British comedian Richard Ayoade impressed many with his wry debut "Submarine," which premiered at the 2010 edition of the festival. He's finally back with his decidedly higher profile follow-up "The Double," starring Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska. Based on Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella of the same name, "The Double" centers on a man (Eisenberg) who finds his life being taken over by a doppelganger. Unlucky for him his double is everything he isn't: confident, charming and successful. Wasikowska, who also has "Tracks" and "Only Lovers Life Alive" also playing the festival, plays his love interest. Eisenberg has proven himself adept at playing both nebish ("Adventureland") and cocky ("The Social Network"), so this seems like an ideal vehicle for the actor.
We already know "Incendies" director Denis Villeneuve's "Prisoners" is very strong (it premiered in Telluride to raves, which should continue in Toronto), but what about the second half of his ambitious, duel English language debuts (which manage to both star Jake Gyllenhaal). Based on José Saramago's novel "The Double" (oddly enough the name of the previous film on his list), "Enemy" follows a man who rents a movie to find that one of the minor characters is his exact double. Both men are played by Gyllenhaal as the dual characters' lives become intertwined. Like "Prisoners," the film boasts an impressive supporting cast, with Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, and Sarah Gadon co-starring. Will lightning strike twice?
It's been three years since Nicole Holofcener's lovely previous feature "Please Give" (though she's directed episodes of "Parks & Recreation" and "Enlightened" in between), and her latest -- hitting TIFF before a mid-September release date -- reunites her with Catherine Keener (who has starred in all of her films) alongside Toni Collette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini in the story of divorced woman (Dreyfus) who learns her new love interest (Gandolfini) is her new friend's ex-husband. As a fan of every single one of Holofcener's talky, hilarious previous films, we'd be pretty surprised if she failed us this time around.
"The Green Inferno"
Horror icon Eli Roth takes a break from show-running Netflix's "Hemlock Grove" to return to the director's chair (he hasn't directed a feature since 2007's "Hostel II") for "The Green Inferno," a cannibal movie sure to make you queasy. Co-written by Roth and Guillermo Amoedo, the film follows a group of New York City students traveling to Peru with means to stage a protest only to end up in the hands of a tribe of cannibals. Shot on location in the remote Amazonian rainforest along the Aguirre River, and outfitted by real members of a real local tribe, "The Green Inferno" is said to bring a solid amount of realism to the proceedings -- which should make the journey all the more terrifying.