It’s hard to believe that Oscar Season is only a few months away! As it does every year, it officially kicks off in Toronto on Thursday with nearly 400 films screening over 11 days during the Toronto International Film Festival. Here is just a taste of some of the most anticipated movies at TIFF this year.
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
The remake of the 1960 western – starring Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Ethan Hawke, among others, comes 15 years after director Antoine Fuquamade made his breakthrough at the festival with “Training Day,” which went on to win Washington an Oscar for Best Actor. The film centres around seven gunslinging mercenaries protecting a small community from a rapacious robber baron. It it set to be released on September 23 and will premiere during TIFF’s opening night on September 8.
QUEEN OF KATWE
David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o and Madina Nalwanga star in the triumphant true story about a girl in rural Uganda who works her way up the ranks to become World Chess Champion. It is set for a limited release in North America on September 23, followed by a general theatrical release on September 30.
via Big Beach Films
The film follows the true story of Mildred Loving, a black woman, and Richard Loving, a white man who married in 1958 in Virginia, and were subsequently arrested and sentenced to one year in prison the same year because their interracial marriage violates the state’s anti-miscegenation laws. Loving has already won the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and it is set to be released on November 4 in North America.
via Focus Features
Tom Ford will make a return with his sophomore film, Nocturnal Animals, a thriller about a gallery owner who receives a creepy novel from her estranged ex-husband. Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal will play the ex-couple. The film is scheduled to be released on November 18.
MANCHESTER BY THE SEA
via Sundance Film Festival
Its premiere at Sundance got shunned by The Birth of a Nation, but the critics fell head over heels for it recently at the Telluride Film Festival. Lee, played by Casey Affleck is made legal guardian of his late brother’s son Patrick, played by Lucas Hedges. The film is scheduled for a limited release on November 18, 2016, before expanding in mid-December, and will certainly be an Oscar contender.