2016 Oscar Circuit Guide: Award Hopefuls Debuting at Venice, TIFF, and NYFF

promise_tiffThe Promise
dir. Terry George – TIFF – No U.S. Distribution

Added to the TIFF lineup late, this Terry George historical drama pairs the musings of Academy Award winner Christian Bale and Oscar Isaac.  Written by George and Oscar-nominated writer Robin Swicord (“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”), who has her sophomore directorial effort this year (“Wakefield”), this could be the touch of class that Oscar is looking for this season.  Co-starring the hotly anticipated Charlotte Le Bon, if the film manages to capture the attention of a savvy studio (Fox Searchlight?), perhaps this can catapult itself into the thick of the conversation.