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Toronto: Radcliffe Pic ‘Kill Your Darlings’ Bows Big at Fest

Most of the “Kill Your Darlings” buzz has centered around the actors, but director John Krokidas and his co-writer Austin Bunn were treated like rock stars at the film’s Toronto bow Tuesday night.

Bunn was surrounded by praise at Sony Pictures Classics’ after-party at the sleek and swanky C Lounge, where guests gathered around the outdoor reflecting pool and enjoyed the sultry weather.

This marks the first screenplay for Bunn, who has been a college professor, journalist and playwright, but tapped into the Beat Generation for this film, which is based on real events in which a murder touched the lives of Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs, though none of them ever wrote or talked about it.

Also accepting congrats were Krokidas and actors Michael C. Hall, Dane DeHaan, Ben Foster (almost unrecognizable in the film as Burroughs), Jack Huston and Daniel Radcliffe, in a 180-degree turn from what film audiences have seen him do. (Radcliffe has two other films in Toronto.)

Sony Classics co-toppers Michael Barker and Tom Bernard accepted non-stop congrats, for this and for their other films: They’re at Toronto with a lineup of nine hot titles, which rep a mix of English-language narrative films, docus and foreign-language films.

Shortly before the “Kill” premiere, they came to the Variety Studio to discuss the Oscar race, the Academy’s rule changes and the documentary changes of the past few years — and, of course, to talk about “Kill Your Darlings.” Barker said with genuine admiration that this is one of the strongest years in memory for film, and Bernard added that it’s going to be an amazing race.

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