Included within the Toronto International Film Festival lineup announcement this morning was the surprise that Louis C.K. has directed his first film in 16 years, a feature called “I Love You, Daddy.”
The film was shot entirely in secret and stars C.K. along with Chloe Grace Moretz, John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day, Helen Hunt and Pamela Adlon.
— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) August 15, 2017
According to the LA Times, “I Love You, Daddy” was shot in New York on 35mm film in black and white. It stars C.K. as “Glen Topher, a successful television producer and writer, and Moretz as his daughter, China.”
C.K. made his directorial debut with “Tomorrow Night” in 1998 and followed that up in 2001 with “Pootie Tang,” based on a character from “The Chris Rock Show. C.K. says he was essentially fired from the project during the editing process, and the released film was miserably reviewed, though it has since become a cult classic.
C.K. has since directed his comedy specials along with numerous episodes of his own series “Louie” on FX, and his web series “Horace & Pete.” Like “I love You Daddy,” C.K. also filmed “Horace & Pete” in secret, releasing it on his website for purchase with only a brief email announcement going out to his website’s subscribers.
C.K. has also starred in “Trumbo,” “Blue Jasmine” and “American Hustle” and is an executive producer on “Baskets” and “Better Things.”
TIFF opens on Sept. 7.
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