The Film Stage – While Venice and Telluride will get things going, the biggest seasonal event is easily the Toronto International Film Festival. With hundreds of titles from around the globe on its slate, many of our yearly favorites debut there and we’ll be covering in-depth yet again this year. To get a preview of what to expect, they’ve announced their initial line-up of titles.
The slate includes Tom Ford‘s Nocturnal Animals, Denis Villeneuve‘s Arrival, Damien Chazelle‘s La La Land, Kim Ji-woon‘s The Age of Shadows, Ewan McGregor‘s American Pastoral, the Miles Teller-led Bleed for This, Denial starring Rachel Weisz, Christopher Guest‘s Mascots, Werner Herzog‘s Salt and Fire, the Michael Fassbender-led Trespass Against Us, Una starring Rooney Mara, Rob Reiner‘s LBJ, A Monster Calls, the Natalie Portman-led Planetarium, Mira Nair‘s Queen of Katwe, and more.
A Monster Calls J.A. Bayona, USA/Spain World Premiere
This visually spectacular drama follows a lonely 12-year-old boy struggling with his mother’s illness, until an ancient, wild, and relentless monster appears, guiding him on a journey of courage, faith, and truth. Starring Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, and Liam Neeson.
Aside from opening with Antoine Fuqua‘s The Magnificent Seven remake and closing with the Hailee Steinfeld-led The Edge of Seventeen, they also added some acclaimed previous premieres, including Manchester by the Sea, Loving, American Honey, The Birth of a Nation, Elle, The Handmaiden, Neruda, Paterson, The Salesman, Things to Come, and Toni Erdmann.