Toronto: Kevin Smith's 'Tusk' to Get World Premiere

7:00 AM PST 07/29/2014 by Etan Vlessing

Michael Winterbottom's Amanda Knox trial film "The Face of an Angel" and Ethan Hawke's "Seymour: An Introduction" are also set to debut at the film festival.

TORONTO – Kevin Smith's bizarre walrus horror movie Tusk is getting a world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Smith's film about an intrepid podcaster played by Justin Long, and also starring Johnny Depp, Haley Joel Osment and Genesis Rodriguez, will screen in the Midnight Madness sidebar. Toronto will help launch Tusk into theaters on September 19, via A24 Films.

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Also set to debut in Toronto is Michael Winterbottom's film about the Amanda Knox murder trial, The Face of an Angel. The drama, starring Kate Beckinsale, Daniel Bruhl and Cara Delevingne, is loosely based on American journalist Barbie Latza Nadeau's fictionalized adaptation of the initial 2009 trial and is booked into the Masters program.

Elsewhere, the Docs sidebar will debut Nick Broomfield's Tales of the Grim Sleeper, about Los Angeles serial killer Lonnie Franklin Jr. and U.S. race relations. Toronto's documentary section also booked world premieres for The Yes Men Are Revolting, by directors Laura Nix and media hoaxers Andy Bichlbaum and Mike Bonnano, aka The Yes Men; French director Tamara Erde's This Is My Land and Marah Strauch's Sunshine Superman, about the extreme sport of base jumping.

Ethan Hawke's Seymour: An Introduction, about piano teacher and sage Seymour Bernstein, is getting an international premiere in Toronto, and there are North American bows for Frederick Wiseman's National Gallery and Jonathan Nossiter's Natural Resistance. Toronto programmers last week said they had booked Michael Moore's Roger & Me for a 25th-anniversary screening as part of the Docs sidebar.

Elsewhere, the Midnight Madness section will open with an international premiere for Tokyo Tribe, by Japanese director Sion Sono.

Toronto's gore and guts showcase also booked world bows for Jalmari Helander's Big Game, which stars Samuel L. Jackson as the president of the United States; Belgian rock star turned first time director Jonas Govaerts' Cub, about Cub Scouts camping and falling prey to a psychopath; and Jaume Balaguero's [REC]4: Apocalypse, the last film in the [REC] franchise.

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There's also an international premiere for Australian director Mark Hartley's Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, after its world bow at the Melbourne International Film Festival on Aug. 2David Robert Mitchell's horror pic It Follows, which bowed in Cannes and stars Linda Boston and Heather Fairbanks, will get a North American bow in Toronto.

And Berberian Sound Studio director Peter Strickland's latest genre pic, The Duke of Burgundy, will receive a world premiere in the Vanguard program. So too will writer-director Dave McKean's Luna; Spring, by directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead; Belgian director Pieter Van Hees' Waste Land; and Shrew's Nest, by Spanish directors Juanfer Andres and Esteban Roel.

Elsewhere in the Vanguard program, Japanese director Takashi Miike's Over Your Dead Body will receive an international premiere.

Toronto programmers will make additional lineup announcements over the coming weeks.

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 4-14.

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