Yes, film festivals are wonderful to attend (and this month’s just-concluded Toronto International Film Festival is one of the most wonderful I’ve ever personally covered), but for those cinephiles who can’t get to Toronto or Park City or Cannes or Venice, it’s the ultimate question – which of these films will I actually get to see?
TIFF is, of course a bit different than the vast majority of other festivals out there, simply because its biggest titles arrive with not only a large studio or production company footing the bill, but with set release dates we’ve known about months in advance. For a lot of the largest films at TIFF, the festival is simply a good place to have a premiere, get some buzz, and prep for the upcoming awards season – getting bought and distributed has already been taken care of. It’s no surprise that we’ll get to see films like Rush, August: Osage County, The Fifth Estate, Prisoners, and many more sooner rather than later (seriously, Rush comes out this week), but what about all those films that screened at TIFF with the intent to get bought? Plenty of them did get snapped up, and hopefully that means they’ll be hitting a theater near you soon enough. Take a look:
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him/ Her
The Weinstein Company picked up Ned Benson’s ambitious “two films in one” project starring Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy. With the film still classified as being “in progress,” don’t be surprised if this thing gets chopped up.
The Railway Man
TWC also bought the historical drama starring Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman, which apparently involves railways, history, and tragedy.
Can a Song Save Your Life?
Nope, TWC didn’t stop there, they also snapped up John Carney’s crowd-pleaser, starring Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo, and some sweet jams.
Jason Bateman’s directorial debut about spelling bees (sure) will come to us from Focus Features.
The F Word
The romantic comedy from Goon’s Michael Dowse was purchased by CBS Films, so look for the Zoe Kazan- and Daniel Radcliffe-starrer to have a nice limited release.
Magnolia Pictures is still very much in the Ti West business, and they will release his The Sacrament, presumably much like they’ve released his The House of the Devil and The Innkeepers in previous years.
The Right Kind of Wrong
Magnolia also picked up the Ryan Kwanten-starring rom-com, with plans to release it next year.
IFC Midnight grabbed the Midnight Madness hit about scientists, the Alps, and red glacier goo.
IFC Midnight also snapped up another Midnight Madness title with Zack Parker’s film. They’re living up to their name quite nicely.
A24 will release the other Denis Villeneuve/Jake Gyllenhaal collaboration from the festival – the one featuring Gyllenhaal in a dual role that people just can’t stop talking about.
Under the Skin
A24 will also release another buzzy TIFF title with this Scarlett Johansson-starring alien thriller.
Millennium Entertainment picked up the John Turturro-directed and Woody Allen-starring comedy. Nothing is fading here.
Life of Crime
Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions will put out this one, based on the late Elmore Leonard’s prequel to “Rum Punch” and starring a solid cast of Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Isla Fisher, Will Forte, and Tim Robbins.
Words and Pictures
Roadside is also down to release the “adult” romantic film starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. (Adult like mature, you pervs.)
One of Cory Monteith’s final film roles will be distributed by Well Go USA.
Bright Days Ahead
The French drama went to Tribeca Film before it even bowed at TIFF, so that sounds like some confidence.
All Is By My Side
The Jimi Hendrix biopic is set for Open Road Films. The film got mixed responses at TIFF, but we’re still looking forward to seeing it – especially since it all centers on a pre-fame Hendrix.
David Gordon Green’s latest is, at the time of this post, still in a bidding war between Magnolia and Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions. Return to form or what?
The Last of the Unjust
Claude Lanzmann’s latest centers on the Theresienstadt concentration camp and is already set up for a theatrical run next year and an Oscar qualifying run later this year, thanks to Cohen Media Group.
Which of these TIFF titles are you most interested in seeing?