The 35th Toronto International Film Festival took place from the 9th to the 19th of September. The Festival prides itself on being a showcase for new releases and on the homepage the Festival is described as: “One of the most successful cinematic events in the world, universally regarded as an ideal platform to premiere films.”
Guests invited to this year’s Festival read like a Who’s Who of Hollywood. From Clint Eastwood to Danny Boyle, Michael Sheen to Ryan Reynolds, a multitude of big names were expected to attend.
Like Cannes and Venice before it, the Festival provides an opportunity for films to be sold to a major distribution company for national or international distribution. A press release dated 17 September stated: “The Toronto International Film Festival is pleased to announce strong sales have been negotiated during the Festival. To date, more than 20 films have been sold to territories in North America, Europe, Asia, Africa, Australia and New Zealand, with more sales expected to be announced in the coming days.”
Three films to keep your eye on
- The top film to emerge from the festival was Tom Hooper’s The King’s Speech which won the People’s Choice Award and has now been vaulted into the Oscar race.
- 127 Hours from Danny Boyle had its premiere during the Festival and with its scene of self-amputation, three people apparently fainted with one other experiencing a seizure.
- Super, a dark comedy directed by James Gunn and starring Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page, Liv Tyler and Kevin Bacon, has been picked up for distribution by IFC Films reportedly by a seven-figure deal.