Jason Reitman’s latest, “Labor Day,” was just announced as part of the TIFF 2013 lineup, making its world premiere at the fest. The film stars Gattlin Griffith as a New Hampshire pre-teen who learns some tough truths over the five-day Labor Day weekend. Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin play the boy’s mother and an escaped convict, respectively.
The Paramount film is set for a December 25 limited release, in time for Oscar season. Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg and JK Simmons, among others, also star.
Reitman, who is Oscar-nominated for 2010’s “Up in the Air” and 2008’s “Juno,” also penned the script, based on Joyce Maynard’s novel. “Young Adult,” starring Charlize Theron, was his last film.
Here are the TIFF program notes:
“Labor Day” centres on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler as he
confronts the pangs of adolescence while struggling to be the man of the house
and care for his reclusive mother, Adele. On a back-to-school shopping trip,
Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and
clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and
later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day
weekend will shape all of them for the rest of their lives. Starring Kate
Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, JK Simmons,
Brooke Smith and James Van Der Beek.