The Toronto Film Festival gets things rolling tomorrow with the announcement of movies for its 2017 fest, and we are hearing that films with such stars as Jake Gyllenhaal, Benedict Cumberbatch, Tom Holland, Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Andrew Garfield, Frances McDormand, Margot Robbie, Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart, Woody Harrelson, Nicole Kidman, Liam Neeson and many more are likely to be included.
Even as so-called “Oscar bait” movies such as Dunkirk or Detroit are flooding the multiplexes earlier than usual this year with big summer breaks, the real awards game begins in earnest with the fall’s big three film festivals, gearing up for the official start of the six-month awards season at the end of August. Let the guessing begin.
With films known to be going to Venice like announced opening-nighter Downsizing from director Alexander Payne and Fox Searchlight’s Steve Carell-Emma Stone tennis flick Battle Of The Sexes a certainty for debuting at Telluride, we can launch the speculation game for Toronto. The fest announces its first wave of world premieres, galas and special presentations on Tuesday morning, becoming the first of the important fall fest trifecta of Venice/Telluride/Toronto to release an official lineup even though it goes last, not opening until September 7. The Venice Film Festival will launch August 30 with the aforementioned Downsizing, while Telluride follows September 1 and runs through Labor Day, where we are likely to see the North American premiere of the Payne film. Venice announces its full lineup on Thursday in Italy, but Telluride waits until the charter plane takes off for the Rockies on August 31 to unveil its titles, keeping them close to the vest until the last minute.
The New York and London film festivals already jumped the gun, with NYFF selecting Richard Linklater’s Last Flag Flying, a sort-of follow-up to 1973’s The Last Detail from Amazon, as its world-premiere opener September 28, and…