A selection of Toronto fest titles on execs' checklists
Toronto Intl. Film Festival
Picked up on 9/8
Adaptation of Mordecai Richler’s prize-winning comic novel starring Paul Giamatti, Dustin Hoffman, Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike.
Sales: Essential Entertainment/Serendipity Point Films “Beginners”
Mike Mills directs Ewan McGregor in story about a man getting hit with several life-changing realizations.
Sales: UTA “A Beginner’s Guide to Endings”
Father-son dramedy starring Harvey Keitel
Sales: Sierra Pictures “Brighton Rock”
Rowan Joffe adaptation of Graham Greene novel with Helen Mirren and Sam Riley.
Sales: StudioCanal “Bunraku”
Assassins, martial arts and a visually arresting style with a cast including Josh Hartnett, Demi Moore and Woody Harrelson.
Sales: CAA/IM Global “Ceremony”
Max Winkler directs romantic comedy with Uma Thurman and Michael Angarano.
Sales: UTA & CAA/ FilmNation Entertainment “Chico & Rita”
Animated film centers around Cuban musicians, jazz history and Latin American sounds.
Sales: HanWay Films “Dirty Girl”
Juno Temple as the titular teen who takes off on a cross-country road trip.
Sales: WME/Salt Co. “Daydream Nation”
Acerbic teen (Kat Dennings) shakes up small town.
Sales: Joker Films Inc. “Everything Must Go”
Will Ferrell and Rebecca Hall star in contempo Raymond Carver adaptation.
Sales: Inferno “The First Grader”
In Kenya, an 84-year-old man enrolls in the first grade, eager to learn.
Sales: Goldcrest Films Intl. “Henry’s Crime”
Keanu Reeves toplines in a heist going sideways story.
Sales: CAA/Parlay Films “Incendies”
Denis Villeneuve’s drama is coming off rave reviews at Telluride and Venice.
Sales: E1 Intl. “Jucy”
Australian comic tale of strong bonds of a female friendship.
Sales: Odin’s Eye Entertainment “Margin Call”
Kevin Spacey toplines topical drama about investment bankers in the beginning of the financial meltdown.
Sales: Myriad “Rabbit Hole”
John Cameron Mitchell returns with Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart in a screen adaptation of the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by David Lindsay-Abaire.
Sales: Affinity Intl. “Submarine”
Comedy directed and written by Richard Ayoade (Brit hit “The IT Crowd”) and exec produced by Ben Stiller.
Sales: Protagonist Pictures “Tabloid”
Erroll Morris dissects the media through the story of a former beauty queen.
Sales: Submarine “Trust”
David Schwimmer helms drama about online predators. Starring Clive Owen and Catherine Keener.
Sales: CAA/Gersh/NuImage/Millennium “Vanishing on 7th Street”
Apocalyptic thriller from Brad Anderson starring Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo.
Sales: Cinetic/IM Global “The Way”
Emilio Estevez directs Martin Sheen in a tale of spiritual searching.
Sales: Icon Entertainment Intl. “West Is West”
World preem of followup to cult hit “East Is East.”
Sales: Icon Entertainment Intl. “What’s Wrong With Virginia? “
Jennifer Connelly and Ed Harris star in Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut.
Sales: CAA/Inferno “The Whistleblower”
Topical political thriller starring Rachel Weisz.
Sales: UTA/Voltage “White Irish Drinkers”
A teenager discovers his future rests beyond his working-class Brooklyn world in this 1975-set drama with newcomer Nick Thurston. Passion project from John Gray (“The Ghost Whisperer”).
Sales: Submarine Entertainment