Toronto International Film Festival Opens with Demolition

jakegyllenhaal_demolitionJake Gyllenhaal as he appears in Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition (via The New York Times)

Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition will open the 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF); this screening will also serve as its world premiere. Many of us might scramble to update our current Oscar picks with that little update, but keep in mind, Fox Searchlight just dated the dramedy, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, and Chris Cooper, for April 2016. Of course, things may change…

But we should update our picks with world premieres like Peter Sollett’s Freeheld, Ridley Scott’s The Martian, and Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall. Potential acting contenders include Florian Gallenberger’s Colonia with Emma Watson, Jocelyn Moorhouse’s The Dressmaker with Kate Winslet, Jason Bateman’s The Family Fang with Nicole Kidman, Stephen Frears’ The Program with Ben Foster, and Jay Roach’s Trumbo with Bryan Cranston.

Brian Helgeland’s Legend, meanwhile, is the international premiere that may shake up the best-actor race, as Tom Hardy plays English gangsters the Kray twins.

Potential awards contenders playing North America for the first time are Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl with Eddie Redmayne and Alicia Vikander and Paolo Sorrentino’s Cannes smash Youth with Michael Caine, Jane Fonda, and Harvey Keitel; maybe Jacques Audiard’s Palme d’Or-winning Dheepan and Atom Egoyan’s Remember gain some traction, too.

Canadian premieres that may end up in the Oscar fray are Cary Fukunaga’s Beasts of No Nation, Scott Cooper’s Venice opener Black Mass, John Crowley’s Sundance hit Brooklyn, Denis Villeneuve’s Cannes-playing Sicario, László Nemes’ Son of Saul, and Tom McCarthy’s Venice-debuting Spotlight. Meanwhile, Adam Salky’s I Smile Back and Lenny Abrahamson’s Room may catapult Sarah Silverman and Brie Larson into the best-actress race.

TIFF runs Sept. 10-20. Check out the fest lineup (as it stands now) below.

GALAS (traditional red carpet treatment, per Nathaniel Rogers)
“Beeba Boys,” director Deepa Mehta, Canada (World Premiere)
“Forsaken,” director Jon Cassar, Canada (World Premiere)
“Freeheld,” director Peter Sollett, USA (World Premiere)
“Hyena Road,” director Paul Gross, Canada (World Premiere)
“Lolo,” director Julie Delpy, France (World Premiere)
“LEGEND,” director Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom (International Premiere)
“The Man Who Knew Infinity,” director Matt Brown, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
“The Martian,” director Ridley Scott, USA (World Premiere)
“The Program,” director Stephen Frears, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
“Remember,” director Atom Egoyan, Canada (North American Premiere)
“Septembers of Shiraz,” director Wayne Blair, USA (World Premiere)
“Stonewall,” director Roland Emmerich, USA (World Premiere)
“The Dressmaker,” director Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia (World Premiere)
“Eye in the Sky,” director Gavin Hood, United Kingdom (World Premiere)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS:
“Anomalisa,” directors Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“Beasts of No Nation,” director Cary Fukunaga, Ghana (Canadian Premiere)
“Black Mass,” director Scott Cooper, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“Brooklyn,” director John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada (Canadian Premiere)
“The Club,” director Pablo Larraín, Chile (North American Premiere)
“Colonia,” director Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France (World Premiere)
“The Danish Girl,” director Tom Hooper, United Kingdom/Sweden (North American Premiere)
“The Daughter,” director Simon Stone, Australia (North American Premiere)
“Desierto,” director Jonás Cuarón, Mexico (World Premiere)
“Dheepan,” director Jacques Audiard, France (North American Premiere)
“Families,” director Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France (World Premiere)
“The Family Fang,” director Jason Bateman, USA (World Premiere)
“Guilty,” director Meghna Gulzar, India (World Premiere)
“I Smile Back,” director Adam Salky, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“The Idol,” director Hany Abu-Assad, United Kingdom/Palestine (World Premiere)
“The Lady in the Van,” director Nicolas Hytner, USA (World Premiere)
“Len and Company,” director Tim Godsall, USA (North American Premiere)
“The Lobster,” director Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/ United Kingdom/ Greece/ France/ Netherlands (North American Premiere)
“Louder than Bombs,” director Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark (North American Premiere)
“Maggie’s Plan,” director Rebecca Miller, USA (World Premiere)
“Mountains May Depart,” director Jia Zhang-ke, China/France/Japan (North American Premiere)
“Office,” director Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong (International Premiere)
“Parched,” director Leena Yadav, India/USA (World Premiere)
“Room,” director Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada (Canadian Premiere)
“Sicario,” director Denis Villeneuve, USA (North American Premiere)
“Son of Saul,” director László Nemes, Hungary (Canadian Premiere)
“Spotlight,” director Tom McCarthy, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“Summertime,” director Catherine Corsini, France (North American Premiere)
“Sunset Song,” director Terence Davies, United Kingdom/Luxembourg (World Premiere)
“Trumbo,” director Jay Roach, USA (World Premiere)
“Un plus une,” director Claude Lelouch, France (World Premiere)
“Victoria,” director Sebastian Schipper, Germany (Canadian Premiere)
“Where To Invade Next,” director Michael Moore, USA (World Premiere)
“Youth,” director Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/United Kingdom/Switzerland (North American Premiere)

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