Toronto an­nounces its big fes­ti­val screen­ings

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - REEL NEWS -

Good Lord! It’s not time for Toronto al­ready. Is it? No, ac­tu­ally. There are still two months to go be­fore that hugely in­flu­en­tial film fes­ti­val kicks off. But the or­gan­is­ers have an­nounced some of their big gala screen­ings.

The event will be­gin with the pre­miere of Rian John­son’s much-an­tic­i­pated Looper. A thriller about time-trav­el­ling as­sas­sins, the lat­est from the di­rec­tor of Brick stars Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt as a young Bruce Wil­lis. If you say so.

Other pic­tures pre­mier­ing in­clude Ben Af­fleck’s Argo, a tale of 1970s Iran, David O Rus­sell’s Sil­ver Linings Playbook, a pe­cu­liar com­edy fea­tur­ing Bradley Cooper, and Mike Newell’s adaptation of Great Ex­pec­ta­tions. Can you be­lieve Ralph Fi­ennes as Mag­witch? That’s what Newell is ask­ing of you.

The peo­ple who run Venice, which plays out just be­fore the Cana­dian fes­ti­val, are also grind­ing into ac­tion. Mira Nair’s adaptation of Mohsin Hamid’s novel The Re­luc­tant Fun­da­men­tal­ist will be launch­ing events on the Lido. The film stars Riz Ahmed, Kate Hudson and Kiefer Suther­land.

The re­ally thrilling news is that, af­ter muck­ing around for years on The Tree of Life, Ter­rence Mal­ick has al­ready fin­ished his fol­low up. To The won­der (yes, that’s what it’s now called) will pre­miere at Venice be­fore mov­ing on to Canada. Two Mal­ick films in a year and a half? You’re spoil­ing us, sir.

Joseph Gor­don-Le­vitt as a young Bruce Wil­lis in Rian John­son’s ac­tion thriller Looper

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