A sampling of films at the Toronto Festival that are making waves with buyers.
Toronto Midnight Madness Selection/World Premiere
Director: Can Evrenol
Cast: Gorkem Kasal, Ergun Kuyucu, Mehmet Cerrahoglu, Sabahattin Yakut, Mehmet Fatih Dokgoz, Muharrem Bayrak
Producers: Can Evrenol, Serhat Cinisli, Mehmet Cemal Toz
Synopsis: Turkish police unit discover a blood-soaked den used for satanic rituals in a desolate area.
Sales: Salt Co. (international); XYZ Films (domestic)
TORONTO FESTIVAL SELECTION / WORLD PREMIERE
Born to Dance
Director: Tammy Davis
Producers: Jill MacNab, Leanne Saunders,
Cast: Tai Maipi,
Synopsis: A Maori teen in New Zealand faces societal and other pressures when leading his hip-hop dance team to the championships.
Sales: CMG (international)
Producers: Benjamin Herrmann, Nicolas Steil Cast: Emma Watson,
Synopsis: A young woman’s search for her kidnapped boyfriend draws her into an infamous sect.
Sales: Beta Cinema (international); UTA (U.S.)
Director: Osgood Perkins
Producers: Rob Paris, Adrienne Biddle, Bryan Bertino, Robert Menzies, Alphonse Ghossein
Cast: Emma Roberts, Kiernan Shipka
Synopsis: Unseen forces possess girls at prep school.
Sales: Highland Film Group (international); CAA/UTA (U.S.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
Producers: Ali Jaafar, Amira Diab
Cast: Qais Atallah, Hiba Atallah, Ahmad Qassim, Abdelkarim Abu Baraka, Tawfeek Barhom, Ashraf Barhoum, Ali Suliman, Nadine Labaki
Synopsis: Based on the true story of Mohammad Assaf, winner of “Arab Idol.”
Sales: Seville Intl.
In the Room
Director: Eric Khoo
Producer: Nansun Shi
Cast: Choi Woo Shik, Kim Kkobbi, Koh Boon Pin, Daniel Jenkins, Show Nishino
Synopsis: Drama draws together several narratives spanning several decades, all taking place in the same room of a Singaporean hotel.
Sales: Distribution Workshop
Director: Matthew Cullen
Producers: Chris Hanley, Jordan Gertner, Geyer Kosinski
Cast: Amber Heard, Billy Bob Thornton, Jim Sturgess, Theo James
Synopsis: Based on the Martin Amis novel
Sales: IM Global (international); CAA (U.S.)
The Man Who Knew Infinity (above)
Director: Matthew Brown
Producers: Edward R. Pressman, Jim Young, Joe Thomas, Matthew Brown, Sofia Sondervan, Jon Katz
Cast: Jeremy Irons, Dev Patel
Synopsis: Based on the life of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (international); CAA (domestic)
Director: Alejandra Marquez Abella
Producers: Nicolas Celis, Sebastian Celis, Andres Clariond
Cast: David Thornton, Tenoch Huerta, Jimena Cuaron
Synopsis: A young widow, her fanatically religious child and her new boyfriend all take a beach vacation during Holy Week to bring the new family together, but the past begins to catch up.
Sales: IM Global (international)
Toronto festival selection/world premiere
Septembers of Shiraz
Director: Wayne Blair
Producers: Hanna Weg, Heidi Jo Markel, Alan Siegel, Gerard Butler, Danielle Robinson, Les Weldon
Cast: Adrien Brody, Salma Hayek, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Alon Aboutboul
Synopsis: A family is thrust into a n unimaginably surreal experience in post-revolutionary Iran.
Sales: Millennium Entertainment (international); Paradigm (U.S.)
Director: Andrew Currie
Producers: Mary Anne Waterhouse, Daniel Iron, Andrew Currie, Jason James
Cast: Jason Ritter, Emmanuelle Chriqui, James Brolin, Christine Lahti, Vinay Virmani
Synopsis: An uptight New Yorker and his party -girl sister visit their father and meet his new wife and her kids. When the parents announce they’re adopting a child to bring the family together, it has the opposite effect.
Sales: Seville Intl.
TORONTO FESTIVAL SELECTION / NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Director: Drake Doremus
Producers: Michael Schaefer, Michael Pruss, Ann Ruark, Chip Diggins, Jay Stern
Cast: Kristen Stewart, Nicholas Hoult, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver
Synopsis: Set in the seemingly perfect future in which emotions are eradicated.
Sales: Mister Smith Entertainment (international); UTA (U.S.)
Director: Meg Ryan
Brenner, Laura Ivey
Cast: Meg Ryan, Jack Quaid, Sam Shepard, Melanie Griffith, Tom Hanks
Synopsis: Ryan’s directorial debut based on William Saroyan’s “The Human Comedy.”
Sales: The Exchange (international); ICM (domestic)
Looking for Grace
Director: Sue Brooks
Producers: Lizzette Atkins, Sue Taylor, Alison Tilson
Cast: Odessa Young, Radha Mitchell, Richard Roxburgh
Synopsis: Free-spirited 15-year-old girl runs away from home in drama about lies, secrets, grief and love.
Sales: Fortissimo Films (international; U.S.)
TORONTO FESTIVAL SELECTION
A Patch of Fog
Producers: Robert Jones, Wayne Marc
Godfrey, David Gilbery
Cast: Stephen Graham, Conleth Hill
Synopsis: A celebrated novelist and TV personality finds his reputation on the line when he is caught shoplifting by a security guard, intent on becoming his
friend for life.
Sales: 13 Films (international); Paradigm (domestic)