TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) continues to roll out more of its film programming, adding the world premier of a documentary featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, a 1978-set gang thriller with the in-demand Brie Larson, a cannibal lovers tale starring Keanu Reeves and Jim Carrey, and the return of the Blair Witch.
The Midnight Madness programme, will begin with opening film Free Fire (which I am uber excited to see!). Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting between two rival gangs in an abandoned warehouse turns into a shootout and kick-starts a heart-racing game of survival. With a fantastic cast containing the likes of Brie Larson- Oscar winner and newly announced Captain Marvel, Cillian Murphy- Peaky Blinders, Sam Riley- Maleficent, with the film being directed by Ben Wheatley, who previously directed Kill List, Sightseers and High-Rise, which have all played at TIFF.
The year’s best-kept secret, the surprise sequel to The Blair Witch will hold its much anticipated world premier during the festival. Blair Witch picks up years after the events of the first film that saw a group of students with only a camcorder at hand, go missing in the woods. Now, after a young man believes his sister was one of this missing students to vanish in the woods, he heads out in search of his sister on an expedition to find out what happened to his lost sibling down in the deep heart of the Blair Witch’s forest. The film was a big surprise this year, it was only just revealed to be a sequel to the original film at Comic-Con, where the director revealed he had managed to keep it secret from the actors throughout the entire casting and audition process.
Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe shall be attending the festival with the contemporary crime thriller Dog Eat Dog, a film about a trio of ex-cons who end up on the run from the law after kidnapping goes wrong.
Another film getting early access is the sci-fi thriller The Girl with All The Gifts. Based on the novel by Mike Carey, a young girl sets out to save the world in the much loved dystopian future, Starring Gemma Arterton and Glen Close.
Besides all of the films, a wave of documentaries and Vanguard films were announced, one featuring this years Oscar winner Leonardo DiCaprio with his quest of saving the environment. Turning Point features DiCaprio’s tireless quest to raise global awareness about climate change, which we all know is an important factor in Leo’s life, having expressed his views throughout his Oscar speech. The documentary also tells us about his role as UN Ambassador of Peace and it will have its world premiere at TIFF.
Other documentaries to be included are Into The Inferno, a look at volcanoes from iconic filmmaker Werner Herzog and The 6th Beatle which explores the legacy of The Beatles first promoter, Sam Leach, before he was replaced by manager Brain Epstein.
In regards to the announcements in the Vanguard programme, which highlights provocative and unique storytelling, will include the return of Jim Carrey and Mr. Robot star Rami Malek as a ‘mountain man’. Carrey as been off our screens for some time, however he is back with The Bad Batch, together with Keanu Reeves and Jason Momoa, who will star in a… its that them again, dystopian love story set in a texan community of cannibals.
Malek will star in Buster’s Mal Heart as a mountain man on the run from the authorities due to him breaking into a number of vacation homes to survive the winter. With the haunting of his recurring dreams, Malek’s character discovers that they may not be dreams at all.
The line up for TIFF is looking a good one this year, kicking off on the 8th of September, with a host of films and documentaries to get us all excited for in the near future.