The Toronto International Film Festival is solidly underway and producers Ann Marie and Lauren, who both arrived in Toronto Thursday afternoon, have already each seen 9.5 and 10 movies respectively.
There is still a long, long way to go, though. Here are a few more films they are looking forward to seeing and hopefully, these early looks will lead to great Fresh Air guests in the near future.
Ann Marie writes,
It’s no surprise that we are huge Daily Show/Jon Stewart fans here at Fresh Air. So one of the films we are very excited to catch isROSEWATER, the film that took Stewart away from his Daily Show desk last summer. ROSEWATER is based on the 2011 memoir by Iranian-born journalist Maziar Bahari who was arrested, imprisoned, and tortured for close to 4 months after the 2009 presidential election there. The Daily Show and Stewart became a part of the real story—Iranian investigators used Bahari’s appearance on the show as proof that he was working with the West. Perhaps it is this close connection that helped Stewart choose this story as his directorial debut.
Of course, this is not a comedy. Still, early reviews say that there is a dark humor and intelligence that runs throughout the film. Again, no surprise there. Can’t wait to see Stewart go at it. Gael Garcia Bernal stars Bahari. (Release date: November 7th)
A lot has been written as of late about the battle between the Film Festivals and who gets bragging rights about being the site of a films World Premiere. It has always been the case that films that premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May then come to Toronto to get wider, North American attention. The American film, FOXCATCHER is one of those films. Foxcatcher is based on the true, true crime story of two brothers, played by Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo, who are also both Olympic Wrestlers. Their odd relationship with millionaire and benefactor John Du Pont (Steve Carrell) leads to murder. Director Bennett Miller won the best Director price at Cannes for the film. You know Miller’s other films—Capote (2005) and Moneyball (2011), which both had premieres in Toronto (Release date: November 14th)
WHILE WE’RE YOUNG
Full disclosure—I have a soft spot for Noah Baumbach films like Kicking and Screaming, The Squid and The Whale, and Frances Ha. This year, Baumbach is back with WHILE WE’RE YOUNG, about a documentary filmmaker and his wife, who reevaluate their lives after meeting a younger couple in their twenties. The older couple is played by Baumbach regular Ben Stiller (Greenberg) and Naomi Watts. The twentysomethings are played by Amanda Seyfried and Adam Driver, who is in three movies here at Toronto. Word is that Baumbach and FRANCES HA star and co-writer Greta Gerwig shot a film between Frances and While We’re Young that has yet to be heard about or released. Let’s hope Baumbach is not spreading himself too thin. (This film is an acquisition title, which means it is looking for a distributor)