Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Steve Carell Redefined His Career By Surprising Everyone in 'Foxcatcher' Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Watch: Ellar Coltrane on the 'Brutal' Experience of Watching 'Boyhood' After Living It Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Mortem Tyldum Explains Why Alan Turing Was the Right Subject For His First English-Language Film Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Why Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’ is a Great, Unexpected Awards Season Frontrunner Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 
Watch: Patricia Arquette on Stripping Away Ego to Get to the Heart of 'Boyhood' 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived 'Whiplash' Breakout Miles Teller Has Officially Arrived Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Michael Keaton Dug Deep to Deliver the Best Performance of His Career in 'Birdman' Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Mark Ruffalo Explains Why Dave Schultz Was One of the Most Complex Characters He's Ever Played Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Keira Knightley on 'The Imitation Game' and Why Awards Matter Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Katherine Waterston On the Good and Bad of Working With Paul Thomas Anderson Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Emma Stone Proved She Can Do It All in 2014 Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Jon Stewart is Off to a Strong Start with Directorial Debut 'Rosewater' Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Awards Spotlight: Don't Be Surprised When J.K. Simmons Takes Home Oscar Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Jessica Chastain Proved She's a Total Chameleon in 2014 Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Laura Poitras on 'CITIZENFOUR,' The Most Dangerous Work She's Ever Done Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Jake Gyllenhaal On Doing Very Bad Things in 'Nightcrawler' Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Channing Tatum Explains Why It Took Him Eight Years to Have the ‘Balls’ for ‘Foxcatcher’ Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Ethan Hawke Didn't Know That Richard Linklater Would Bring 'Boyhood' Home So Well Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie Jack O'Connell Explains What It’s Like to Work For Angelina Jolie 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey 'Red Army' Director Gabe Polsky Reveals the Story of Soviet Hockey How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season How Felicity Jones is Getting Noticed This Awards Season Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' Edward Norton Goes Full-Blown For Alejandro González Iñárritu in 'Birdman' How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking How Eddie Redmayne Transformed His Body and Mind to Become Stephen Hawking Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Oscar Isaac Explains How 'A Most Violent Year' Fits With His Other Roles Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh Timothy Spall Almost Went Mad to Play 'Mr. Turner' For Mike Leigh 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film 'Gone Girl' Composer Atticus Ross: How to Write a Score Without Seeing the Film How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake How to Play James Brown, By Chadwick Boseman: Study the Man, Listen to Drake Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Chris Rock on Why Making 'Top Five' Was a No-Brainer Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Steve James and Chaz Ebert Tackled 'Life Itself' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' Bennett Miller Explains Why He Had to Make 'Foxcatcher' How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Do You Roll Six Movies Into One? 'Wild Tales' Director Damian Szifron Explains How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' How Rosario Dawson Stole the Show From Chris Rock in 'Top Five' Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alan Hicks: From Drummer-Surfer to Oscar-Shortlist Filmmaker Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Alejandro González Iñárritu: 'Birdman' Could Have Been 'so wrong' Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable Amir Bar-Lev Likes to Make People a Little Uncomfortable

Toronto 2012: 25 Films We're Looking Forward To at TIFF

By Indiewire Staff | Indiewire September 5, 2012 at 11:56AM

TIFF gets underway Thursday night, and over 11 days the festival is offering up a whopping 289 feature films and 83 shorts, many world or international premieres. Indiewire offers up a list of 25 of the most interesting films in the program, from Ice-T and Peaches to Tolstoy and Shakespeare.
0

Seven Psychopaths
"The Place Beyond The Pines"
"The Place Beyond The Pines," Derek Cianfrance's follow-up to 2010's "Blue Valentine" -- again with Ryan Gosling -- has added star-power in the form of Bradley Cooper and Eva Mendes and  dives deep into themes of male violence and anxiety. Gosling stars as a motorcycle stunt driver and loner who starts moonlighting as a bank robber (no, this is not a sequel to "Drive") to fulfill his newfound fatherly duties shared with baby-mama Mendes. Things are complicated when, during a job, he attracts the attention of a young cop -- enter Bradley Cooper.  With "Pines" we expect Cianfrance to again seduce us with a moody, emotionally devastating tale -- this time in the shape of a crime thriller.

“Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out”
Marina Zenovich’s follow-up to her explosive 2008 documentary “Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired” will play both Toronto and the New York Film Festival this fall in a bid to stir up more debate. The first film, which raised new questions about the behavior of the judge in the original legal case against Polanski, had such an impact that it prompted renewed efforts by Polanski’s lawyers to have the case dismissed and led to the filmmaker being placed under house arrest in Switzerland for nine months. This sequel of sorts takes a look at all of that aftermath, Polanski’s eventual release and what happens next in what remains a seemingly intractable fight against injustice for both sides.

"Seven Psychopaths"
Fans of playwright and screenwriter-director Martin McDonagh love him for his unabashedly dark and deranged sense of humor. In his follow up to the tragically underrated "In Bruges," "Seven Psychopaths" looks to push the dark hilarity to new heights. Boasting the likes of Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, Tom Waits, Harry Dean Stanton, Olga Kurylenko and Abbie Cornish, it's hard to imagine this tale of screenwriter's block and high stakes dognapping being short of deliriously  entertaining -- if not pure genius.

"To The Wonder."
"To The Wonder."
"Thanks for Sharing”
Stuart Blumberg co-wrote the 2010 comedy “The Kids Are All Right” with director Lisa Cholodenko, and the open question is whether he was able to bring that same mixture of heart, raunchy humor and believable relationship dynamics to his directorial debut (written with actor Matt Winston). The cast is a powerful mix of indie-film talent, with Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins starring in a story about sex addicts struggling with recovery. Unlike Steve McQueen’s deadly serious “Shame,” Blumberg’s treatment of the subject should prove to be both more accessible and less bleak.

"To The Wonder"
Based on reactions to its recent Venice debut, Terence Malick's "To The Wonder" looks to be as divisive as 2011's "The Tree of Life" (sans the dinosaurs and origins-of-life themes). That we have two of the director's films within two years is a treat in itself for fans, and a field-day for haters. Ben Affleck, Olga Kurylenko, Javier Bardem and Rachel McAdams star in the dialogue-sparse story of love and its many seasons. Affleck plays a man torn between two loves, European Marina (Kurylenko) and home-town flame, Jane. With lensing from Emmanuel Lubezki, Malick's long-time collaborator, expect magic hour lighting, a leisurely and meditational pace. For Malick fans, "To The Wonder" will likely be a many-splendored thing, if not as satisfying as the director's many-years-in-the-making nature vs. grace instant classic. 

Steve Greene, Jay A. Fernandez, Peter Knegt, Sophia Savage and Nigel M. Smith contributed to this article.

Read More of Indiewire's extensive Toronto Film Festival coverage.

This article is related to: Toronto International Film Festival, Lists






Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome



Awards Season Spotlight

Contender Conversations

Indiewire celebrates the best and brightest from Independent film, Hollywood, and foreign cinema.

More