'A Serious Man,' 'Whip It' to screen at festival

Ethan and Joel Coen’s memory piece “A Serious Man” and Drew Barrymore’s feature directing bow “Whip It” are among the world premieres headed to Toronto in September.

On Tuesday, the fest added eight special presentations and two galas to its growing lineup.

The Coens’ latest stars Tony nominee Michael Stuhlbarg, Richard Kind and Fred Melamed. Focus Features has set a limited release for Oct. 2. Barrymore’s pic — starring Ellen Page as a small-town beauty queen turned roller-derby star — opens via Fox Searchlight on Oct. 9. Both screen as special presentations at the fest, which runs Sept. 10-19.

World preeming as a gala is Oliver Parker’s “Dorian Gray,” which stars Colin Firth and Ben Barnes. Rebecca Miller’s “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” adapted from Miller’s novel and starring Robin Wright Penn and Keanu Reeves, receives its North American gala preem. Screen Media has slated a limited U.S. release for “Pippa” on Oct. 23.

World premiere special presentations also include British helmer Daniel Barber’s urban Western “Harry Brown,” starring Michael Caine; Ian Fitzgibbon’s Irish gangster comedy “Perrier’s Bounty,” starring Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent; and Danis Tanovic’s war photographer mystery “Triage,” starring Colin Farrell.

Other pics, all North American preems, are Michael Moore’s latest docu “Capitalism: A Love Story” (Overture Films releases Stateside on Sept. 23); Werner Herzog’s Nicolas Cage starrer “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” a remake of the 1992 pic; and Iranian helmer Shirin Neshat’s feature bow, “Women Without Men.”

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