Along with the Festival de Cannes, the Biennale in Venice, and last week’s Telluride Film Festival, the Toronto International Film Festival (September 6 through September 16) is one of the season’s key movie-fests.
The fantastically-run event, also known as TIFF, showcases some 340 films in 11 days.
Here are the five movies being unspooled there that we think are truly worthy of your attention — whether you see them first in Toronto or at your local theater before awards season.
Michael Moore turns his eye and satire to the unfolding of the election of current U.S. President Donald J. Trump. 11/9 both refers to the date of the U.S. Election which brought President Trump to office but also is a comedic play on Fahrenheit 451 – the dystopian novel by Ray Bradbury about a future where books are banned.
(TIFF Screening Sept 6, 2018). 120 minutes. Director Michael Moore.
The directorial debut of Actor Bradley Cooper providing a modern interpretation of the previous three versions of the story (1937, 1954 and 1976) which follows the relationship between a seasoned musician and struggling artist (played by co-star and musician Lady Gaga).
(TIFF Screening Sept 9, 2018). 135 minutes. Director Bradley Cooper.
Starring Ryan Gosling, the biopic of Neil Armstrong tells the story of the astronaut, the Apollo 11 mission, and being the first man to walk on the Moon.
(TIFF Screening Sept 9, 2018). 133 Minutes. Director Damien Chazelle.
Distributed by Netflix, the Director of Gravity relates the tale of a family in Mexico City in the 1970s using black & white film to tell a semi-biographical story which will resonate with families generally, though in particular those in today’s Mexico.
(TIFF Screening Sept 10, 2018). 135 minutes. Director Alfonso Cuaron.
A character movie telling the true-life story of car inventor John DeLorean and his iconic car made famous for posterity by Hollywood in the Back to the Future movie series.
(TIFF Screening Sept 10,11,15 2018). 113 minutes. Director Nick Hamm.
Lead-In Image (“First Man”) Courtesy of Universal Studios; Poster Photography by Dan Winters