Bright Lights and Star Filled Nights.
As the breathtaking incandescence of the summer sun begins its departure into shorter appearances and milder temperatures – a new cavalcade of vivid colours begins to paint the Toronto landscape with an undeniable beauty that radiates throughout the entire city. This allure isn’t only the result of nature’s euphoric transition into autumn coloured leaves, but also a time of year where Toronto transforms into Hollywood North – with some of the biggest and brightest movie stars from around the world migrating north of the border for a star-studded two-week festival.
Starting out in 1976 as a collection of films from other festivals — a "festival of festivals" — the Toronto International Film Festival has become one of the most beloved cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform for filmmakers to launch their careers and to premiere their new work. The Festival has been described as "the most important film festival in the world — the largest, the most influential, the most inclusive."
If you’re one of the lucky residents who managed to move into our Toronto landmarks, Studio Condos – you’ll find yourself in the heart of it all. A 5-minute walk from the TIFF Bell Lightbox, it’s where Financial and Cultural Districts converge, creating a swirling dynamic of clubs and thrills traded on the most important index of all – quality of life. Ultimately, Studio has always been about where art meets life, and nothing exemplifies this more than TIFF right on your doorstep.
Some noteworthy films with red-carpet premiers this year that people are buzzing about*:
A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper – USA
“Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut tells the story of a seasoned musician who discovers — and falls in love with — a struggling artist, but, even as her career takes off, he fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.”
Dan Fogelman - Spain
“Writer, director, and producer Dan Fogelman’s (This Is Us) affecting drama about life, love, and loss, ambitiously set across years and continents, features an impressive ensemble cast, including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Mandy Patinkin, and Antonio Banderas.”
Zhang Yimou – China
“Master filmmaker Zhang Yimou brings a completely original cinematic style to an epic battle story, contrasting visuals that draw on China's centuries-old tradition of ink-wash painting against next-level fighting sequences to dazzling effect”
The Hate U Give
George Tillman, Jr. – USA
“A timely commentary in the Black Lives Matter era, George Tillman, Jr.'s adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas follows Starr, a promising student and cherished daughter whose life is upended, then galvanized, when a friend is senselessly shot dead by police.”
Claire Denis – Germany, France, USA, UK, Poland
“Master French filmmaker Claire Denis’s long-anticipated English-language debut and provocative sci-fi drama stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth, and André Benjamin as a group of criminals sent into deep space.”
Asghar Farhadi – France, Spain, Italy
“Academy Award winner Asghar Farhadi (A Separation, The Salesman) directs Penélope Cruz and Javier Bardem in this layered, psychological drama about a family wedding interrupted by a shocking crime and some long-buried secrets.”
Mélanie Laurent – USA
“For director Mélanie Laurent’s pulpy and atmospheric English-language debut, True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto adapts his own bestseller about a wounded hitman (Ben Foster) on the run with a troubled young prostitute (Elle Fanning) and her kid sister.”
Jiang Wen – China
“On the cusp of the Second Sino-Japanese War, a spy (Eddie Peng) returns to China set on revenge, but finds himself plunged into a high-stakes game of intrigue, love, and scheming, in actor-director Jiang Wen’s energetic follow-up to Let the Bullets Fly and Gone with the Bullets.”
Steve McQueen – United Kingdom
“A heavyweight cast — including Viola Davis, Daniel Kaluuya, Liam Neeson, Jacki Weaver, Colin Farrell, and Michelle Rodriguez — propels Steve McQueen’s white-knuckle thriller (co-written by Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn) about four women left in a deadly lurch when their criminally connected husbands are all killed.”
Anurag Kashyap – India
“A spirited girl finds herself caught in a complicated love triangle while burdened with societal and familial pressures, in the latest from prolific Indian director Anurag Kashyap (Gangs of Wasseypur, The Brawler). Starring Vicky Kaushal, Abhishek Bachchan, and newcomer Taapsee Pannu.”
Bruce Sweeney – Canada
“In Bruce Sweeney's Vancouver-set dramedy, a single car mechanic's suspicions that her sister-in-law is having an affair prompts their small circle of family and friends to confront their own stalled routes to romance.”
*All film descriptions are taken from TIFF.