Toronto International Film Festival #35 -- and my tenth -- starts tomorrow, Sept. 9, and runs to the 19th, with the usual suspects expected to be present, accounted for and pitching their wares: Keira Knightley, Helen Mirren, Mike Leigh, Woody Allen, Robert DeNiro, Colin Firth, Charlotte Rampling, Natalie Portman, Javier Bardem, ho hum, ho hum.
But seriously, in addition to the high profile stuff – and high profile stars – this year’s lineup looks full of intriguing, promising work. A few that I’ve circled on my program guide and will do the utmost to catch include:
Little White Lies – Tell No One director Guillaume Canet’s beach retreat marital drama, with Marion Cotillard.
Meek’s Cutoff – Wendy and Lucy’s writer/director and star -- Kelly Reichardt and Michelle Williams -- reteam for a post-Civil War western set in dusty high plains country, with Paul Dano, Bruce Greenwood, Shirley Henderson and Zoe Kazan.
The Trip -- Prolific Brit Michael Winterbottom follows Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon around, playing friends who drive across the North Country driving each other nuts.
Miral – Julian Schnabel goes from the physical paralysis of The Diving Bell and the Butterfly to the political paralysis of Palestine.
Tamara Drewe -- It’s a graphic novel. It’s Thomas Hardy. It’s directed by Stephen Frears. And it stars Bond girl Gemma Arterton, looking to shake that Bond girl tag, once and for all.
Client 9: The Rise and Fall of Eliot Spitzer – Taxi to the Dark Side doc-director Alex Gibney examines the self-detonation of the New York governor and family man with the call-girl on the side. And he probably took some taxis to see her.