Toronto hosts lineup of premieres

Five films packing star power from the likes of Helen Hunt, Sigourney Weaver, Kate Bosworth, Danny Glover, Ryan Gosling and Bette Midlerhave been added to the Special Presentations lineup of the 32nd Toronto Film Festival.

Four of the pics are world preems and one is a North American premiere, though the fest has this year been de-emphasizing the premiere status of its films.It’s all in the name of accuracy, said fest brass, since that status can change between the time the pic is programmed and its screening date.

“Like every festival, premieres do matter to us,” said fest co-director Noah Cowan. “We’re saying we’re the only major festival in the world that entertains films that aren’t world premieres.”

Hunt makes her directorial debut with “Then She Found Me,” based on the novel by Elinor Lipman. She stars as a woman who was adopted at birth. Her plans to have a child are thrown off when her husband (Matthew Broderick) walks out. Midler plays a talkshow host who declares herself to be the birth mother and Colin Firth is the new love interest.

“The Girl in the Park” is the feature directorial debut of Pulitzer Prize-winner David Auburn (“Proof”). The psychological drama stars Weaver as a mother who, 15 years after the disappearance of her own young daughter, meets and befriends a troubled girl (Bosworth). Alessandro Nivola, David Rasche, Elias Koteas and Keri Russell also star.

John Sayles’ “Honeydripper” goes back to the birth of the electric guitar. Danny Glover plays an Alabama juke-joint owner who recruits a guitar-playing drifter (Gary Clark Jr.). Blues guitarist Keb’ Mo’ also appears.

Gosling stars in Craig Gillespie’s “Lars and the Real Girl” as a social misfit who falls for a life-sized doll. Nancy Oliver (“Six Feet Under”) penned the script. Emily Mortimer, Paul Schneider, Patricia Clarkson and Kelli Garner also star. MGM will release the pic in October.

Aussie thesp Richard Roxburgh steps behind the camera for drama “Romulus, My Father,” based on Raimond Gaita’s memoir of the same title. Eric Bana portrays the father and Franka Potente the depressed mother as they struggle against adversity to raise their son (Kodi Smit-McPhee). Pic makes its North American preem.

Fest runs Sept. 6-15.

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