‘Song for Marion’ to close Toronto International Film Festival


The Toronto International Film Festival will end its 10-day gathering with the world premiere of Paul Andrew Williams’ feel-good movie “Song for Marion.”

“Song for Marion” stars Gemma Arterton, Vanessa Redgrave and Terrence Stamp and centers on a curmudgeonly older man (Stamp) who is coaxed out of his shell by a young choir director.

The announcement of the closing night film comes along with news that Paul Thomas Anderson’s “The Master” starring Joaquin Phoenix and Philip Seymour Hoffman will have its North American premiere at the Sept. 6-16 festival after it debuts at the Venice Film Festival.


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Organizers of the Toronto event added a few other high-profile screenings to the festival’s already packed slate, including the Walter Salles adaptation of the Jack Kerouac novel “On the Road,” which had its debut screening at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Lee Daniels’ “The Paperboy,” starring Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron, which also screened at Cannes, will be playing at Toronto as well.

Spike Lee’s documentary on Michael Jackson, “Bad 25,” will screen at the Canadian fest after first playing at the Venice event, which opens in late August. It will be joined by “Disconnect” -- a film from “Murderball” director Henry Alex Rubin starring Jason Bateman, Hope Davis and Andrea Riseborough -- and Brian de Palma’s “Passion,” an erotic thriller starring Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams.


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