Thursday, September 4, 2008

Best of the Fests: Toronto Begins

The biggest film fest in North America and Canada's premiere movie going event, the Toronto International Film Festival begins today. Always a prime breeding ground for Oscar buzz, over 300 films will be screened in just 10 days north of the border, so here are a few of the ones gaining our attention, award-wise and otherwise:
  • Appaloosa: Ed Harris directs and stars in this gritty western featuring Viggo Mortensen, RenĂ©e Zellweger and Jeremy Irons.
  • The Duchess: Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes are sparring newlyweds in this period romantic drama, co-starring Dominic Cooper as the other man.
  • Every Little Step: Documentary tracing the recent Broadway revival and the legendary original production of A Chorus Line. Visit for more info.
  • Flash of Genius: In this biopic, Greg Kinnear is the inventor of the intermittent windshield wiper. Lauren Graham, Dermot Mulroney and Alan Alda co-star.
  • JCVD: Former action star Jean-Claude Van Damme plays former action star Jean-Claude Van Damme in this meta heist comedy.
  • Me and Orson Welles: Zac Efron plays a young actor cast in Welles' landmark production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, with Claire Danes as his love interest.
  • Miracle at St. Anna: Spike Lee's World War II drama about a group of black American soldiers trapped behind enemy lines in occupied Italy.
  • Nothing But the Truth: Political intrigue with an all-star cast: Alan Alda, Angela Bassett, Kate Beckinsale, Matt Dillon, Vera Farmiga, David Schwimmer and Noah Wyle.
  • Rachel Getting Married: Anne Hathaway plays against type as an out-of-rehab drama queen at her sister's wedding in Jonathan Demme's intimate family portrait. (Watch the trailer here.)
  • Religulous: Bill Maher's sure-to-be-controversial documentary finds him traveling the globe, talking with religious types about their beliefs.
  • Other notable titles include: Joel and Ethan Coen’s Burn After Reading, Steven Soderbergh’s two-part Che, Stephan Elliott's Easy Virtue, Barbet Schroeder's Inju, Phillipe Claudel's I've Loved You So Long, Danny Boyle's Slumdog Millionaire, Charlie Kaufman's Synecdoche, New York, Darren Aronofsky's The Wrestler and Kevin Smith's Zack and Miri Make a Porno.
TIFF 2008 continues through September 13.

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