The red carpet is all but pulled up in Toronto, as the festival readies for its Closing Night Gala this evening. But the Holly Hunter-starrer Strange Weather got its Roy Thomson Hall premiere last night at TIFF, and she stopped by Deadline’s Toronto studio earlier in the week to talk it through.
Written and directed by Katherine Dieckmann, the movie follows Hunter’s Darcy Baylor, a single mom who sets out to uncover the truth behind her son’s suicide years earlier, as she learns that his business plan for a chain of family hot dog restaurants was purloined by his best friend. It’s an odd premise, but Hunter’s winning performance sells it, blending humor, heartache and horror.
Hunter told me she was attracted to the script, first and foremost. “It’s really beautiful and has an unusual structure,” she said. “There’s a tremendous amount of humor… in very unexpected places.”
She said her career had been “inhabited” by women directors. “I’ve worked with a lot of female directors over the course of my career,” Hunter noted. “Martha Coolidge, Catherine Hardwicke, Jodie Foster. Katherine wrote this, so she and I were both really intent on the protection of the structure, from the noun to the very. We were really in sync on that journey.”