With the exception of Michael Moore‘s Where To Invade Next, the films announced the morning as galas and special presentations at the 2015 Toronto Film Festival were expected. (Where did Moore’s doc come from? I hadn’t read squat about it until this morning.) It’s welcome news, of course, that Tom Hooper‘s The Danish Girl, Ridley Scott‘s The Martian, Brian Helgeland‘s Legend (the launch of Tom Hardy‘s Best Actor campaign), Moore’s doc, Jay Roach‘s Trumbo (the launch of Bryan Cranston‘s Best Actor campaign), Stephen Frears‘ The Program, Roland Emmerich‘s Stonewall, Carey Fukanaga‘s Beasts of No Nation (definitely not looking forward to this one!), Rebecca Miller‘s Maggie’s Plan and Peter Sollett‘s Freeheld are getting the red-carpet treatment as either world or North American premieres. Looking forward, champing at the bit.
But what has my attention are the Canadian premieres, which are indications that the films in question will play Telluride first.
I’ve been hearing for a few weeks that Thomas McCarthy‘s Spotlight would play Toronto but not Telluride, and then last week Spotlight costar Mark Ruffalo disclosed to Italian journalists that the film would debut at the Venice Film festival. But this morning TIFF announced that Spotlight, to be screened as a special presentation, is a Canadian premiere. TIFF wouldn’t describe it as such if it wasn’t being premiered somewhere else on the North American continent before TIFF begins on 9.10, so…right? Okay!
John Crowley‘s Brooklyn (Fox Searchlight, 11.6) has also been called a Canadian premiere, but it’s been forecast all along that this tenderly rendered period romance (which debuted at last January’s Sundance Film Festival) would play Telluride so no biggie. The launch of Saoirse Ronan‘s Best Actress campaign, you bet.
Other Canadian premieres/likely Telluride players include Scott Cooper‘s Black Mass (already tapped in this space as a Telluride lock), Lenny Abrahamson‘s Room (just starting to learn about this) and Laszlo Nemes‘ Son of Saul (the hands-down champion of last May’s Cannes Film Festival, despite what the jury decided).
I suppose it’s possible that Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson‘s unspellable, all-but-impossible-to-remember Anomalisa (also known in elite circles as Weaseltooth: The Alfred Molina Story) may screen at Telluride.
The fact that Paolo Sorrentino‘s Youth, which impressed a lot of people at last May’s Cannes Film Festival, has been announced as a North American premiere means, of course, no Telluride drop-by. I was thinking Fox Seachlight might want to bring Youth to Telluride to launch the Best Supporting Actress campaign for Jane Fonda, who (no offense to Michael Caine) is by far that film’s biggest standout.
Toronto made no mention of Danny Boyle‘s Steve Jobs so you have to wonder whether that sure-to-be-historic film will play (ahem) “somewhere else” before its big New York Film Festival centerpiece screening…but maybe this isn’t the end of it. TIFF also said nothing about I Saw The Light, the Hank Williams biopic that I wrote about the other day…but maybe they will later.
Nor did TIFF announce bookings of Todd Haynes‘ Carol (a likely Telluride visitor), James Vanderbilt‘s Truth (a Sony Pictures Classics release that is also expected in Telluride), Sarah Gavron‘s Suffragette (Focus Features, 10.23) and David Gordon Green‘s Our Brand Is Crisis (Warner Bros., 10.30).
And no TIFF mention of Baltasar Kormákur‘s Everest (Universal, 9.18), which will open the Venice Film Festival a week or so earlier — over and out as far as festival play is concerned.