The Toronto Film Festival has slotted 19 more films in its Discovery section.
The batch includes seven world premieres, including U.S. pics “Lymelife,” Derick and Steve Martini’s family drama starring Alec Baldwin and Rory Culkin, and “What Doesn’t Kill You,” Brian Goodman’s tale of South Boston crime starring Ethan Hawke and Mark Ruffalo.
“While this is just a small snapshot, the section sees filmmakers wrestling with an uncertain world,” fest co-director Cameron Bailey said Thursday. “Independent filmmakers this year seem less concerned with being outrageous or silly. These films are more about the heart of characters.”
Pics from 17 other countries complete the section reserved for debut talent. Israeli Tatia Rosenthal’s animated comedy “$9.99” features the voices of Geoffrey Rush and Anthony LaPaglia. Young-seok Noh’s Korean entry “Daytime Drinking” follows the surreal trip of a broken-hearted drunk.
Other highlights include the following:
- Matt Aselton’s comedy “Gigantic,” starring Paul Dano and Zooey Deschanel;
- Nik Fackler’s love story “Lovely, Still” with Martin Landau and Ellen Burstyn;
- “The Stoning of Soraya M,” from helmer Cyrus Nowrasteh, about an Iranian woman falsely accused of adultery;
- Aida Begic’s Bosnian post-war drama “Snow,” which won the Cannes Critics’ Prize this year.
The Toronto fest also added 12 titles to Vanguard and Visions, sections devoted to pushing narrative boundaries.
Gilles Bourdos will bring “Afterwards,” starring John Malkovich, while directing duo Scott McGehee and David Siegel will world preem “Uncertainty,” featuring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Lynn Collins as an uncertain young couple facing pregnancy.
TIFF runs Sept. 4-13.