Tuesday, July 26, 2016

TIFF 2016 Lineup Officially Announced

We are getting closer and closer to awards season as the fall festivals are starting to announce their official lineups. Today, the Toronto International Film Festival just announced their lineup of films being premiered. This festival is very key because it can often be "do or die" for potential Oscar contenders that haven't screened at previous festivals.

So films like Loving, Elle, Birth Of A Nation, and Manchester By The Sea don't have a whole lot to worry about as they already screened at Sundance and Cannes. But one film that is really looking stronger is La La Land which'll premiere here at Toronto and open the Venice Film Festival. Also, Queen of Katwe will premiere here and at the BFI London Film Festival. That film is looking pretty strong thus far so we'll see where it goes.

One thing that I also noticed is that both Isabelle Huppert and Rooney Mara each have three films premiering. Huppert of course has the controversial rape drama Elle, Things To Come which won Best Director at the Berlin Film Festival for Mia Hansen-Love, and the film Souvenir. There's a chance she could be the "Marion Cotillard" of this year if the critics rally behind her like they did for Cotillard when she got nominated for Two Days, One Night. Rooney Mara has got Una opposite Ben Mendelsohn, the Harvey Weinstein biopic Lion opposite Dev Patel and Nicole Kidman, and The Secret Scripture opposite Vanessa Redgrave and directed by Jim Sheridan. Mara could be on the outside looking in when I think about it. 

I was also surprised that The Magnificent Seven was announced as the opening film for the festival. I don't know if it'll be an Oscar player but I'm still really looking forward to seeing it. The closing film, though, will be the coming-of-age film Edge of Seventeen starring Hailee Steinfeld, Woody Harrelson, and Kyra Sedgwick. I guess seven really is a lucky number like they say it is.

You can read the full lineup by clicking on the link here. Also, please feel free to share your own thoughts on the lineup of films slated to premiere. Thanks for reading!