Ethan Hawke‘s The Hottest State is a drama based on Hawke’s debut novel, set in Manhatttan, about a frustrating relationship between a Texas actor named William (Mark Webber) and a singer/songwriter named Sarah (Catalina Sandino Moreno), with a previous romantic interest named Samantha (Michelle Williams) flitting in and out of his life. And now Hawke’s 117-minute film will play as an out-of-competition selection at the upcoming Venice Film Festival. Which means, presumably, it’ll show at the Toronto Film Festival also. State also stars Laura Linney, Sonia Braga and Hawke.