Mike Fleming

The films that have played the Toronto International Film Festival either came in with a distributor, or hoped to leave with one. The festival’s closing night film, Last Night, is the exception.  The drama, written and directed by Massy Tadjedin, arrived as a Disney film, but might very well leave the festival with someone else. How appropriate for a drama about infidelity! The picture was dealt to Miramax by producer Nick Wechsler and Gaumont two weeks after production began. After the deal closed, Daniel Battsek’s specialty shingle imploded. The Mouse has spared the film from being part of the assets in the never-ending sale of the Miramax library. (It did the same for The Switch, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, and the John Madden-directed The Debt, which also stars Worthington.) While The Debt made its debut at Toronto with distribution set, family-friendly Disney has been non-committal about releasing Last Night because of its infidelity theme. I’m told the picture has been quietly shopped during the festival by CAA, and there are three offers on the table. It will be up to Disney whether the studio wants to let it go to a specialty distributor more excited about releasing an edgy drama with a strong cast.

The pic stars Keira Knightley, Sam Worthington, Eva Mendes and Guilluame Canet, with Knightley and Worthington playing a married couple apart for a night. He’s off on a business trip with a female colleague his wife doesn’t like, because she sees the potential for sparks between them. After he leaves, the wife runs into a former lover.

I wouldn’t be surprised if something doesn’t get consummated by the time the picture opens this weekend–if Disney will let the film go. Last Night is also booked to play the Rome Film Festival.

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