CORE STORY: 2016 Toronto International Film Festival lineup announced

Photo: Lionsgate

Photo: Lionsgate

Chris Luckett

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), held every September, is generally considered to mark the beginning of Oscar season, with many award hopefuls and buzz-about contenders making their debut.

TIFF’s director and chief executive Piers Hendling, joined by artistic director Cameron Bailey, held a news conference to reveal this year’s crop, featuring cowboys, whistleblowers, and a Ryan Gosling-Emma Stone reunion.

Antoine Fuqua’s remake of the 1960 Western The Magnificent Seven (itself a remake of Seven Samurai) has been chosen to open the 41st edition of the festival, on September 8. Fuqua made his first splash at TIFF when his Training Day screened 15 years ago.

The Edge of Seventeen, starring Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson, will close the festival out on September 18.

Other notable selections chosen for Toronto this year include Oliver Stone’s bio-pic Snowden; modern musical La La Land; disaster movie Deepwater Horizon; LBJ, directed by Rob Reiner; boxing drama Bleed for This, starring Miles Teller; and early Best Picture frontrunners A Birth of a Nation and Lion.

Last year’s ultimate winner at TIFF, Room, went on to earn four Oscar nominations, including a Best Actress win for Brie Larson.

See below for a complete list of movies screening at TIFF 2016.

The Age of Shadows (Miljeong)
All I See Is You
American Honey
American Pastoral
Asura: The City of Madness
Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah)
Birth of the Dragon
The Birth of a Nation
Bleed for This
Blue Jay
Carrie Pilby
City of Tiny Lights
The Commune (Kollektivet)
Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire)
A Death in the Gunj
Deepwater Horizon
Foreign Body
The Handmaiden (Agassi)
Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu)
The Headhunter’s Calling
I Am Not Madame Bovary
The Journey
The Journey is the Destination
JT + The Tennessee Kids
King of the Dancehall
La La Land
The Limehouse Golem
Manchester by the Sea
A Monster Calls
Nocturnal Animals
The Oath
Orphan (Orpheline)
Paris Can Wait
Queen of Katwe
The Rolling Stones: Olé Olé Olé! — A Trip Across Latin America
The Salesman
Salt and Fire
The Secret Scripture
Strange Weather
Their Finest
Things to Come (L’Avenir)
Toni Erdmann
Trespass Against Us
A United Kingdom
The Wasted Times (Luo Man Di Ke Xiao Wang Shi)

(Source: Deadline)

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