Naomi Watts and Jake Gyllenhaal’s ‘Demolition’ to open TIFF

This year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off on September 10 and organizers have announced that Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolitionhas secured the coveted opening-night slot. Other notable titles confirmed to screen at the 10-day festival include The Martian, starring Matt Damon, and Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne’s The Danish Girl.

Matt Damon, Kate Winslet and Eddie Redmayne all have films screening at TIFF 2015. Photo: © Getty Images

Jean-Marc returns to the festival following a highly successful appearance in 2014 with his Reese Witherspoon-fronted film Wild. Demolition tells the story of a troubled widow (Jake Gyllenhaal) who finds happiness again after crossing paths with a heroic single mom, played by Naomi Watts.

Now in its 40th year, TIFF has become a premiere host of some of Hollywood’s biggest blockbusters, and this year is shaping up to be one of the best yet. Ben Foster’s highly anticipated portrayal of Lance Armstrong in The Program will ride into Roy Thomson Hall, as will the gay rights historical drama Stonewall, featuring performances by Jeremy Irvine and Jonathan Rhys Meyers.

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Festival veteran Julianne Moore and Canadian Ellen Page’s Freehold will make its world debut in Toronto, and Kate Winslet’s The Dressmaker will be a gala first for leading man Liam Hemsworth. Atom Egoyan and Christopher Plummer’s Remember will see its North American debut, as will Spotlight, a dramatic exploration of the Catholic church’s sex abuse scandals that stars Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton and Rachel McAdams.

Rachel McAdams will return to her hometown to premiere her film, Spotlight. Photo: © Getty Images

Canadian films will also be front and centre in Toronto, with Paul GrossHyena Road and father-and-son team Donald and Kiefer Sutherland’s gunslinger drama Forsaken playing for the home crowd.

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