Some of the films set to premiere at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival were announced today, and you can expect some Oscar-worthy contenders to make an appearance at the event that runs from September 4-14.
So far, the opening night gala has not been confirmed yet, probably due to TIFF’s change of policy that the first four days of the festival will be reserved for world and North American premieres.
That being said though, with the titles announced that were announced today, the festival is still creating buzz. Here are five films we’re excited to see at TIFF:
Having won both the audience and U.S. grand jury awards at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash will be coming into TIFF with a lot of momentum. Starring Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons, the film follows a young musician as he tries to become a top jazz drummer under the tutelage of a tough band conductor.
So far, no official trailer has been released yet. However, the above clip from the movie allows us to get a glimpse of what to expect. In the scene, we see Teller’s drummer getting a lesson from his music teacher, played by Simmons. But as it proves to be a a difficult task for Teller’s character to keep the beat, Simmons’ role turns from encouraging to ruthless in a snap of a finger.
It’s brilliant acting given by Simmons. And now, the race for Oscar 2015 begins.
The Riot Club
Based on Laura Wade’s play called Posh, director Lone Scherfig takes the story to the screen with The Riot Club. Following two first year students at Oxford University, the pair are invited to join the university’s infamous ‘Riot Club’, an exclusive group where reputations can be ruined during the course of a single evening.
Starring Max Irons, Sam Claflin, Natalie Dormer and Douglas Booth, the story is inspired by the ‘Riot Club’, a fictionalized version of ‘The Bullingdon Club’, an exclusive society at Oxford University that is known for its grand banquets and outrageous rituals, such as trashing restaurants and college rooms. If you’re looking for a British film and some wild university drama, then this movie is one to look out for.
Oscar 2015 for Channing Tatum and Steve Carrell? We’re placing out bets NOW having watched the trailer for Foxcatcher, now set to make its North American premiere at TIFF.
Lead by Oscar-nominated director Bennett Miller (Capote), the film is based on the true story of Olympic wrestler Mark Schultz (Tatum), whose relationship with sponsor John du Pont (Steve Carrell) leads to the murder of his brother Dave Schultz.
Having first premiered at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, what makes this film so highly anticipated is how different Carrell looks and sounds. Not his usual comedic self, Carrell’s new nose and receding hairline certainly gives the audience some very creepy vibes as he asks Tatum’s Schultz, “What do you want to achieve, Mark?”
But not to give Carrell all the praise, this also looks to be Tatum’s most serious role to date. According to Vanity Fair’s Richard Lawson, he called the hunky actor “the real performance to talk about” in Foxcatcher.
This is Where I Leave You
Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You looks delightful, just because of its hilarious ensemble cast. Featuring the likes of Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Adam Driver and Jane Fonda, this family comedy surrounds four grown siblings who are forced back to their childhood home to live under one roof for a week after their father passes away. As they live with their over-the-top mother (Fonda), more craziness ensues as spouses, exes and might-have-beens enter the picture.
At last year’s TIFF, we got a taste of some dysfunctional family drama in August: Osage County. While that movie ended on a bit of a bitter note, here’s to hoping this film will be much more heartwarming.
The Good Lie
You might as well call it the year of Reese Witherspoon. As Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie marks one of two films the actress will be appearing in (the other being Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild), it appears that Witherspoon is taking her chances at winning another Oscar - this time as a lead actress.
In The Good Lie, Witherspoon plays a woman named Carrie, a brash American woman assigned to help four young Sudanese refugees (known as the Lost Boys of Sudan) who win a lottery for relocation to the United States.
Produced by the people behind The Blind Side , we’re excited to see the unlikely friendships of the characters unfold onscreen. Tears might also be shed, as this film looks very inspiring and emotional.