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Legends of the Fall? 33 Films To Be Excited For

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 9, 2009 at 6:46AM

If you're not among those lucky enough to be participating in the current onslaught of film festivals - or if you are, and are concerned about the impossibility of seeing everything - never fear, the fall movie season will soon be in full swing. Essentially kicking off while Toronto winds down (Jane Campion's "Bright Star" opens next Wednesday during TIFF, with Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" following two days later), the final months of 2009's specialty release schedule should easily fulfill a wide variety of cinephiles. There's works from auteurs both international ("The White Ribbon," "Antichrist," "Broken Embraces") and domestic ("The Informant!," "A Serious Man," "The Tree of Life"), a considerable documentary presence ("Capitalism: A Love Story," "Good Hair," "More Than a Game"), buzzy comedies ("Youth in Revolt," "Gentlemen Bronocos"), and the annual plethora of Oscar-bait ("Precious," "An Education," "Nine," and half of this list, really). And indieWIRE has sorted them all out for you for via our calendar, listing the releases by date and giving each its own page complete with all the information you could possibly want or need (cast, distributor, synopsis, trailer, etc, etc).
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If you're not among those lucky enough to be participating in the current onslaught of film festivals - or if you are, and are concerned about the impossibility of seeing everything - never fear, the fall movie season will soon be in full swing. Essentially kicking off while Toronto winds down (Jane Campion's "Bright Star" opens next Wednesday during TIFF, with Steven Soderbergh's "The Informant!" following two days later), the final months of 2009's specialty release schedule should easily fulfill a wide variety of cinephiles. There's works from auteurs both international ("The White Ribbon," "Antichrist," "Broken Embraces") and domestic ("The Informant!," "A Serious Man," "The Tree of Life"), a considerable documentary presence ("Capitalism: A Love Story," "Good Hair," "More Than a Game"), buzzy comedies ("Youth in Revolt," "Gentlemen Bronocos"), and the annual plethora of Oscar-bait ("Precious," "An Education," "Nine," and half of this list, really). And indieWIRE has sorted them all out for you for via our calendar, listing the releases by date and giving each its own page complete with all the information you could possibly want or need (cast, distributor, synopsis, trailer, etc, etc).

It's more than likely this list will find a few notable additions once the Toronto dust settles. Well over 100 films are distributor-free going into tomorrow's opening day of Toronto (including Tom Ford's "A Single Man," Todd Solondz's "Life During Wartime," Neil Jordan's "Ondine," and Atom Egoyan's "Chloe"), and a number of them could find themselves in theaters by year's end (or like last year's "The Hurt Locker," head to 2010).

But, they'll find themselves in plentiful company. A good ninety films are already gracing our listings. Below are links to thirty-three of the films we at indieWIRE are particularly excited for. You can also check out full listings for September, October, November and December, including a sprinkling of studio released fair ("Up In The Air," "The Lovely Bones"), that we felt might end up being worth checking out.

A scene from Richard Linklater's "Me and Orson Welles." Image courtesy of the Toronto International Film Festival.

35 Shots of Rum, directed by Claire Denis (September 16th)

A Prophet, directed by Jacques Audiard (December 4th)

Act of God, directed by Jennifer Baichwal (November 4th)

Amelia, directed by Mira Nair (October 23rd)

Antichrist, directed by Lars Von Trier (October 23rd)

Black Dynamite, directed by Scott Sanders (October 16th)

Bright Star, directed by Jane Campion (September 16th)

Brothers, directed by Jim Sheridan (December 4th)

Broken Embraces, directed by Pedro Almodovar (November 20th)

A scene from Lone Scherfig's "An Education." Image courtesy of Sony Pictures Classics.

Bronson, directed by Nicolas Winding Refn (October 9th)

Capitalism: A Love Story, directed by Michael Moore (September 16th)

An Education, directed by Lone Scherfig (October 9th)

Gentleman Broncos, directed by Jared Hess (October 30th)

Good Hair, directed by Jeff Stilson (November 6th)

The House of the Devil, directed by Ti West (October 30th)

The Informant!, directed by Steven Soderbergh (September 18th)

The Maid, directed by Sebastián Silva (October 16th)

A scene from Lee Daniels' "Precious." Image courtesy of Lionsgate.

Me and Orson Welles, directed by Richard Linklater (November 25th)

The Men Who Stare at Goats, directed by Grant Heslov (November 6th)

The Messenger, directed by Oren Moverman (November 13th)

More Than a Game, directed by Kristopher Belman (October 2nd)

Night and Day, directed by Hong Sang-soo (October 23rd)

Nine, directed by Rob Marshall (November 25th)

Precious: Based on the Novel "Push" by Sapphire, directed by Lee Daniels (November 6th)

The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, directed by Rebecca Miller (October 23rd)

The Road, directed by John Hillcoat (November 25th)

A scene from Joel and Ethan Coen's "A Serious Man."

A Serious Man, directed by Joel and Ethan Coen (October 2nd)

The Tree of Life, directed by Terrence Malick (Decmber 25th)

Trucker, directed by James Mottern (October 9th)

The White Ribbon, directed by Michael Haneke (December 29th)

The Yes Men Fix The World, directed by Andy Bichlbaum, Mike Bonanno, Kurt Engfehr (October 7th)

The Young Victoria, directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (November 13th)

Youth In Revolt, directed by Miguel Arteta (October 30th)

Check out indieWIRE's full listings for September, October, November and December.