While the assembly line of content in Hollywood remains at a stand still, a bunch of projects ready to be unveiled have been announced for TIFF.
In the game of showbiz, sometimes, even if the biz is breaking down, the show must go on. The Toronto International Film Festival is still scheduled to kick off even if the bevy of guests are not able to make appearances due to actors forbidden to promote their films during the SAG-AFTRA strike. TIFF will not be the only event weathering this challenge should the strike continue this festival season.
Regardless of the unrest in Hollywood, the Toronto International Film Festival has just released the list of movies set to screen this year. According to IndieWire, the lineup of films includes many that have yet to premiere in any capacity, making TIFF the first time it will be available to audiences. The inaugural night of the festival has yet to name an opening selection; however, they have already programmed in Taika Waititi’s new comedy, Next Goal Wins starring Michael Fassbender, and Ladj Ly’s Les Indésirables.
The world premieres are set to include, Ellen Kuras’ Lee, starring Kate Winslet as war photographer Lee Miller; Viggo Mortensen’s directorial effort The Dead Don’t Hurt, a Western starring himself and Vicky Krieps; Craig Gillespie’s GameStop short squeeze biopic Dumb Money with Paul Dano and Pete Davidson; Sophie Dupuis’ Solo starring Theodore Pellerin as an emerging drag queen; Tony Goldwyn’s Ezra starring Robert De Niro and Rose Byrne; Mahalia Belo’s The We End Start From with Jodie Comer, Katherine Waterston, and Benedict Cumberbatch; Michael Keaton’s Knox Goes Away starring Al Pacino and James Marsden; Kristin Scott Thomas’ family saga North Star with Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, and herself; David Yates’ Netflix drama Pain Hustlers with Emily Blunt and Chris Evans; Maggie Betts’ legal drama The Burial with Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jurnee Smollett; Swede filmmaker Lukas Moodysson’s Together 99, sequel to his 2000 film Together; and Anna Kendrick’s feature directing debut Woman of the Hour.
There is also a smattering of high-profile films that are not billed as a world premiere since they’ve already screened previously. This list includes, Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, Richard Linklater’s Hitman, Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotel, Michel Franco’s Memory, Christos Nikou’s Fingernails, Ethan Hawke’s Wildcat, Bertrand Bonello’s The Beast, George C. Wolfe’s Rustin, and more.