Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Additional Galas and Special Presentation Films

The festival announced additional films today for the Gala and Special Presentation programmes.

The new galas are:

  • Dorian Gray, an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde novel from director Oliver Parker and starring Ben Barnes and Colin Firth.
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, with Rebecca Miller directing from her own novel, starring Robin Wright Penn as a wife and mother whose life is challenged after she moves to a retirement community with her much older husband (Alan Arkin).

In the Special Presentations programme, new films include:

  • Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, from Werner Herzog, starring Nicolas Cage as a New Orleans police detective trying to bring down a drug dealer while dealing with his own personal demons.
  • Capitalism: A Love Story, from documentarian Michael Moore. Here, Moore looks at how capitalism and corporations affect regular Americans.
  • Harry Brown, from director Daniel Barber, starring Michael Caine as a man pushed to breaking point after the gang leader who murdered Caine's best friend is set free.
  • Perrier's Bounty, from director Ian Fitzgibbon, a comedy that finds Cillian Murphy as Michael, on the run from a gangster named Perrier (Brendan Gleeson), with his father (Jim Broadbent) and best friend in tow.
  • A Serious Man, from the Coen brothers Joel and Ethan. The festival describes the film as "imaginatively exploring questions of faith, familial responsibility, delinquent behaviour, dental phenomena, academia, mortality and Judaism -and intersections thereof".
  • Triage, from Danis Tanovic, with Colin Farrell as a war photographer with hidden secrets about the disappearance of his colleague in Kurdistan.
  • Whip It, the directorial debut of actor Drew Barrymore, looks at the world of women's roller-derby. Features a jam-packed cast with Ellen Page, Marcia Gay Harden, Kristen Wiig, Juliette Lewis, Eve, Jimmy Fallon, Daniel Stern, Alia Shawkat,and Ari Graynor.
  • Women Without Men, from Shirin Neshat, based on the novel by Sharnush Parsipur. The film looks at the lives of four women in Iran in 1953, when a coup lead to the re-installation of the Shah in place of the democratically elected government.


My experiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. Note this blog is not affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Group or the festival itself.
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