We are at the midway point of the Toronto International Film Festival, which outside of Cannes, is the most influential tastemaker for the fall and winter Academy Awards season. With French film, Blue Is the Warmest Color achieving an unprecedented sweep at Cannes this summer, the competition remains wide open for both the critical and audience awards in Toronto.
TIFF has been the launching pad for the past six Best Picture winners, many of them surprises that gained steam rather late in the game–think audience favorite, Slumdog Millionaire. Beginning with No Country for Old Men in 2007 through the most recent winner, Argo, each owe their success largely to TIFF. The fall movie season is about to get going post-Labor Day (Riddick will not be the only movie opening like last Friday…) and I will go through the TIFF lineup to bring you some of the movies you will be hearing about this fall, and which of them have the potential to strike gold at the box office and in awards season.
The trailer above is a mashup of more than 100 of the over 300 films that will be screened in Toronto from September 5 to 15. It’s not nearly as gruesome to watch as one would expect from a mashup of movies you’ve never seen, and gives some perspective on the diversity of screenings at TIFF this week. Also, there’s much more sword fighting than you’d see at Cannes or Sundance–a definite plus.