The feature directorial debuts of Halle Berry and Regina King will be part of the lineup at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival, organizers announced on Thursday.Berry’s film, “Bruised,” features the actor and director as a mixed martial arts star fighting for custody of her young daughter. King’s “One Night in Miami” is based on a play that fictionalizes a night in 1964 in which boxer Cassius Clay (soon to be Muhammad Ali), singer Sam Cooke, football player Jim Brown and activist Malcolm X met in a Florida hotel room.Nearly half of the 50 selected features, 23, have a female director or co-director.Other films among the 50 titles announced by TIFF include Chloé Zhao’s “Nomadland,” a drama from “The Rider” director that stars Frances McDormand; Francis Lee’s “Ammonite,” a female romance set in 1840s England and starring Saoirse Ronan, Kate Winslet and Fiona Shaw; Reinaldo Marcus Green’s “Good Joe Bell,” starring Mark Wahlberg and Connie Britton and written by “Brokeback Mountain” screenwriters Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana; Ricky Staub’s “Concrete Cowboy,” with Idris Elba and Jharrel Jerome; Florian Zeller’s “The Father,” with Anthony Hopkins and Olivia Colman; Glendyn Ivin’s “Penguin Bloom,” with Naomi Watts and Jackie Weaver; Ben Sharrock’s “Limbo,” about a Syrian musician waiting in Scotland for a decision on his asylum request; Sonia Kennebeck’s “Enemies of the State,” about a family whose hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government.Nonfiction films on the list include Werner Herzog’s “Fireball: Visitors From Darker Worlds,” a documentary about comets and asteroids; Sam Pollack’s “MLK/FBI,” about the FBI’s investigation and harassment of Martin Luther King Jr.; Oscar nominee Gianfranco Rosi’s “Notturno”; and documentary legend Frederick Wiseman’s “City Hall.”Also Read: 'The French Dispatch,' 'Soul' Make the Cannes 2020 Lineup As Festival Reveals the Movies It Would Have ShownAs previously announced, Spike Lee’s film “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” a document of Byrne’s Broadway show, will be the opening-night film on Sept. 10. Mira Nair’s “A Suitable Boy,” taken from a decades-spanning TV miniseries, will close the festival 10 days later.Viggo Mortensen’s “Falling,” which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January and was also chosen for the canceled Cannes Film Festival, will be part of the Toronto Film Festival lineup as well.The lineup is long on films from around the world, with offerings from such international auteurs as Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round”), Michel Franco (“New Order”), Kornél Mundruczó (“Pieces of a Woman”), Naomi Kawase (“True Mothers”) and François Ozon (Summer of ’85”).In a pandemic-affected year that has seen most awards shows postponed until deep into next year, the Toronto lineup is noticeably lacking in many studio awards films that typically use the fall festival circuit to launch their biggest contenders. While additional programming will be announced in upcoming weeks, TIFF has said that its feature lineup will consist of 50 films, the number that was announced on Thursday.Also Read: Venice Film Festival Lineup Includes Record 8 Features With Female Directors in CompetitionThe Toronto Film Festival will be significantly scaled-down from its usual size, which typically includes more than 200 features over 10 days. The industry presence will be reduced, with many events and all press screenings taking place on the festival’s private viewing platform rather than in Toronto. Socially-distanced screenings will take place for local audiences, with the festival organizers saying in a statement that TIFF continues to work with public health officials, “with its number-one priority being the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community.”The Toronto Film Festival 2020 lineup:“180 Degree Rule,” Farnoosh Samadi | Iran “76 Days,” Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen | USA “Ammonite,” Francis Lee | United Kingdom “Another Round” (“Druk”), Thomas Vinterberg | Denmark “Bandar Band,” Manijeh Hekmat | Iran/Germany “Beans,” Tracey Deer | Canada “Beginning” (“Dasatskisi”), Dea Kulumbegashvili | Georgia/France “The Best is Yet to Come” (“Bu Zhi Bu Xiu”), Wang Jing | China “Bruised,” Halle Berry | USA “City Hall,” Frederick Wiseman | USA “Concrete Cowboy,” Ricky Staub | USA “David Byrne’s American Utopia,” Spike Lee | USA (Opening Night) “The Disciple,” Chaitanya Tamhane | India “Enemies of the State,” Sonia Kennebeck | USA “Falling,” Viggo Mortensen | Canada/United Kingdom “The Father,” Florian Zeller | United Kingdom/France “Fauna,” Nicolás Pereda | Mexico/Canada “Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds,” Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | United Kingdom/USA “Gaza mon amour,” Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser | France/ Germany/Portugal/Palestine/Qatar “Get the Hell Out” (“Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan”), I-Fan Wang | Taiwan “Good Joe Bell,” Reinaldo Marcus Green | USA “I Care A Lot,” J Blakeson | United Kingdom “Inconvenient Indian,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “The Inheritance,” Ephraim Asili | USA “Lift Like a Girl” (“Ash Ya Captain”), Mayye Zayed | Egypt/Germany/Denmark “Limbo,” Ben Sharrock | United Kingdom “Memory House” (“Casa de Antiguidades”), João Paulo Miranda Maria | Brazil/France “MLK/FBI,” Sam Pollard | USA “The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel,” Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott | Canada “New Order” (“Nuevo orden”), Michel Franco | Mexico “Night of the Kings” (“La Nuit des Rois”), Philippe Lacôte | Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal “Nomadland,” Chloé Zhao | USA “No Ordinary Man,” Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Canada “Notturno,” Gianfranco Rosi | Italy/France/Germany “One Night in Miami,” Regina King | USA “Penguin Bloom,” Glendyn Ivin | Australia/USA “Pieces of a Woman,” Kornél Mundruczó | USA/Canada/Hungary “Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time” (“Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre”), Lili Horvát | Hungary “Quo Vadis, Aïda?” Jasmila Žbanić | Bosnia and Herzegovina/ Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey “Shadow In The Cloud,” Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand “Shiva Baby,” Emma Seligman | USA/Canada “Spring Blossom,” Suzanne Lindon | Francesing Night Presentation “A Suitable Boy,” Mira Nair | United Kingdom/India (Closing night) “Summer of 85” (“Été 85”), François Ozon | France “The Third Day,” Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly | United Kingdom “Trickster,” Michelle Latimer | Canada “True Mothers” (“Asa Ga Kuru”), Naomi Kawase | Japan “Under the Open Sky” (“Subarashiki Sekai”), Miwa Nishikawa | Japan “Violation,” Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli | Canada “Wildfire,” Cathy Brady | United Kingdom/IrelandRead original story Toronto Film Festival Lineup to Include Films Directed by Regina King, Halle Berry At TheWrap
Around 40 people walked out of a screening of the controversial holocaust drama The Painted Bird at the Toronto Film Festival, according to reports.
Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers and Renee Zellweger as Judy Garland are among the actors who will appear on screen at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.For its first large batch of programming announcements, TIFF unveiled a star-studded slate of more than 50 films, many of them highly anticipated works from such celebrated directors as Noah Baumbach, Steven Soderbergh, Taika Waititi, Armando Iannucci, James Mangold, Fernando Meirelles, Pablo Larrain, Rian Johnson and the Safdie brothers.Phoenix stars in Todd Phillips “Batman” spinoff “Joker” alongside Robert De Niro, Zazie Beetz and Frances Conroy. Hanks plays Fred Rogers in “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” a film from “Can You Ever Forgive Me” director Marielle Heller based on an Esquire profile of Rogers by writer Tom Junod, who is portrayed by Matthew Rhys. And Zellweger plays Garland in “Judy,” a biographical drama adapted from Peter Quilter’s stage play by British theater director Rupert Goold.Also Read: Watch Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers in 'A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood' Trailer (Video)Other galas include Roger Michell’s “Blackbird,” with Susan Sarandon, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska; James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari,” starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale; John Crowley’s “The Goldfinch,” with Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman in an adaptation of Donna Tartt’s bestselling novel; Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet Tubman biopic, “Harriet”; Destin Daniel Cretton’s “Just Mercy,” with Michael B. Jordan; and Justin Kurzel’s “True History of the Kelly Gang,” starring Russell Crowe.“Radioactive,” a new film from “Persepolis” director Marjane Satrapi starring Rosamund Pike as scientist Marie Curie, will close the festival.While TIFF previously announced that its opening-night film will be the music documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” it added another formidable music film to the mix on Tuesday: “Western Stars,” a film by Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen inspired by and chronicling Springsteen’s latest album of the same name. Springsteen was last at the festival in 2010 for the premiere of “The Promise,” a Zimny film that followed the making of his 1978 album “Darkness on the Edge of Town.”Films that will screen in the Special Screenings section of the festival include Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers project “The Laundromat,” starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman and Andonio Banderas; Noah Baumbach’s “Marriage Story,” with Adam Driver and Scarlett Johansson; Taika Waititi’s “Jojo Rabbit,” a World War II-era black comedy about a young boy whose imaginary friend is Adolph Hitler; Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out,” a murder mystery starring Daniel Craig and Chris Evans; Wayne Wang’s “Coming Home Again”; Craig Brewer’s “Dolemite Is My Name,” with Eddie Murphy; Pablo Larrain’s “Ema,” with Gael Garcia Bernal; Edward Norton’s “Motherless Brooklyn,” with Willem Dafoe, Alec Baldwin and Bruce Willis; Armando Iannucci’s “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” a presumably twisted Dickens adaptation starring Dev Patel and Tilda Swinton; Benny and Josh’s Safdie’s “Uncut Gems,” with Adam Sandler and Lakeith Stanfield; Cory Finley’s “Bad Education,” with Hugh Jackman and Allison Janney; and Fernando Meirelles’ “The Two Popes,” with Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis and Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI.Also Read: Taika Waititi's Hitler Satire 'Jojo Rabbit' Lands Fall Release DateThe lineup also includes several films that premiered at previous festivals, including Pedro Almodovar’s “Pain and Glory,” Robert Eggers’ “The Lighthouse,” Celine Sciamma’s “Portrait of a Lady on Fire,” Ira Sachs’ “Frankie” and Bong Joon-ho’s Palme d’Or winner “Parasite” from Cannes and Scott Z. Burns’ “The Report,” Alma Har’el’s “Honey Boy” and Chinoye Chukwu’s “Clemency” from Sundance.After sitting out the Cannes Film Festival over a dispute with that festival’s rules, Netflix will have a formidable presence in Toronto, with “Marriage Story,” “Dolemite Is My Name,” “The Laundromat” and “The Two Popes” all due to be released by the streaming giant. Its rival Amazon has two of the TIFF titles, “Honey Boy” and “Radioactive.”As usual, the TIFF press release announcing the lineup provides clues as to which titles will be going to the Venice and Telluride Film Festivals ahead of Toronto by its designations of which films are world premieres, which are North American premieres and which are Canadian premieres.The release shows that the films premiering in Toronto will include “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” “The Goldfinch,” “Just Mercy,” “Western Stars,” “Dolemite Is My Name,” “Knives Out,” “Jojo Rabbit” and “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” while Venice (which will announce its lineup on Thursday) is liable to show “Joker,” “The Laundromat” and “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” and the Telluride lineup will likely include “Ford v Ferrari,” “Judy,” “Marriage Story,” “Motherless Brooklyn,” “Parasite,” “The Two Popes” and “Uncut Gems.”Additions to TIFF’s Galas and Special Screenings programs will be announced in the coming weeks, as will films in many other sections of the festival. Overall, Toronto typically showcases more than 200 features, as well as a large number of short films and other exhibits and installations.The 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 5 and runs through September 15.Also Read: Robbie Robertson Documentary 'Once Were Brothers' to Open 2019 Toronto Film FestivalThe lineup:GALAS Opening night: “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” Daniel RoherClosing night: “Radioactive,” Marjane Satrapi“Abominable,” Jill Culton “American Woman,” Semi Chellas “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” Marielle Heller “Blackbird,” Roger Michell “Clemency,” Chinoye Chukwu “Ford v Ferrari,” James Mangold “The Goldfinch,” John Crowley “Harriet,” Kasi Lemmons “Hustlers,” Lorene Scafaria “Joker,” Todd Phillips “Just Mercy,” Destin Daniel Cretton “Ordinary Love,” Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn “The Sky Is Pink,” Shonali Bose “The Song of Names,” Francois Girard “True History of the Kelly Gang,” Justin Kurzel “Western Stars,” Thom Zimny, Bruce SpringsteenSPECIAL PRESENTATIONS “Bad Education,” Cory Finley “Coming Home Again,” Wayne Wang “Dolemite Is My Name,” Craig Brewer “Ema,” Pablo Larrain “Endings, Beginnings,” Drake Doremus “Frankie,” Ira Sachs “The Friend,” Gabriela Cowperthwaite “Greed,” Michael Winterbottom “Guest of Honor,” Atom Egoyan “A Herdade,” Tiago Guedes “Heroic Losers” (“La odisea de los giles”), Sebastian Borensztein “Honey Boy,” Alma Har’el “Hope Gap,” William Nicholson “How to Build a Girl,” Coky Giedroyc “I Am Woman,” Unjoo Moon “Jojo Rabbit,” Taika Waititi “Judy,” Rupert Goold “Knives Out,” Rian Johnson “La Belle Epoque,” Nicolas Bedos “The Laundromat,” Steven Soderbergh “The Lighthouse,” Robert Eggers “Marriage Story,” Noah Baumbach “Military Wives,” Peter Cattaneo “Motherless Brooklyn,” Edward Norton “No. 7 Cherry Lane,” Yonfan “The Other Lamb,” Malgorzata Szumowska “Pain and Glory,” Pedro Almodovar “The Painted Bird,” Vaclav Marhoul “Parasite” (“Gisaengchung”), Bong Joon-ho “Pelican Blood” (“Pelikanblut”), Katrin Gebbe “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” Armando Iannucci “Portrait of a Lady on Fire” (“Portrait de la jeune fille en feu”), Celine Sciamma “The Report,” Scott Z. Burns “Saturday Fiction” (“Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan”), Lou Ye “The Two Popes,” Fernando Meirelles “Uncut Gems,” Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie “Weathering With You,” Makoto Shinkai “While at War” (“Mientras Dure La Guerra”), Alejandro AmenabarRead original story Mister Rogers, the Joker and Judy Garland Are All Headed to Toronto Film Festival At TheWrap
Two of the best received titles at the Toronto International Film Festival are agonizingly tough-to-watch movies featuring kids in peril, Beasts of No Nation and Room. You could even argue that Abraham Attah and Jacob Tremblay gave two of the finest performances of the entire fest. The 14-year-old Attah was working as a street vendor in his native Ghana when he was tapped by director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) to star in the Netflix release Beasts, an adaptation of the Uzodinma Iweala book.
The world’s collective view of Lance Armstrong shifted dramatically in 2013 when, after more than a decade of denials, he admitted to Oprah Winfrey that he had in fact taken performance-enhancing drugs on his way to winning seven Tour de France titles. The new film The Program, which recounts the rise and fall of Armstrong (Ben Foster), with a heavy emphasis on the disgraced biker’s doping habits, premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, and it paints the cyclist in an unflinchingly nasty light.
Anyone whose grandparents or great-grandparents (or great-great-grandparents, etc) immigrated from Europe in the early or mid-20th century will feel a special connection to Brooklyn, a swoon-inducing romantic drama that debuted with limited screenings yet major acclaim at Sundance and is racking up more fans this week at the Toronto International Film Festival. The always magnetic Saoirse Ronan (Atonement, Hanna) finally gets to flex her natural Irish brogue as Eilis Lacey, a mild-mannered shop clerk in the quiet seaside County Wexford who, with the help of the church, gets the opportunity to live in the United States. Brooklyn gets off to a slow start, admittedly, but that all changes once Eilis meets Tony (the perfectly cast Emory Cohen), a sweet and charming Italian-American plumber who shows up at her church dances admitting that “he likes Irish girls.” The chemistry between Eilis and Tony (as well as Ronan and Cohen) is immediate, and their connection deep.
Since wrapping up Breaking Bad in 2013, Bryan Cranston has faced the gargantuan task of breaking away from meth-cooking cancer patient Walter White, one of the most iconic characters in TV history. Cranston has cranked up his film work in recent years, with supporting roles in movies like Godzilla, Argo, and Total Recall. The actor is able to disappear beneath the horn-rimmed glasses, fantastic ‘stache, perpetually furled brow, and constant stream of witticisms from the mouth of famed screenwriter Dalton Trumbo.
While the fashion crowd flocks to New York to flaunt their best fall looks for the start of the Spring 2016 women’s collection, other fabulous types were making a splash all over the world. Elizabeth Olsen, Mary-Kate and Ashley’s little sister arrived to the premiere of Ruth and Alex at the 41st Deauville American Film Festival looking angelic in a white short sleeve gown from Calvin Klein Collection. Natalie Portman embraced her inner goddess in a flesh-tone lace one-shoulder Lanvin gown while attending the premiere of A Tale Of Love And Darkness at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival. ...
Prometheus wasn’t a bad movie, not by any stretch, but it clearly left a bad aftertaste in the mouths of many of sci-fi maestro Ridley Scott’s most ardent fans. The Martian is also light years less jumbled than last year’s divisive space epic, Interstellar, with all its black holes and mystical bookshelves. At its core, The Martian is a crowdpleaser, delightfully retro and reminiscent of ‘90s sci-fi blockbusters like Apollo 13, Deep Impact, and Armageddon in its devotion to convention and accessibility (yes, that’s meant as a compliment).
Michael Moore returned to the Toronto International Film Festival to unveil his new documentary Where to Invade Next late Thursday night, and he found a warm reception from the mostly Canadian crowd of 1,700 moviegoers. Shouts of “Michael Moore for Prime Minister!” preceded the premiere, and a long standing ovation greeted the director when he returned to the stage for a post-screening Q&A. Where to Invade Next, as it turns out, is much broader in scope, with Moore using the gimmick of himself personally “invading” other countries to “steal” ideals that would make the U.S. better as the framing device of the globe-spanning film.