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Miracle at St. Anna

Film premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 7
Blanchard performing an outdoor concert at the festival on Monday, September 8

Toronto, Sept. 4, 2008 – (Hollywood, CA) World-renowned film composer and trumpet player Terence Blanchard has reunited with director Spike Lee to score “Miracle at St. Anna,” which will debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 7th at 9:00pm in the Visa Screening Room. There will be a second showing of the film on Tuesday, September 9th at 11:00am in the Visa Screening Room (Film opens nationally on September 26). Blanchard will be performing an “outdoor concert” sponsored by the festival on Monday, September 8th at 8:30pm at Yonge-Dundas Square. “Miracle at St. Anna” marks the Golden-Globe nominated composer’s 43rd film score and 12th collaboration with Lee. Miracle at St. Anna is part of the Special Presentations at the festival.

“Miracle at St. Anna” is based on author James McBride’s critically-acclaimed, NY Times bestseller and World War II novel of the same name. Featuring over 140 minutes of music and 42 separate cues, the score for “Miracle at St. Anna” was recorded at Sony Studios in Los Angeles with a 98-piece orchestra as well as members of Terence’s band.

With a cast that includes Michael Ealy, John Turturro, John Leguizamo, and Walton Scoggins, “Miracle at St. Anna” depicts the lives of four African-American soldiers fighting in World War II (1944) who are trapped in an Italian village. The film is set in Tuscany and follows the 92nd Buffalo Soldier Division as the soldiers find themselves trapped behind enemy lines and separated from their unit. What happens within the confines of the town, the stories of love and loss and the incredible passion with which these soldiers live out their daily lives is nothing less than physically and emotionally extraordinary. “Miracle at St. Anna” is presented by Touchstone Pictures in association with On My Own and Rai Cinema.

Says Blanchard of Miracle, “I’m inspired by the story itself.” Growing-up in New Orleans, I remember the Buffalo Soldiers marching in parades and never realized the significant role they played in fighting for our freedom. It’s an honor to be a part of a project that helps to relive and tell a small segment of what those soldiers dealt with in our history.”

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