'Serious,' 'Whip It' get Toronto premieres

Latest films from Coen brothers, Drew Barrymore on tap

TORONTO -- The upcoming Coen brothers coming-of-age tale "A Serious Man” from Focus Features and Drew Barrymore’s “Whip It” from Fox Searchlight are set for world premiere launches at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival.

Toronto also booked a world premiere gala at Roy Thomson Hall for British director Oliver Parker’s “Dorian Gray,” which stars Ben Barnes and Colin Firth in an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel, and a North American bow for Rebecca Miller’s “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee,” the indie drama that stars Robin Wright Penn and Alan Arkin.

The latest films from the Coen brothers and Barrymore’s directorial debut, a roller derby drama that stars Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden and Juliette Lewis, will unspool as part of the Special Presentations sidebar, which also booked a world bow for the Colin Farrell-Paz Vega journalist thriller "Triage,” by director Danis Tanovic.

Also Toronto-bound are North American bows for Werner Herzog’s crime drama “Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans,” the Nicolas Cage-starring remake of Herzog’s 1992 film “Bad Lieutenant,” and Michael Moore’s “Capitalism: A Love Story,” a critique of U.S. corporate dominance that comes 20 years after Moore’s “Roger & Me” bowed in Toronto.
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The Special Presentations program also booked world bows for two British films: Daniel Barber’s “Harry Brown,” a crime thriller that stars Michael Caine, and “Perrier’s Bounty,” from director Ian Fitzgibbon and starring Cillian Murphy and Jim Broadbent.

And “Women Without Men,” Shirin Neshat’s debut feature about the interweaving lives of four Iranian women, will receive a North American premiere in Toronto.

The Toronto International Film Festival is set to run from September 10 to 19.