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TIFF Adds 44, Last Night Closes Fest, Eastwood Debuts Hereafter, Let Me In Opens Fantastic Fest

TIFF Adds 44, Last Night Closes Fest, Eastwood Debuts Hereafter, Let Me In Opens Fantastic Fest

The fall fest shuffle continues as first Venice, then Telluride, Toronto, New York and finally London all lay in their programming. There’s plenty of overlap among the new titles (as opposed to recycled Cannes fare, much of it from Sony Pictures Classics and IFC), but basically Venice gets to unveil their opener, Darren Aronofsky’s ballet thriller Black Swan (Fox Searchlight) which then proceeds to Telluride (which never announces its program, which most folks respect, but THR has published its “unofficial” list) and Toronto. UPDATE: Here’s the new trailer.

Sophia Coppola’s father-daughter Hollywood drama Somewhere (Focus) only plays Venice (lucky me). Julian Schnabel’s controversial Palestinian drama Miral (Weinstein Co.) will also play Venice, then Telluride and Toronto, while TWC’s The King’s Speech, starring Colin Firth, will play Venice, Telluride and Toronto. Julie Taymor’s $20-million gender-switching Shakespeare extravaganza The Tempest (Disney/Miramax) will play Venice and New York. Robert Lantos’s Mordecai Richler adaptation Barney’s Version will play Venice and Toronto (and seeks a distributor). And while Clint Eastwood’s psychic thriller Hereafter (Warner Bros.) will close the New York Fest, it actually debuts at Toronto, which is unusual for an Eastwood film. Warners’ The Town, from triple-threat Ben Affleck, opens Venice and plays Toronto. Two more Fox Searchlight titles, Danny Boyle’s 127 Hours, starring James Franco as a trapped solo hiker who hacks off his arm to save his life, and Mark Romanek’s Never Let Me Go, starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield, will play Telluride, Toronto and London.

Another Keira Knightley film, Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, will close the Toronto Fest. Another notable Toronto premiere is Milk Oscar-winner Dustin Lance Black’s directorial debut, What’s Wrong with Virginia?, starring Jennifer Connelly as a woman involved in a long affair with Ed Harris whose son starts to date his daughter, which seeks a distributor.

Overture’s Let Me In, Matt Reeves’ remake of Let the Right One In, will open Fantastic Fest and then move on to Toronto and London. The haunting, brilliant mood-piece is a must-see thanks to its trio of performers: Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee and the mighty Richard Jenkins.

For more details about the latest Toronto adds, see indieWIRE, In Contention and Mubi. Among the panels at Toronto: documentarians Werner Herzog and Errol Morris in conversation; that I’ve got to see.

The trailer for the Joaquin Phoenix mock-doc I’m Still Here: The Lost Year of Joaquin Phoenix, which plays Venice and Toronto, is below.

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