The Toronto International Film Festival released about half of their lineup this morning, and their 36th year promises to be a doozy. Toronto native and Canadian movie darling Sarah Polley was in the audience for the announcements, and her latest film 'Take This Waltz' is slated as one of the gala films.
"The lineup this year is very interesting, especially David Cronenberg's latest film," said Polley, referring to her Canadian counterpart. Indeed, Cronenberg's 'A Dangerous Method,' starring Viggo Mortensen as Sigmund Freud, promises to be the breath-stealer of the festival. Polley's 'Take This Waltz,' starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen and Sarah Silverman, will also premiere in Toronto (as many speculated).
"'Take This Waltz' is sort of like a love song to Toronto," said Polley, who shot the film in the city in 2010. "And hey, Toronto is a much sexier city than people think."
After witnessing the lineup, she certainly isn't kidding! Check out some of the other films making their debut at the festival after the jump.
'From the Sky Down' (Dir. Davis Guggenheim)
-- The documentary director takes a look at iconic Irish band U2
'Albert Nobbs' (Dir. Rodrigo Garcia, Starring Glenn Close)
-- An Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at Dublin's most luxurious hotel
'Butter' (Dir. Jim Field Smith, Starring Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman, Olivia Wilde)
-- Set in the highly competitive world of butter carving, it follows the "First Lady," Laura Pickler
'A Dangerous Method' (Dir. David Cronenberg, Starring Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender)
-- Takes a glimpse into the relationships (sexual and otherwise) between Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmund Freud and Sabina Spielrein
'The Ides of March' (Dir. George Clooney, Starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman)
-- An up-and-coming press secretary finds himself in a red-hot political scandal that may threaten his candidate's presidency
'Moneyball' (Dir. Bennett Miller, Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill)
-- Based on a true story, this film follows Billy Beane and his quest to fix conventional baseball methodology as GM of the Oakland As
'Take This Waltz' (Dir. Sarah Polley, Starring Michelle Williams, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman)
-- Takes us into the world of long-term relationships and what they do to love, sex and our images of ourselves
'W.E.' (Dir. Madonna, Starring Abbie Cornish)
-- A romantic exploration of the mysterious connection across decades between two women
This is only a small selection of the films being screened at this year's festival. For a complete list of the films at TIFF 2011, visit the TIFF website.