TIFF 2011: 25 Most Anticipated Films pt.2 – Fairytales, Shakespeare, Silent Film & More

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Welcome back to my list of the 25 most anticipated films screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival. So the first five films I chose on this list probably had mainstream moviegoers scratching their heads. Well you should know now that it won’t get too mainstream for me. Next on the list is two genre films playing in the Midnight Madness programme, one from my favourite director, plus two more that I look forward to watching.

6. Livid

I was a huge fan of the French New Wave horror film Inside by directors Julien Maury and Alexandre Bustillo. The duo is back this year at TIFF with Livid, starring Marie-Claude Pietragalla, Chloe Coulloud and Felix Moati. Livid is a horror fairytale set during Halloween night when three youths decide to burglarize an old lady’s desolate house, but what awaits them is no ordinary house…

7. A Dangerous Method

David Cronenberg is my favourite working director, so having A Dangerous Method appear on this list is no big surprise. His latest film marks his third collaboration with Viggo Mortensen, but even more impressive is the supporting cast which includes Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley and Vincent Cassel. The screenplay was adapted by Academy Award-winning writer Christopher Hampton from his 2002 stage play The Talking Cure, itself based on the 1993 non-fiction book by John Kerr, A Most Dangerous Method.

8. Kill List

A professional killer becomes a pawn in a supernatural mystery when he accepts an assignment from some shadowy clients. Our team has been rightfully raving about Ben Wheatley’s Kill List ever since it screened over at SXSW earlier this year. Emmett Duff concluded his fantastic review saying, “it plays like a brutal, exhausting shaggy dog tale with a dark as night punchline. And it comes highly recommended.” Here is the trailer.

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9. The Artist

The Artist, directed by Michel Hazanavicius and starring Jean Dujardin and Bérénice Bejo, had critics and audiences stunned at its beauty and throwback to classic Hollywood story telling when it premiered at Cannes (and netted star Jean Dujardin a Best Actor prize). The black-and-white silent film follows George Valentin (Dujardin), a silent-era film star struggling to make it in the talkies. Mark Adams of Screen Daily called the film “a real pleasure”; “propelled elegantly forward by delightful performances from Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo it is the most unlikely of feel-good movies.” The Artist makes my list of most anticipated films to see at TIFF – what looks to be a witty and visually enthralling homage to early cinema with supporting performances by Malcolm MacDowell, John Goodman and James Cromwell.

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10 – Coriolanus

Shakespeare’s historical play Coriolanus has never before been adapted for the big screen, and for good reason. It’s one of the Bard’s longest plays and also one of his most complicated. In December, the Weinstein Co. will release Coriolanus in U.S. theatres hoping for more Oscar gold. But before than, the film, which is stars its director by Ralph Fiennes, will premiere at TIFF. The screenplay is written by Tony-winning playwright John Logan (Red) and places the action in a contemporary setting that is reminiscent of the Bosnian wars. The cast includes Gerard Butler as Aufidius, Coriolanus’ chief rival; Vanessa Redgrave as Volumnia, his mother; Brian Cox and Menenius, a politician; and Jessica Chastain as Virgilia, his wife. That alone is more than enough reason to place Coriolanus on my list of most anticipated films to see at this year Toronto International Film Festival.

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