Running September 8-18, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) recently announced the first batch of flicks that will be shown during the annual event. The films run the gamut from documentaries on some of music's biggest bands to jilted love stories and everything in-between.
Look for these top films at TIFF in September.
"From The Sky Down," a flick about the iconic group U2, will open the fest. Made by Davis Guggenheim, the brains behind "An Inconvenient Truth," it is not only the first time in nearly four decades that a documentary flick has been chosen to open the event, but it was also a surprising pick given the opener is usually a home-grown project and Guggenheim is American.
"The Lady" will also see its world debut at TIFF – made by Luc Besson, this film follows the life of controversial figure and Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi, played by Michelle Yeoh.
"Take this Waltz" by Sarah Polley stars Luke Kirby, Seth Rogen, Sarah Silverman, and two-time Oscar-nominee Michelle Williams in this bittersweet story about a married woman struggling to choose between her husband and a man she's just met.
"Pearl Jam Twenty" is a compilation of more than 1200 hours of video footage of the popular American band, who is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. A trailer for the Cameron Crowe flick was released this week, and the movie will debut at TIFF on September 10.
"W.E." stars Abbie Cornish and is Madonna's second directing project – the storyline follows a woman in 1998 who is infatuated with the 1930s marriage of King Edward VIII (James D'Arcy) and American divorcée Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough) – spanning six decades, "W.E." brings together the past and present into two parallel love stories.
"Ides of March," directed by George Clooney, is a political drama set in the days leading up to a fictional presidential primary. Clooney also stars as a Democratic candidate who schools his idealistic campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) in the dubious machinations of modern politics.
"Moneyball" is Bennett Miller’s follow-up to 2005’s "Capote" and stars Brad Pitt as Billy Beane, the Oakland Athletics’ general manager whose unorthodox approach to fielding a team had a major impact on the game.
The flick "360" is by director Fernando Meirelles and stars Rachel Weisz, Jude Law and Anthony Hopkins in this uncompromising dramatic thriller fuelled by the notion of how sexual relationships can transgress social boundaries.