Toronto International Film Festival Snags 'Joker,’ 'Ford v Ferrari,’ and 'Hustlers’ Premieres
The Toronto Film Festival announced today that it has landed an all-star slate of premieres, from glossy awards bait and auteur-driven indies to populist crowd-pleasers.
The notable titles include ‘Joker’ starring Joaquin Phoenix, ‘A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,’ a drama about Fred Rogers starring Tom Hanks, ‘Ford v. Ferrari,’ a drama about a team of designers driven to develop a new racing car that stars Matt Damon and Christian Bale, and ‘Hustlers’ with Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, and Cardi B. as strippers out for revenge.
Cameron Bailey, the festival’s artistic director and co-head, said that many of the films seem to have been made in response to the stringent political debates roiling the United States.
“In a fractious social moment, a lot of these stories are about characters looking for empathy or ways to connect,” he said. “These films don’t directly address what’s happening, but there seems to be a recognition that we are living in difficult times.”
Historically, Toronto has been a fairly accurate gauge for future Oscar contenders. Previous best picture winners that screen at TIFF include ‘The Shape of Water’ and ‘Green Book.’ Others, such as ‘First Man,’ have seen their ambitions dim after enduring a lackluster reception.
Other notable movies looking to make headway at the festival include ‘Blackbird,’ a family drama with Kate Winslet and Susan Sarandon; Taika Waititi’s ‘Jojo Rabbit,’ a dark comedy set during World War II; and ‘Harriett,’ Kasi Lemmons’ look at the life of abolitionist Harriet Tubman.