‘Never Let Me Go,’ ‘Rabbit Hole’ among Toronto premieres

Posted by · 9:05 am · July 27th, 2010

Toronto International Film Festival organisers unveiled a typically cluttered lineup of galas and premieres for this year’s edition — including, as usual, a number of films pencilled in as 2010 awards contenders.

Of the 50 titles announced thus far, half will be world premieres: those include such highly anticipated works as Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction” and Rowan Joffe’s “Brighton Rock.” The remaining half have either appeared at previous festivals — with a hefty contingent from Cannes, including Mike Leigh’s “Another Year,” Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Biutiful” and Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” — or look set to make their debut at Venice the week before.

With Venice due to reveal its own lineup tomorrow, the fact that such still-unseen titles as Ben Affleck’s “The Town,” Francois Ozon’s “Potiche,” Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” John Madden’s “The Debt” and Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech” are all marked only as North American premieres would appear to confirm that they are all Lido-bound. (I’m surprised, however, that Guillaume Canet’s “Little White Lies” will be making its first appearance at Toronto rather than at a European festival.)

More details at the TIFF website. The current Toronto lineup is listed below (with links to those we have already reviewed):


“The Bang Bang Club,” Steven Silver, Canada/South Africa
World Premiere

“Barney’s Version,” Richard J. Lewis, Canada/Italy
North American Premiere

“Black Swan,” Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

“Casino Jack,” George Hickenlooper, Canada
World Premiere

“The Conspirator,” Robert Redford, USA
World Premiere

“The Debt,” John Madden, USA
North American Premiere

“The Housemaid,” Im Sang-Soo, South Korea
North American Premiere

“Janie Jones,” David M. Rosenthal, USA
World Premiere

“The King’s Speech,” Tom Hooper, UK/Australia
North American Premiere

“Little White Lies,” Guillaume Canet, France
World Premiere

“Peep World,” Barry Blaustein, USA
World Premiere

“Potiche,” François Ozon, France
North American Premiere

“The Town,” Ben Affleck, USA
North American Premiere

“The Way,” Emilio Estevez, USA
World Premiere

“West is West,” Andy De Emmony, UK
World Premiere


“Another Year” Mike Leigh, UK
North American Premiere (our review)

“Beginners,” Mike Mills, USA
World Premiere

“The Big Picture,” Eric Lartigau, France
World Premiere

“Biutiful,” Alejandro González Iñárritu, Spain/Mexico
North American Premiere (our review)

“Blue Valentine,” Derek Cianfrance, USA
Canadian Premiere (our review)

“Brighton Rock,” Rowan Joffe, UK
World Premiere

“Buried,” Rodrigo Cortés, Spain/USA
Canadian Premiere

“Conviction,” Tony Goldwyn, USA
World Premiere

“Cirkus Columbia,” Danis Tanovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
International Premiere

“Dhobi Ghat,” Kiran Rao, India
World Premiere

“Easy A,” Will Gluck, USA
World Premiere

“Henry’s Crime,” Malcolm Venville, USA
World Premiere

“The Illusionist,” Sylvain Chomet, UK
North American Premiere (our review)

“In A Better World,” Susanne Bier, Denmark/Sweden
International Premiere

“I Saw the Devil,” Kim Jee-woon, South Korea
North American Premiere

“It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, USA
World Premiere

“Jack Goes Boating,” Philip Seymour Hoffman, USA
International Premiere

“L’Amour Fou,” Pierre Thoretton, France
World Premiere

“The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen,” Zhen Andrew Lau, Hong Kong
North American Premiere

“Lope,” Andrucha Waddington, Brazil/Spain
World Premiere

“Love Crime,” Alain Corneau, France
International Premiere

“Made in Dagenham,” Nigel Cole, UK
World Premiere

“Miral,” Julian Schnabel, UK/Israel/France
North American Premiere

“Never Let Me Go,” Mark Romanek, UK
World Premiere

“Norwegian Wood,” Tran Anh Hung, Japan
North American Premiere

“Outside the Law,” Rachid Bouchareb, France/Algeria/Tunisia/Italy/Belgium
North American Premiere (our review)

“Rabbit Hole,” John Cameron Mitchell, USA
World Premiere

“A Screaming Man,” Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France/Belgium/Chad
North American Premiere

“Stone,” John Curran, USA
World Premiere

“Submarine,” Richard Ayoade, UK
World Premiere

“That Girl in Yellow Boots,” Anurag Kashyap, India
North American Premiere

“Tamara Drewe,” Stephen Frears, UK
North American Premiere (our review)

“The Trip,” Michael Winterbottom, UK
World Premiere

“Trust,” David Schwimmer, USA
World Premiere

“You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” Woody Allen, UK/USA/Spain
North American Premiere (our review)


“Mysteries of Lisbon,” Raul Ruiz, Portugal/France
World Premiere

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26 responses so far

  • 1 7-27-2010 at 9:15 am

    jen said...

    3 best actress contenders :

    Hilary Swank – Conviction
    Robin Wright – The Conspirator
    and last but not least
    Nicole Kidman – Rabbit Hole

    Oscar predix :
    Watts – Fair Game
    Bening – The Kids are all right

  • 2 7-27-2010 at 9:18 am

    Jacob S. said...

    I’m excited about “Jack Goes Boating.” PSH is one of my favorite actors and I’d love to see how he directs.

  • 3 7-27-2010 at 9:25 am

    Richard Burton said...

    I pray to God that Rabbit Hole is in the mix this Oscar season. Nicole would be such a worthier nominee than the pudgy, limited Jennifer Lawrence or that gnome Anne Hathaway.

  • 4 7-27-2010 at 9:35 am

    Jim T said...

    Richard, I think you’re drunk again. I’m so telling Liz :p

  • 5 7-27-2010 at 9:41 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Pudginess is in the eye of the beholder, I suppose. But perhaps it might be fair to wait until Lawrence has more than two starring roles under her belt before playing the “limited” card?

  • 6 7-27-2010 at 9:44 am

    Arty said...

    Martin Sheen for Best Actor?

  • 7 7-27-2010 at 9:53 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    For “The Way?” I’m inclined to bet against anything directed by Emilio Estevez, but who knows?

  • 8 7-27-2010 at 10:18 am

    McAllister said...

    Wow, Jennifer Lawrence is pudgy and limited?


    …That is not pudgy. And you must be from the future to tell whether she is limited or not.

  • 9 7-27-2010 at 10:35 am

    Matthew Starr said...

    It’s Richard Burton people what do you expect?

  • 10 7-27-2010 at 10:36 am

    R.J. said...

    So glad “Rabbit Hole” is finally gonna be seen! I can’t wait to hear people’s reactions, hopefully it’ll be a great showcase for Kidman and maybe even provide some Oscar traction for the more than deserving Aaron Eckhart.

  • 11 7-27-2010 at 11:16 am

    Matthew Lingo said...

    Damn it Malick, how did I know you wouldn’t make it in for Toronto? :(

  • 12 7-27-2010 at 11:41 am

    Chad Hartigan said...

    At last- the new Estevez and Schwimmer films!

  • 13 7-27-2010 at 11:49 am

    Amanda said...

    Good line up. Glad Blue Valentine is playing, with it’s crappy release date it is going to need all the help it can get.

  • 14 7-27-2010 at 1:29 pm

    Frank Lee said...

    “Never Let Me Go,” “Rabit Hole,” “The Town,” “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger,” and “Brighton Rock”–yummy. I wish I lived in Toronto. Maybe this fall’s movies won’t be so terrible after all.

  • 15 7-27-2010 at 4:23 pm

    Mark Kratina said...

    Very excited for Robert Redford’s The Conspirator. It will be good to see him behind the camera again with some meatier material after Bagger Vance and Lions for Lambs. Quiz Show, Ordinary People, and A River Runs Through It are among my favorite films.

  • 16 7-27-2010 at 7:39 pm

    Glenn said...

    “Rabbit Hole”! My most anticipated title of the year now that “Tree of Life” seems to be so dangerously close to toppling over in 2011. I hope Kidman gets in the good graces of “those who matter”.

  • 17 7-27-2010 at 9:40 pm

    Marcus said...

    I wish the most important category of all has these names in 2011:

    Annette Bening “The Kids Are All Right”
    Jennifer Lawrence “Winter’s Bone”
    Nicole Kidman “Rabbit Hole”
    Natalie Portman “Black Swan”
    Robin Wright “The Conspirator”

  • 18 7-28-2010 at 5:45 am

    @GUY LODGE said...

    Why no review for Miral?

  • 19 7-28-2010 at 5:48 am

    Guy Lodge said...

    Uh, because I haven’t seen it? May I remind you that the film hasn’t premiered yet.

  • 20 7-28-2010 at 8:01 am

    Jeremy said...

    Jennifer Lawrence is doing X-men next. She is a sell-out, not a real actress. Oscar will take note of her Norbit.

    She comes from a TBS sitcom. Temper your expectations of her Oscar glory.

    The lack of Julianne Moore in these comments is distressing.

  • 21 7-28-2010 at 8:28 am

    The Other James D. said...

    WTF?! Jeremy, that’s one of the most retarded statements I’ve ever read outside of YouTube gay-bashing. So, by this logic, Ledger and Bale must be sell-outs. And McAvoy and Downey, Jr., right?

    Michelle Williams came from Dawson’s Creek. Ryan Gosling was on The Mickey Mouse Club. Joseph Gordon-Levitt was on 3rd Rock from the Sun. They all went on to do great indie film work. Shall we banish them, too?

    Her performance still stands regardless of her efforts to boost her profile with “X-Men”. Besides, no one’s suggesting a win, just a nomination, and Norbit didn’t affect Murphy’s nod.

    And why exactly would Moore be mentioned when she’s not in any of the Toronto premieres anyway? The few Oscar “predix” in above comments are idle speculation, not Oscar voters suggesting their intended ballots.

    I pity Mr. Renner for sharing a name with you.

  • 22 7-28-2010 at 8:32 am

    The Other James D. said...

    Btw, I’m really curious where this wave of anti-JennLaw miscreants are originating from. Are they an organized fringe contingent–or a singular IP address with multiple monikers? =)

  • 23 7-28-2010 at 10:19 am

    kid said...

    Judging from last years lineup shouldn’t we be expecting around 20 more special presentations and 5 more Galas? I hope so cause that means there’s still a chance for films such as London Boulevard, Love and Other Drugs, Hereafter, The Way Back, 127 Hours, The Grandmaster, Somewhere, and if we’re really lucky then The Fighter, True Grit and Tree of Life to show up. Fingers crossed!

  • 24 7-28-2010 at 12:10 pm

    Jeremy said...

    At least Ellen Page had the decency to do her awful superhero movie before she got her terrible Oscar nom.

  • 25 7-28-2010 at 2:09 pm

    sp said...

    I am very curious why ” Love and Other Drugs ” is not included on this list ?? This film is already getting major Oscar buzz- not just the film , the script, and also the strong performances of Jake Gyllenhaal, Anne Hathaway, & Oliver Platt. It is a dramedy in the great tradition of ” Up In The Air”, “Broadcast News”, and “Jerry Maguire”.

  • 26 9-11-2010 at 11:20 am

    Danielle said...

    As more reviews come in for Never Let Me Go, the film continues to be a divisive one, but now I’d say it’s leaning more toward the negative than the positive. Any nominations in the big 6 look unlikely for now. :(