“Love & Mercy,” Bill Pohlad’s film on Brian Wilson’s dark years spent under the care of Eugene Landy, will receive its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
The film, starring Paul Dano as Wilson, Elizabeth Banks, John Cusack and Paul Giamatti, is set in the late 1980s, tapping into the Beach Boys leader’s artistic genius and emotional troubles from the mid-1960s through the early ‘90s.
Originated in 2011 and shot in Southern California in 2013, the film had been rumored for numerous film festivals earlier this year. It continues to look for a distributor.
The festival, which runs Sept. 4 to 14, will feature other music-related films and will announce more films at a later date. Among the titles announced July 22 are:
– “The Last Five Years” – Anna Kendrick (“Pitch Perfect”) and Jeremy Jordan star in Richard LaGravenese’s adaptation of Jason Robert Brown’s hit off-Broadway musical. The film, receiving its world premiere, is told almost entirely through song and a pop music score.
– “Eden” – Set in Paris’ EDM scene in the late 1990s, Mia Hansen-Løve’s film retraces the steps of the “French touch” generation from 1992 to today. Félix de Givry, Pauline Etienne, Vincent Macaigne and Greta Gerwig star in the film, also receiving its world premiere.
– “Whiplash” – Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons star in Damien Chazelle’s story about a young jazz drummer aiming for the top of his class at an elite East Coast music conservatory. A teacher changes the drummer’s life and his passion to achieve perfection spirals into an obsession. Sony Pictures Classics is releasing the film in October.