TIFF to Premiere Films by Woody Allen, Darren Aronofsky

Published: July 28th 2010
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Barney's Version
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The Toronto International Film Festival rolled out fifty new titles yesterday, including 15 Galas and 35 Special Presentations. Among the list are several premieres by high-profile Jewish actors and directors and several Jewish-interest stories:


Mordecai Richler's prize-winning novel Barney's Version comes to the big screen by way of Canadian producer Robert Lantos. Paul Giamatti stars as the caustic, politically incorrect Barney Panofsky, whose story includes three wives (played by Rachelle Lefevre, Minnie Driver and Rosamund Pike), an outrageous father (Dustin Hoffman) and a charmingly dissolute best friend (Scott Speedman).


Darren Aronofsky's thriller Black Swan stars Natalie Portman as a dancer in dangeorus rivalry with a young upstart played by Mila Kunis. The film co-stars Winona Ryder.


Wealthy and powerful Jewish-American lobbyist Jack Abramoff, whose bribery schemes and fraudulent dealings landed him in jail, is the subject of Casino Jack, a Canadian film starring Kevin Spacey.


The Debt stars Helen Mirren, Jessica Chastain and Sam Worthington as three Israeli Mossad agents on a 1965 mission to capture a notorious Nazi war criminal. Thirty years later, secrets about the case emerge. 


Julian Schnabel’s sure-to-be-controversial Miral tells the story of a young girl growing up in East Jerusalem and how the war with Israel affects her.


David Schwimmer brings Trust, a drama about a teenage girl seduced by an online pedophile.


Woody Allen’s latest, You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, is a comic ensemble piece about a group of lusty Londoners, played by Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Lucy Punch and Naomi Watts.




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