Hans back with some info about the Toronto International Film Festival, set to go off with a bang September 10-19. They have posted the lineup for their major gala and special presentations at this year’s festival. I’m psyched.
Opening the festival is Jon Amiel’s Charles Darwin-biopic Creation starring Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly. Toronto generally serves as an unofficial kick off for Oscar season, which means you get to see a lot of “serious” filmmakers pushing their work, but it sounds like a cinematic Garden of Eden for me. Check out the rest of the lineup and the filmmakers and films that they have coming:
Steven Soderbergh’s The Informant, Ricky Gervais’ The Invention of Lying, Bruce Beresford’s Mao’s Last Dancer, Scott Hicks’ The Boys Are Back, Jane Campion’s Bright Star, Neil Jordan’s Ondine, Johnnie To’s Vengeance, the already acclaimed Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire, Bong Joon-ho’s Mother, Brian Koppelman and David Levien’s Solitary Man, Lu Chuan’s City of Life and Death, Niki Caro’s The Vintner’s Luck, Warwick Thornton’s Samson and Delilah, Nicolas Winding Refn’s Valhalla Rising and Tim Blake Nelson’s Leaves of Grass.
I’m excited about some of these films just on the level of pure film geek-dom. A lot of these guys haven’t worked in a while (Bruce Beresford, Neil Jordan, Tim Blake Nelson, Brian Koppelman and David Levien) so I’m excited to see what their new films have to offer. If you have a moment check out Koppelman and Levien’s criminally underrated Knockaround Guys, the film they made after their debut as screenwriters, Rounders. It’s underseen and excellent. Really gets me excited to see their next directorial effort.