12 August, 2015

The Toronto International Film Festival 2015

I will be attending the Toronto International Film Festival this September and I could not be more excited. The goal is to find Emma Watson and become best friends with her, but I’m also hoping to see some great films.


TIFF is the leading public film festival in the world, bringing the power of film to life each September, since 1976.


In that time, the festival has premiered many notable films. On Sunday, the Toronto Sun published an article titled, “TIFF 2015: 40 Notable Films that Screened at the Fest.” The article can be read HERE and the 40 films are listed below as well, with the year it was screened at the festival in parenthesis. I bolded the ones that I think if you have not seen, you should see as soon as possible, with extra emphasis on The Princess Bride and Slumdog Millionaire, two of my favorite films.


  • Cousin Cousine (1976) Jean-Charles Tacchella
  • It’s a Wonderful Life (1977) Frank Capra
  • Outrageous! (1977) Richard Benner
  • In Praise of Older Women (1978) George Kaczender
  • Best Boy (1979) Ira Wohl
  • Chariots of Fire (1981) Hugh Hudson
  • The Big Chill (1983) Lawrence Kasdan
  • Videodrome (1983) David Cronenberg
  • Blood Simple. (1984) Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
  • Mon Oncle Antoine (1984) Claude Jutra
  • My American Cousin (1985) Sandy Wilson
  • Blue Velvet (1986) David Lynch
  • The Decline of the American Empire (1986) Denys Arcand
  • The Princess Bride (1987) Rob Reiner
  • Dead Ringers (1988) David Cronenberg
  • In Country (1989) Norman Jewison
  • Meet the Feebles (1990) Peter Jackson
  • Raise the Red Lantern (1991) Yimou Zhang
  • Reservoir Dogs (1992) Quentin Tarantino
  • Cronos (1993) Guillermo del Toro
  • The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Frank Darabont
  • Antonia’s Line (1995) Marleen Gorris
  • Fire (1996) Deepa Mehta
  • The Sweet Hereafter (1997) Atom Egoyan
  • American Beauty (1999) Sam Mendes
  • Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000) Ang Lee
  • Amélie (2001) Jean-Pierre Jeunet
  • Monsoon Wedding (2001) Mira Nair
  • City of God (2002) Fernando Meirelles, Kátia Lund
  • Ray (2004) Taylor Hackford
  • C.R.A.Z.Y. (2005) Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Away from Her (2006) Sarah Polley
  • Juno (2007) Jason Reitman
  • Slumdog Millionaire (2008) Danny Boyle, Loveleen Tandan
  • Incendies (2010) Denis Villeneuve
  • Argo (2012) Ben Affleck
  • Amour (2012) Michael Haneke
  • 12 Years a Slave (2013) Steve McQueen
  • Leviathon (2014) Andrey Zvyagintsev


As you can see, a myriad of Oscar-winning films were screened at the festival. Smaller budget films starring Eddie Redmayne, Maggie Smith, and Emma Watson are going to premiere at the festival this September. Also premiering are bigger blockbusters, such as The Martian, directed by Ridley Scott and starring Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kristen Wiig. Basically, I’m really excited. And you will probably be seeing some of the films premiered at the festival come awards season.


The pictures above are from some films that are premiering at the festival this year, listed below (in order):

  • The Martian (2015) Ridley Scott
  • Colonia (2015) Florian Gallenberger
  • Demolition (2015) Jean-Marc Vallée
  • Spotlight (2015) Tom McCarthy
  • The Lady in the Van (2015) Nicholas Hytner
  • The Danish Girl (2015) Tom Hooper
  • The Dressmaker (2015) Jocelyn Moorhouse
  • Trumbo (2015) Jay Roach

Be sure to visit the festival's website to check out other films that will be screened.


Post by Katrina Faust

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