Tuesday, July 28, 2015

News and Analysis from Toronto's Announcement

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:

"The Dressmaker"
"The Martian"
"The Program"

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"
"Steve Jobs"
"Secret in Their Eyes"
"Bridge of Spies"
"Queen of the Desert"
"Salt and Fire"
"45 Years"
"13 Minutes"
"Adam Jones/Burnt"

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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Unknown said...

So excited for Black Mass, apparently screening at Telluride, Venice & TIFF! Good luck Scott Cooper, Johnny Depp & cast!

Alexandra Helfrich said...

Steve Jobs movie is a New York Film Festival Gala, so that would (theoretically, of course) pull it out of consideration. What chance for "sneak peeks" do any of these have?

GDM said...

I'm willing to bet that Sony Classics will have at least two films in the program. If Dheepan is out, we have to regroup and see what else they'll bring because I highly doubt it'll just be 'Son of Saul'.

Michael Patterson said...

GDM...I completely agree. I'm betting pretty heavily on "Truth" and "I Saw the Light". Maybe "13 Minutes"

Michael Patterson said...


I'm still pretty high on its chances as the NY folks didn't claim it to be a World Premiere, which I think they would if it were and Boyle has such a good track record at Telluride. Pete Hammond wrote at Deadline today that Boyle "owed it to Telluride" to bring his films there. Of Course, I could be full of crap too.