Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Vallee's 'Demolition' to open 40th annual TIFF

 The Toronto International Film Festival today announced that Jean-Marc Vallée’s "Demolition" will open the 40th annual event on Sept. 10.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts in a lighter moment from "Demolition."
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper and Judah Lewis, "Demolition" will have its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall. “Over the years the Festival has been proud to present Jean-Marc Vallée’s feature films. including 'Black List,' (festival favorite) 'C.R.A.Z.Y.,' 'Café de Flore,' 'The Young Victoria,' 'Dallas Buyers Club,' and 'Wild,' " said Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF. “Vallée is a proud Canadian with a distinct and powerful filmmaking voice and we can’t wait to share his latest film with festival audiences on Opening Night.”

“Vallée has a tradition of presenting strong characters who are on journeys to self-discovery and redemption and is the only filmmaker in our history to present both an opening and a closing night film at the festival,” added Cameron Bailey, the festival Artistic Director. "This film tells the story of a man who deals with loss in unexpected ways, and is brought to life on screen through sensitive and commanding performances by Gyllenhaal, Watts, Cooper and newcomer Lewis.”

In "Demolition," a successful investment banker (Gyllenhaal) struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. Despite pressure from his father-in-law to pull it together, the man continues to unravel. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions.

About 50 other films for the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, which runs Sept. 10-20, also were announced today at a press conference moderated by Handling and Bailey. They include movies starring last year's Oscar-winning Best Actor and Actress, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.

The latter co-stars with Ellen Page as a lesbian couple fighting for their rights and work benefits in the world premiere of "Freeheld," while Redmayne plays the title character in director Tom Hooper's transgender drama, "The Danish Girl."  Redmayne's and Moore's award-winning roles were featured at last year's TIFF in "The Theory of Everything" and "Still Alice," respectively.

Moore also stars in another world premiere at this year's TIFF, "Maggie's Plan" from director Rebecca Miller.

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