"Imaginary Heroes," Acquired by Sony Classics, Among Roster of New Toronto Titles
by Eugene Hernandez
Dan Harris' directorial debut "Imaginary Heroes," which has just been acquired by Sony Pictures Classics, is among a roster of new titles announced Tuesday by organizers of the Toronto International Film Festival that will screen during the event next month. "Heroes," which will have a Gala Presentation at the Toronto fest, stars Sigourney Weaver, Jeff Daniels, Emile Hirsch and Michelle Williams. The film, produced by Illana Diamant and Art Linson, looks at what is described as an "ordinary American family" struck by tragedy.
The festival announced that Vadim Jean's "Jiminy Glick in Lalawood" will close this year's festival. It stars Martin Short as an entertainment critic wrapped up in a murder mystery. Short's co-stars in the Gold Circle Films project include Jan Hooks, Janeane Garofalo, Elizabeth Perkins and others.
Also added as Gala Presentations in Toronto this year are the world premieres of two Fox Searchlight films. Set to screen are David O'Russell's comedy "I Heart Huckabees," with an ensemble cast that includes Dustin Hoffman, Jude Law, Jason Schwartzman, Naomi Watts, Mark Wahlberg and Isabelle Huppert, as well as Bill Condon's "Kinsey," starring Liam Neeson as scientist Alfred Kinsey.
A number of films in the festival's Special Presentations section were also unveiled, including Paul Haggis' "Crash," John Duigan's "Head in the Clouds," Frank E. Flowers' "Haven," James Toback's "When Will I Be Loved," Alexander Payne's "Sideways," and Niels Mueller's "The Assassination of Richard Nixon."
Harris' "Heroes," from a script by the twenty-four year old writer of "X2: X-Men United" and the upcoming "Superman" and "Ender's Game," is among the list of films that will be released later this year by Sony Classics for awards consideration. The company will open it in December to qualify for awards and will debut the movie nationally early next year.
"I couldn't be happier that Sony Pictures Classics is releasing my first film," says Dan Harris. "They have shown the kind of care and taken the kinds of risks that consistently bring great, smaller films to larger audiences. The opportunity to introduce the film to audiences in Toronto is testament to the legacy of the festival."