TORONTO – The stars are once again migrating north for the Toronto International Film Festival, which organizers say will return to their pre-pandemic glory when it begins next week.
With a list of around 200 features, options range from indie art to Oscar lures to big-budget crowd-pleasers.
Here are 10 of the best bets.
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Steven Spielberg makes his TIFF debut with what has been described as his most personal film. In the vein of “Roma” and “Belfast,” “The Fabelmans” is an auteur filmmaker recounting his own childhood. Spielberg filmed his adolescence in mid-teens Arizona, charting the family conflict that shaped him. Michelle Williams and Paul Dano play Sammy Fabelman’s parents, while Seth Rogen takes on the role of a close family friend.
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Detective Benoit Blanc returns to TIFF to solve another mystery _ this time, in the Netflix Original series in Greece. Rian Johnson’s “Knives Out” caused a stir when it premiered at TIFF in 2019, and went on to become a box office hit. Three years later, Daniel Craig and his southern team returned, starring alongside Edward Norton, Janelle Monae and Kate Hudson.
Brendan Fraser’s renaissance is in full swing. The Canadian-American actor stars in Darren Aronofsky’s latest film, for which he will also receive the TIFF Performance Dedication Award. “The Whale,” based on a play about a 600-pound man’s attempt to reconnect with his estranged teenage daughter, is portrayed in the film by Sadie Sink. Aronofsky is no stranger to TIFF, having performed “Mother!” and “Black Swan” at the festival, and his films tend to generate a lot of buzz – and Twitter discourse.
David Chariandy’s adaptation of David Chariandy’s award-winning novel about two Trinidadian Canadian brothers growing up in Scarborough, Ont., was one of the standout Canadian titles at this year’s film festival. Set in 1990s hip hop, the film is a stunning portrait of Toronto’s east side, said TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey.
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Canadian actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley takes the director’s seat in this adaptation of Miriam Toews’ novel about women in a remote religious community believed to be plagued by an epidemic of abuse. The cast includes Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara and Jessie Buckley, who was nominated for an Academy Award last year for her role in “The Lost Daughter.” This is Polley’s first feature film in nearly a decade.
Harry Styles stars in this movie based on Bethan Roberts’ novel about forbidden love in the 1950s. Styles plays Tom, a cop who is married to Marion but falls in love with Patrick, a security guard. treasure. The trio tries to navigate this fragile love triangle, but its divisions affect them for decades to come. TIFF has announced that the entire cast will receive a Dedication Award for Performance.
While the opening position at TIFF has historically been seen as a bit of a curse – consider, for example, the pivotal disc of “Dear Evan Hansen” last year, and the fact that 2017’s “Borg vs. McEnroe” and “Outlaw King” ” Did not resonate. But Bailey says “The Swimmers” is worth your time. Based on the true story of Yusra and Sara Mardini, two sisters who fled the war in Syria to travel to Europe and eventually have a chance to compete at the Olympics. Director Sally El Hosaini has been selected for the TIFF Tribute Award for Emerging Talent.
Actor Sanaa Lathan’s feature film debut is based on the novel by Angie Thomas, who also wrote “The Hate U Give”. “On the Come Up” follows Bri, a high school student who wants to become a rap star and lives a dream her father never got the chance to fulfill. Thomas’ novels are bestsellers, but most of the public opinion of this film revolves around Lathan – who is famous for starring in “Love & Basketball” – is the director.
Canadian-American actor Luke Macfarlane regularly appears in romantic movies exclusively for the Hallmark Channel TV, but he’s making the leap to becoming a big-screen romantic comedy with “Bros.” co-written by co-star Billy Eichner. This gay romantic comedy, directed by Nicholas Stoller and produced by Judd Apatow, follows a big city podcast host (Eichner) as he falls in love with a small town lawyer (Macfarlane) in the city. New York City.
Strange: The Story of Al Yankovic
The production of this Roku channel promises to fake biographies of rock stars in the same way that Weird Al parodies their songs. It stars Daniel Radcliffe as Yankovic, and ranks his popularity. Rainn Wilson, Evan Rachel Wood and Quinta Brunson complete the roles of Dr. Demento, Madonna, and Oprah Winfrey, respectively.
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