Toronto: ‘Parkland’ Provokes Emotional Response

Paul Giamatti, Jacki Weaver, Zac Efron
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North American premiere follows Venice launch

Sept. 6’s North American premiere of Peter Landesman‘s “Parkland” generated a respectful response — and not an insignificant number of tears — at the Roy Thomson Hall on the second night of Toronto Film Festival.

“I really do enjoy listening to what the audience sounds like — which has been very different so far,” Landesman admitted during the after-screening bash at Soho House. “They were operatic at Venice, when we got a 10-minute standing ovation, very French at Deauville and very nice in Toronto.”

Landesman also revealed to the audience during the intros — during which Paul Giamatti and Zac Efron received the most applause — that he’d gotten married a week earlier, calling his new spouse “the wind under my wings.”

For exec producer Guy East, the film evoked a specific recollection of how he discovered that John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. “I was 12 and came home and my mom was crying,” he noted. “I think that happened a lot.”

“Parkland” will open Oct. 4 in U.S. markets.

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  1. James Badge Dale wasn’t there? The one actor who looks like he knew what he was doing in this movie, and he wasn’t there at TIFF? Well, to be fair, I’ve only seen the trailer. If he was there, post photos, please.

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