Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) programmers have served up the first picks from what will be a typically daunting menu in September.
Scroll down for full list of Galas, Special Presentations
The world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will open the 41st TIFF on September 8. The western remake stars Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Ethan Hawke, Vincent D’Onofrio, Byung-Hun Lee, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Martin Sensmeier, Haley Bennett, and Peter Sarsgaard.
It marks a third visit to the festival for Fuqua, who previously screened Training Day and The Equalizer at TIFF.
The festival will close on September 17 with The Edge Of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson and Kyra Sedgwick.
The coming-of-age comedy-drama marks the feature debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig and is produced by Oscar-winner James L. Brooks (Jerry Maguire, As Good As It Gets).
Gala world premieres
Unveiling its first wave of titles, TIFF announced that world premieres in its Gala strand would include Garth Davis’ potential awards heavyweight Lion, J. A. Bayona’s A Monster Calls, Peter Berg’s eco-disaster story Deepwater Horizon and Jonathan Demme’s Justin Timberlake concert film JT + The Tennessee Kids.
Oliver Stone’s Snowden, which screened privately to select press at Comic-Con last week, and Amma Asante’s romance A United Kingdom will also debut at Toronto.
The roster includes dramas The Secret Scripture from Jim Sheridan and Queen Of Katwe from Mira Nair.
McGregor, Kormakur, Coppola
World premieres in Special Presentations include Ewan McGregor’s feature directorial debut and Philip Roth adaptation American Pastoral, Baltazar Kormakur’s thriller The Oath, Aisling Walsh’s Maudie, and rom-com Paris Can Wait, the feature directorial debut from Francis Ford Coppola’s wife Eleanor Coppola that stars Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin.
Hot on the heels of secretive Telluride, it is Toronto that marks the official launch of the North American awards season and a number of selections will come under scrutiny for their worthiness in the long months ahead.
Amy Adams stars in two eagerly anticipated features: Gala selection Arrival, Denis Villeneuve’s sci-fi formerly known as Story Of Your Life; and Special Presentations entry Nocturnal Animals from Tom Ford.
Both are reportedly headed for Venice first, while the categorisation of Arrival as a Canadian premiere would suggest it is also Telluride-bound. As previously announced, Damien Chazelle’s Special Presentations pick and Whiplash follow-up La La Land will open proceedings on the Lido. Venice runs from August 31-September 10 and unveils its line-up on Thursday (July 28)
TIFF’s initial roster includes a number of films that impressed at Cannes in May, among them Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann, Paul Verhoeven’s Elle, Pablo Larrain’s Neruda, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman, Park Chan-wook’s The Handmaiden, Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson and Jeff Nichols’ Loving.
Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By The Sea and Nate Parker’s The Birth of A Nation both dazzled audiences at Sundance for different reasons and will also play in Toronto.
There was no mention at time of writing of The Founder, The Weinstein Company’s second big awards contender besides Lion as Harvey Weinstein goes in search of his first best picture Oscar in five years.
Weinstein recently pushed back the US release of The Founder - the biopic of McDonald’s magnate Ray Croc - from August 5 to December 16. The timing should not preclude an autumn festival launch given that by December the Michael Keaton starrer will have opened in several European markets including the UK, France and Germany.
Both Keaton’s last two films – Spotlight and Birdman – premiered in Venice. The actor is an awards season talisman these days: both films also won the best picture Oscar.
TIFF staff said the following information was not final or complete and is subject to change.
WP = World Premiere, IP = International Premiere, NAP = North American Premiere, CP = Canadian Premiere
- The Magnificent Seven (US) Antoine Fuqua WP opening film
- The Edge Of Seventeen (US) Kelly Fremon Craig WP closing film
- Arrival (US), Denis Villeneuve CP
- Deepwater Horizon (US) Peter Berg WP
- The Headhunter’s Calling (Can) Mark Williams WP
- The Journey Is The Destination (UK-S Afr) Bronwen Hughes WP
- JT + The Tennessee Kids (US) Jonathan Demme WP
- LBJ (US) Rob Reiner WP
- Lion (Australia) Garth Davis WP
- Loving (US) Jeff Nichols NAP
- A Monster Calls (US-Spa) J.A. Bayona WP
- Planetarium (Fra-Bel) Rebecca Zlotowski NAP
- Queen Of Katwe (S Afr-Uga) Mira Nair WP
- The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (UK) Paul Dugdale WP
- The Secret Scripture (Ire) Jim Sheridan WP
- Snowden (Ger-US) Oliver Stone WP
- Strange Weather (US) Katherine Dieckmann WP
- Their Finest (UK) Lone Scherfig WP
- A United Kingdom (UK) Amma Asante WP
- The Age Of Shadows (S Kor) Kim Jee woon WP
- All I See Is You (Thai) Marc Forster WP
- American Honey (US) Andrea Arnold NAP
- American Pastoral (US) Ewan McGregor WP
- Asura: The City Of Madness (S Kor) Kim Sung-soo WP
- Barakah Meets Barakah (S Ara) Mahmoud Sabbagh NAP
- Barry (US) Vikram Gandhi WP
- Birth Of The Dragon (US-Chi-Can) George Nolfi WP
- The Birth Of A Nation (US) Nate Parker IP
- Bleed For This (US) Ben Younger CP
- Blue Jay (US) Alex Lehmann WP
- Brimstone (Neth-Ger-Fra-Bel-Swe-UK) Martin Koolhoven NAP
- Brotherhood (UK) Noel Clarke IP
- Carrie Pilby (US) Susan Johnson WP
- Catfight (US) Onur Tukel WP
- City Of Tiny Lights (UK) Pete Travis WP
- The Commune (Den-Swe-Neth) Thomas Vinterberg NAP
- Daguerrotype (Fra-Jap-Bel) Kiyoshi Kurosawa WP
- A Death In The Gunj (Ind) Konkona Sensharma WP
- Denial (US-UK) Mick Jackson WP
- Elle (France) Paul Verhoeven NAP
- Foreign Body (Tun-Fra) Raja Amari WP
- Frantz (Fra-Ger) François Ozon CP
- The Handmaiden (S Kor) Park Chan-wook NAP
- Harmonium (Jap-Fra) Kôji Fukada NAP
- I Am Not Madame Bovary (Chi) Feng Xiaogang WP
- The Journey (UK) Nick Hamm NAP
- King Of The Dancehall (US-Jam) Nick Cannon WP
- La La Land (US) Damien Chazelle CP
- The Limehouse Golem (UK) Juan Carlos Medina WP
- Manchester By The Sea (US) Kenneth Lonergan CP
- Mascots (US) Christopher Guest WP
- Maudie (Can-Ire) Aisling Walsh WP
- Neruda (Chi-Arg-Spa-Fra) Pablo Larraín CP
- Nocturnal Animals (US-UK) Tom Ford NAP
- The Oath (Ice) Baltasar Kormákur WP
- Orphan (Fra) Arnaud des Pallières WP
- Paris Can Wait (US) Eleanor Coppola WP
- Paterson (US) Jim Jarmusch NAP
- The Salesman (Iran-Fra) Asghar Farhadi NAP
- Salt And Fire (Ger-US-Fra-Mex) Werner Herzog NAP
- Sing (US-Fra) Garth Jennings WP
- Souvenir (Bel-Lux-Fra) Bavo Defurne NAP
- Things To Come (Fra-Ger) Mia Hansen-Løve CP
- Toni Erdmann (Ger) Maren Ade CP
- Trespass Against Us (UK) Adam Smith WP
- Una (UK) Benedict Andrews CP
- Unless (Can-Ire) Alan Gilsenan WP
- The Wasted Times (Chi) Cheng Er WP