Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Toronto Film Festival Wish List

These are films that are showing at the 2011 Toronto Film Festival that I'd like to eventually see (descriptions from TIFF program).

Director- Fernando Meirelles (Blindness)
Starring- Jude Law, Anthony Hopkins, Rachel Weisz, and Ben Foster
A modern and dynamic roundelay of original stories into one, linking characters from different cities and countries in a vivid, suspenseful, and deeply moving tale of love in the 21st Century.

Director- Jonathan Levine (The Wackness)
Starring- Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard, and Anjelica Huston
A funny, touching and original story of friendship, love, and survival about a young man who is diagnosed with cancer.

Albert Nobbs
Director- Rodrigo Garcia (Mother and Child)
Starring- Glenn Close
A witty Irish-set period drama about the lives of staff at Dublin's most luxurious hotel- the illegitimate child of a maid, a beautiful couple's impossible love, and Albert... a woman who pretends to be a man to survive.

Director- Roland Emmerich (2012)
Starring- David Thewlis and Vanessa Redgrave
Set in the political snake-pit of Elizabethan England, the film speculates on an issue that has for centuries intrigued academics and brilliant minds, namely- who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare?

Chicken with Plums
Director- Marjane Satrapi (Persepolis)
Tehran, 1958- Nasser Ali Khan, the most celebrated violin player, has his beloved instrument broken.

Director- Ralph Fiennes
Starring- Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler
A hero of Rome, Coriolanus, is a great soldier but despises the people leading to his extreme views that ignite a mass riot, banishing him from Rome.

A Dangerous Method
Director- David Cronenberg (Eastern Promises)
Starring- Michael Fassbender, Viggo Mortensen, and Keira Knightley
Drawn from true-life events, the film takes a glimpse into the turbulent relationships between fledgling psychiatrist Carl Jung, his mentor Sigmudn Freud, and Sabrina Spielrein, the troubled but beautiful young woman who comes between them.

Dark Horse
Director- Todd Solondz (Life During Wartime)
Starring- Justin Bartha and Selma Blair
A thirtysomething guy with arrested development falls for a thirtysomething girl with arrested development, but moving out of his junior high school bedroom proves too much and tragedy ensues.

The Deep Blue Sea
Director- Terence Davies (House of Mirth)
Starring- Rachel Weisz and Tom Hiddleston
Hester Collyer leads a privileged life in 1950s London as the beautiful wife of hight court judge Sir William Collyer and to the shock of those around her, she walks out on her marriage to move in with a young ex-RAF pilot.

The Descendants
Director- Alexander Payne (Sideways)
Starring- George Clooney
A sometimes humorous, sometimes tragic journey for Matt King, an indifferent husband and father of two girls, who is forced to re-examine his past and embrace his future when his wife suffers a boating accident off of Waikiki.

Director- Nicolas Winding Refn (Valhalla Rising)
Starring- Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Oscar Isaac, Albert Brooks, and Ron Perlman
A Los Angeles wheelman for hire, stunt driving for movie productions by day and steering getaway vehicles for armed heists at night, falls in love with his beautiful neighbor who is dragged into a dangerous underworld by the return of her ex-convict husband.

The Eye of the Storm
Director- Fred Schepisi (Empire Falls)
Starring- Geoffrey Rush and Charlotte Rampling
In the Sydney suburb of Centennial Park, two nurses, a housekeeper, and a solicitor attend to a woman as her expatriate son and daughter convene at her deathbed.

Friends with Kids
Director- Jessica Westfeldt (Kissing Jessica Stein)
Starring- Kristen Wiig, Megan Fox, Jon Hamm, Maya Rudolph, and Ed Burns
A poignant ensemble comedy about a close-knit circle of friends at that moment in life when children arrive and everything changes.

From the Sky Down
Director- Davis Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman)
Twenty years after the release of U2's Achtung Baby, this documentary charts this groundbreaking album with new interviews, stories, and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin.

The Ides of March
Director- George Clooney (Leatherheads)
Starring- Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Paul Giamatti, and Philip Seymour Hoffman
During the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, an up-and-coming campaign secretary finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens his candidate's shot at the presidency.

Jeff Who Lives at Home
Director- Jay Duplass and Mark Duplass (Cyrus)
Starring- Jason Segel, Ed Helms, Judy Greer, and Susan Sarandon
One man searches for the meaning of life while running to the store to by wood glue.

Killer Joe
Director- William Friedkin (Bug)
Starring- Emile Hirsch and Matthew McConaughey
When a 22-year-old drug dealer has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars or he's dead.

The Lady
Director- Luc Besson (Adele)
Starring- Michelle Yeoh and David Thewlis
The story of the peaceful quest of the woman who was at the core of Burma's democracy movement.

Like Crazy
Director- Drake Doremus
Starring- Anton Yelchin and Felicity Jones
Jacob, an American, and Anna, who is British, meet at college in Los Angeles and fall madly in love, but when Anna returns to London, the couple is forced into a long-distance relationship.

Machine Gun Preacher
Director- Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace)
Starring- Gerard Butler
Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes an astonishing transformation and finds an unexpected calling as the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children.

Director- Lars Von Trier (Antichrist)
Starring- Kirsten Dunst, Alexander Skarsgard, Charlotte Gainsbourg, and Kiefer Sutherland
Justine and Michael are celebrating their marriage at a sumptuous party in the home of her sister Claire and brother-in-law John when a planet called Melancholia is heading directly towards Earth.

Director- Bennett Miller (Capote)
Starring- Brad Pitt and Johan Hill
Billy Beane, the general manager of the Oakland As, assembles a team and has an epiphany- all of baseball's conventional wisdom is wrong.

Peace, Love, and Understanding
Director- Bruce Beresford (Mao's Last Dancer)
Starring- Jane Fonda, Catherine Keener, Chace Crawford, and Elizabeth Olsen
A comedy about an uptight New York City lawyer who takes her two spirited teenagers to her hippie mother's farmhouse in the countryside for a family vacation.

Pearl Jam Twenty
Director- Cameron Crowe (Elizabethtown)
The documentary chronicles the years leading up to the band's formation, the chaos that ensued soon after their rise to megastardom, their step back from center stage, and the creation of a trusted circle that would surround them- giving way to a work culture that would sustain them.

Director- Oren Moverman (The Messenger)
Starring- Woody Harrelson, Brie Larson, Anne Heche, Cynthia Nixon, Sigourney Weaver, Ice Cube, Ben Foster, Ned Beatty, and Robin Wright
A genre bending, 1990s Los Angeles police family drama, the film explroes the dark soul and romantic misadventures of a never-changing LAPD cop whose past is finally catching up with him in the wake of a department-wide corruption scandal.

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Director- Lasse Hallstrom (Dear John)
Starring- Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt
Stuffy government fisheries scientist Fred is asked by a fishing-obsessed Arab Sheik to do the seemingly impossible- introduce British salmon to the Yemen.

Director- Steve McQueen (Hunger)
Starring- Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, and James Badge Dale
Brandon is a thirty-something man living in New York who is unable to manage his sex life and after his wayward sister moves into his apartment, his world spirals out of control.

The Skin I Live In
Director- Pedro Almodovar (Broken Embraces)
Starring- Antonio Banderas
Ever since his wife was burned in a car crash, Dr. Robert Ledgard, an eminent plastic surgeon, has been interested in creating a new skin with which he could have saved her.

Take This Waltz
Director- Sarah Polley (Away from Her)
Starring- Michelle Williams and Seth Rogen
A film that leads us through the familiar but uncharted question of what long-term relationships do to love, sex, and our images of ourselves.

Director- Michael Winterbottom (The Trip)
Starring- Freida Pinto
Set in contemporary India, the film tells the tragic love story between the son of a wealthy property developer and daughter of a rickshaw driver.

Director- Francis Ford Coppola (Tetro)
Starring- Val Kilmer, Bruce Dern, Elle Fanning, and Ben Chaplin
A writer with a career in decline arrives in a small town as a part of his book tour and gets caught up in a murder mystery involving a young girl.

Director- Paddy Considine
Starring- Peter Mullan
Joseph is a man plagued by violence and rage that is driving him to self-destruction and as his life spirals into turmoil, a chance of redemption appears in the form of Hannah, a Christian charity shop worker.

Director- Madonna
Starring- Abbie Cornish
Caught in a loveless Manhattan marriage, abused and frustrated Wally obsesses over Wallis Simpsons, the stylish American divorcee who captured the heart of Edward the VIII who abdicated the throne as the King of England.

We Need to Talk About Kevin
Director- Lynne Ramsay (Morvern Callar)
Starring- Tilda Swinton
A suspenseful and psychologically gripping exploration into a parent dealing with her child doing the unthinkable.

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