Toronto 2012: Mike Fleming On Fest Films With Highest Wanna-See From Buyers

PART I: Toronto 2012: High Optimism As Business Reshaped By Filmmaker-Driven Fare And Shifting Formats Reinvigorates Indie Biz

Hot acquisition titles as the Toronto Film Festival kicks off tonight:

IMOGENE – Directors: Shari Springer Berman, Robert Pulcini. Cast: Kristen Wiig, Annette Benning, Matt Dillon. Seller: UTA/Voltage. A playwright stages a suicide in an attempt to win back her ex, only to wind up in the custody of her gambling-addict mother. 1st Screening: Friday, September 7, 3 PM (Ryerson)

THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES – Director: Derek Cianfrance. Cast: Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Eva Mendes, Ray Liotta, Rose Byrne. Seller:CAA/WME/Sierra-Affinity. A motorcycle stunt rider considers committing a crime to provide for his wife and child, which puts him up against a cop-turned-politician. 1st Screening: Friday, September 7, 6 PM (Princess of Wales)

GINGER AND ROSA – Director-writer: Sally Potter. Cast: Annette Benning, Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt. Seller: Cinetic/Match Factory. Set in the 1960’s, two teenage girls born on the day of the Hiroshima bomb become involved in the Ban the Bomb movement and the sexual revolution. 1st Screening: Friday, September 7, 9 PM (Elgin)

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