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Market watch: Buzz pics at Toronto

Toronto International Film Festival 2011: Market Watch

A selection of titles on the block at Toronto:

“360”
A kaleidoscope of relationships linking characters in in different cities around the world from scribe Peter Morgan.
Director: Fernando Meirelles
Producers: Andrew Eaton, David Linde, Chris Hanley, Danny Krausz
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins
Sales: Wild Bunch

“Arbitrage”
A hedge-fund magnate is forced to take help from an unlikely source following a bloody error as he tries to sell his empire before his fraud is revealed.
Director: Nicholas Jarecki
Producers: Laura Bickford, Bob Salerno, Kevin Turen, Justin Nappi
Cast: Richard Gere, Susan Sarandon, Tim Roth, Brit Marling
Sales: WME (domestic)/Parlay Films (international)

“The Awakening”
Pic, set in 1921, follows a woman aiming to expose all seances as shams only to confront her skepticism in a terrifying way at a boys’ boarding school.
Director: Nick Murphy
Producers: Sarah Curtis, Julia Stannard, David M. Thompson
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Dominic West, Imelda Staunton
Sales: StudioCanal

“Barrymore”
Stage adaptation of play for which Christopher Plummer won a Tony.
Director: Erik Canuel
Producers: Garth Drabinsky
Cast: Christopher Plummer
Sales: Film Sales Co.

“The Beloved”
Romantic comedy unfolds over four decades, intertwining two love stories from different eras.
Director: Christophe Honore
Producer: Pascal Caucheteux
Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Chiara Mastroianni, Ludivine Sagnier, Milos Forman
Sales: Celluloid Dreams

“Dark Horse”
Dark comedy about youth and passage of time.
Director: Todd Solondz
Producers: Ted Hope, Derrick Tseng
Cast: Justin Bartha, Selma Blair
Sales: Ted Hope (domestic)/Goldcrest Films Intl. (international)

“The Deep Blue Sea”
Adaptation of Terence Rattigan’s classic play about passion, fear of loneliness and love.
Director: Terence Davies
Producers: Sean O’Connor, Kate Ogborn
Cast: Rachel Weisz, Tom Hiddleston, Simon Russell Beale
Sales: Protagonist Pictures

“Generation P”
Adapted from the Russian bestseller about Moscow in the 1990s.
Director: Victor Ginzburg
Producers: Aleksei Riazantsev, Stas Ershov
Cast: Vladimir Yepifantsev, Michael Yefremov
Sales: Film Ray

“Filth”
Based on Irvine Welsh’s bestseller.
Director: Jon S. Baird
Producers: Jon S. Baird, Ken Marshall
Cast: James McAvoy, Imogen Poots, Jamie Bell
Sales: Sierra/Affinity (international)

“Friends With Kids”
Ensemble comedy about a group of friends dealing with children and life.
Director: Jenifer Westfeldt
Producers: Joey McFarland, Riza Aziz, Jon Hamm, Joshua Astrachan, Lucy Barzun Donnelly, Jake Kasdan
Cast: Jon Hamm, Megan Fox, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott, Maya Rudolph, Ed Burns, Chris O’Dowd, Jenifer Westfeldt
Sales: Red Granite

“Goon”
Slacker who can’t skate becomes an enforcer for a minor league hockey team.
Director: Michael Dowse
Producers: Don Carmody
Cast: Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber, Alison Pill
Sales: CAA/Myriad

“Hick”
A tale of a 13-year-old-girl’s odyssey from Nebraska to Las Vegas.
Director: Derick Martini
Producers: Steven Siebert, Christian Taylor, Charles De Portes, Jonathan Cornick
Cast: Chloe Moretz, Blake Lively, Eddie Redmayne
Sales: CAA/WME (domestic); Content (international)

“Hysteria”
Romantic comedy, set in the 1880s, about the invention of the vibrator.
Director: Tanya Wexler
Producers: Sarah Curtis, Judy Cairo, Tracey Becker
Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Hugh Dancy, Jonathan Pryce
Sales: Untitled Entertainment (domestic)/Elle Driver (international)

“Killer Joe”
Tracey Letts adapts his Pultizer Prize- winning play.
Director: William Friedkin
Producers: Nicolas Chartier, Scott Einbinder
Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Emile Hirsch, Juno Temple, Gina Gershon, Thomas Haden Church
Sales: CAA (domestic)/Voltage Pictures (international)

“The Lady”
The life of Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy politician and Nobel Peace Prize winner who spent 15 years under house arrest.
Director: Luc Besson
Producers: Luc Besson, Virginie Silla, Andy Harries
Cast: Michelle Yeoh, David Thewlis, William Hope
Sales: EuropaCorp

“Lay the Favorite”
A woman becomes involved with a group of men who have found a way to work the sportsbook system in Las Vegas.
Director: Stephen Frears
Producers: D.V. DeVincentis, Anthony Bregman, Randall Emmett, George Furla, Paul Trijbits
Cast: Bruce Willis, Rebecca Hall
Sales: Wild Bunch

“My Worst Nightmare”
An unexpected encounter between a sophisticated woman and a total slob, who happens to be the father of her son’s best friend.
Director: Anne Fontaine
Producers: Philippe Carcassonne, Bruno Pesery, Francis Boespflug
Cast: Isabelle Huppert, Benoit Poelvoorde, Andre Dussollier
Sales: Pathe Intl.

“Neil Young Journeys”
Neil Young in concert
Director: Jonathan Demme
Producers: Jonathan Demme, Elliot Rabinowitz
Sales: WME

“The Place Beyond The Pines”
A professional motorcycle rider turns to bank robbery but events spin out of control.
Director: Derek Cianfrance
Producers: Sidney Kimmel, Lynette Howell, Alex Orlovsky, Jamie Patricof
Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Rose Byrne
Sales: WME/CAA (domestic); Sierra/Affinity (international)

“Rampart”
A Los Angeles policeman gets caught on tape beating a suspect and finds himself in a downward spiral.
Director: Oren Moverman
Producers: Lawrence Inglee, Clark Peterson, Ben Foster, Ken Kao
Cast: Woody Harrelson, Robin Wright, Ice Cube
Sales: WME (domestic); Sierra/Affinity (international)

“Rebellion”
Set in a French colony in New Caledonia in the late 1980s, pic tells the true story of French commandos who were held hostage by dissidents fighting for independence.
Director: Mathieu Kassovitz
Producers: Mathieu Kassovitz, Christophe Rossignon
Cast: Mathieu Kassovitz, Sylvie Testud
Sales: Kinology

“Red Lights”
A psychologist’s investigation into whether a world-renowned psychic is a fraud uncovers unexpected results.
Director: Rodrigo Cortes
Producers: Adrian Guerra, Rodrigo Cortes
Cast: Robert De Niro, Sigourney Weaver, Cillian Murphy, Elizabeth Olsen
Sales: UTA (domestic)/Parlay Films (international)

“Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”
Based on Paul Torday’s novel.
Director: Lasse Halstrom
Producer: Paul Webster
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Kristin Scott Thomas
Sales: UTA

“Shame”
A thirtysomething man living in New York struggles to come to terms with his sexual escapades when his younger sister moves in with him.
Director: Steve McQueen
Producers: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman
Cast: Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan
Sales: HanWay Films

“Ten Year”
Ensemble drama-comedy of friends at a high-school reunion.
Director: Jamie Linden
Producers: Channing Tatum, Reid Carolin, Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
Cast: Channing Tatum, Rosario Dawson, Ron Livingston, Justin Long, Aubrey Plaza
Sales: Paradigm

Trishna
Update of the Thomas Hardy novel “Tess of the D’Urbervilles.”
Director: Michael Winterbottom
Producers: Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom
Cast: Freida Pinto, Riz Ahmed
Producers: Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom
Sales: Bankside Films

“Union Square”
Unexpected reunion between two sisters.
Director: Nancy Savoca
Producers: Neda Armian, Rich Guay
Cast: Mira Sorvino
Sales: Cinetic

“USS Indianapolis”
Based on the story of the sinking of the USS Indianapolis during the end of WWII.
Director: TBD
Producers: Rionda Del Casto, Patricia Eberle, Richard Salvatore, Douglass W. Miller, Jeffrey Andrick
Cast: TBD
Sales: Hannibal Classics

“Vamps”
Two young, beautiful vampires play in New York City until love enters the picture.
Director: Amy Heckerling
Producers: Red Hour Films, Lauren Versel, Molly Hassell
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Krysten Ritter
Sales: Cassian Elwes (domestic)/Parlay Films (international)

“Violet and Daisy”
Two assassins face a series of opponents, including a mysterious man in a life-altering encounter.
Director: Geoffrey Fletcher
Producers: Geoffrey Fletcher, Bonnie Timmermann
Cast: Saoirse Ronan, Alexis Bledel, James Gandolfini
Sales: CAA

“Winnie”
Biopic about Winnie Mandela
Director: Darrell J. Roodt
Producers: Andre Pieterse, Michael Mosca
Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Terrence Howard
Sales: CAA, Film Bridge

“The Words”
A writer at the peak of his literary success discovers the price he must pay for stealing another man’s work.
Directors: Brian Klugman, Lee Sternthal
Producers: Jim Young, Tatiana Kelly, Laura Rister
Cast: Bradley Cooper, Jeremy Irons, Zoe Saldana, Dennis Quaid, Olivia Wilde
Sales: Waterfall Media/Untitled (domestic)/ Parlay Films (international)

“You’re Next”
Home invasion thriller preems in Midnight Madness.
Director: Adam Wingard
Producer: Keith Calder
Cast: Sharni Vinson, Rob Moran
Sales: HanWay

“Wuthering Heights”
Director: Andrea Arnold
Producers: Kevin Loader, Robert Bernstein, Douglas Rae
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, James Howson, Nichola Burley
Arnold’s contemporary take on Emily Bronte’s classic novel.
Sales: HanWay Films

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