- The Breadwinner is having its World Premiere at TIFF but FTKMF is only having its Canadian Premiere at the festival. That means it will be having its North American premiere earlier -- at Telluride. FTKMF and The Breadwinner are only Special Presentations at TIFF so they will not be getting the full gala, big red carpet treatment. There will still be a red carpet, but it will be smaller.
TIFF runs from Sept. 7 to 17
Telluride Film Festival runs from Sept. 1 to 4 (slate is not announced before hand)
Venice Film Festival runs from Aug. 30 to Sept. 9 (announcement on Thursday, July 27)
- She will be going to two, maybe three festivals. Telluride is a much more intimate affair and may be her preferred choice if she intends for the family to tag along with her to at least one.
Just woke up but looks like Angelina Jolie is coming to Telluride https://t.co/x63Kq3tzkZ— Gregory Ellwood (@TheGregoryE) July 25, 2017
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2017
The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg
Also of note: It appears that, unlike the Cannes controversy its inclusion ignited in May, Netflix is welcome at all the fall festivals. Mudbound, the streaming service’s Sundance pickup and awards hopeful from Dee Rees, is heading to TIFF, as is Angelina Jolie’s drama First They Killed My Father, which had its world premiere several months ago in Cambodia, where it was filmed. That film, by the way, is listed as a Canadian premiere, which means it likely will turn up first in Telluride (could a Jolie tribute also be in order there?). Of course, Venice has already announced the Jane Fonda-Robert Redford Our Souls at Night, another Netflix product.
Whether inclusion in these prestigious fall festivals helps ease Oscar voter prejudice against Netflix movies (other than docus) is an open question, but it certainly can’t hurt the streamer’s efforts to crack the Oscar race in a much bigger way than before. I was a little surprised not to see Netflix’s acclaimed Cannes competition entry The Meyerowitz Stories from Noah Baumbach not make today’s announcement for TIFF, but perhaps that one makes more sense for the New York Film Festival, where it would seem a certainty.
Toronto Film Festival lineup includes movies from Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Alexander Payne #TIFF https://t.co/4FTlwRTKku pic.twitter.com/il9Hb2HogY— Variety (@Variety) July 25, 2017
Brent Lang, Senior Film and Media Editor
Films by Joe Wright, Angelina Jolie, Darren Aronofsky, George Clooney, and Alexander Payne will hit the Toronto International Film Festival, hoping to build buzz as they head into a crowded awards season.
Jolie will be on hand with "First They Killed My Father,” a drama about the Cambodian genocide that she made for Netflix. Aronofsky will present “mother!,” a horror film he made with Jennifer Lawrence; Clooney will offer up “Suburbicon,” a Coen brothers’ scripted crime comedy; and Payne is presenting “Downsizing,” a satire in which Matt Damon will shrink to the size of a saltine cracker.
None of those films will get gala presentations, however. That’s either because they have previously stated that they will premiere at other film festivals — “Downsizing” will bow at Venice, for instance — or they’re in line for a Telluride or Venice berth.
The gala section boasts Wright’s “Darkest Hour,” a biopic with a heavily padded Gary Oldman playing Winston Churchill; Andy Serkis’ “Breathe,” a romantic drama with Andrew Garfield as disability rights advocate Robin Cavendish; and “Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool” a drama about Gloria Grahame’s last years with Annette Bening as the Oscar winner. Other films premiering at Toronto include “Kings,” a film about the L.A. riots with Daniel Craig, and “Stronger,” a Jake Gyllenhaal drama about a man who loses his legs in the Boston Marathon bombing.
“Mudbound,” a historical drama about a black and white family living in an impoverished section of the Deep South, debuted to raves and standing ovations at the Sundance Film Festival. Despite already having a world premiere, it will be screened as part of the gala events.
The Canadian festival takes place between Sept. 7 to Sept. 17. It is seen as an essential stop for films hoping to score with Academy Awards voters, because it has a long track record of highlighting films that go on to awards glory. Previous Best Picture winners such as “Spotlight” and “Moonlight” have boosted their Oscar campaigns after enjoying a warm reception from Toronto crowds. Not every film benefits from a trip North, however. Last year, films such as “American Pastoral” and “Bleed For This” faded quickly after receiving middling reviews at the festival.
With summer winding down, only Christopher Nolan’s “Dunkirk” has emerged as a surefire awards candidate. That means that Oscar-ologists will be dissecting Tuesday’s Toronto announcement as they try to game out what films have what it takes to pick up the big trophies this season.
Angelina Jolie’s FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER, produced by Rithy Panh (@RPanh). #TIFF17 pic.twitter.com/QUv36V3FCG— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 25, 2017
Nora Twomey’s (@nora877) THE BREADWINNER, produced by Mimi Polk Gitlin and Angelina Jolie. #TIFF17 pic.twitter.com/BABq7rDSHy— TIFF (@TIFF_NET) July 25, 2017
CONFIRMED: Ms. Jolie coming to #TIFF17, as I teased yesterday. Both for First They Killed My Father, and Breadwinner, film she's produced.— shinan govani (@shinangovani) July 25, 2017
Angelina Jolie enroute, come Film Fest-time, for her Netflix passion project, First They Killed My Father...? Word is. #TIFF17— shinan govani (@shinangovani) July 24, 2017