Toronto film fest abuzz about 'Babel'

Sept. 10, 2006 at 5:48 PM
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TORONTO, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- "Babel" and its star Brad Pitt have been causing a buzz at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Pitt, minus partner Angelina Jolie, turned out for the screening of "Babel" amid flashing cameras and screaming fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the U.S. heartthrob, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported Sunday.

Earlier Saturday, fans greeted Australian actor Russell Crowe as he walked the red carpet for the world premiere of "A Good Year."

Directed by Mexican filmmaker Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, "Babel" earned praise earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival, where it won several prizes, including best director for Inarritu, who directed the Oscar-nominated "21 Grams," the CBC said.

After its Toronto screenings Saturday and Sunday, "Babel," which co-stars Academy Award-winner Cate Blanchett, is set for its North American theatrical release in October, the CBC said.

The film is a global, multi-layered story about the struggle to communicate, whether between spouses, parent and child or two cultures.

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