Toronto getting Special with Hunt, Auburn bows


The Toronto International Film Festival said Thursday that its Special Presentations sidebar will host the directorial debuts of Helen Hunt and screenwriter David Auburn as well as the world premieres for the latest works by helmers John Sayles and Craig Gillespie (HR 7/6).

Auburn's "The Girl in the Park" centers on a mother (Sigourney Weaver) who is traumatized by the disappearance of her 3-year-old daughter.

Sayles' "Honeydripper" stars Danny Glover as a down-on-his-luck owner of an Alabama juke joint who enlists a guitar-playing drifter (Gary Clark Jr.) to help save his club.

Hunt's directorial debut is "Then She Found Me," a drama about a talk-show host (Bette Midler) who bullies her way into the life of the daughter (Hunt) she gave up for adoption.

Rounding out the additions are Gillespie's comedy "Lars and the Real Girl," starring Ryan Gosling, and "Romulus, My Father," from Australian director Richard Roxburgh.