The Toronto International Film Festival, running this year from September 9-19, traditionally serves as a launching pad for the studios to get their awards-worthy titles in the public and media eye. A strong audience and critical reception – as Slumdog Millionaire enjoyed two years ago – augurs well for Oscar consideration, Golden Globes candidacy, critics groups’ buzz. So look out for some of these TIFF world premieres, North American premieres and gala presentations -- announced this week – during the fall:
Another Year -- The latest ensemble piece from the prolific Brit, Mike Leigh.
The Conspirator -- Robert Redford’s Abraham Lincoln assassination conspiracy drama, starring James McAvoy, Robin Wright Penn and Evan Rachel Wood.
Conviction -- Hilary Swank in another Academy Award-vying role? We’ll see, but the based-on-a-true-story premise sounds ready-made: a Massachusetts housewife and mother drops everything in her relentless crusade to clear her brother of a murder rap.
The Debt -- With Helen Mirren and Avatar’s Sam Worthington, about three Israeli Mossad agents on a 1965 mission to capture a Nazi war criminal.
Henry’s Crime – The return of Keanu Reeves, in the title role as a wrongfully accused and convicted bank robber who decides to take revenge -- by robbing a bank. With Vera Farmiga as the woman he falls for.
The King’s Speech -- With Colin Firth as the reluctant monarch George VI, father of Britain’s reigning queen.
Little White Lies -- From the French thriller Tell No One’s ace director, Guillaume Canet, and starring Oscar-winner Marion Cotillard, finally doing something again in her native tongue.
Never Let Me Go – Andrew Garfield, Carey Mulligan and Keira Knightley as boarding school friends grown up and faced with complicated feelings of love, jealousy and whatnot. From Kazuo Ishiguro’s novel.
The Town – Ben Affleck stars and directs the adapation of Chuck Hogan’s Boston-based bank robbery thriller, Prince of Thieves. With Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Mad Men’s Jon Hamm and The Hurt Locker’s Jeremy Renner.
You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger – Woody Allen’s latest, set in London and starring Antonio Banderas, Josh Brolin, Gemma Jones, Lucy Punch and Naomi Watts.