By Lisa Lagace
It’s almost August, which means September is just around the corner.
And we all know September means one thing: TIFF.
So with the recent announcement of some of the films playing this year’s festival, we thought we’d take a look at a few of the titles we’re excited to see in the lineup.
Kevin Smith’s latest film takes him deep into the horror genre with this set-in-Canada story about a mad scientist trying to turn people into walruses. With Smith’s cult following likely in full force at the screening, this is sure to be the highlight of TIFF’s Midnight Madness series.
3D GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE
Featured in the Masters series, French legend Jean Luc Godard brings his latest twisted work to the festival.
THE FACE OF AN ANGEL
Michael Winterbottom takes on a script inspired by the now infamous Amanda Knox murder case, with Kate Beckinsale at the helm.
THE YES MEN ARE REVOLTING
If you were lucky enough to see their last hilarious doc – The Yes Men Fix The World – at TIFF, you know exactly why this is one documentary you won’t want to miss.
TALES OF THE GRIM SLEEPER
This documentary comes from Nick Broomfield, who gave us the Kurt and Courtney doc, following the post mortem on a botched multiple murder case.
MERCHANTS OF DOUBT
Robert Kenner, who opened our eyes up to the reality of the food industry with Food Inc, returns to TIFF with his latest exposé on scientists whose research is deeply skewed by that fact that they’re on the corporate payroll.
Canadian auteur extraordinaire and director of last year’s incredible Dallas Buyers Club, Jean-Marc Vallee, returns to TIFF this year with Wild. Reese Witherspoon plays Cheryl Strayed, a woman who hikes more than 1,700 kilometres of the Pacific Crest Trail after years of self-destructive behaviour.
MAP TO THE STARS
David Cronenberg’s latest features Julianne Moore and John Cusack in this story of a Hollywood family chasing the stars and the ghosts of their own past.
THIS IS WHERE I LEAVE YOU
Tiny Fey and Jason Bateman star as two of four grown-up siblings spending a week together in the home they grew up in after the death of their father. Sounds hilarious.
Ethan Hawke stars as a drone pilot fighting the Taliban via remote control but quickly starts to question the fairness of such a fight.