Fest announces 51 titles, including 26 world premieres

Robert Redford’s post-Civil War-era drama “The Conspirator,” writer-helmer Guillaume Canet’s friendship intrigue “Little White Lies” and Barry Blaustein’s dysfunctional family comedy “Peep World” will world preem as Galas at the 35th Toronto Film Festival, it was announced Tuesday.

Marking the unofficial start of awards season along with Venice and Telluride, the fest unveiled 51 titles in the Gala, Special Presentations and Masters sections (including 26 world preems), roughly a sixth of its program.It’s the kickoff to a high-profile year that includes the opening of the fest’s sprawling headquarters, Bell Lightbox, and the launch of a downtown hub for media and industry players.

Other world preems on Roy Thomson Hall’s Gala screen include Andy De Emmony’s “West Is West” (a sequel to Brit mixed-race comedy “East Is East”); Emilio Estevez’s grieving-father drama “The Way” (starring his father, Martin Sheen); Steven Silver’s biopic “The Bang Bang Club,” about young photogs in apartheid’s end days; George Hickenlooper’s scandal sheet “Casino Jack,” starring Kevin Spacey as lobbyist Jack Abramoff; and David M. Rosenthal’s rocker-meets-groupie tale “Janie Jones.”

Gala slate also includes North American preems of Richard J. Lewis’ adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s comic novel “Barney’s Version” (starring Paul Giamatti); Darren Aronofsky’s Venice opener, “Black Swan”; John Madden’s Nazi-hunt thriller “The Debt” (Helen Mirren); Im Sang-soo’s revenge drama “The Housemaid”; Tom Hooper’s man-who-would-be-king biopic “The King’s Speech” (Colin Firth); Francois Ozon’s class-war comedy “Potiche” (Gerard Depardieu); and Ben Affleck’s Boston police drama “The Town.”

The fact that “The Town,” “Barney’s Version,” “The King’s Speech” and “Potiche” are classified as North American premieres further bears out the likelihood that they will world preem at Venice (Daily Variety, July 22), while “The Debt” could bow on the Lido as well.

Raul Ruiz’s “Mysteries of Lisbon” will world preem in the Masters program.

The Special Presentations program’s 17 world preems are Mark Romanek’s adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro bestseller “Never Let Me Go” (starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield); father-son drama “Beginners” (Ewan McGregor, Christopher Plummer), from “Thumbsucker” helmer Mike Mills; John Cameron Mitchell’s adaptation of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Pulitzer-winning play “Rabbit Hole” (Nicole Kidman); John Curran’s lawman-con drama “Stone” (Robert De Niro, Edward Norton); British comic Richard Ayoade’s feature debut “Submarine”; Michael Winterbottom’s improv road comedy “The Trip” (Steve Coogan, Rob Brydon); Nigel Cole’s blue-collar comedy “Made in Dagenham”; Eric Lartigau’s adaptation of Douglas Kennedy’s novel “The Big Picture” (Catherine Deneuve); Rowan Joffe’s “Brighton Rock,” based on the 1938 Graham Greene novel; Tony Goldwyn’s legal drama “Conviction” (Hilary Swank); Kiran Rao’s Mumbai-set “Dhobi ghat”; Will Gluck’s high school potboiler “Easy A”; Malcolm Venville’s bank robbery caper “Henry’s Crime” (Keanu Reeves); Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden’s mental-health dramedy “It’s Kind of a Funny Story”; Pierre Thoretton’s docu on Yves Saint Laurent, “L’Amour Fou”; Andrucha Waddington’s biopic on Spanish playwright Lope de Vega, “Lope”; and David Schwimmer’s suburban chiller “Trust.”

Absent from Tuesday’s announcement were two anticipated American-directed entries — Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” tipped for a possible Venice slot, and Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter” — although Toronto has yet to unveil a number of titles.

Susanne Bier’s “In a Better World” and Alain Corneau’s “Love Crime” will receive their international preems in Special Presentations; Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s “Biutiful,” Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” Stephen Frears’ “Tamara Drewe,” Sylvain Chomet’s “The Illusionist,” Danis Tanovic’s “Cirkus Columbia,” Kim Jee-woon’s “I Saw the Devil,” Andrew Lau’s “The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen,” Tran Anh Hung’s “Norwegian Wood,” Rachid Bouchareb’s “Outside the Law,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s “A Screaming Man” and Anurag Kashyap’s “That Girl in Yellow Boots” will receive their North American preems.

Derek Cianfrance’s “Blue Valentine” and Rodrigo Cortes’ “Buried” will receive their Canadian preems.

Opening-night gala “Score: A Hockey Musical,” from Toronto helmer Michael McGowan was previously announced. Additional Galas, Special Presentations and Masters titles will be unveiled next month.

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 9-19.

And the rest of the lineup is

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES:
• “Barney’s Version” (Richard J. Lewis)
• “Black Swan” (Darren Aronofsky)
• “The Debt” (John Madden)
• “The Housemaid” (Im Sang-soo)
• “The King’s Speech” (Tom Hooper)
• “Potiche” (Francois Ozon)
• “The Town” (Ben Affleck)
• “Another Year” (Mike Leigh)
• “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” (Woody Allen)
• “Biutiful” (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu)
• “Miral” (Julian Schnabel)
• “Tamara Drewe” (Stephen Frears)
• “The Illusionist” (Sylvain Chomet)
• “I Saw the Devil” (Kim Jee-woon)
• “The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen” (Andrew Lau)
• “Norwegian Wood” (Tran Anh Hung)
• “Outside the Law” (Rachid Bouchareb)
• “A Screaming Man” (Mahamet-Saleh Haroun)
• “That Girl in Yellow Boots” (Anurag Kashyap)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:
• “Never Let Me Go” (Mark Romanek)
• “Beginners” (Mike Mills)
• “Rabbit Hole” (John Cameron Mitchell)
• “Stone” (John Curran)
• “Submarine” (Richard Ayoade)
• “The Trip” (Michael Winterbottom)
• “Made in Dagenham” (Nigel Cole)
• “The Big Picture” (Eric Lartigau)
• “Brighton Rock” (Rowan Joffe)
• “Conviction” (Tony Goldwyn)
• “Dhobi Ghat” (Kiran Rao)
• “Easy A” (Will Gluck)
• “Henry’s Crime” (Malcolm Venville)
• “It’s Kind of A Funny Story” (Ryan Fleck, Anna Boden)
• “L’Amour Fou” (Pierre Thoretton)
• “Lope” (Andrucha Waddington)
• “Trust” (David Schwimmer)

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES:
• “Jack Goes Boating” (Philip Seymour Hoffman)
• “Cirkus Columbia” (Danis Tanovic)
• “In a Better World” (Susanne Bier)
• “Love Crime” (Alain Corneau)

CANADIAN PREEMS:
• “Blue Valentine” (Derek Cianfrance)
• “Buried” (Rodrigo Cortes)

OPENING NIGHT:
• “Score: A Hockey Musical” (Michael McGowan)

* Additional Gala, Special Presentation and Masters titles will be announced next month.

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