The A List

10 titles likely to generate buzz in Toronto

The Joneses

Demi Moore and David Duchovny star as Kate and Steve Jones, a picture-perfect couple who, at first glance, are the embodiment of the American dream. When they move their family into suburbia, the Joneses immediately become the envy of the residents around them with their luxury cars and their gorgeous home. But little do their neighbors realize that this family isn't what it appears to be, and everyone is about to find out that keeping up with the Joneses isn't as easy as it seems. Sales agent: ICM

Down for Life

Based on a New York Times article, this gritty drama depicts a single, fateful day in the life of a 15-year-old Latina gang leader who discovers that leaving the gang is more difficult than joining. Shot in South Central Los Angeles, the film stars local youths in the lead roles. Sales agent: Paradigm

The Trotsky

Leon Bronstein is not your average Montreal West high school student. Convinced he is the reincarnation of early Soviet iconoclast and Red Army hero, Leon Trotsky, Bronstein ends up in public school as punishment for starting a hunger strike at his father's clothing factory. Determined to live out his preordained destiny to the fullest, Leon battles the apathy of his classmates and quickly brings new meaning to the term "student union." Sales agent: E1 via Park Ex Pictures in Montreal

The Waiting City

When a seemingly happy Australian couple journeys to Calcutta to collect their adopted baby, they discover that the arrangements at the agency have yet to be finalized and they have no choice but to wait in a chaotic, foreign world. Intoxicated by the powers of an exotic new city, the vulnerability of their marriage begins to reveal itself, leading them to confront long-simmering differences and concealed secrets they've both been avoiding. Sales agent: H20 Motion Pictures

Chloe

Toronto favorite Atom Egoyan returns with this steamy look at infidelity starring Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson and Amanda Seyfried. When a doctor decides to test her husband's loyalty by hiring a young beautiful escort to seduce him, she gets far more than she bargained for. Sales agent: Studio Canal

Mother and Child

Annette Bening, Samuel L. Jackson, Kerry Washington and Naomi Watts star in this drama that tells the intersecting story of three women dealing with varying states of motherhood: a 50-year-old woman, the daughter she gave up for adoption 35 years ago and another woman looking to adopt a child of her own. Domestic sales: WME; foreign: Westend

Creation

Based on the biography "Annie's Box" by Charles Darwin's great-great-grandson Randal Keynes, "Creation" chronicles 'the father of evolution's' (played by Paul Bettany) efforts to complete his legendary "Origin of Species" while juggling the pressures of family, the love of his deeply religious wife (played by Bettany's real-life wife Jennifer Connelly) and his own struggles with faith and reason. Sales agent: Hanway

Get Low

Part folk tale, fable and real-life legend, Bill Murray, Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek and Lucas Black star in this whimsical drama about a struggling funeral home operator faced with a unique ethical dilemma. Desperate for some business, his luck appears to change when a mysterious stranger with plenty of cash taps his services. There's just one catch: The stranger wants to fake his own death in an effort to hear what his friends have to say about him. Domestic sales: CAA; international: K5

The Warrior and the Wolf

Set in ancient China along the border region of the vast Gobi Desert, this epic from acclaimed director Tian Zhuangzhuang (1993's "The Blue Kite") tells the story of a lonely, beleaguered soldier (Joe Odagiri) who tempts fate by becoming passionately involved with a mysterious widow (Maggie Q). One of the leading figures in China's "Fifth Generation" of filmmakers that includes Chen Kaige and Zhang Yimou, Zhuangzhuang has often courted controversy in his homeland with his unflinching portrayals of China's ethnic minorities. While he may not be as well known in the West as his contemporaries, he is widely admired by his international filmmaking peers, including Martin Scorsese, who selected his 1986 release "The Horse Thief" as his favorite film of the 1980s. Sales agent: Fortissimo

Leaves of Grass

If you're thinking Walt Whitman, think again. Written and directed by actor Tim Blake Nelson ("O Brother, Where Art Thou"), "Leaves" stars Edward Norton as Bill Kincaid, an ivy league professor who returns to his Tulsa, Okla., hometown after receiving word that his identical twin brother Brady has been murdered in a pot deal gone bad. But when he discovers Brady is very much alive, mild-mannered Bill soon becomes embroiled in an elaborate scheme to exact revenge against a local drug lord, played by Richard Dreyfuss. Equal parts crime drama and druggy comedy -- with some existential philosophy thrown in for good measure -- "Leaves" also stars Susan Sarandon and Keri Russell. Sales agent: Nu Image
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