The 47th Toronto International Film Festival has chosen the Mary Harron-directed film Daliland as the closing night film starring Ben Kingsley as the older Salvador Dalí and Ezra Miller as the younger Dalí. But the TIFF press release left Miller’s name off the cast.
It has been public knowledge that Miller is in the film, The lightning star recently charged with burglary by Vermont State Police in addition to numerous break-ins with the law this year. Deadline learned this morning that Miller was not cut Daliland.
In a 2021 Cannes Market interview with Deadline, Harron told us: “We started looking at Dali in the 1970s, the older Dali, with flashbacks to the younger Dali [played by Ezra Miller], which is reproduced as an old film. That format really excited me. Ezra had about three days between finishing Fantastic beasts and starts the lightning, and insisted on coming and making our film. The story plays out through this kind of Nick Carraway character [Christopher Briney]who comes into Dali’s life as an assistant and sees it all.”
Daliland tells the story of the later years of the strange and fascinating marriage between genius Salvador Dalí and his wife, Gala, as their seemingly unbreakable bond begins to strain and fray. Set in New York and Spain in 1973, the story is told through the eyes of James, a young assistant eager to make his name in the art world, who helps the eccentric and mercurial Dalí prepare for a major gallery show.
“We are excited to premiere at Mary Harron’s Daliland as this year’s Closing Night film,” said Cameron Bailey, CEO, TIFF in a statement. “We couldn’t be prouder that Harron is a Canadian who has taken his unique explorations of iconic eccentrics to the world stage. Portraying the wild relationship between Salvador Dalí and his partner, Gala, Harron continues to film interesting and engaging.”
The picture also stars Barbara Sukowa, Christopher Briney, Rupert Graves, Alexander Beyer, Andreja Pejic, Mark McKenna, Zachary Nachbar-Seckel, Avital Lvova and Suki Waterhouse. Directed by Harron with screenplay written by John C. Walsh. Produced by Edward R. Pressman of Pressman Film, David Sacks of
David O. Sacks Productions, Daniel Brunt, Chris Curling of Zephyr Films and Sam Pressman.
Daliland will have its world premiere on September 17 at Roy Thomson Hall.