The Toronto International Film Festival announced their first wave of films this morning with Galas and Special Presentations.
All Galas except Brain Hegeland's "Legend" and Atom Egoyan's "Remember" are listed as World Premieres. "Legend" is listed as an International Premiere but opens in Britain the day before TIFF starts, so it's not a Telluride player. "Remember" is listed as a North American Premiere which takes it off the table for Telluride.
World Premiere Galas (and the opening night film) of note that are removed from Telluride consideration are:
Among Special Presentations:
Those that are listed as Canadian Premieres and thereby likely Telluride material are:
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson's "Anomalisa"
Scott Cooper's "Black Mass"
Lenny Abrahamson's "Room"
Laszlo Nemes' "Son of Saul"
Cary Fukunaga's "Beasts of No Nation" is also a "Canadian" premiere. Does this mean it could be a Telluride program?
Surprisingly, Jacques Audiard's "Dheepan" is a North American Premiere, meaning that it won't play at Telluride. Also off the table for Telluride among TIFF Special Presentations announced this morning are: "Trumbo", "The Club", "The Danish Girl", "The Lobster", "Mountains May Depart", "Sicario" and "Youth" which also surprised me (though I had been cooling on its chances for the last couple of weeks).
Among International Premieres in the Special Presentations category are Tom McCarthy's "Spotlight" and Johnny To's "Office". That would seem to indicate at least a chance that they play Telluride but I Suspect a Venice play is more likely and then both go directly to TIFF.
And then there are a slew of films that were not announced:
"Our Little Sister"
"I Saw the Light"
"Our Brand is Crisis"
"In the Heart of the Sea"
"By the Sea"
"Secret in Their Eyes"
"Bridge of Spies"
"Queen of the Desert"
"Salt and Fire"
There's a lot to chew on here and remember that Toronto has a ton more selections to announce over the next few weeks. More coming in tomorrow's post.
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