Friday, July 06, 2007
New films featuring Canadian Ryan Gosling, Sigourney Weaver and a host of other major names will up the celebrity wattage at the Toronto International Film Festival in September, while also demonstrating how much Hollywood continues to look to TIFF as a publicity launching pad for its more mature (i.e. non-blockbuster) releases.Specifically, TIFF listed a handful of films yesterday scheduled for its Special Presentations program, which usually includes movies coming to the festival with a retinue of Hollywood publicists staking out upscale Toronto hotel rooms, mid-tier film execs shaking hands at VIP parties and special tickets being given out to the right people.Among the films is Lars and the Real Girl, which stars Gosling as an unassuming Midwestern young man, destined to spend his days in an office cubicle leading a dull existence - until he finds a life-sized doll, "a stunning Danish-Brazilian missionary from the tropics named Bianca," according to the festival's synopsis, which then turns into the girl of Gosling's dreams. It's a romantic comedy, and it stars Emily Mortimer and Patricia Clarkson. Nancy Oliver, a writer and producer of the TV series Six Feet Under, wrote the script.