Toronto International Film Festival

On August 8, 2013 by Lori Z

Yesterday, Indiewire released a list of films confirmed for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival! So far, the list includes 125 films, but last year’s festival had a total of 289 feature films in its program, meaning there are still more films to come. Below I’ve highlighted four of the films I am most excited to see when they are released in theaters (descriptions are from Indiewire), but you can find the list of all 125 films here. In the comments below, let us know what films you are most looking forward to seeing!

Kill Your Darlings  John Krokidas

Kill Your Darlings is the true story of friendship and murder that led to the birth of an entire generation. This is the  previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Kill Your DarlingsAllen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution. Also stars Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick, and John Cullum.

Why I want to see it: I’ve always been interested in beat writers and the Beat Generation. Plus, my 13 year old self would never forgive me for missing a film starring Daniel Radcliffe.

Rush Ron Howard

RushTwo-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard (A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon) teams up once again with two-time Academy Award–nominated writer Peter Morgan (Frost/Nixon, The Queen) on Rush — a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl). Also features Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, and Pierfrancesco Favino.

Why I want to see it: I didn’t think a movie about racing cars would be for me, but Rush is about so much more than that. Based on a true story, the interconnecting stories of the two main characters, Lauda and Hunt, is what makes Rush (directed by JBFC Board member Ron Howard) worth seeing!

The Double Richard Ayoade

the double

Simon is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon’s exact physical double and his opposite — confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon’s horror, James slowly starts taking over his life. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mia Wasikowska, Wallace Shawn, and Noah Taylor.

Why I want to see it: The Double was adapted from a  novel of the same name by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and I will be interested to see how Ayoade takes a story set in 19th century Russia and applies it to present day USA.

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón

Gravity is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls its audience into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer accompanied on her first shuttle mission by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening Gravitysilence tells them they have lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But their only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

Why I want to see it: I am a huge fan of Alfonso Cuarón. A Little Princess is one of the first movies where I remember having to hide my face in my hands from crying so much and Y Tu Mamá También is one of my favorite films. Plus, I think Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban was the best film in the Harry Potter franchise. So I always get excited when a new Cuarón film comes around. And as someone who is both fascinated by space and terrified at the thought of actually going up there, Gravity is one Cuarón film I definitely can’t miss.

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