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Montreal filmmaker Kim Nguyen, whose previous films include “Rebel,” a finalist for the Oscar, has hired a distribution hell for “The Hummingbird Project”.
Moviegoers at the Festival international du film de Toronto (TIFF) will be able to discover in the first world, or north america, the most recent works of Steve McQueen, Claire Denis, Jacques Audiard, Damien Chazelle or Zhang Yimou, but also the all-new realization of Quebec’s Kim Nguyen.
The organizers of TIFF have unveiled Tuesday the films that will be screened at the “evening gala” and “special presentations” from 6 to 16 September.
Montreal filmmaker Kim Nguyen, whose previous films include Rebel, a finalist for the Oscar, has hired a distribution hell for The Hummingbird Project. Jesse Eisenberg and Alexander Skarsgard play two cousins who are trying to make a fortune by digging a narrow tunnel of 1600 miles between Kansas and New Jersey in order to gain an advance of 14 milliseconds on stock transactions. Salma Hayek is also of distribution.
You will see elsewhere at TIFF the first “american film” by Jacques Audiard, The brothers Sisters, western starring Joaquin Phoenix, John C. Reilly and Jake Gyllenhaal. Audiard co-wrote the adaptation of the popular comic novel by Patrick deWitt, a writer originally from Vancouver island.
Lady Gaga actress
The TIFF also promises the first film by Bradley Cooper, A Star is Born, with Lady Gaga. The actor, who co-wrote the screenplay, plays a country musician alcoholic who falls in love with a singer. Film buffs will also see the new film by Damien Chazelle, First Man, on the life of Neil Armstrong, first man to walk on the Moon. The director of the The Land reverts to its canadian star, Ryan Gosling, in the role of the astronaut.
Claire Denis (A beautiful inner sun) will present the world premiere of its first production in English, High Life, science-fiction film starring Juliette Binoche and Robert Pattinson.
In Ben is Back, Peter Hedges, Julia Roberts plays a mother whose son (Lucas Hedges, discovered in Manchester by the Sea) home for the holidays with substance abuse problems. The theme of restoration continues with a Beautiful Boy, Felix Van Groeningen, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet. The boy’Call me by your name plays, this time a son, who struggle against an addiction to the drug methamphetamine.
The director of the montreal native Jason Reitman will present a world first as The Front Runner, with Hugh Jackman in the role of us senator Gary Hart, who has been involved in a scandal of adultery that will derail his campaign for the nomination and a democrat in 1988.
Although the largest part of the canadian securities has not yet been revealed, it was learned Tuesday that Patricia Rozema returned to Toronto with Mouthpiece.
The TIFF will present the film biography of David Lowery , “The Old Man the Gun, which would be the latest appearance in the films of Robert Redford, before his retirement announced. For him to say goodbye, we gathered including Casey Affleck, Danny Glover, Tom Waits, and Sissy Spacek.
Steve McQueen will be at the festival with the thriller Widows, which is also filled with stars, including Viola Davis, Colin Farrell and Liam Neeson. Emilio Estevez made a welcome return to the cinema with The Public, in which the director will play alongside Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater and Gabrielle Union.
A total of 17 performances and 30 special presentations were announced Tuesday, including 21 films are world premieres and 13 are made by women. The TIFF égrènera the rest of its programming over the coming weeks.