Clooney, Jolie projects headed to TIFF
Two programs cut and overall number of titles reduced
A comedy-drama directed by George Clooney and a biographical thriller helmed by Angelina Jolie are headed to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.
Organizers have announced Clooney’s home-invasion comedy-drama “Suburbicon,’’ written by the Coen brothers and starring Matt Damon and Julianne Moore, is among the titles in the fest.
Also on the schedule is Jolie’s “First They Killed My Father,’’ which she also co-wrote based on Cambodian human rights activist Loung Ung’s memoir.
Meanwhile, the Tragically Hip documentary “Long Time Running,’’ directed by Canadians Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, will have a gala opening.
Other films on the docket include David Gordon Green’s Boston Marathon bombing drama “Stronger,’’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Regina native Tatiana Maslany.
Darren Aronofsky’s psychological thriller “Mother!’’ starring Jennifer Lawrence, is also a part of the annual movie marathon that runs Sept. 7-17.
The schedule has a slew of star-packed biopics, including “Darkest Hour,’’ starring Gary Oldman as Winston Churchill, and “I, Tonya,’’ starring Margot Robbie as ice skater Tonya Harding.
In “Battle Of The Sexes,’’ Steve Carell and Emma Stone star in a story inspired by the 1973 tennis match between Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs.
“The Catcher Was A Spy’’ stars Paul Rudd as Major League Baseball player Moe Berg, who was a spy for the Office of Strategic Services.
And Canada’s own Michael Greyeyes stars as Sitting Bull alongside Jessica Chastain and Sam Rockwell in the “Woman Walks Ahead,’’ based on a true story.
This is the first slate of films to be announced for the fest.
Cinephiles have been wondering whether Quebec director Denis Villeneuve’s much-anticipated “Blade Runner’’ sequel will be at the festival but it was not in the lineup announced on Tuesday.
Earlier this year the festival announced it’s cutting two programs and reducing the overall number of titles it will screen for this year’s edition by 20 per cent.
A scene from the film “First They Killed My Father” is shown in this undated handout photo. A comedy-drama directed by George Clooney and a biographical thriller helmed by Angelina Jolie are headed to this year’s Toronto International Film Festival.