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Clint Eastwood picks Toronto to roll out latest movie

August 17, 2010

Peter Howell


Clint Eastwood’s Hereafter will debut at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival.


Clint Eastwood wants to make Toronto’s day — his spooky new film Hereafter will have its world premiere at TIFF next month.

The actor-turned-director chose the Toronto International Film Festival over New York’s rival fest to launch his latest work.

Hereafter is a drama of supernatural connections, starring Matt Damon, Bryce Dallas Howard and Belgian actress Cecile De France. The screenplay is by Peter Morgan (The Queen, Frost/Nixon).

It’s the first time in 20 years that gunslinger Eastwood, who turned 80 in May, has chosen Toronto as a festival venue. He was last at TIFF in 1990, the year he brought White Hunter Black Heart to town.

He is expected to accompany his film to Toronto, which will screen in the Special Presentations program, but the visit hasn’t yet been confirmed.

In recent years, Eastwood has chosen the Cannes and New York festivals to premiere his work. But Hereafter wasn’t ready for Cannes and New York will have to make do with getting it after Toronto. The film will screen in New York as that fest’s closing attraction on Oct. 10, just ahead of its Oct. 20 theatrical release.

TIFF has also announced its own closing night Gala: Massy Tadjedin’s Last Night, a romantic drama that will likely see stars Keira Knightley, Eva Mendes and Sam Worthington (Avatar) walk the red carpet outside Roy Thomson Hall.

Other Special Presentations announced Tuesday by TIFF, all of them world, international or North American premieres, are:

•  127 Hours (Danny Boyle): The fact-based story of mountain climber Aron Ralston (James Franco), who had to take extreme measures to save himself after a fallen boulder crushed his arm in a remote Utah canyon;

Everything Must Go (Dan Rush): Will Ferrell stars as a motivational speaker whose life abruptly changes when his survival strategies kick in;

I’m Still Here (Casey Affleck): Everybody wanted to know last year whether actor Joaquin Phoenix really had become a crazy bearded rapper, or whether he was just making a movie with his friend Affleck. Here’s the answer;

Let Me In (Matt Reeves): A remake of his Swedish horror film about a pre-teen vampire and her trusting new friend stars Kick-Ass hellion Chloe Moretz and The Road discovery Kodi Smit-McPhee;

What’s Wrong With Virginia (Dustin Lance Black): Drama by Oscar-winning Milk scribe Black stars Jennifer Connelly, Ed Harris and Emma Roberts in the tale of a mentally ill mother striving to protect her illegitimate son.

Deep in the Woods (Benoit Jacquot): Set in rural France of 1865, it’s a drama of young and reckless attraction, starring Jérôme Kircher and Isild Le Besco;

Mothers (Milcho Manchevski): Docudrama about a film crew that sets out to find the truth about a sexual incident in a small town, but hard facts prove elusive;

The Poll Diaries (Chris Kraus): World War I-era film about a young German girl who returns to her home on the Baltic coast, where relations are strained between the Germans, Russians and Estonians who live there.

TIFF Tuesday also announced the choice of this year’s focus for its City to City program: Istanbul, Turkey.

The fest also announced the details of its Midnight Madness, Sprockets Family Zone, TIFF for Free and Future Projections programs.

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