Well we don’t have Lincoln, but we do have The Master, as hoped, along with new films from Spike Lee, Brian De Palma, Lee Daniels, and Walter Salles.
The hugely anticipated The Master will come to TIFF as part of the Special Presentations program, instantly making it one of the hottest films of the festival. The inside word is that Joaquin Phoenix, not Phillip Seymour Hoffman gives the major performance within the film and that he will be a factor in the race for Best Actor.
Lee Daniels first film since the astonishing Precious (2009) is The Paperboy and frankly the trailer looks terrific with Nicole Kidman reminding us that she is and always has been a formidable actress. Looks like John Cusack has a role he can sink his teeth into as well.
Walter Salles brings his long awaited On the Road here with the very in the news Kristen Stewart, and Spike Lee will be here with Bad 25. Festival regular, as an attendee more than anything else, Brian De Palma will be here with Passion, meaning it’s a cinch I will bump into him in a screening or two. Once I had the pleasure of sitting beside him in a film and we chatted about Blow Out (1981) and Casulaties of War (1989), just a terrific man and a serious movie lover.
So, as expected TIFF will launch several films on their road to Oscar, and though Lincoln and Zero Dark Thirty will not be here, it still looks like a hell of a festival!!!
Tags: American film directors, Brian de Palma, Cinema of the United States, Entertainment/Culture, Joaquin Phoenix, John Cusack, Lee Daniels, nicole kidman, Oscar, Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Spike Lee, The Paperboy, Toronto International Film Festival, Walter Salles
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