Toronto International Film Festival comes hot on the heels of Venice and Telluride Film Festivals and is met with great anticipation with world premieres and North American premieres abound. Trying to figure out what films to see is even more of a challenge this year with a plethora of great films. That being said, I’ve seen a few films already in Telluride or elsewhere. These films are not on my list for that reason:
White Boy Rick
The Front Runner
The Old Man and the Gun
Can You Ever Forgive Me?
TIFF is always a treat because you get to see so many beautiful films, both big-budget studio films and smaller indies that will blow you away. My most anticipated films list was challenging to narrow down, but I’ve managed to include fifteen of the most anticipated films at TIFF.
Beautiful Boy is probably one of the most talked about films in Toronto this year. Hot off last year’s Call Me By Your Name, Timothée Chalamet has become a household name and has quite the following. This also is one of the major dramatic roles that Steve Carell is taking this year. This film is being met with high expectations and excitement as it is set to premiere in Toronto.
Ben Is Back
Lucas Hedges is on fire this year and after seeing him in Boy Erased at Telluride, I am more than ready to dive right into another one of his films. This role seems very different from that of Boy Erased and will continue to prove how much of a range Hedges has as such a young actor.
Pawel Pawlikowski, the winner of the Best Foreign Language Film Oscar for Ida, is back with his next film, Cold War. The film is loosely based on his parents and therefore will likely feel very personal and as beautifully crafted as Ida.
Oh, Michael Moore. So many people either love him or hate him, but the man knows how to stir up the sh*t, for better or worse. I am a fan of his and enjoy his work. Having him tackle Trump is something I have to see. Fahrenheit 11/9 is sure to create quite a stir at the film festival as well as from our Tweeter in Chief.
Giant Little Ones
Sometimes stories just speak to you, and that is the case with Giant Little Ones. It feels like it will address some things that I have faced myself and therefore could have a profound impact on me.
The film seems like a total shift for director Peter Farrelly know for Dumb and Dumber; There’s Something About Mary, Me, Myself and Irene and more. Green Book is the true story of an African American pianist and his hired bodyguard who travel around the segregated south together. Mahershala Ali is back following Moonlight and starring alongside him is Viggo Mortensen. I’m anxious to see Mahershala back and can’t wait to see what he can bring to another role.
If Beale Street Could Talk
Speaking of Moonlight, Barry Jenkins is back again with another fantastic story. That’s all I need to know.
This film by Patricia Rozema addresses the idea of feminist consciousness and self-expression. Initially a two-woman play, it will be interesting to see this story play out as a film. I have very high expectations for this film.
Olivier Assayas is back with Non-Fiction. Ever since I was a young girl, I was obsessed with technology and how it transforms our lives, for better or worse. Non-Fiction is sure to take a sharp and critical look at that transformation with actors Juliet Binoche and Guillaume Canet.
Matt Bomer plays a weatherman post-meltdown, trying to take care of himself when he decides to turn it into home renovation. This is how he meets, Ernesto, a father of five. Despite not having a common language, we will see their “friendship” change throughout the film. The film is likely to be full of social commentary and comedy as these two very different people are thrown together.
Certain films come out of nowhere at film festivals. While at Telluride, everyone I spoke to said that I need to see Shoplifters. Luckily for me, they are playing it at TIFF and it has made its way to the top fifteen of my most anticipated films.
The Life and Death of John F. Donovan
I like films that play with flashbacks and present and do it well. While there is a fine line to be walked with that, I think that Xavier Dolan can do it. With a great cast, we could have a huge hit with The Life and Death of John F. Donovan.
The Hate U Give
The Hate U Give premiered a trailer earlier this year and I immediately was drawn into the film. Amandla Stenberg finally looks like this will be her breakout role. The story is very timely, touching upon issues of justice, racism, and living two different lives.
There has been buzz that Viola Davis will earn another Oscar nomination for her performance in this film. With a stellar cast featuring Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall, and Liam Neeson as well as a tense script by Steve McQueen and Gillian Flynn, I think Widows has great potential.
Paul Dano is a favorite of mine. I think he is a brilliant and unique actor and I can’t wait to see what he does behind the camera. He and Zoe Kazan team up on the script, and if it is only half as good as the script for Ruby Sparks, we are definitely in for a treat.