Each day at the Toronto International Film Festival (September 9-19), indieWIRE is publishing a frequently updated dispatch from Toronto.
4:15pm: Live at the Lounge The series Live at the Lounge with indieWIRE kicked off today, on the second day of the festival. Up first director David Schwimmer popped in to talk about his film “Trust,” alongside its stars Clive Owen and Liana Liberato. Next, father son duo Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez stopped by to discuss Estevez’s “The Way,” which is having its world premiere today. [Nigel M. Smith]
2:20pm: Acquisition Title “Trust” Screens For Press & Industry One of many hot acquisition titles at the Toronto Film Festival, David Schwimmer’s “Trust” screened this afternoon for press and industry ahead of its public premiere this evening. The film takes on the uncomfortable topic of online predators through the story of 14-year old Annie Cameron (Liana Liberato), whose life is significantly altered when her allegedly 16-year old cyber boyfriend Charlie turns out to be a 40-year old serial pedophile. When Annie’s parents (played by Clive Owen and Catherine Keener) find out and the police become involved, it sets the entire family on a downward spiral.
The film marks actor-turned-director Schwimmer’s second feature film after 2007’s Simon Pegg comedy “Run, Fatboy, Run,” and shares little in common with it. Dark and at times quite uncomfortable to watch, Schwimmer does a fair job at turning a rather contrived script (by Andy Bellin and Robert Festinge) into a generally respectable mainstream drama. Owen and newcomer Liberarto aid in this significantly with strong performances as a father and daughter in the midst of total breakdowns, and while it’s doubtful “Trust” will result in any late night bidding wars, it should easily find a home at mid-level distributor. [Peter Knegt]
10:45am: STRIKE at TIFF! Celebs and press staying at the Fairmont Royal York hotel are out of luck. The Winnipeg Free Press reports that the hotel’s unionized workers are staging a one day strike during the second day of the festival. Martin Sheen, in town to promote “The Way,” was spotted outside joining the protesters, reports The Toronto Star. “”We will not cross your line and if you want us to leave the hotel we will,” Sheen told the cheering picketers on behalf of himself and his son, actor and director Emilio Estevez,”” wrote the Star. [Nigel M. Smith]
9:40am: Two New Reviews indieWIRE‘s Eric Kohn offers his take on two buzz worthy TIFF entries, “Never Let Me Go” and “Stone.” Of “Stone,” Kohn writes: “A bizarre, messy tale of religious philosophy and guilt, John Curran’s “Stone” has several unique parts that never entirely fit together.” On the adaptation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s acclaimed novel, Kohn had this to say: “Although quietly unnerving, “Never Let Me Go” mainly functions as an exercise in creating a solemn aura and not letting up. Whether or not Mark Romanek intended it to feel one-note, at least it’s a well-orchestrated one.” [Nigel M. Smith]