New films starring Oscar Isaac, Sigourney
Weaver, Kristen Stewart and James Franco are heading to this year’s
Toronto International Film Festival, organizers announced Tuesday
morning. The news was the latest in TIFF’s summer-long programming
reveal, with two more galas, 14 special presentations, 21 Masters films,
and more joining this fall’s increasingly buzzy lineup.
Although TIFF’s first 2016 lineup
announcement back in July revealed an arguably lacklustre slate – a few
Sundance and Cannes holdovers there, a handful of Oscar potentials here –
with each passing week the festival has doubled down on its commitment
to premiering the best and most radical works that the international
cinema community has to offer.
This year’s program now includes new works from the likes of Terrence Malick (the Cate Blanchett-narrated documentary, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey); Emmanuelle Bercot (150 Milligrams); Lee Tamahori (The Patriarch); the polarizing Hong Sang-soo (Yourself and Yours); Terence Davies (the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion); and cult film icon Walter Hill (the sure-to-be-controversial gender-reassignment thriller, (Re) Assignment, previously titled Tomboy).
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Other additions include the divisive Cannes entry Personal Shopper, from director Olivier Assayas and starring Kristen Stewart; Quebec director Philippe Falardeau’s The Bleeder, starring real-life couple Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts; the world premiere of Brain on Fire,
Gerard Barrett’s adaptation of journalist Susannah Cahalan’s memoir
about her battle against mental illness; Ken Loach’s Palme d’Or-winning
drama , I, Daniel Blake; James Franco’s latest John Steinbeck adaptation, In Dubious Battle; and Kelly Reichardt’s Sundance favourite, Certain Women,
which tells the intersecting tales of three women in small-town
America, starring Laura Dern, Michelle Williams and Stewart, who is
quickly becoming the festival’s MVP.
announced Tuesday include the 51 works that make up the experimental
Wavelengths program, and the complete lineup for this year’s City to
City slate, which this year focuses on Lagos.
The 41st edition of the festival runs from Sept. 8 to 18.