No matter how long you’re in town and how little sleep you can survive on, you still can’t fit in all the movies you want to see. During the 10 days of movie gluttony known as the Toronto film festival (Sept. 5-14), 345 films from 50 countries unspool. Among the noteworthy ones that will open in U.S. theaters by year’s end:
•Evelyn: Pierce Brosnan stars in a heartwarming drama about a father in Ireland fighting for custody of his children. Based on a true story.
•Auto Focus: Greg Kinnear gives the performance of his career as an oversexed Bob Crane, the Hogan’s Heroes star murdered in 1978.
•Rabbit-Proof Fence: A powerful Australian film tells the true story of a trio of Aboriginal girls who in 1931 fled a state school and walked 1,200 miles home across the desert.
•White Oleander: Based on a bestselling novel, this drama about a teenage girl in foster care boasts a vivid turn by Michelle Pfeiffer as the girl’s messianic mom, a convicted murderer.
•Max: A provocative, darkly comic look at the friendship between a German-Jewish art dealer (played with panache by John Cusack) and artist wannabe Adolf Hitler (Noah Taylor) in 1918. Not to be missed.
•Far from Heaven: Perfect wife Julianne Moore discovers that husband Dennis Quaid has a big secret in director Todd Haynes’s stylish tribute to ’50s weepies.