The Toronto International Film Festival opens on September 5 and the first wave of titles has been announced. The lineup includes Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color, Jim Jarmusch's vampire drama Only Lovers Left Alive, and films from Judd Apatow, Jason Reitman and David Gordon Green. We've singled out five major titles for your persual, including the opener: Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate. Be sure to visit the full list, which reveals a movie starring the late James Gandolfini, Jason Bateman's directorial debut, Bad Words, and what could be Idris Elba's greatest role in the biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot is based on the controversial murder case involving three children and the three teenagers falsely accused of killing them as part of a satanic ritual. Damien Echols became the central figure of the case, singled out as the ringleader. The script is based on investigative reporter Mara Leveritt’s 2003 book of the same name, which shows how the court case became a media circus. Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer, Elias Koteas and Colin Firth star in the Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson-scripted crime drama.
Under the Skin
Hell yes we want to see Scarlett Johansson as an alien wandering through Scotland, capturing and eating humans. Director Jonathan Glazer adapted the story from Michel Faber's 2000 novel, which was described
as "a grotesque and comical allegory, a surreal representation of contemporary society run amok."
12 Years a Slave
Steve McQueen's highly anticipated next feature, based on the autobiography of Solomon Northup, stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as the African-American man kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. He was a plantation worker for 12 years before his release. Also starring: Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Scoot McNairy, Lupita Nyong'o, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams and Alfre Woodard.
The Fifth Estate
TIFF is opening with the Julian Assange thriller The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the founder of WikiLeaks. The film is based in part on Daniel Domscheit-Berg's book Inside WikiLeaks: My Time with Julian Assange and the World's Most Dangerous Website as well as WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange's War on Secrecy by British journalists David Leigh and Luke Harding. Domscheit-Berg was the spokesperson for WikiLeaks until 2010, and the film focuses on the rift that developed between the men.