14 Buzziest Movies for Sale at This Year’s Toronto Film Festival (Photos)

Beatrice Verhoeven and Brian Welk

“Bad Education”

Perhaps one of the biggest titles for sale, “Bad Education” stars Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano and Alex Wolff and is based on the real-life events that took place at writer Mike Makowsky’s high school.

“Citizen K”

Following his critically lauded “The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley,” Alex Gibney is back with “Citizen K,” a documentary about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who went from communist to political prisoner in a 20-year battle with Putin.

“The Friend”

Based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film follows a man (Jason Segel) who puts his life on hold to help his friends though a terminal cancer diagnosis. Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck also star in the Gabriela Cowperthwaite (“Blackfish”) film.

“How to Build a Girl”

Everyone is obsessed with Beanie Feldstein following her performance in “Booksmart,” so naturally, this film has become a buzzy title for TIFF buyers. This time, Feldstein stars as a teenager trying to reinvent herself as a hip London music critic. Chris O’Dowd and Emma Thompson also star.

Sales: Endeavor Content, Protagonist Pictures

“Guns Akimbo”

This one is for the Daniel Radcliffe fans out there — this hilarious dark sci-fi thriller pits the actor as the next contestant in an illegal live-streamed death match. Samara Weaving, fresh of “Ready Or Not,” also stars.

Sales: Endeavor Content


After “Suffragette,” Sarah Gavron is back with “Rocks,” which is definitely picking up major word of mouth ahead of the festival. The movie follows a young girl who suddenly finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.

Sales: Endeavor Content

“And We Go Green”

Leonardo DiCaprio produces this film about the international Formula E circuit, which is similar to Formula One but with eco-friendly electric cars. On brand for the actor, who even has a foundation dedicated to the environment and Earth’s inhabitants.

“Red Penguins”

“Red Penguins” is the latest documentary from Gabe Polsky (“Red Army,” “In Search of Greatness”). It follows Steve Warshaw’s attempts to change post-Soviet Russian hockey into a sporting event for everyone.

“There’s Something in the Water”

Canadian Ellen Page turned her eyes back homeward for her latest film, a documentary that looks at an environmental crisis of toxic fallout from industrial development. But as she explores her native Nova Scotia and visits families who have contracted cancer and other side effects from the toxins, she discovers these incidents have all been localized in poor income neighborhoods often home to indigenous or black communities. Page and Ian Daniel, who directs the documentary-series “Gaycation” with Page, call out the “environmental racism” taking place as native women fight for their land.

“Wasp Network”

“Wasp Network” will be the 17th narrative feature from the prolific French auteur Olivier Assayas, but this is his first return to the political thriller genre since 2010’s “Carlos.” “Wasp Network” also re-teams Assayas with that film’s Golden Globe-nominated star Edgar Ramírez, leading a cast that also includes Penélope Cruz, Ana de Armas and Gael García Bernal. The film is a twisty and tense spy drama based on often misunderstood recent events from the ’90s, in which five Cuban dissidents were imprisoned by the US on charges of espionage and murder.


Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska star in “Notting Hill” director Roger Michell’s “Blackbird,” which is a remake of a Danish film called “Silent Heart” from 2014. Sarandon plays a mother who learns she’s dying of terminal illness and has chosen to end her life on her own terms. But upon calling her family together for one last goodbye, former tensions and arguments between sisters Winslet and Wasikowska boil back up to the surface.


It’s a family affair! Bryce Dallas Howard’s debut feature documentary is about dads and a whole lot of dad jokes. Howard specifically focuses on her relationship with her father Ron Howard, but also gets the insight from other comedians and actors in Hollywood about their experience with fatherhood. Patton Oswalt talks about the responsibility of becoming a single parent after the death of his wife, and Hasan Minhaj also reflects on what it means that his immigrant father gave up so much so he could succeed. But “Dads” is also the first documentary that went into production under Imagine Entertainment’s new documentary division, which has already released “Pavarotti” and has plans for films about Louis Armstrong, Dwyane Wade and last year’s wildfires in California.

“The Other Lamb”

If you saw and loved Ari Aster’s “Midsommar,” this is the movie for you — plus, we’ll watch anything Michiel Huisman, especially when he plays a cult leader who is questioned by a young woman born into the cult. Given “Midsommar’s” critical acclaim, we imagine this one will sell quickly. Plus, it was featured on the BloodList in 2017 so we know it’s scary as hell.

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