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Toronto fest awash in world premiere titles

The Toronto Film Festival announced the addition Tuesday of a slew of new titles that promise to be hot commodities with acquisitions folk attending the fest, which runs Sept. 8-17. Eight of the nine titles are world premieres, and five have been programmed as special presentations. One of the special presentations is Adam Rapp’s “Winter Passing,” starring Ed Harris, Zooey Deschanel and Will Ferrell, making its world premiere at the fest. Deschanel plays a young woman returning home to visit her reclusive novelist father (Harris) for the first time in seven years. Another home-to-papa film is Joshua Stern’s world-preeming “Neverwas,” with Nick Nolte, Aaron Eckhart, Ian McKellen, Brittany Murphy and Alan Cumming, in which Eckhart plays a psychiatrist who comes to work where his author-father (Nolte) was committed years earlier. Also a world premiere, David Ayer’s “Harsh Times” stars Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez as unemployed friends who go in search of excitement and adventure in South Central L.A., with disastrous results. In Rowan Woods’ “Little Fish” (an international premiere), Cate Blanchett plays a woman who becomes embroiled in a dangerous drug deal. Sam Neill and Hugo Weaving also star.

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