Indomitable women, sharp social commentary, plus a surprise entry from the Louis C.K.: there are a host of promising, much anticipated films slated for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival — with hopes of eventually landing at a cinema near you.
Here are 13 of the top movies building major buzz heading into this year’s fest.
The Shape of Water
None other than TIFF’s artistic director himself named Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water as his single, must-see pic of this year’s festival. Many a reviewer who took in the film’s premiere in Venice have likened the unusual romance — starring the superb Sally Hawkins — to his indelible, spine-tingling fable Pan’s Labyrinth.
Big ideas can explode from a miniaturized package, with Alexander Payne’s social satire exploring wider implications of a neat sci-fi conceit: shrinking humans and objects down to 1/12 their normal size (“get small”) to deal with overpopulation. Matt Damon and Kristen Wiig star.
Director Darren Aronofsky definitely knows how to mess with viewer’s heads and his latest — a mysterious, psychological horror story revolving around Oscar-winner Jennifer Lawrence (the pair are also dating) and co-starring Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer — looks to be a truly disturbing mind-blower.
George Clooney’s behind-the-camera efforts typically offer brainy entertainment. His latest, in which flawed suburbanites make some very bad decisions, draws from a real-life story as it explores the dark, violent and racist underbelly of a supposedly peaceful, post-war American town. Further points in its favour: it’s based on an unproduced script from Clooney’s past collaborators Joel and Ethan Coen, while the talented cast includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore and Oscar Isaac.
After bringing to life dozens of complex roles and increasingly adding her…