CATEGORIES Celebrities and Controversy, Exhibition, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Movie News, CinematicalTraditionally, Canadian films have opened the Toronto International Film Festival. It's only natural -- one of the biggest film festivals taking place in Canada makes it the perfect springboard for Canuck cinema. Last year it was Paul Gross' Passchendaele. And before that: Fugitive Pieces, The Journals of Knud Rasmussen, and Water. But Darwin is once again changing things. That meddlesome man!
The Hollywood Reporter posts that TIFF has picked their opening film, and it will be the Charles Darwin film Creation from director Jon Amiel. (Starring the husband and wife team of Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.) Fest co-director Cameron Bailey says: "By telling a story on many levels, weaving scenes from past and present, this depiction of Darwin promises to deeply move audiences by drawing them into the conflicted mind of a man who presented a concept that changed the world." But is it a story that needed to be told opening night? And replace all Canadian selections? That doesn't bode well for the fest's opinion of the country's films this year.
In brighter news: Following the first 24 films to be announced, there's a whole new list of films that have been picked. This round includes a number of fest favorites and upcoming releases like Precious: Based on the Novel 'Push' by Sapphire, The Invention of Lying, Bright Star, and The Informant. You can head to THR to see them all.