SAYLES' LATEST ... Mandy Patinkin, left, stars in Men With Guns, the latest film for director John Sayles. It will be a Toronto International Film Festival gala presentation.

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Tuesday, August 12, 1997

Men With Guns will blaze away at fest

Toronto Sun

Men With Guns is about to storm the gates of the Toronto International Film Festival.

The hotly anticipated film is the latest from maverick American writer-director John Sayles, a Toronto filmfest icon. Men With Guns, starring an international ensemble led by Federico Luppi and Mandy Patinkin, is in Spanish and four native Indian dialects. It was named to the gala lineup yesterday.

Set in an unnamed Latin American country, Men With Guns chronicles a medical doctor's investigation into a violent Indian rebellion against repressive authorities.

Also added to the gala series is Agnieszka Holland's Washington Square, a new adaptation of the Henry James novel about class, romance and family intrigue in 19th century Manhattan. It stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Albert Finney, Judith Ivey, Ben Chaplin and Maggie Smith.

Both Men With Guns and Washington Square will be making their world premieres in Toronto. The filmfest is scheduled for Sept. 4-13 this year.

A free outdoor screening -- the annual pre-fest treat -- of the Howard Hawks' comedy-musical classic Gentlemen Prefer Blondes is set for Aug. 23 at 9 p.m. at Nathan Phillips Square. Seating will be available for the first 1,000 people.