Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher is coming to the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. What, you are still here? Starting booking plane tickets and planning your trip, people! One of the most anticipated movies of the remaining cinematic calendar has a screening date. Get going, already!
OK, as expected, TIFF (as Toronto’s summarily dubbed) unveiled a healthy slate of programming in its first initial announcement, part of the run up to this year’s robust film festival. (The dates of the 2014 Toronto Fest are Sept. 4 to 14, and we will be on the ground covering every inch of the festival, per usual.) Bennett Miller’s latest has us most excited, as the deliberate dramatist has impressed thoroughly with his exquisite debut features, Capote and Moneyball. The dark and brooding Foxcatcher earned raves in Cannes, where it held its world premiere earlier this year. Expect it to be a red hot ticket in Toronto.
Reese Witherspoon will make the unique double-dip at TIFF 2014, bringing both her adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s memoir Wild and the Sudanese melodrama The Good Lie -- which looks like The Blind Side, played out on an international stage. Of the two, our hopes lie with Wild, which boasts a Nick Hornby screenplay and comes to us from Dallas Buyers Club director Jean-Marc Vallee.
Several other familiar faces are bringing their latest to Toronto. Canadian filmmakers David Cronenberg and Jason Reitman announced that they are bringing Maps to the Stars and Men, Women & Children, respectively. Benedict Cumberbatch will be back in Toronto with the World War II code-cracking drama The Imitation Game (also starring TIFF staple Keira Knightley). Noah Baumbach is returning to Toronto with While We’re Young tucked under his arm. And Tom Hardy will make The Drop -- a crime thriller that also marks James Gandolfini’s final screen role.
Keep in mind, this is only the first wave of programming announcements. But scanning the Gala list, the festival also will premiere: John Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater; Denzel Washington’s The Equalizer; the latest from Mike Binder (The Upside of Anger titled Black and White; Robert Downey Jr.’s The Judge; Cake with Jennifer Aniston and Anna Kendrick; the ski-trip thriller Force Majeure; David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn; and so much more.
For a complete list of the Galas and Special Presentations announced this morning, please click to the next page: