The 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is slated for greatness with hundreds of movies and guests on September 8-18, 2011.
Sarah Polley will make her directorial return five years after the very emotional “Away from Her.” “Take This Waltz” tells the story of Margot (Michelle Williams), a 28 year-old married woman struggling to choose between her husband Lou (Seth Rogen) and Daniel (Luke Kirby), a neighbour.
Producer Francis Ford Coppola is also part of the line-up with “Twixt.” Inspired by the gothic horror of Edgar Allan Poe, his latest film focuses on a mystery writer (Val Kilmer) whose mind gets trapped in a dream world where murder and evil meet.
Here is a short list of movies for this year:
“Albert Nobbs” (Rodrigo García, Ireland, 2011): In this adaptation of George Moore’s “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs,” Glenn Close plays the role of a 19th-century Irishwoman who disguises herself as Albert and has worked as a butler for 20 years, to keep herself from destitution.
“The Lady” (Luc Besson, France / United Kingdom, 2010): In 1988, Aung San Suu Kyi (Michelle Yeoh) returned to her native Burma from Oxford. Two years later, following the victory of her party in the general election, she was held under house arrest by the military junta. She remained a prisoner in her own home for most of the next 15 years.
“Pariah” (Dee Rees, United States, 2011): At 17, Alike (Adepero Oduye) exists in two worlds. She must juggle conflicting identities and risk family and friendships in a search for sexual expression.
“The Cardboard Village” (Ermanno Olmi, Italy, 2011): Shortly after witnessing the deconsecration of his church, an elderly priest finds a new role in life with a group of illegal immigrants that take refuge in the building.
“Moneyball” (Bennett Miller, United States, 2010): Billy Beane (Brad Pitt) is the Oakland Athletics’ general manager whose unorthodox approach to fielding a team had a major impact on the game.
Actors expected to attend this year’s TIFF include Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, George Clooney, Brad Pitt, Clive Owen, Gerard Butler, Glenn Close, Rachel Weisz, Ryan Gosling, Salma Hayek, Viggo Mortensen, and Woody Harrelson.
Single tickets for the festival go on sale on September 3. For more information, visit http://tiff.net/thefestival/
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