“Stronger,” the David Gordon Green film about Boston Marathon bombing survivor Jeff Bauman, will get its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. TIFF, which runs Sept. 7-17, released its gala titles Tuesday morning.
“Stronger” stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Bauman, and Tatiana Maslany of “Orphan Black” as Bauman’s girlfriend, Erin Hurley. (Bauman married and had a daughter with Hurley in 2014; in February, they confirmed plans to divorce.) A trailer for the film was released in June.
Other Massachusetts-made movies set to premiere in Toronto include the Ben Lewin-directed “The Catcher Was a Spy,” and the Angela Robinson-directed “Professor Marston & the Wonder Women.” “Catcher,” starring Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Connie Nielsen, and Guy Pearce, is about MLB catcher Moe Berg’s work as an intelligence officer. Lewin filmed a scene at Fenway Park in April. “Professor Marston” stars Luke Evans as the Harvard professor who created “Wonder Woman.” Scenes were filmed around Boston last year.
We can count two other festival films as local, even though they didn’t base filming in Massachusetts. “I, Tonya,” which stars Margot Robbie as Tonya Harding, is about the infamous attack on local skater Nancy Kerrigan, played by Caitlin Carver, of “The Fosters.” “Battle of the Sexes,” meanwhile, stars Massachusetts’s own Steve Carell as Bobby Riggs opposite Emma Stone as Billie Jean King.
Matt Damon is in two Toronto films: George Clooney’s “Suburbicon” and Alexander Payne’s “Downsizing.”