TORONTO — The Toronto International Film Festival has added more titles, including the world premiere of an astronaut drama starring Natalie Portman and the gala presentation of an art thriller with Mick Jagger.

Portman stars in “Lucy in the Sky” as an astronaut who returns to Earth after a space mission and begins to lose touch with reality as she dates a colleague, played by Jon Hamm.

The feature film directorial debut of “Fargo” series creator Noah Hawley will make its world premiere in the Special Presentations program during the festival’s run from Sept. 5-15.

Meanwhile, Jagger appears in Giuseppe Capotondi’s “The Burnt Orange Heresy,” which will make its North American premiere in Toronto after closing out the Venice International Film Festival on Sept. 7.

Jagger plays an art collector in a cast that also includes Elizabeth Debicki and Donald Sutherland.

Other newly announced world premieres in the Toronto film fest include the tragic family drama “Human Capital” by Marc Meyers, which is based on Stephen Amidon’s novel and stars Liev Schreiber, Marisa Tomei, and Peter Sarsgaard.

“American Son” is a big-screen adaptation of an acclaimed Broadway play by Christopher Demos-Brown and has the same director, Kenny Leon, as well as original stars Kerry Washington and Steven Pasquale. Washington and Pasquale play an estranged, interracial couple who reunite in a Florida police station to search for their missing son.

Daniel Radcliffe stars as a lovelorn man caught up in a clandestine world of deathmatch fighting in the action-comedy “Guns Akimbo” by Jason Lei Howden.

Bare-knuckle boxing is the focus of “Jungleland” by Max Winkler, starring Charlie Hunnam, Jack O’Connell, and Jessica Barden.

In the sci-fi thriller “Synchronic” by Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson, Anthony Mackie and Jamie Dornan play New Orleans paramedics dealing with horrific deaths caused by a designer drug.

And Garrett Hedlund stars as a poacher in the Gregor Jordan-directed romantic drama “Dirt Music,” which is an adaptation of a Tim Winton novel.

Other newly added notables that aren’t making their world premieres include the historical drama “Seberg” by Benedict Andrews, starring Kristen Stewart as real-life actress Jean Seberg, who was a target of an FBI surveillance program.

“Waves” is a music-filled romantic drama directed by Trey Edward Shults and starring Lucas Hedges and Sterling K. Brown.

And “The Aeronauts” by Tom Harper stars Felicity Jones and Eddie Redmayne as pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher.

The Toronto festival also announced its 2019 Contemporary World Cinema program on Tuesday, a lineup that includes titles from 48 countries.

Among them is Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal’s second feature film as director, the teen drama “Chicuarotes,” and Minhal Baig’s American Muslim teen story “Hala,” produced by Jada Pinkett Smith.

The CWC program opens with Atiq Rahimi’s “Our Lady of the Nile,” about a group of Rwandan girls in a Catholic boarding school.

TIFF also announced 11 films for the auteur-filled Masters program Tuesday, including the world premiere of “Devil Between the Legs” by acclaimed Mexican director Arturo Ripstein, and the North American premiere of the modern-day England tale “Sorry We Missed” by British master Ken Loach.

Meanwhile, the Wavelengths program of international shorts and features by established and emerging talents will have a total of 37 titles.


Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press