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September 07, 2017

5 Films to Watch at TIFF

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It’s that time of the year where celebrity sightings in the city of Toronto go skyrocketing. This year’s 42nd annual Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled to go from September 7th to 27th, with a line up of 255 feature-length films and 84 short films. Excitingly, 147 these movies will be world premieres. Make sure to catch a glimpse at some of your favorite movie stars at the red carpet! 

Here are five films at TIFF creating a lot of buzz.


 

Long Time Running
Award-winning Canadian documentary makers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier captured the infamous Canadian rock band The Tragically Hip’s Man Machine Poem tour in the summer 2016, following frontman Gord Downie’s diagnosis of terminal cancer. Making its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept. 13, the documentary is to show compelling behind-the-scenes and concert footage, which include highlights from the nationally broadcast Kingston tour finale.


 

Downsizing
From an Oscar nominated director and screenwriter Alexander Payne, comes a sci-fi flick starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, and Hong Chau. After getting rave reviews at the Venice Film Festival, this tale of a man and wife who decide to shrink themselves to cut back on economic spending, is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the fall film festival season.


 

Battle of the sexes
Oscar-winner Emma Stone and Steve Carrell team up for a story loosely based on a real-life 1973 tennis match between then tennis icon Billie-Jean King and retired player Bobby Riggs. Directors Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, who worked with Carrell on Little Miss Sunshine, joined forces with the writer of Slumdog Millionaire, Simon Beaufoy, to film this feel-good movie.


 

Molly’s Game
This film is all about the secretive, sexy, and dangerous world of high-stakes poker. Starring the amazing Idris Elba, and Jessica Chastain, this seductive film is the writer of Moneyball and The Social Network Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut.


 

Mother!
Director of highly acclaimed movies like Black Swan, The Wrestler, and Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky, is back with a mind-bending psychological horror film revolving around Jennifer Lawrence and javier Bardem. Starring alongside them are Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, in a movie that looks to be a truly disturbing spectacle.