'Emotional' end to 32nd Toronto fest


TORONTO -- Departing from tradition, the Toronto International Film Festival on Wednesday chose the homegrown drama "Emotional Arithmetic," starring Susan Sarandon and Christopher Plummer, to close its 32nd edition.

Toronto, which has previously chosen lighter movies, often from major studios, as closing-night films, this year tapped Paolo Barzman's drama about three Holocaust survivors separated by the Nazis reuniting 35 years later on a bucolic Quebec farm.

Rounding out the cast for the Canadian movie is Gabriel Byrne, Roy Dupuis and Max von Sydow.

"Emotional Arithmetic" was touted as a possible opener for Toronto but was beaten by another homegrown Holocaust-themed movie, Jeremy Podeswa's "Fugitive Pieces."

The movie will receive a high-profile gala at Roy Thomson Hall before Toronto's closing-night party Sept. 15.

"We are proud that the festival now opens and closes with vibrant and high-profile Canadian films," festival co-director Noah Cowan said. "The inclusion of this powerful film reflects the robust nature of our industry."

Producing credits on "Emotional Arithmetic" go to Suzanne Girard of BBR Prods. and Anna Stratton of Triptych Media. Seville Pictures is distributing the movie in Canada.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 6-15.