Stars and Oscar Contenders Heading to the Toronto Film Festival This Year
There’s a whole lot of drama coming to the Toronto International Film Festival. The event, which will take place this September, has developed a reputation as an Oscar buzz-generator, giving an early boost to past films like 12 Years a Slave, Silver Linings Playbook and Slumdog Millionaire. It’s not surprise then that the the initial 2014 line-up (announced this morning) is filled with Academy-pleasing fare: A-list biopics, meaty dramas, and plenty of career re-inventions. Kate Winslet, Robert Downey Jr., Channing Tatum, Anna Kendrick, Denzel Washington, Jake Gyllenhaal, and Reese Witherspoon are among the many stars likely to make an appearance on the red carpet this fall. Here are some of the most exciting films on the docket.
Foxcatcher — Steve Carell and Channing Tatum explore new terrain in this psychological drama, for which Bennett Miller won the best director award at Cannes. It’s based on the true story of Olympic wrestlers Mark (Tatum) and Dave Schultz (Mark Ruffalo), whose relationship with their wealthy sponsor (Carell) threatens to destroy them both.
The Equalizer – Denzel Washington stars in this adaptation of the ‘80s TV drama, about a man who seeks to atone for his violent past by helping strangers in need. Directed by Antoine Fuqua (Training Day), the film will have its world premiere at Toronto.
Black and White — A hot-button drama about racial tensions in a custody battle, this may be Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer’s bid to re-enter the Oscar race. Costner plays a widowed grandfather who is raising his bi-racial granddaughter; Spencer plays the girl’s grandmother, who decides to fight for custody.