The announcements keep coming as the Toronto International Film Festival prepares to roll out the red carpet for new movies starring Christian Bale, Kristen Stewart, Selena Gomez and more high-profile stars.
The Festival revealed new star-studded films by master filmmakers including Kelly Reichardt who directs Laura Dern, Kristen Stewart, and Michelle Williams in “Certain Women” which follows the lives of three women as they intersect in small town America. Stewart will also re-team with her “Clouds Of Sils Maria” director Olivier Assayas for “Personal Shopper” as a young woman trying to connect with the ghost of her brother. Spanish auteur Pedro Almodovar is back with a look at the relationship between a mother and her daughter in “Julieta”, based on the story by Canadian author Alice Munro. Also screening as part of the Masters programme, famed UK director Terence Davies will present Cynthia Nixon in a biopic of poet Emily Dickinson, and Werner Herzog’s documentary “Voyage Of Time: Life’s Journey”, narrated by Cate Blanchett, will have its North American premiere at TIFF.
TIFF continues to add major star power to its screenings with “The Promise”. The film stars Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac in a dramatic love triangle with Charlotte Le Bon, set during the final days of the Ottoman Empire. James Franco directs a bevy of stars including Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Ed Harris, Robert Duvall, and Vincent D’Onofrio in the drama “In Dubious Battle” which tells the tale of migratory workers who rise up against landowners, beginning a doomed strike in California. Cranston will also star opposite Jennifer Garner in “Wakefield” as a man whose nervous breakdown causes him to hide in his garage attic, away from his family and work.
Vancouver native Jacob Tremblay, who had his breakout at TIFF in 2015 with the emotional “Room”, stars alongside Vera Farmiga and Virginia Madsen in “Burn Your Maps”. Tremblay plays an 8-year-old boy who becomes convinced he is a Mongolian goat herder after he suffers an unimaginable tragedy.
Canadian director Philippe Falardeau will also screen a new film in Toronto. Falardeau (“Monsieur Lazhar”) directs real-life couple Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber in “The Bleeder”, based on the real-life inspiration behind “Rocky”.
In addition to the previously-announced Canadian films at the Festival, another Canadian-made film to look out for is “(Re)Assignment” which stars Michelle Rodriguez, Sigourney Weaver and Tony Shalhoub in the drama about an assassin who is double-crossed by gangsters and a rogue plastic surgeon.
Other notable films include the Irish drama “Handsome Devil” starring “Sherlock” favourite Andrew Scott, and the World War II drama “The Exception” with Christopher Plummer and Lily James.
Two films about journalists are also hitting TIFF, after Boston Globe drama and eventual Best Picture Oscar winner “Spotlight” bowed in Toronto last year. “Brain On Fire” with Chloe Grace Moretz as a rising New York journalist who begins to suffer mysterious seizures and hearing voices, and Rebecca Hall and Michael C. Hall star in the biopic “Christine” about reporter Christine Chubbock, the Florida reporter who committed suicide live on air in the 1970s.
TIFF kicks off on September 8 with the world premiere of Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven”.