Charles Martin Smith's Stone Of Destiny will be the closing night Gala at this year's Toronto International Film Festival. TIFF announced the title as well as an additional 20 Special Presentations, including 12 world premieres from major filmmakers.
Among the debuts are Stephan Elliott's Noel Coward adaptation Easy Virtue, featuring Colin Firth, Jessica Biel, Kristin Scott Thomas and Ben Barnes; Michael Winterbottom's Genova, also starring Firth, here as a widower who moves with his two daughters to the Italian city; Richard Linklater's Me And Orson Welles, starring Zac Efron, Claire Danes, Ben Chaplin and Christian McKay set during the days of Welles' Mercury Theater; and Brazilian filmmaker Bruno Barreto's Last Stop 174, an expansion of the themes from countrymen Jose Padilha and Felipe Lacerda's hit documentary Bus 174.
Also announced are world premieres of Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, a Mumbai-set story of slum dweller who is one question away from a quiz show fortune; Aimee & Jaguar director Max Farberbock's A Woman In Berlin, an adaptation of the best-selling diary of an anonymous female journalist during the invasion of Berlin by the Russian conquerors; and Zack And Miri Make A Porno, Kevin Smith's comedy about two friends (Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks) who decide to go into the film business in a very deep way.
Other world premieres are Stephen Belber's Management, featuring Steve Zahn, Jennifer Aniston and Woody Harrelson; and Boy A director John Crowley's Is There Anybody There', starring Michael Caine as a scruffy former magician.
Almost lost in the gush of titles are the North American premieres of such films as Steven Soderbergh's two-part biopic of Cuban revolutionary hero Che Guevera, Che: Part One and Che: Part Two, featuring Benicio Del Toro; Barbet Schroeder's Inju, La Beete Dans L'Ombre starring Benoit Magimel; Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York and Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler, with Mickey Rourke.