Clooney, Jolie projects headed to TIFF

Two pro­grams cut and over­all num­ber of ti­tles re­duced

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ENTERTAINMENT - BY VIC­TO­RIA AHEARN

A com­edy-drama di­rected by Ge­orge Clooney and a bio­graph­i­cal thriller helmed by An­gelina Jolie are headed to this year’s Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

Or­ga­niz­ers have an­nounced Clooney’s home-in­va­sion com­edy-drama “Subur­bicon,’’ writ­ten by the Coen broth­ers and star­ring Matt Damon and Ju­lianne Moore, is among the ti­tles in the fest.

Also on the sched­ule is Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,’’ which she also co-wrote based on Cam­bo­dian hu­man rights ac­tivist Loung Ung’s mem­oir.

Mean­while, the Trag­i­cally Hip doc­u­men­tary “Long Time Run­ning,’’ di­rected by Cana­di­ans Jennifer Baich­wal and Ni­cholas de Pencier, will have a gala open­ing.

Other films on the docket in­clude David Gor­don Green’s Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing drama “Stronger,’’ star­ring Jake Gyl­len­haal and Regina na­tive Ta­tiana Maslany.

Dar­ren Aronof­sky’s psy­cho­log­i­cal thriller “Mother!’’ star­ring Jennifer Lawrence, is also a part of the an­nual movie marathon that runs Sept. 7-17.

The sched­ule has a slew of star-packed biopics, in­clud­ing “Dark­est Hour,’’ star­ring Gary Old­man as Win­ston Churchill, and “I, Tonya,’’ star­ring Mar­got Rob­bie as ice skater Tonya Hard­ing.

In “Bat­tle Of The Sexes,’’ Steve Carell and Emma Stone star in a story in­spired by the 1973 ten­nis match be­tween Bil­lie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.

“The Catcher Was A Spy’’ stars Paul Rudd as Ma­jor League Base­ball player Moe Berg, who was a spy for the Of­fice of Strate­gic Ser­vices.

And Canada’s own Michael Greyeyes stars as Sit­ting Bull along­side Jes­sica Chas­tain and Sam Rock­well in the “Woman Walks Ahead,’’ based on a true story.

This is the first slate of films to be an­nounced for the fest.

Cinephiles have been won­der­ing whether Que­bec di­rec­tor De­nis Vil­leneuve’s much-an­tic­i­pated “Blade Run­ner’’ se­quel will be at the fes­ti­val but it was not in the lineup an­nounced on Tues­day.

Ear­lier this year the fes­ti­val an­nounced it’s cut­ting two pro­grams and re­duc­ing the over­all num­ber of ti­tles it will screen for this year’s edi­tion by 20 per cent.

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A scene from the film “First They Killed My Father” is shown in this un­dated hand­out photo. A com­edy-drama di­rected by Ge­orge Clooney and a bio­graph­i­cal thriller helmed by An­gelina Jolie are headed to this year’s Toronto In­ter­na­tional Film Fes­ti­val.

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