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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

These 68 movies are coming to TIFF 2016

tiff 2016The 41st annual Toronto International Film Festival is less than two month away. And now we can finally start getting excited because we know what's going to be hitting the big screen from September 8 to 18.

Earlier this morning, TIFF CEO and director Piers Handling joined artistic director Cameron Bailey in a live press conference to announce the gala and special presentation films for 2016 festival.

Antoine Fuqua's highly anticipated, star-studded remake of the The Magnificent Seven is this year's opening night film. This western features Haley Bennett, Chris Pratt, Denzel Washington and Matt Bomer.

To close out the festival, TIFF will screen Kelly Fremon Craig's The Edge of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld. This coming-of-age story takes a cue from John Hughes to present the complexities of being a teenager.

This, of course, isn't the full lineup, but the movies announced today are already generating lots of buzz and it looks like 2016 is going to be a doozy.

In the Special Presentations category, Ewan McGregor's adaptation of Philip Roth's American Pastoral (starring Dakota Fanning, McGregor and Jennifer Connolly) looks darkly intriguing. Onur Tukel's Cat Fight (with Sandra Oh, Anne Heche and Alicia Silverstone) sounds almost too good to be true.

This year's gala films include Oliver Stone's Snowdon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto), Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe (David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyongo, Madina Nalwanga) and Rob Reiner's LBJ (Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Bill Pullman).

There's also a Justin Timberlake movie, a Rolling Stones movie and a heart-warming animated feature. Here's the full list of films announced today:


  • Denis Villeneuve's Arrival (Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner)
  • Peter Berg's Deepwater Horizon (Mark Wahlberg, Kurt Russell, John Malkovich)
  • Mark Williams' The Headhunters Calling (Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe, Anupam Kher, Alfred Molina, Alison Brie)
  • Bronwen Hughes' The Journey is the Destination
  • JT and the Tennessee Kids (Justin Timberlake)
  • Rob Reiner's LBJ (Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, and Bill Pullman)
  • Garth Davis' Lion (Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidmanm Dev Patel)
  • Jeff Nichols' Loving (Ruth Negga, Michael Shannon)
  • J.A. Bayona's A Monster Calls
  • Rebecca Zlotowski's Planetarium (Natalie Portman)
  • Mira Nair's Queen of Katwe (David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyongo, Madina Nalwanga)
  • Paul Dugdale's The Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole
  • Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture (Rooney Mara)
  • Oliver Stone's Snowdon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Zachary Quinto)
  • Katherine Dieckmann's Strange Weather
  • Lone Scherfig's Their Finest
  • Amma Asante's United Kingdom (David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike)


  • Kim Jee-woon's The Age of Shadows
  • Marc Forster's All I See Is You (Blake Lively)
  • Andrea Arnold's American Honey (Shia LaBeouf)
  • Ewan McGregor's American Pastoral (Ewan McGregor, Dakota Fanning, Jennifer Connolly)
  • Mahmoud Sabbagh's Barakah Meets Barakah
  • Vikram Gandhi's Barry
  • Nate Parker's The Birth of a Nation (Gabrielle Union, Armie Hammer)
  • Ben Younger's Bleed For This (Miles Teller)

  • Alex Lehmann's Blue Jay
  • Martin Koolhoven's Brimstone (Dakota Fanning, Kit Harrington)
  • Noel Clarke's Brotherhood
  • Susan Johnson's Carrie Pilby (Jason Ritter, Nathan Lane)
  • Onur Tukel's Cat Fight (Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone)
  • Pete Travis' City of Tiny Lights
  • Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune
  • Kiyoshi Kurosawa's Daguerrotype
  • Konkona Sensharma's A Death in the Gunj
  • Mick Jackson's Denial (Rachel Weisz)

  • Paul Verhoeven's Elle
  • Raja Amari's Foreign Body
  • François Ozon's Frantz
  • Park Chan-wook's The Handmaiden
  • Kôji Fukada's Harmonium
  • Feng Xiaogang's I Am Not Madame Bovary
  • Nick Hamm's The Journey
  • Nick Cannon's King of the Dancehall (Nick Cannon, Busta Rhymes, Whoopi Goldberg)
  • Damien Chazelle's La La Land (Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone)

  • Juan Carlos Medina's The Limehouse Golem
  • Kenneth Lonergan's Manchester by the Sea (Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams and Kyle Chandler)
  • Christopher Guest's Mascot (Parker Posey)
  • e Aisling Walsh's Maudi (Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke)
  • Pablo Larraín's Neruda
  • Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals (Amy Adam, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon)
  • Baltasar Kormákur's The Oath
  • Arnaud des Pallières' Orphan
  • Eleanor Coppola's Paris Can Wait (Diane Lane, Alec Baldwin)
  • Jim Jarmusch's Patterson (Adam Driver)
  • Asghar Farhadi's The Salesman
  • Werner Herzog's Salt and Fire (Michael Shannon, Gael Garcia Bernal)
  • Garth Jennings' Sing (Scarlett Johansson, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane)

  • Mia Hansen-Løve's L'Avenir (Isabelle Huppert)
  • Maren Ade's Toni Erdmann
  • Adam Smith's Trespass Against Us (Michael Fassbender)
  • Benedict Andrews's Una
  • Alan Gilsenan's Unless
  • Cheng Er's The Wasted Times


  • Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven
  • Kelly Fremon Craig's The Edge of Seventeen (Hailee Steinfeld)

What movies are you most excited to see at TIFF this year? Let us know in the comments.

Photo of the The Magnificent Seven.

by Amy Grief via blogTO

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