Sci-fi first for Toronto fest

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - MOVIES -

John­son’s sci-fi mob thriller Looper will open this year’s Toronto film fes­ti­val, which will also screen new works by Ben Af­fleck, Dustin Hoffman and Joss Whe­don. John­son made his de­but with Brick (2005) which screened at the Sun­dance fes­ti­val, fol­low­ing it up with The Broth­ers Bloom, which pre­miered at Toronto in 2008. The US di­rec­tor’s third fea­ture film, Looper, star­ring Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Noah Se­gan, Piper Per­abo, and Jeff Daniels, re­counts the fan­tas­ti­cal tale of a time-trav­el­ling hired gun who mops up 30 years in the past for the mob un­til his bosses send back his fu­ture self (Bruce Wil­lis) for as­sas­si­na­tion. It is the first sci­ence-fic­tion film to open the Toronto film fes­ti­val, which has in the re­cent past opened with a U2 rock­u­men­tary, a hockey mu­si­cal, a Charles Dar­win biopic, and a World War I epic. North Amer­ica’s largest film fes­ti­val, which runs from Septem­ber 6-16, will also fea­ture films from Ja­pan, China, In­dia, Bri­tain, Den­mark, Italy, the US and Canada.

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