Austin will have a strong presence at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival in September. Austin filmmaker David Gordon Green’s locally shot "Joe," starring Nicolas Cage and based on the late Larry Brown’s novel "Big Bad Love," will make its world premiere. Also bowing will be Matthew McConaughey’s passion project "Dallas Buyers Club," the story of a heterosexual Dallas-area electrician named Ron Woodroof (McConaughey) who started an illegal drug ring after being diagnosed with HIV.
Shot partially in Austin, "Parkland," director Peter Landesman’s story about the day president John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas, will make its North American premiere. Austinite Sandra Bullock moves from comedy to drama with her turn as an astronaut in director Alfonso Cuaron’s ("Y Tu Mamá También") thriller "Gravity" opposite George Clooney.
TIFF runs from September 5 through 15 and kicks off with opening night film "The Fifth Estate," director Bill Condon’s dramatization of the organization WikiLeaks.