It’s here! The Toronto International Film Festival announced their star-studded list of stars, filmmakers, guests, and talent expected at the festival, and as with other years, it’s impressive. Expected guests include Brie Larson, Jeffrey Tambor, Bruce McDonald, Amma Asante, Oliver Stone, Mira Nair, Bryan Cranston, Ewan McGregor, Gerard Butler, Sara Canning, Dakota Fanning, Deepa Mehta, Emma Stone, Kim Sung-soo, Mijke de Jong, Zachary Quinto, Jonathan Demme, Claudia Sainte-Luce, Gemma Arterton, Sigourney Weaver, Rachel Weisz, Nicole Kidman, Tatiana Maslany, and hundreds more.
Between the two Toronto International Film Festival press conferences each year, announcing all the excitement and the celebrities and the hoopla that comes with the action packed ten September days of the fest–this year from the 8th through the 18th–I always find the press conference devoted exclusively to the Canadian films and documentaries to be the most vibrant. That’s because a number of the filmmakers and actors and writers and producers are right there mingling with the crowd of press and publicists in the ballroom at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel.
Antoine Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven will make it’s world premiere this September at the 41st Toronto International Film Festival, Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF announced this morning during the first press conference for the TIFF 2016.
It took 18 years for writer and director Terence Davies to bring author Lewis Grassic Gibbon’s classic novel, Sunset Song, to the screen, and in speaking to the fascinating, talented filmmaker at last year’s Toronto International Film Festival, the depth of that work becomes abundantly apparent.
Canadian filmmakers have a new resource to help hone their skills as the Toronto International Film Festival announced changes to their industry development program, Studio. Now in its fourth year, the programme has shifted away from developing producers to work exclusively with Canadian writer-directors.
During the Toronto International Film Festival I talked to writer and director Robert Budreau about his film Born to be Blue, which stars Ethan Hawke as Blues legend Chet Baker. The film received numerous glowing reviews from its TIFF 2015 debut, and IFC Films has picked up the U.S. rights for a future release.
The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival will deliver hundreds of films for cinemaphiles before it wraps up on September 20, and I have been trying to watch as many films as possible to give you a sampling of what’s unspooling this year. Here are fives reviews to get you started: February, Into The Forest, Land of Mine, Miss You Already, and Remember.
Welcome to the second day of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival. It seems like I’m overdue for posting an update, so here’s the run down of the last 24 hours which have been filled with movies, interviews, and The GATE’s Interview Lounge.
Like the holiday season, the lead-up to the Toronto International Film Festival seems to start earlier and earlier if you’re a journalist in Toronto.