Louis C.K.'s Surprise Movie and Brie Larson's Directorial Debut Join the 2017 Toronto Film Festival Program

Louis C.K.'s Surprise Movie and Brie Larson's Directorial Debut Join the 2017 Toronto Film Festival Program

Aug 15, 2017

We were already excited about the program for this year's Toronto International Film Festival, and then they went and announced more appealing titles. Some of them have been highly anticipated for a while. Others weren't even known about before today but have joined our must-see lists. Here are some of the highlights among the latest additions making their world premiere at TIFF '17:
 

I Love You, Daddy 

Louis C.K. stealthily directed this feature, his first since 2001's Pootie Tang, and it's a black and white indie shot on 35mm film starring himself (as a TV writer/producer), Chloe Grace Moretz (as his daughter), Helen Hunt, John Malkovich, Rose Byrne and Pamela Adlon, the last of whom was previously a regular on C.K.'s series Louie. Speaking of Louie, fans can now forgive the comedian for being slow to bring back the show. Clearly he's been busy for good reason. Plus, the movie kind of sounds like another semi-autobiographical effort, like a super-size episode of the show. 

Three Christs

Jon Avnet also hasn't had a theatrical feature in a while (his last was 2008's Righteous Kill), but he's got a great reason to return to the big screen following years of TV work. Actually, three great reasons: Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford and Walton Goggins. The trio of terrific character actors play real-life paranoid schizophrenics who believe they are Jesus. Richard Gere co-stars as the doctor treating them, and though it sounds like a story that could be played for drama, this is labeled as a dark comedy.  

Alias Grace

With the Margaret Atwood adaptation The Handmaid's Tale being so successful, we're also excited about this other series based on one of her novels -- this one involving a true 19th century murder case. Especially since its showrunner and writer is Sarah Polley, who earned an Oscar nomination for her script for Away from Her, and its director is Mary Harron (American Psycho). TIFF is premiering the first two episodes of the upcoming Netflix series as part of its "Primetime" program of TV titles. Here's a trailer:

 

Papillon 

Charlie Hunnam and Rami Malek star in this remake of the 1973 drama led by Steve McQueen and Dustin Hoffman. Based on a true story, the movie is about a pair of convicts who plan an escape from an isolated French prison called Devil's Island. This version is directed by Dutch filmmaker Michael Noer. 

On Chesil Beach 

Saoirsie Ronan's big break came about through her Oscar-nominated performance in Atonement, so naturally we're interested in her doing another movie based on the work of Ian McEwan. The author's latest adaptation, for which he also wrote the screenplay, is based on his more recent novel of the same name and co-stars Dunkirk's Billy Howle as Ronan's new husband. Dominic Cooke, famous for his work in London theatre, is making his feature directorial debut with the drama.

 

Unicorn Store

Brie Larson also makes her directorial debut with this comedy, in which she also stars alongside her former Kong: Skull Island and future Captain Marvel co-star Samuel L. Jackson, plus Bradley Whitford. The plot has something to do with a woman being granted her greatest childhood wish.

Molly's Game

The directorial debut of screenwriter Aaron Sorkin stars Jessica Chastain as a young woman who starts a high-stakes poker game. We showcased the movie and its trailer earlier today

Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House

There goes Liam Neeson taking down bad guys with his particular set of skills again. This time those skills include anonymously providing journalists with tips that could end a presidency, as the actor portrays Mark Felt, aka "Deep Throat" during the Watergate scandal. Written and directed by Peter Landesman (Concussion), the biopic also stars Julian Morris as one of the iconic journalists, Bob Woodward, and Diane Lane and Maika Monroe as Felt's wife and daughter. For those who don't make it to Toronto, it hits US theaters in limited release on September 29. And unlike the rest, it has a trailer:

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