Toronto: Anna Kendrick, Sam Rockwell's 'Mr. Right' to Close Festival
The Dan Rather scandal movie 'Truth,' starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett, and Sandra Bullock's 'Our Brand Is Crisis' will also receive world premieres.
Toronto has found its Mr. Right, selecting the Sam Rockwell and Anna Kendrick rom-com to screen as the closing-night film at this year's Toronto Film Festival.
The Max Landis-scripted movie, directed by Paco Cabezas and also starring Tim Roth and Anson Mount, will debut at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept. 19. Toronto also booked a gala world premiere for Catherine Hardwicke's Miss You Already, starring Toni Collette, Drew Barrymore and Dominic Cooper.
The festival will also host glitzy North American bows for war-impact thrillers like Dito Montiel's psychological thriller Man Down, about an Afghanistan war veteran in a post-apocalyptic America and starring Shia LaBeouf and Kate Mara, and Alice Winocour's Disorder, the Matthias Schoenaerts and Diane Kruger starrer about a young ex-soldier suffering post traumatic stress disorder as he protects a mother and child from a home invasion.
And Mississippi Grind, which stars Ryan Reynolds on a road trip to a high-stakes card tournament in New Orleans, will receive a Canadian premiere at Roy Thomson Hall ahead of the Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden-directed pic being released by A24 stateside on Sept. 25.
Toronto also added another 19 high-profile Special Presentations titles, including world bows for James Vanderbilt's directorial debut Truth, the Dan Rather scandal drama that stars Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett; Gaby Dellai's About Ray, starring Naomi Watts, Elle Fanning and Susan Sarandon; Rob Reiner's Being Charlie, starring Nick Robinson; and Marc Abraham's I Saw the Light, with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen starring.
The festival will also host world premieres for Matthew Cullen's London Fields, the long-gestating noir crime thriller based on Martin Amis' 1989 novel and starring Johnny Depp and Amber Heard; Lorene Scafaria's The Meddler, featuring J.K. Simmons and Susan Sarandon, and David Gordon Green's political drama Our Brand is Crisis, starring Sandra Bullock and Billy Bob Thornton and set for a Warner Bros. release on Oct. 30.
Toronto also booked a North American premiere for Natalie Portman's directorial debut A Tale of Love and Darkness, which bowed in Cannes; the Kristen Stewart-starring sci-fi pic Equals, directed by Drake Doremus and a Venice competition title; Toronto favorite Nanni Moretti's My Mother, which debuted in Cannes; and the Polish film Body, by Malgorzata Szumowska. There are also international bows for Chinese director Mabel Cheung's A Tale of Three Cities and The Wave, by Norwegian director Roar Uthaug.
Toronto's Contemporary World Cinema sidebar will feature first looks for Leanne Pooley's 25 April; Mai Masri's 3000 Nights; Federico Veiroj's The Apostate; Baba Joon, directed by Yuval Delshad; Sandra Kogut's Campo Grande; Charli Vundla's Cuckold; and Erik Matti's Honor Thy Father. The experimental Wavelengths program has a world premiere for Argentinian director Pablo Aguero's Eva Doesn't Sleep, about the bizarre transport of first lady Eva Peron's embalmed body, and starring Gael Garcia Bernal.
Additional North American premieres include Chantal Akerman's No Home Movie, the director's tribute to her mother that debuted in Locarno, and Ben Rivers' The Sky Trembles and the Earth is Afraid and the Two Eyes Are Not Brothers.
Toronto's City to City sidebar, featuring new movies from London, will include world premieres for Tom Geens' Couple in a Hole, starring Paul Haggis and Kate Dickie; George Amponsah's The Hard Stop; David Farr's The Ones Below, starring Clemence Poesy and David Morrissey; and Michael Caton-Jones' Urban Hymn, a coming-of-age drama that stars Letitia Wright and Isabella Laughland.
The 2015 Toronto Film Festival is set to run from Sept. 10 to 20.