The 32nd Toronto International Film Festival will open Sept 6 with the world premiere gala presentation of Jeremy Podeswa's Fugitive Pieces, organisers have announced.

Stephen Dillane stars as a man who was orphaned in the Second World War and saved by a Greek archaelogist. Years later, he discovers true love and must free himself from his past. The cast also includes Rade Sherbedgia, Rosamund Pike, Ayelet Zurer, Robbie Kay, Ed Stoppard, Rachelle Lefevre, and Nina Dobrev.

The story is based on the bestselling novel from Anne Michaels. Robert Lantos produced with Sanda Cunningham as co-producer.

'From screening his short films, to his first feature Eclipse, to The Five Senses, the Festival is proud to have supported Jeremy's career and extraordinary talent over the years,' said Noah Cowan, festival co-director. 'We are honoured to have him open the Toronto International Film Festival with this touching and powerful film.'

Podeswa added: 'Having Fugitive Pieces selected for the opening night of the Festival is an incredible honour. I am so grateful to the Festival and its programmers and organizers who have supported my work from the very start. And I'm truly overwhelmed to have this film in particular showcased in this way.'

Fugitive Pieces is a Serendipity Point Films production in association with Telefilm Canada, Astral Media, and Corus Entertainment.

'This is a remarkable year for Canadian film and Fugitive Pieces is a fine example of the strength of our national filmmaking talent,' said Piers Handling, director and CEO of the Toronto International Film Festival Group.