The world preems of Natalie Portman starrer “Love and Other Impossible Pursuits” and Demi Moore starrer “The Joneses” are among seven galas and 12 special presentations announced by the Toronto Film Festival on Thursday.
“Love,” helmed by Don Roos, who also adapted Ayelet Waldman’s novel, tells the story of a newlywed Harvard Law School grad’s attempt to connect with her new stepson. Scott Cohen and Lisa Kudrow costar.
Joining “Love” on the gala slate are the world preems of writer-director Rodrigo Garcia’s family drama “Mother and Child,” starring Annette Bening, Naomi Watts and Kerry Washington; and Carlos Saura’s period pic “I, Don Giovanni,” charting the dramatic twists behind the creation of Mozart’s renowned opera.
Gala lineup also includes the international preem of Matthias Emcke’s “Phantom Pain”; the North American preems of Grant Hezlov’s dark comedy “Men Who Stare at Goats” (Overture), starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Bridges; Jan Kounen’s “Coco Chanel and Igor Stravinsky” (Sony Classics); and Alejandro Amenabar’s fourth-century thriller “Agora,” starring Rachel Weisz.
Suburban dark comedy “Joneses,” helmed by Derrick Borte and co-starring David Duchovny, unspools in special presentations, which also screens the world preems of Christian Carion’s Soviet fin de siecle drama “L’Affaire Farewell,” Dev Benegal’s traveling cinema ensemble pic “Road, Movie,” and Claire McCarthy’s India-set adoption drama “The Waiting City.”
The international preems of Giuseppe Tornatore’s small-town family epic “Baaria” and He Ping’s war fable “Wheat” are also special presentations.
The program also includes the North American preems of helmer John Hillcoat’s adaptation of Cormac McCarthy’s novel “The Road” (starring Viggo Mortensen), the feature helming bow of designer Tom Ford “A Single Man” (Colin Firth, Julianne Moore), Miguel Arteta’s adaptation of C.D. Payne’s cult novel “Youth in Revolt” (Michael Cera), Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu’s “Les Derniers jours du monde,” and Ahmed Maher’s “The Traveler” (Omar Sharif).
Werner Herzog’s mystery of myth and madness “My Son, My Son, What Have Ye Done” receives its Canadian preem in special presentations.