After the Venice International Film Festival, the festival circuit takes us to Canada, where the 44th edition of the TIFF will take place between 5 and 15 September. Between the extensive list of films that will be part of the gala and some special screenings, we come across several films that deserve special attention.
Daniel Roher will orchestrate the opening, director who debuts in the feature film with the documentary Once We Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, and who will bring a musical tone to the gala by recounting the musical influence of the Canadian rock band The Band, who is also remembered for having served as a backing group in several Bob Dylan concerts. At the same time, actress Meryl Streep will be recognized with the TIFF Tribute Actor Career Award. For its part, the closing of the gala will enjoy 'scientific feminism' with the screening of Marjane Satrapi's Radioactive, a film that narrates the life of the scientist and Nobel Prize in Physics, Marie Curie, personified by Rosamund Pike.
In addition to the selection of films such as Joker, which recently released its second trailer, and The Laundromat, a movie with a notable cast on the Panama Papers, there will also be space for films acclaimed in Cannes such as Dolor y Gloria (Almodóvar), The Lighthouse (Eggers) and Parasite (Bong Joon-ho), the latter winner of the Palme d'Or. And of course, several premieres of which we are waiting for their premiere in cinemas or streaming platforms. We mention some of them.
"Ford v. Ferrari" by James Mangold
The director of films such as Girl, Interrupted (1999) and Walked the Line (2005), and the architect of the most earthly and authentic version of Wolverine's character in that farewell letter called Logan, is present with a strong candidate for the upcoming award season. To do so, she forms a luxury duo: Christian Bale and Matt Damon, who will play a couple of members of the Ford team, who, during the traditional 24 Hours of Le Mans race, will look for a way to build a car capable of defeating the Ferrari team.
"Jojo Rabbit" by Taika Waititi
The festival's funniest bet is undoubtedly on New Zealand director Taika Waititi and his satire about Hitler and Nazi Germany. But not content with directing and adapting the script of the book Caging Skies by Christine Leunens, he also takes on the task of portraying one of the most brutal men in history in a picturesque way. The film focuses on a lonely boy whose imaginary friend is Hitler and begins to experience an ideological conflict after a Jewish girl is hidden from her mother at home. The cast includes Roman Griffin Davis, Scarlett Johansson, Sam Rockwell, Rebel Wilson, Stephen Merchant, and Alfie Allen.
"John Crowley's "The Goldfinch
It is difficult to ignore any project in which Nicole Kidman is involved. The Australian actress stars alongside young Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) in a film produced by Warner Bros and Amazon Studios and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name. Director John Crowley (Brooklyn) is joined by one of the most notable directors of photography and Oscar winner: Roger Deakins, to prepare a historical story in which a little boy loses his mother after an attack on the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
"Motherless Brooklyn" by Edward Norton
Almost two decades after presenting his debut feature Keeping the Faith, renowned actor Edward Norton returns to the director's bench with a detective story that adapts Jonathan Lethem's novel of the same name. Norton himself, Bruce Willis, Alec Baldwin and Willem Dafoe star in this film set in the 1950s in New York that follows a detective with Tourette syndrome in his goal to find the murderer of his youngest and only friend.
"Knives Out" by Rian Johnson
Let's start by mentioning his incredible cast: Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Collette, Michael Shannon, Christopher Plummer, and LaKeith Stanfield. All of them at the mercy of critical director Rian Johnson (Star Wars: Episode VIII - The Last Jedi), who shows us his own version of Clue in a mystery game aimed at finding the murderer of novelist Harlan Thrombey, killed in his own home. The aim of the film, according to Johnson himself, is to pay tribute to the productive work of British writer Agatha Christie and her mysterious mastermind.
"Judy" by Rupert Goold
The theme of musical biopics is becoming recurrent, and TIFF will be no exception. Renée Zellweger plays Judy Garland, the actress and singer remembered for her memorable role as Dorothy in the classic The Wizard of Oz (1939). However, as is barely apparent, the film will focus on the last tragic years of her life, which she passed away at 47 after an overdose of barbiturates.
"Takashi Miike's "First Love
Anyone who has explored the filmography of Takashi Miike (Audition) knows of his ability to disturb and present the facts with crudity and excessive violence. His 90th film, cataloged as his most commercial work and recently released in Cannes, focuses on a failed boxer and an addicted prostitute, and their immersion in the world of smuggling while facing dangerous enemies.
"A Beautiful Day In The Neighbourhood" by Marielle Heller
Exactly one year after presenting the remarkable Can You Ever Forgive Me? Marielle Heller returns to Toronto with her new film, a biopic about Fred Rogers, a pioneer of children's television in the United States and host of the program Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, that focuses specifically on the presenter's friendship with award-winning journalist Tom Junod. But who will play Mr. Rogers? Well, it's the two-time winner of the Oscar for Best Actor for Philadelphia and Forrest Gump: Tom Hanks, reason enough not to overlook this film.
"Tom Harper's "The Aeronauts
With Harper's new film, the duo composed by Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones, who moved us so much in The Theory of Everything (2014), will shine again. The new adventure of the Amazon Prime streaming service places our characters, pilot Amelia Wren and scientist James Glaisher, in a hot air balloon as part of a mission to make discoveries. Another of the famous names in the cast is Tom Courtenay (Doctor Zhivago).
"Uncut Gems" by Benny & Josh Safdie
Adam Sandler is not precisely identified as a symbol of acting quality; his limited acting rank limits him to the lazy comic character of always. However, it is still good to mention a couple of exceptions: Punch-Drunk Love and The Meyerowitz Stories. And in fact, we could think of the one we have is a third exception. The reasons? It's two. The direction of the Safdie brothers, to whom we owe Good Time and the dramatic interpretation of Robert Pattinson, also criticized - unfairly - to the point of exhaustion. The second, the A24 label, a producer and distributor that, in general terms, always offers independent products of excellent quality.