company really brings my two great passions together in such a beautiful way.”
TIFF runs from September 7th-17th, and the full lineup for the 48th edition will be released in August.
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