Toronto Film Festival 2011

Mimi ON Sep 02, 2011 AT 5:26 pm


On Tuesday I head off to Toronto for The 36th annual Toronto International Film Festival, see it under #TIFF on twitter for updates and news.

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off on September 8th with the world premiere Gala Presentation of “From the Sky Down”, a documentary charting the production of U2’s 1991 hit album.

Helmed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Davis Guggenheim, “From the Sky Down” chronicles the production of the groundbreaking album, featuring brand new interviews, stories and unseen footage from Berlin and Dublin. The film is already making history, as this marks the first time in its 36 years that The Toronto International Film Festival will open with a documentary, and I will be there for it!


Also making their world premiere at Toronto International Film Festival is “Moneyball”, Bennett Miller’s directorial follow up to 2005’s “Capote”. “Moneyball” is based on the book of the same name, which in turn is based on the true-life story of Billy Beane (Brad Pitt), the general manager of the Oakland Athletics, forming an unlikely partnership with Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) and revolutionising the world of baseball.

Films premiering at The Toronto International Film Festival worth keeping an eye out for include Roland Emmerich’s “Anonymous”. A conspiracy thriller based on the age old debate of who actually created the body of work credited to William Shakespeare. “Anonymous” stars Rhys Ifans as Edward de Vere, Earl of Oxford the man behind Shakespeare, Rafe Spall as William Shakespeare himself, and Vanessa Redgrave as Queen Elizabeth.

Another film making its world premiere which is sure to get people talking, and laughing, is “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” from The Duplass Brothers. Starring comedy heavyweights Jason Segel and Ed Helms, “Jeff, Who Lives at Home” tells the comedic and unexpected events of one mans journey to the store to pick up wood glue. Also staring Susan Sarandon this could be the film that finally takes the Duplass brothers into the mainstream.

A comedy making its world premiere in Toronto is Julian Farino’s The Oranges. The film marks Hugh Laurie’s return to the big screen as David Walling, who becomes the centre of next-door neighbour’s, and best friend’s daughter’s, affections. As feelings between the two heighten, the lives of the two neighbouring families are thrown into upheaval with the ramifications of the affair beginning to work on the other family members in unexpected, hilarious and even positive ways.

These are just a small selection of the promising looking films that are set to premiere in Toronto next week, so stay tuned to BATD for updates and coverage, there’s a ridiculously exciting list of talent attending so you can be sure of any news from me while I’m there. Mostly I will be seen stalking Jon Hamm, but I may bump into Clooney and Pitt in the process, I’ll let you know..

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