TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey announced today that the film Dalíland, directed by Mary Harron and starring Academy Award winner Sir Ben Kingsley, will have its World Premiere as the Closing Night Gala for the 47th Toronto International Film Festival on Saturday, September 17, at Roy Thomson Hall.
“We’re excited to premiere Mary Harron’s Dalíland as this year’s Closing Night film,” said Bailey. “We couldn’t be prouder that Harron is a Canadian who has taken her singular explorations of iconic eccentrics to the world stage. In portraying the wild relationship between Salvador Dalí and his partner, Gala, Harron continues to keep moviegoing fresh.”
Dalíland tells the story of the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between the genius Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, as their seemingly unshakable bond begins to stress and fracture. Set in New York and Spain in 1973, the story is told through the eyes of James, a young assistant keen to make his name in the art world, who helps the eccentric and mercurial Dalí prepare for a big gallery show.
The film also stars Barbara Sukowa, Christopher Briney, Rupert Graves, Alexander Beyer, Andreja Pejic, Mark McKenna, Zachary Nachbar-Seckel, Avital Lvova, and Suki Waterhouse. Harron directs with a screenplay written by John C. Walsh. It is by Edward R. Pressman of Pressman Film, David Sacks of David O. Sacks Productions, Daniel Brunt, Chris Curling of Zephyr Films, and Sam Pressman.
Previously announced, the world premiere of Sally El Hosaini’s The Swimmers will open the festival on September 8. The festival lineup can be found here. The 47th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8-18, 2022.