6 Movies From The Toronto Film Festival That We Can't Wait To See!
A number of
film festivals take place around the world, but only the most
prestigious and competitive launch the biggest films. One of the
most well-known is the Toronto Film Festival, which every year
introduces audiences to various documentaries, comedies, and
dramas, many of which go on to either be hits at the theater or
favorites at award shows. The Toronto Film Festival is currently
underway, and this year proves to be no different. Here are what
appears to be the must see films of the Toronto Film
The Florida Project
The follow-up to Sean Baker’s Tangerine, which was shot entirely on iPhones, looks just as bleak and moving as the dramedy about transgender prostitutes. Starring Willem Defoe and a cast of mostly unknowns, The Florida Project takes place in Orlando in a low-rent motel next to Disney World. While it seems like living next to the Magic Kingdom would be, for lack of a better term, magical, The Florida Project quickly proves that it’s actually quite bleak. A group of children and adults attempt to make a living at the motel, only to have their lives slowly fall apart. While The Florida Project could turn too harsh, Baker manages to keep it surprisingly uplifting, just as he did with Tangerine.
Gaga: Five Foot Two
Little Monsters, it’s time to rejoice! Gaga: Five Foot Twois the ultimate Lady Gaga documentary. You’ll follow her as she deals with the fallout from herArtpop album and works on her Joanne album. You’ll learn what Gaga is like when she’s not on stage (as well as what she’s like when she is). Be prepared for some great outfits and heartfelt moments!
The Shape of Water
Guillermo del Toro is back with his own take onBeauty and the Beast. Set in a U.S. government lab during the 1960s, del Toro’s Belle is a lowly custodian (Sally Hawkins) who encounters a fish-man (Doug Jones) living in the lab. She’s determined to find out more about “the beast”, who may or may not be a government project. There’s even a Gaston (although he’s not in love with our custodian), who is a government agent (Michael Shannon) that wants to take down our fish-man. The film sounds bizarre (would we expect anything less from del Toro?) but also strangely endearing.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri
This harrowing drama takes crime-solving to new levels. StarringFrances McDormand and Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri focuses on a mother (McDormand) who, after getting fed up that her missing daughter has still not been found, puts up three billboards accusing local law enforcement of not doing their job. Naturally, the local police force are not pleased with this, and it turns into a battle of the wits between the mother and the police chief (Woody Harrelson). The film has been praised for its complex performances and brutal insults.
The Disaster Artist
time to go play football in a suit and celebrate the making of one
of the worst films of all time. Directed by James
Franco, The Disaster Artist tells the tale of the
making of the ultimate so-bad-that-it’s-good film, The
Room. Based on the book of the same title by Greg
Sestero, The Disaster Artist stars Franco as the
bonkers director behind The Room,Tommy
Wiseau, and his brother, Dave Franco,
stars as Sestero himself, the poor actor roped into the disaster.
The supporting cast includes Josh Hutcherson,Alison Brie, and Seth
Margot Robbie was only 4 years old when Olympic figure skater Nancy Kerrigan was attacked by someone hired by rival skater Tonya Harding's ex-husband in order to give Harding an edge at the upcoming Winter Olympics. Although to this day Harding insists she had nothing to do with it, her life was changed forever and she was banned from the sport. Now, director Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl, Fright Night) brings her story to life on the big screen with Robbie in the title role andSebastian Stan as Harding's husband. Fun Fact: Robbie didn't initially believe the script was based on a true story because the characters were so over-the-top!
Which movies from the Toronto Film Festival are you looking forward to seeing?
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- Sarah Osman, YH Contributing Writer