Really exciting news: my film BUTTER will have its World Premiere at the 36th Toronto International Film Festival 2011.
Here’s the official listing:
Butter, World Premiere (dir. Jim Field Smith) Set in the highly competitive world of championship butter carving, Butter blends social commentary, outrageous comedy and heartfelt drama in telling the story of the ambitious Laura Pickler (Jennifer Garner), the self-anointed First Lady of Butter Carving. Refusing to accept that her husband (Ty Burrell) wants to step down after his 15-year run as the “Iowa State Butter Carving Champion,” and therefore end the Pickler family’s reign in the spotlight, Laura takes a stab at the title herself. But her bid for glory is complicated when two unlikely contestants enter the race – one, her husband’s hard-living mistress (Olivia Wilde), and the other a 10-year-old foster child named Destiny (Yara Shahidi). Enlisting the help of her high school sweetheart, Boyd (Hugh Jackman), Laura will stop at nothing to be crowned champion, even if it means resorting to sabotage. Part political satire, part Capra-esque comedy, Butter is a story about what it means to win at all costs and against all odds.
There’s an excellent line-up at Toronto this year, it’s always a great festival, and we are honoured that they chose our film for one of their Gala Screenings. More information to follow. You can find out more on the official TIFF 2011 website.
Update: here’s an article in Variety about the line-up.