Toronto: Cory Monteith Film Officially Booked Into Fest With World Premiere

Cory Monteith in "All The Wrong Reasons"
Cory Monteith in "All The Wrong Reasons"
 Andrew Tench

TORONTO -- It's official: one of Cory Monteith's last films made before his recent death, Gia Milani's All the Wrong Reasons, is debuting at the Toronto International Film Festival.

On Wednesday, TIFF confirmed the world premiere, first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, a booking that comes in the wake of the Glee star’s tragic death July 13 in Vancouver.

The ensemble drama sees Monteith play James Asher, a store manager whose wife (Karine Vanasse) is suffering from PSTD, while another worker (Kevin Zegers) battles back from a traumatic injury and a cashier, played by Emily Hampshire, takes advantage of it all.

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If Monteith impresses in All The Wrong Reasons as he did in Glee, then his many heartbroken fans will have reason to book a ticket for Toronto.

As TIFF unveiled its Canadian film lineup during a Toronto press conference, the festival also booked world bows for the latest films by local talent Denis Villeneuve, Jeff Barnaby, Michael Dowse, Jennifer Baichwal, Bruce Sweeney, Robert Lepage, Peter Stebbings and Ingrid Veninger.

Those debuts include one for Villeneuve's Enemy, the Jake Gyllenhaal-starrer based on the José Saramago novel, Dowse's The F Word, which stars Daniel Radcliffe and Macdara Kelleher, writer/director Barnaby's aboriginal residential school drama Rhymes For Young Ghouls, and the Jennifer Baichwal documentary Watermark, about the global water supply.

Toronto earlier announced gala treatment at the Elgin Theater on the first Friday night for another Villeneuve movie, Prisoners, the Warner Bros. release that stars Hugh Jackman, Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis.

As Toronto programmers went mostly for arthouse over commercial pics with this year's Canadian lineup picks, they gave world premieres to Bruce McDonald's The Husband and Catherine Martin's A Journey, about a secretive young girl who lives with her sick mother and unemployed father, and Terry Miles' Cinemanovels, which stars Jennifer Beals and Ben Cotton.

TIFF also booked North American premieres for films bowing in Europe, including Xavier Dolan's Tom At The Farm and Richie Mehta's Siddarth, both to debut in Venice, and Louise Archambault's Gabrielle after its Locarno premiere.

Other Canadian features earlier announced by Toronto programmers include Jonathan Sobol’s The Art of the Steal, Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction and Derek Lee and Clif Prowse’s Afflicted.

Toronto also said Wednesday that its 2013 TIFF Rising Stars spotlight would fall on local actors Evelyne Brochu, Cara Gee, Megan Park and Johnathan Sousa.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from September 5 to 15.

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