'Summerhood' gets a closing gig

Jacob Medjuck film will unspool at Atlantic Film Festival

TORONTO -- The Atlantic Film Festival will close Sept. 20 with Canadian director Jacob Medjuck's "Summerhood," a coming-of-age drama narrated by John Cusack, organizers said Wednesday.

The Halifax, Nova Scotia, festival, which unveiled its 254-strong film lineup, also booked a number of films that will shift from Toronto, including Larry Charles and Bill Maher's "Religulous," Kevin Smith's "Zack and Miri Make a Porno," Rian Johnson's "The Brothers Bloom," Kelly Reichardt's "Wendy and Lucy" and Ari Folman's "Waltz With Bashir," which bowed at the Festival de Cannes in May.

Halifax also will screen 70 local films, including Michael Melski's debut feature, "Growing Op," and the latest work from Cory Bowles, Jay Dahl and Jason Eisenor.

The Atlantic Film Festival kicks off Sept. 11 with Fernando Meirelles' "Blindness," which also opened Cannes.