ICYMI, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its first additions to the line-up for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations. For those who don’t know about TIFF, it is one of the biggest film festivals in the world, as revered as the Cannes Film Festival. Movies that make it to the line-up are usually in the run for the Oscars. This year has seen a great line-up of movies, including our very own Konkona SenSharma’s directorial debut A Death in the Gunj. Needless to say, we are very excited for her and for the other movies to make it to our theatres. Check out the trailers for some of these movies here, including KSS’s dramatic film. Take a look:
The Magnificent Seven
The festival opens with this Western action film, starring Denzel Washington (who doesn’t know him?), Ethan Hawke (the dad from Boyhood) and Chris Pratt (Andy from Parks & Recreation, who lost tons of weight and looked super-hot in Guardians of the Galaxy). Remember the critically acclaimed 1954 Japanese film Seven Samurai? The Magnificent Seven is the remake of the movie.
The Edge of Seventeen
The Woody Harrelson-starrer is the closing night pick for this year’s festival. The movie stars Hailee Steinfeld (BFF of Taylor Swift; also seen in the Bad Blood video) in the lead role, as a 17-year old dealing with teenage issues. It’s not your regular teen movie, but actually depicts the traumatic struggles of that age, while Harrelson brings a comedic element to the movie.
A Death in the Gunj
Konkona SenSharma’s directorial venture is all set to premiere at TIFF. The movie stars Ranvir Shorey (Konkona’s ex-husband), Kalki Koechlin, and Vikrant Massey (the guy from the Idea 4G ad you keep seeing on TV). The story involves a trip to McCluskieganj in Jharkhand, the idea of masculinity and a death (or possibly, a murder). The film will release in English and Bengali.
Queen of Katwe
A film by Mira Nair (director of the controversial film, Fire), it depicts the life of Phiona Mutesi, a chess prodigy who grew up in the Ugandan slum of Katwe and rose to become the first titled female player in Ugandan chess history. The film stars David Oyelowo (played Martin Luther King in Selma) and Lupita Nyong’o (won an Oscar for 12 Years a Slave).
The Birth of a Nation
Another directorial debut, Nate Parker is the director, producer, writer and actor of this period drama. It is based on the life of Nat Turner, an African-American who led the slave rebellion in Virginia, US, an important event in American history. The movie premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival, and received mostly positive reviews by critics.
Another American historical drama, Loving touches upon the topic of interracial marriages in the US. The film follows the relationship and marriage of a colored woman and a white man in mid-20th century America, when it was prohibited by law. As Indians, it is very important we watch this film, as we, too, still live in a country cursed with honor killings and prohibitions of inter-caste and inter-religion marriages.
What if someone declared that the Holocaust was not real? You’d feel like your whole life and all those tedious history lessons have been a lie. That’s exactly what happens in this movie, based on Deborah E. Lipstadt‘s book History on Trial: My Day in Court with a Holocaust Denier. It stars Rachel Weisz as Deborah E. Lipstadt and Timothy Spall (Peter Pettigrew from the Harry Potter series).
The plot revolves around the monotonous life of Paterson, a bus driver and poet from New Jersey, and his wife, who are left shattered by a small disaster. The movie was nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival.
The movie is based on the most wanted man in USA – Edward Snowden. He was no terrorist or mass murderer, but a hero, who leaked classified information from the US’ National Security Agency in 2013. It stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden, as well as Shailene Woodley (lead star of the Divergent series), Scott Eastwood (the gorgeous son of Clint Eastwood) and Nicholas Cage.
La La Land
This Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone-starrer is a romantic musical-drama, written and directed by Damien Chazelle (director of Whiplash). Think jazz music, flashy lights and dingy bars, and you have an idea of the movie’s visual elements. It also stars J. K. Simmons (the Oscar winner for Whiplash), John Legend (All of Me singer) and Finn Wittrock (last seen in American Horror Story: Hotel).
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