34th Toronto Film Festival Opens with Jon Amiel’s CREATION Starring Paul Bettany as Charles Darwin

     July 14, 2009


To mark the 200th anniversary of his birth, the Toronto Film Festival has decided to open its 34th year with “Creation”, Jon Amiel’s biopic of controversial scientist Charles Darwin starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly.  Of course, I only say “controversial” for American readers as just about everyone else in the civilized world accepts Darwin’s discoveries as fact rather than having school boards slap stickers into text books warning kids that it’s only a “theory” and they should also consider far more convincing arguments like the world was created in seven days.

Hit the jump to find out what other films will be debuting at this year’s highly-anticipated festival.

Folks who go to the Toronto Film Festival are always in for a treat and it’s where a good chunk of Oscar contenders begin their roll-outs.  Some prestige flicks debuting at this year’s festival include Steven Soderbergh’s “The Informant!” (starring Matt Damon), Aaron Schneider’s frontier drama “Get Low” (starring Robert Duvall, Bill Murray, and Sissy Spacek), Tim Blake Nelson’s “Leaves of Grass” (starring Edward Norton as twin brothers), and Nicolas Winding Refn’s Viking saga “Valhalla Rising” because just getting one Refn flick this year (the highly acclaimed “Bronson”) isn’t enough.  But it’s not all heavy dramas and indies (even though film festivals should always accommodate independent films and Toronto certainly does that) as Ricky Gervais’ “The Invention of Lying” will also make its debut at this year’s festival.

A full schedule is sure to be announced in the near future so stay tuned and remember that while Cannes is too far away and too expensive, you can make it to Toronto and you should.

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