CATEGORIES Exhibition, Toronto International Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, Movie News, CinematicalIt's hard not to feel a tingle of eager excitement when a film festival announces the first wave of its slate and it's chock full of great talent. If this first wave of films is any indication, the 35th year of the Toronto International Film Festival is going to be killer. Perhaps the idea of a goofy hockey musical made you apprehensive of the 2010 proceedings, but the announced list should quash those worries pronto.
I mean, how can you not purr over a slate that includes Michael Winterbottom, Robert Redford, Mark Romanek, Julian Schnabel, John Cameron Mitchell, and many more?
Next door to their new Bell Lightbox center, TIFF held a press conference on Tuesday morning to release a slew of titles that will screen during this years fest. Without further ado:
The Conspirator -- Robert Redford
The story of Mary Surratt -- the woman charged as a co-conspirator in the Lincoln assassination. The film is jam-packed with excellent actors including Robin Wright Penn and James McAvoy.
Black Swan -- Darren Aronofsky
The long-awaited ballet thriller from Aronofsky, this production boasts the trio of Mila Kunis, Natalie Portman, and Winona Ryder, plus Sebastian Stan and Vincent Cassel.
The Town -- Ben Affleck
Affleck's latest directorial effort focuses on a thief, the bank manager he has feelings for, and the FBI agent hot on his tail. Another star-studded affair, this film boasts Affleck, Jeremy Renner, Jon Hamm, Pete Postlethwaite, Blake Lively, Rebecca Hall, and Chris Cooper.
Barney's Version -- Richard J. Lewis
The film Rachelle Lefevre lost Eclipse for, Paul Giamatti stars as the politcally incorrect title character in an adaptation of Mordechai Richler's novel. Other names include Hoffman, Greenwood, Pike, Driver, and Speedman.
Plus: The Way (Emilio Estevez), The Debt (John Madden), The King's Speech (Tom Hooper), Little White Lies (Guillaume Canet), The Bang Bang Club (Steven Silver), Casino Jack (George Hickenlooper), The Housemaid (Im Sang-Soo), Janie Jones (David M. Rosenthal), Peep World (Barry Blaustein), Potiche (Francois Ozon)
Conviction -- Tony Goldwyn
The story of Betty Anne Waters and her fight to free her brother from prison, this is the film that should earn Hilary Swank more award love while offering a whole fresh side to Sam Rockwell.
It's Kind of a Funny Story -- Ryan Fleck & Anna Bowen
The Half Nelson team is back with a dramedy that follows a depressed teen who checks himself into an adult psychiatric ward. Cast includes Zach Galifianakis, Emma Roberts, Lauren Graham, and Keir Gilchrist.
Jack Goes Boating -- Philip Seymour Hoffman
PSH's directorial debut finds Hoffman starring as a limo driver who goes on a blind date in a film centering on two working-class New York couples.
Miral -- Julian Schnabel
Schnabel's first fictional feature since the stellar The Diving Bell and the Butterfly details Hind Husseini's efforts to erect an orphanage in Jerusalem after the creation of Israel.
Never Let Me Go -- Mark Romanek
The film Romanek grabbed after leaving The Wolf Man, the feature is a sci-fi tale of three alums from an English boarding school. It stars Keira Knightley, Carey Mulligan, and Andrew Garfield.
Norwegian Wood -- Tran Anh Hung
Finally, it's time to see what Tran Anh Hung made of Haruki Murakami's famous novel of Toru and his relationships with Naoko and Midori. Rinko Kikuchi plays Naoko.
Rabbit Hole -- John Cameron Mitchell
Mitchell's follow-up to Shortbus removes the wild sex and focuses on a couple whose life is put through the ringer by the loss of their young son. The cast includes Sandra Oh, Nicole Kidman, Aaron Eckhart, and Dianne Wiest.
Tamara Drewe -- Stephen Frears
Frears directs Gemma Arterton as the title character -- a young newspaper writer who returns to her childhood home when it's prepared for sale.
The Trip -- Michael Winterbottom
Another new project from Michael Winterbottom sees Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon playing friends, or "loose versions of ourselves" who set off on a restaurant tour.
Trust -- David Schwimmer
Friends' Schwimmer takes a dark turn and directs Clive Owen and Catherine Keener in the story of a teen girl targeted by an online sexual predator.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger -- Woody Allen
Finally, Allen returns with his latest romance, starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Anthony Hopkins, Gemma Jones, Freida Pinto, Naomi Watts, and more.
Plus: Another Year (Mike Leigh), Easy A (Will Gluck), The Illusionist (Sylvain Chomet), Beginners (Mike Mills), The Big Picture (Eric Lartigau), Biutiful (Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu), Blue Valentine (Derek Cianfrance), Buried (Rodrigo Cortes), Cirkus Columbia (Danis Tanovic), Dhobi Ghat (Kiran Rao), Henry's Crime (Malcolm Venville), I Saw the Devil (Kim Jee-Woon), In a Better World (Susanne Bier), L'Amour Fou (Pierre Thorelton), The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen (Andrew Lau), Lope (Andrucha Waddington), Love Crime (Alain Corneau), Made in Dagenham (Nigel Cole), Outside the Law (Rachid Bouchareb), A Screaming Man (Mahamat Saleh-Haroun), Stone (John Curran), Submarine (Richard Ayoade), That Girl in Yellow Boots (Anurag Kashyap)
[List concocted with help from indieWIRE]