The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the entire slate of its 35th annual edition. Overall, 246 titles across more than 10 programs will screen at this year's festival, which takes place September 9 - 19. Some of my personal favorites are »Black Swan« (with Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis), »Kaboom« (with Thomas Dekker, Juno Temple and Haley Bennett), »Trigger« (directed by Bruce McDonald, with Molly Parker), »Tamara Drewe« (with Gemma Arterton and Luke Evans), »Let Me In« (with Chloe Moretz, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Elias Koteas), »Never Let Me Go« (with Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley) and »The Whistleblower« (with Rachel Weisz and the talented German actress Paula Schramm). I hoped to see Johnathon Kay's »Na Nai'A Legend of the Dolphins« in the line-up, but it looks like he didn't submit his epic feature film documentary.
The celebrity guest list includes names such as Clint Eastwood, Helen Mirren, Danny Boyle, Hilary Swank, Robert Redford, Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Milla Jovovich, Mickey Rourke, Robert De Niro, Clive Owen, Edward Norton, Bill Murray, Paul Giamatti, Marion Cotillard, Keanu Reeves, Abigail Breslin, Ryan Gosling, Blake Lively, William H. Macy, Malin Akerman, Ryan Reynolds, Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Josh Hartnett, Jennifer Connelly, Kevin Spacey, Megan Fox and Harvey Keitel.
Here are the official description and screening dates for »Super«:
|TIFF 2010 - Official description|
(written by Colin Geddes)
With the recent onslaught of superhero send-ups, it seems as though this premise has become somewhat of a genre unto itself. No stranger to rebel filmmaking, James Gunn cut his teeth writing for Troma before making his directing debut with 2006’s Slither. In a similar vein, his follow-up feature combines absurd humour with balls-out violence to create something that is both unashamed and inimitable. But this time Gunn adds a new ingredient, one that is dark, dramatic and subversive to the core.
When sad sack Frank D’Arbo (Rainn Wilson) sees his ex-addict wife (Liv Tyler) willingly snatched by a seductive drug dealer (Kevin Bacon), he finds himself unable to cope. But when the finger of God blesses his brain (don’t ask), D’Arbo decides to fight back under the guise of a DIY superhero called Crimson Bolt. In order to get his wife back, he must first fight his way up the criminal ranks, and he begins by taking a monkey wrench to the foreheads of a couple who cut in line at the movies. As Crimson Bolt begins to make the headlines, a young woman from the local comic book store (Ellen Page) joins in on the fun as his sexually charged sidekick, Boltie.
The cast is dead-on, with Wilson making the heroic leap to leading man status. Page and Bacon are equally impressive and self-effacing in their supporting roles; both say and do things you could never imagine and we could never print. Rounding out the cast are appearances from longtime genre icons Nathan Fillion (Firefly), Michael Rooker (Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer) and Troma’s own Lloyd Kaufman.
While Crimson Bolt bears likeness to the Watchmen, Defendor and Kick-Ass, James Gunn has created what is perhaps the definitive take on self-reflexive superheroes. If this outlandish dark comedy is not the zenith of its breed, God help us from what’s to come. Whether you’re new to the graphic novel game or a seasoned fanboy, you will find SUPER to live up to its name.
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TIFF 2010 - Screening Dates
|Friday, September 10||11:59:00 PM||Ryerson Theatre, 43 Gerrard Street East, Toronto|
|Monday, September 13 ||9:30:00 AM||Varsity 8, 55 Bloor Street West, Toronto|
|Saturday, September 18||6:00:00 PM||Scotiabank Theatre 4, 259 Richmond Street West, Toronto|
Get tickets: 416-968-FILM | 1-877-968-FILM (3456)
Single Tickets will be on sale September 3. Patrons and eligible donors can start purchasing single tickets beginning August 26. For more information and a closer look at the schedule and line-up, visit the official TIFF website: tiff.net.
Director James Gunn talked about his upcoming dark superhero comedy and some previous projects in last Sunday's episode of »This Week in Movies«, a live weekly show about movie news. Check out the video below!
» This Week in Movies - James Gunn Interview - 22nd August 2010 «
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(Format: AVI | Codec: XviD | Duration: 37:57 min | Resolution: 640x360 | Size: 197,0 MB)
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