With an initial forty-seven films announced so far, here are our some of our most anticipated.
With just over forty days to go until the opening of the 42ndToronto International Film Festival, the first wave of films has officially been announced. Even with an expected total of near two hundred features to be shown, today’s forty-seven titles offer a good look at what audiences can expect from this year’s programming. Included in the forty-seven are twelve world premieres, with the rest having been/to be screened at other festivals. While this year’s slate already seems to have plenty to offer, I narrowed it down to ten films that we are most looking forward to.
A Fantastic Woman (Sebastián Lelio)
Chilean director Sebastián Lelio follows his 2013 Festival hit Gloria with this drama about a young transgender woman struggling with both her own grief and societal prejudice after the death of her middle-aged lover.
Disobedience (Sebastián Lelio)
Sebastián Lelio directs Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams in this adaptation of Naomi Alderman’s novel about a woman who returns home to her orthodox Jewish community in London and rekindles a romance with her cousin’s wife.
It’s great to see Sebastián Lelio back at the festival with A Fantastic Woman and Disobedience. The director’s previous film Gloria surprised me as one of my favorite films from the 2013 festival. A Fantastic Woman already won raves when it screened earlier this year at the Berlin festival, so we can expect that to please. On the other hand, Disobedience sees Lelio making his English-language début and working with A-list stars, which is sure to yield interesting results.
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool (Paul McGuigan)
Oscar winner Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in this adaptation of the memoir by British actor Peter Turner, recounting his romance with the legendary (and legendarily eccentric) Hollywood star Gloria Grahame during the last years of her life.
Annette Bening gave one of…