Toronto sets out its stall as fall festival season approaches

Screen | 7/23/2019 | Jeremy Kay
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The solid roster of world premieres announced by Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) top brass punctuated by several must-haves has set the stage for a competitive fall film festival season as all eyes turn to Thursday’s line-up announcement on Thursday.

Taika Waititi’s satire Jojo Rabbit at Fox Searchlight, Donna Tartt adaptation The Goldfinch directed by John Crowley at Warner Bros in the US and select territories, and Big Beach’s A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood at TriStar and directed by Marianne Heller with Tom Hanks in the lead as US children’s TV host Fred Rogers, are three prestige titles that the heads of Venice and Telluride would have been proud to showcase.

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The list of TIFF Galas and Special Presentations announced on Tuesday (23) is merely an appetiser – the festival is huge and there is much more to announce in the coming weeks – and already boasts several other interesting awards candidates that could light up the season if well executed.

A pair of race dramas could make a lot of noise – Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx in Warner Bros’ Just Mercy, and Cynthia Erivo in Focus Features’ Harriet – and there is the first chance to see Armando Iannucci’s BFI London Film Festival opening night selection The Personal History Of David Copperfield. Also of interest to awards watchers will be Rosamund Pike, who most recently portrayed war reporter Marie Colvin in A Private War, playing another strong woman as Marie Curie in Radioactive from Marjane Satrapi.

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Films in Tuesday’s announcement designated as North American premieres suggests Venice world premiere berths for Todd Phillips’ Joker – another entry in this season’s impressive-looking, albeit...
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