In less than two weeks, silver screen stars accompanied by musicians and writers will flock to Toronto to visit a mecca of independent cinema and one of the most exciting events in the city, the 36th Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from the 8th to the 18th of September. The official film schedule and programme book were released on the 23rd of August, and it seems that just like every year, movie and culture lovers have a lot to look forward to.
The list of confirmed guests spans from respected directors like Francis Ford Coppola and heaps of A-list film stars like George Clooney and Rachel Weisz to star musician Neil Young and legendary band U2. The literature world will be represented by appraised author Salman Rushdie, who will show up to promote an upcoming film adaptation of his famous book Midnight’s Children.
Since the festival is known as a great launch pad for Oscar movies, film-goers are keen to be the first to preview the movies that are predestined for success and try to estimate their chances in the race for the Oscars. Here are some of the most eagerly anticipated premieres of the festival that you certainly don’t want to miss:
Screenwriter Peter Morgan and director Fernando Meirelles created an enticing mix of characters and stories from all over the world weaving into one. The dizzying trip on several continents will give us a notion of true 21st-century love. Stars in the movie include Jude Law, Rachel Weisz, and Anthony Hopkins.
Director William Friedkin has decided to go into another harsh topic: to collect an insurance to pay off a debt, a young man decides to hit out his evil mother. Matthew McConaughey in his best acting shape stars together with Emile Hirsch in this thriller based on a play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tracy Letts.
A comedy written and directed by current stars of the independent comedy genre, brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, that seems to be more than promising. It features Jason Segel and Ed Helms as brothers and focuses on the subject of sibling rivalry, as one of the brothers believes that the universe is sending him signals about his destiny.
Woody Harrelson in another character role as a veteran police officer in Los Angleles, who tries to take care of his family and himself. Supported by Steve Buscemi and Sigourney Weaver, this action drama written by a master of the modern crime genre, James Ellroy, and directed by Oren Moverman (The Messenger) simply cannot go wrong.