Fall Film Festival Preview!
the most wonderful time of the year… Fall film festivals are
almost upon us! Hollywood has been buzzing with announcements over
the past few weeks as the major festivals began to release their
lineup of screenings. From Venice to Telluride to Toronto,
we’ve got all the deets on what’s showing and
Venice (August 29 – September 8)
Venice has some heavy hitters this year. Damien Chazelle is following up his La La Land success in a big way, opening the festival with his new flick First Man, starringRyan Gosling as iconic astronaut Neil Armstrong and Claire Foy as his wife.
Luca Guadagnino is also returning for a second straight year of festivals, this time in the horror genre: Suspira,featuring Dakota Johnson. This is his first film after his amazing awards season run with Call Me By Your Name last year.
Other probable contenders with big names include: The Favourite,from director Yorgos Lanthimos, starring Oscar winners Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz; At Eternity’s Gate fromJulian Schabel with Willem Dafoeand Oscar Isaac; and Jacques Audiard's The Sisters Brothers withJoaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly, and Riz Ahmed.
Venice will also screen the premier of Bradley Cooper’s highly-anticipated remake of A Star Is Born, starring himself and Lady Gaga, though it isn’t in the running for any awards.
Telluride (August 31 – September 3)
set to host the world premiere of two eagerly awaited titles. The
first sees Melissa McCarthy taking on a rare
dramatic role in Marielle Heller’s Can
You Ever Forgive Me.
Next isDavid Lowery’s The Old Man & the Gun, starring the legendary Robert Redford in what he has said to be the last film we will see him in. Big stakes but it looks like it’s going to be a good one to go out on.
Also likely to screen at Telluride is The Front Runner, fromJason Reitman, with Hugh Jackmanplaying derailed 1988 presidential candidate Gary Hart, and Yann Demange’s newest film starring Matthew McConaughey, White Boy Rick.
Toronto (September 6 – 16)
Toronto has a huge lineup this year, so it’s sure to be star-studded and action-packed. It’s premiering If Beale Street Could Talk, from Barry Jenkins, an adaption ofJames Baldwin’s novel of the same name and is already getting awards buzz.
Felis van Groeningen’s Beautiful Boy, starring Oscar nominees Timothée Chalamet andSteve Carrell, is based on a true story about father and son’s relationship as one of them struggles to overcome addiction. I will be fighting my way to the front of the line to see this movie.
hotly-anticipated flim is from “This Is Us” creatorDan Fogelman, titled Life Itself, which
boasts an insane cast featuring Olivia
Wilde, Oscar Isaac, Antonio Banderas,Samuel L. Jackson, and Annette
Bening (just to name a few).
Other premieres include: Steve McQueen’s return with Widows, his first film since 12 Years A Slave (which won the Oscar for best picture) and which stars a huge cast including Viola Davis; Peter Hedges is bringing Ben Is Back to the show, which sees his son Lucas Hedges opposite Julia Roberts; The Land of Steady Habits withBen Mendelsohn from Nicole Holohcener; George Tillman, Jr.’s big title The Hate U Give; Anthony Maras’s Hotel Mumbai with Dev Patel and Armie Hammer; Emilio Estevez’s The Public; and Trevor Nunn’s Red Joan with Judi Dench.
We’re only a few weeks out from some of the biggest premiers of the year and I for one can’t wait to start my Oscar predictions. Which new movie are you most excited to see?
(Image via Universal Pictures)
- Kyla Killackey, YH Contributing Writer