Where Our Next Film Obsessions Will Come From

It’s Tuesday, I saw Charlize Theron’s 1989-set spy thriller, Atomic Blonde, last night, and I’m overcome by the urge to put on a bodysuit and pop in a cassette of “99 Red Balloons.”

Hello from Los Angeles, where we’re parsing the new, lean, mean Toronto lineup, sending Daniel Craig’s James Bond tux to the cleaners, and basking in Princess Di nostalgia.


The Toronto International Film Festival announced its galas and special presentations Tuesday morning, providing the clearest glimpse yet at the movies we’ll be chatting about all fall. This year, T.I.F.F. artistic director Cameron Bailey trimmed his lineup by 20 percent, in order to give the films that travel north more of an opportunity to shine. Two thousand seventeen’s more tightly curated festival includes Angelina Jolie’s Cambodian drama, First They Killed My Father; Alexander Payne’s sci-fi dramedy starring Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig, Downsizing; Darren Aronofsky’s psychological-horror movie starring Jennifer Lawrence, Mother!; Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris’s tennis parable with Steve Carell and Emma Stone, Battle of the Sexes; Joe Wright’s Darkest Hour, starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill; Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut featuring Saoirse Ronan, Lady Bird; Haifaa al-Mansour’s Mary Shelley, with Elle Fanning as the Frankenstein writer; Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s period drama pitting Benedict Cumberbatch and Michael Shannon against each other as nerd rivals/electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, The Current War; and much more. VF.com’s Yohana Desta has more on the full T.I.F.F. announcement. For festival nerds who enjoy the parlor game of trying to figure out which films will be part of Telluride’s secret, ultra-selective lineup, one clue within T.I.F.F.’s announcement is looking at the Canadian premieres which haven’t played Sundance. Based on that metric, expect the films bringing Stone, Jolie, Oldman, and Damon to play in the…

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