As is the new normal for festivals looking for audiences where they really are nowadays, Toronto has added a television slate to buttress its unspooling film program. The international lineup features shows new and returning from Baltasar Kormákur, Jason Reitman, Morgan Neville, Fabrice Gobert, Lucía Puenzo and Tim Kring.
France’s elegant life-after-death saga “The Returned” is back for season two, while Jason Reitman’s Hulu series “Casual” will show its first two episodes. Morgan Neville’s (an Oscar contender for “Best of Enemies”) Netflix Original “Keith Richards: Under the Influence” will also premiere. New series “Trapped” from Icelandic filmmaker Baltasar Kormákur, whose “Everest” opens Venice next month, is a noirish procedural that follows the investigation of a nasty murder in a small town at the bottom of a fjord.
The program, listed below, includes Q&A sessions with show creators following the screenings.
Casual created by Zander Lehmann and directed by Jason Reitman, USA
Festival favourite Jason Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air)
directs this wonderfully endearing and quirky comedy from Hulu and
Lionsgate that follows the story of young internet entrepreneur, Alex
Cole, and his recently divorced therapist sister, Valerie. The creator
of a popular dating website, Alex pledges to mentor Valerie as she
attempts to embrace the craziness of single life. Meanwhile, he’s not
above using his newfound success to supply himself with an endless
string of beautiful but emotionally shallow women, none of whom will
ever make him happy. Living under the same roof for the first time in
years, brother and sister soon discover that while life can be both
heartbreaking and hilarious, it’s anything but casual. Starring Tommy
Dewey, Michaela Watkins and Tara Lynne Barr. The Festival presents the
series premiere of Casual, episodes 1 and 2.
CROMO created by Lucía Puenzo and Nicolás Puenzo, Argentina
Directors Lucía Puenzo (XXY, Wakolda), Pablo Fendrik (Blood Appears, El Ardor)
and Nicolás Puenzo team up for this timely eco-thriller, based on the
real stories of a team of scientists that set out to expose
environmental crimes in the dangerous and exotic wetlands of northern
Argentina. Starring Germán Palacios, Guillermo Pfening, Emilia Attias,
Alberto Ajaka and Malena Sanchez. The Festival presents the series
premiere of CROMO, episodes 1, 2 and 8.
Heroes Reborn created by Tim Kring, USA
From creator/executive producer Tim Kring, who imagined NBC’s original critically-acclaimed 2006 Heroes series, comes Heroes Reborn,
an epic 13-episode event series that chronicles the lives of ordinary
people who discover they possess extraordinary abilities. The series
stars Jack Coleman, Zachary Levi, Robbie Kay, Kiki Sukezane, Ryan
Guzman, Gatlin Green, Henry Zebrowski, Judith Shekoni, Danika Yarosh and
Rya Kihlstedt. The Festival presents the series premiere of Heroes Reborn, episode 1: “Brave New World” and episode 2: “Odessa”.
Keith Richards: Under the Influence directed by Morgan Neville, USA
From Academy Award-winning director Morgan Neville (Twenty Feet from Stardom),
this beautifully documented portrait of Keith Richards takes audiences
on the road to discover the genesis of his sound as a songwriter,
guitarist and performer. This Netflix Original is rich with music and
archival materials, drawing upon hours of new, intimate and reflective
conversations with Keith. It charts the journey of his sound and
influences, back to the music that inspired him then and now — electric
blues, country honky-tonk, southern soul, and more — as he creates his
first solo album in 23 years.
The Returned (Les Revenants) created by Fabrice Gobert, France
The recently deceased return to (some kind of) life in a small mountain
village, in this International Emmy-winning supernatural drama series
based on Robin Campillo’s 2004 film Les Revenants, from creator Fabrice Gobert (Simon Werner a disparu…). Starring
Anne Consigny, Clotilde Hesme, Céline Sallette, Fédéric Pierrot,
Laurent Lucas, Grégory Gadebois, Guillaume Gouix, Pierre Perrier, Ana
Girardot, Yara Pilartz, Jenna Thiam, Swann Nambotin and Jean-François
Sivadier. The Festival presents the season 2 premiere of The Returned, episodes 1 and 2.
Trapped (Ófærð) created by Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland
In this noir-ish thriller series from director Baltasar Kormákur (Everest, The Deep, 101 Reykjavik),
an unidentified torso is found in a small town in Iceland. When a
blizzard makes the road out of town impassable, order disintegrates into
chaos as the residents realize they are all possible murder suspects or
all possibly in danger. A ruthless and troubled cop risks his life, his
family and the town’s safety, in order to solve this mystery in the
hope of recovering his tarnished reputation. Starring Ólafur Darri
Ólafsson, Ilmur Kristjánsdottir, Ingvar Sigurðsson, Nina Dögg
Filipusdottir and Bjarne Henriksen. The Festival presents the series
premiere of Trapped, episode 1.