Toronto unveils 54 festival titles
Music docs on U2 and Pearl Jam and the latest offerings from David Cronenberg, Alexander Payne and Francis Ford Coppola are among titles set for the Toronto Film Festival, which will announce still more premieres next week.
“An Inconvenient Truth” helmer Davis Guggenheim’s U2 docu “From the Sky Down” opens the fest Sept. 8, the first time in 36 years that a doc opens Toronto.
Fest, which runs Sept. 8-18, unveiled 11 Gala and 43 Special Presentation titles Tuesday morning, including the Gala world preems of Luc Besson’s based-on-a-true-story “The Lady,” starring Michelle Yeoh as pro-democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi and David Thewlis as writer Michael Aris; Bennett Miller’s baseball underdog drama “Moneyball” (Sony), starring Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill; and Bruce Beresford’s multigenerational family comedy “Peace, Love and Misunderstanding,” starring Jane Fonda and rising stars Chace Crawford and Elizabeth Olsen.
World preeming as Galas are Toronto thesp-turned-director Sarah Polley’s relationship comedy “Take This Waltz” (Mongrel Media in Canada), starring Seth Rogen and Michelle Williams; Jim Field Smith’s Capraesque comedy “Butter,” starring Jennifer Garner as a champion butter carver (TWC); Rodrigo Garcia’s Irish period drama “Albert Nobbs” (Roadside/Liddell); and Remi Bezancon’s pregnancy tragicomedy “A Happy Event.”