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Toronto preview: All eyes on 'Up in the Air'

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Hot off its triumphant debut at the Telluride Film Festival, the comedic romance Up in the Air—directed by Juno‘s Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney—is definitely the movie to see in Toronto. I grabbed a few minutes on the phone with Reitman to discuss his latest film-fest success. Here’s part of our conversation:

OscarWatch When did you get the sense that your Telluride screening was going so well?

Jason Reitman There’s a scene in the movie with George, Vera Farmiga, and Anna Kendrick in which the two women talk about what what they look for in a man at 23 versus 37. It’s my favorite scene in the movie, and it just killed. That’s when I knew we had ’em.

OW Is there part of you that now wishes the film were coming out in October instead of December?

JR No, actually. These films take time. You’ve got to give people a chance to really hear what it’s about and understand why they want to see it. It’s not the easiest film to describe. In one sense, it’s a movie about a man who fires people for a living. In another sense, it’s a movie about a man who collects air miles excessively. In another sense, it’s about a man who meets a woman who’s so similar to him that even though they both believe in the idea of living solo, they begin to fall in love. We’re on the Juno schedule and I think it’s going to work perfectly for us.

I’m excited to see the film in Toronto this Friday. Check back on OscarWatch and follow me on Twitter (@davekarger) for my reaction. In the meantime, in Part 3 of our Toronto preview, Missy Schwartz and I discuss the movies we’re most looking forward to at the festival, including the Coen brothers’ latest film and fashion designer Tom Ford’s directorial debut.