It’s only the middle of summer, but already the eyes of moviedom are turning toward awards season, which gets kickstarted in early September by the Toronto International Film Festival. It’s one of the biggest festivals in the world, and tons of fun for audiences eager to see the films that will be a big deal later in the year. This morning, TIFF announced almost sixty films in their 2014 line-up. The list is fairly wide-ranging, with titles from all over the world, starring some of the biggest actors in the world, and directed by some of the best filmmakers in the world.
There are plenty of highlights, but maybe the most important one for the Pajiba crowd is the world premiere of The Last Five Years, the musical adaptation starring our collective crush, Anna Kendrick. That’s right, Anna Kendrick singing in a movie once again. I can hear you booking your flight to Toronto already.
If Ms. Kendrick doesn’t do it for you, then you could turn to that majestic alien, Benedict Cumberbatch, who stars in The Imitation Game, a biopic about the English mathematician and logician, Alan Turing.
Other world premieres include: Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer; The Drop, starring Tom Hardy; Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young; Mia Hansen-Love’s Eden; Chris Rock’s Top Five; The Riot Club, starring Natalie Dormer; and the Denzel Washington-starring adaptation of the 80s TV series, The Equalizer.
Also screening at TIFF are Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Jean-Marc Vallèe’s Wild and Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner.
That’s only scratching the surface of the films announced so far, and that in itself is only a sampling of the nearly 300 films that will play TIFF this September.
Check out The Playlist for the full list of TIFF announcements from this morning, including synopses.