The Toronto International Film Festival is known for offering up a cinematic menu that’ll satisfy any filmgoer’s taste.
Just interested in the Hollywood’s biggest stars? TIFF’s got plenty of them. Hoping to see what will likely be next year’s Best Picture Oscar winner? TIFF’s got a pretty good track record of picking that too. Only want docs? No problem. TIFF’s doc selections marry celebrity with thought-provoking subject matter. In the mood for thrills and chills? TIFF’s Midnight Madness program pushes the envelope.
So there’s a lot to munch on — cinematically speaking — as the largest film fest in North America gets ready to unspool.
And even though we love to find hidden gems, we’ve sifted through all the titles — there’s 333 of ’em — headed to Hogtown to bring you the biggest and most intriguing films coming to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
1. The Aeronauts (Gala)
Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones — who earned an Oscar and Oscar nomination, respectively, for their performances in TIFF 2014’s The Theory of Everything — team for a period drama that revolves around a scientist and pilot who seek to make history by ascending to unprecedented heights in 19th-century England.
First screening: Sunday, Sept. 8, 3 p.m. — Roy Thomson Hall
2. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (Gala)
Based on Tom Junod’s Esquire article about his experience with Fred Rogers, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood recounts the friendship between children’s TV host Mr. Rogers (Tom Hanks) and a jaded journalist (Matthew Rhys) assigned to write a profile of the iconic personality. Hanks’ screen performance, TIFF co-head Cameron Bailey tells the Sun, is “extraordinary.”
First screening: Saturday, Sept. 7, 6:30 p.m. — Roy Thomson Hall
3. Clifton Hill (Special Presentations)
Tuppence Middleton plays a troubled woman who returns to her hometown of Niagara Falls and becomes obsessed with a kidnapping she may have witnessed as a child. Directed by Albert Shin, whose In Her Place was named to TIFF’s 2014 Canada’s Top Ten. David Cronenberg co-stars.
First screening: Thursday, Sept. 5, 9 p.m. — Ryerson Theatre
4. Color Out Of Space (Midnight Madness)
Returning to TIFF 29 years after he wowed audiences with his sci-fi horror Hardware, Richard Stanley adapts H.P. Lovecraft’s short story about a meteor falling to Earth and the psychedelic results that ensue. Over-the-top leading man Nicolas Cage stars alongside Joely Richardson and legendary stoner Tommy Chong.
First screening: Saturday, Sept. 7, 11:59 p.m. — Ryerson Theatre