The Toronto International Film Festival doesn’t begin for another two weeks, but now that the complete TIFF lineup’s been announced, you can finally check off what you want to see.[rssbreak]
Here, according to your taste in films, are some highlights. Buy tickets at tiff.net/thefestival.
FOR THE STARGAZER
Young Hollywood will be represented at the Midnight Madness premiere of Jennifer’s Body, with Megan Fox, Amanda Seyfried, Adam Brody and screenwriter Diablo Cody scheduled to attend. For a (slightly) more mature evening, check out The Men Who Stare At Goats, which finds George Clooney, Kevin Spacey, Ewan McGregor and Jeff Bridges sharing the stage at Roy Thomson Hall. Get your cameras and autograph books ready.
FOR THE OSCAR POOLER
Did a shiver run up your spine when Slumdog Millionaire took last year’s People’s Choice Award? If the Academy turns away from buoyant, uplifting movies this year, then John Hillcoat’s The Road – with Viggo Mortensen navigating a post-apocalyptic America – could emerge as this year’s darkest horse.
FOR THE INDIE FAN
Precious: Based On The Novel “Push” By Sapphire (Lee Daniels) isn’t exactly your typical TIFF gala. It has star power (Lenny Kravitz, Mariah Carey), but the theme – black Harlem teen raped by her dad, abused by her mom, gets a chance to enter a potentially life-changing alternative school – is edgy and challenging. Fest co-director Cameron Bailey says he programmed this, one of his favourites, to redefine the term “gala.”
FOR THE CANCON BOOSTER
Atom Egoyan’s Chloe, with Julianne Moore, Liam Neeson an Amanda Seyfried, has a big fat erotic charge. Less glitzy, but with a sexual theme, is Sook-Yin Lee’s feature debut, Year Of The Carnivore, about a teenager who goes on a sex binge when her crushee tells her she sucks in bed.
FOR THE SPORTS FAN
Actor/director Peter Berg (Chicago Hope, The Kingdom) thinks the trade sending Wayne Gretzky from the Edmonton Oilers to the Los Angeles Kings changed hockey forever. See what he means in his film Kings Ransom. Soccer fans won’t want to miss The Damned United, Tom Hooper’s take on Brian Clough’s stint as coach of the famed Leeds footballers.
FOR THE QUEER MOVIEGOER
Eyes Wide Open (Haim Tabakman) is set in the ultra-Orthodox Jewish community in Jerusalem, where a married father falls in love with a younger man, with painful consequences. Or catch up with Australia’s famous lesbian twangsters in the doc The Topp Twins (Leanne Pooley).
FOR THE HISTORY BUFF
This year’s opening and closing galas will let you wallow in anglophilia. Creation stars Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly as Charles and Emma Darwin, and The Young Victoria explores the courtship and eventual marriage of Emily Blunt’s young queen and Rupert Friend’s Prince Albert.
FOR THE MUSIC LOVER
Last year, TIFF rocked to It Might Get Loud. This year, one of that film’s famous subjects, Jack White, returns with his very own concert film, The White Stripes Under Great Northern Lights. If he brings his guitar to the screening, expect an encore to remember.
FOR THE CINEASTE
Sure, you could seek out the most obscure titles imaginable, but what acolyte of cinema could turn down the chance to see Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call New Orleans in the presence of star Nicolas Cage and director Werner Herzog? This could be one of the most memorable Q&As in TIFF history.
FOR FANS OF THE FREE
TIFF’s taking advantage of Yonge-Dundas Square by scheduling some kick-ass events for the site every day of the fest. Among them, on Monday (September 14) at 8 pm, director Jonathan Demme hosts the North American premiere of The Neil Young Trunk Show (and, yes, Young will be there himself). Folk icon Joan Baez checks in with a short concert in conjunction with the world premier screening of American Masters: Joan Baez Friday (September 18) at 6 pm. Stake out your spot right now.