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TIFF First Look: Jesse Eisenberg In Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' & Ti West's 'The Sacrament'

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 5, 2013 9:00 AM
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Jesse Eisenberg in "Night Moves."

Will Jesse Eisenberg be the king of this year's Toronto International Film Festival? Well, he may not be the biggest name walking the red carpet but he'll be among the busiest, stumping for two movies in Canada: Richard Ayoade's "The Double" and Kelly Reichardt's "Night Moves." With the festival now thirty days away, a little look behind the curtain has arrived for the latter.

The first image from "Night Moves," the latest from the director of "Meek's Cutoff" and "Wendy & Lucy," has arrived. Co-starring Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, the film seems to share some thematic tissue with this year's "The East." Here's the official synopsis and another pic from the cover of Source Oregon below:

When do legitimate convictions demand illegal behaviors? What happens to a person’s idealism when they find their back against the wall? Night Moves is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most intense protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam. 

No U.S. distributor yet but if this plays as good as it sounds, it will undoubtedly get snatched up.

In a completely different vein, horror fave Ti West ("The Innkeepers," "The House Of The Devil") is going to Toronto with his latest scare flick, "The Sacrament." Joe Swanberg, AJ Bowen, Kentucker Audley, Amy Seimetz and Gene Jones lead the indie flick. Here's the official synopsis for the Eli Roth produced film: 

From acclaimed writer/director Ti West (The House of the Devil, The Innkeepers) and horror master Eli Roth (Hostel, Cabin Fever, The Last Exorcism), The Sacrament follows two Vice media correspondents as they set out to document their friend's search to find his missing sister. They travel outside of the United States to an undisclosed location where they are welcomed into the world of "Eden Parish," a self-sustained rural utopia comprised of nearly 200 members. At the centre of this small, religious, socialist community is a mysterious leader known only as "Father." As their friend reunites with his sister, it becomes apparent to the newcomers that this paradise may not be as it seems. What started as just another documentary shoot soon becomes a race to escape with their lives. 

This will unspool in the festival's Vanguard section, for those of you looking for a fright in Toronto.


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4 Comments

  • Don't worry | September 9, 2013 12:17 AMReply

    Don't worry Yer, nobody is going to confuse this with a worthwhile piece of art. Just came out of the screening, and it was *really* not good (to me, anyway).

  • Not Hackman | August 5, 2013 11:49 AMReply

    I agree. I'm looking forward to this, but they really should've come up with an original title.

  • night moves | August 5, 2013 10:21 AMReply

    Here's a 2nd image from Night Moves if you want to add it to your article. http://i.imgur.com/B3cKp2M.png

  • yer | August 5, 2013 10:11 AMReply

    Why did they have to use the same name as Arthur Penn's brilliant "Night Moves" starring Gene Hackman?

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