Move over superhero movies — well, at least for a few moments — cinephiles are getting their tun to luxuriate in a bounty of new images. The Toronto International Film Festival has lots of great films on the way this year, and today arrives with some sneak peeks. So let’s dive in.
Kicking things off is “What Richard Did” and “Frank” director Lenny Abrahamson‘s next effort “Room.” Brie Larson leads the movie based on the best-selling book about a woman kidnapped and held for years in a ten foot square room, which also includes her young her son.
Michael Moore has quietly completed a new movie, “Where To Invade Next” in which “Moore tells the Pentagon to ‘stand down’ — he will do the invading for America from now on.” Uh, okay.
Equally mysterious is Charlie Kaufman‘s latest effort, “Anomalisa.” Last we heard, the partially crowdfunded movie would tell the story of Michael, a celebrated motivational speaker whose life has become hollow and meaningless. But that all changes when he meets Lisa. Yep, sounds Kaufman-esque.
Jonas Cuaron is following in his father’s footsteps, and makes his directorial debut with “Desierto” starring Gael Garcia Bernal. The drama will follow Moises, one of pair of men who cross the border illegally from Mexico to the United States, and the find themselves on the run from a drunken vigilante who takes border patrol a little too far.
Lastly, Emma Watson and Daniel Bruhl lead “Colonia” which tells the story of Lena and Daniel, a young couple, who become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the South of the country, called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escaped from. Lena decides to join the cult in order to find Daniel.