The Company You Keep
Directed by Robert Redford
North American Premiere
The story: Robert Redford directs and stars as Jim Grant, a civil rights lawyer and single father who goes on the run when a “brash young reporter” (is there any other kind?) played by Shia LaBeouf exposes his true identity as a 1970s radical fugitive. After the arrest of a fellow Weather Underground member Sharon Solarz (Susan Sarandon), Jim is revealed as a fellow member of the group and skips town. Joining him on the lam is his 11-year-old daughter (America’s Got Talent songbird Jackie Evancho in her film debut). The made-in-Vancouver thriller also stars Terrence Howard, Anna Kendrick, Stanley Tucci, Chris Cooper and Nick Nolte.
Talking point: Susan Sarandon, who also appears in the TIFF Special Presentation, the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas, has an unlikely cameo in yet another TIFF premiere, The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Angsty teens played by Emma Watson and Logan Lerman act out roles in an audience-participation screening of the 1975 camp classic, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. As a then-newcomer, Sarandon writhes and warbles about being touched by a creature of the night onscreen behind them.