The Toronto International Film Festival is better known as a launching pad for films about to hit theaters than as a sales market, but the packed slate of projects includes quite a few that will be vying for the attention of studios, indie distributors and streaming services.
Perhaps one of the biggest titles for sale, "Bad Education" stars Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano and Alex Wolff and is based on the real-life events that took place at writer Mike Makowsky's high school.
Following his critically lauded "The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley," Alex Gibney is back with "Citizen K," a documentary about Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who went from communist to political prisoner in a 20-year battle with Putin.
Bryce Dallas Howard’s debut feature documentary is about dads -- including her own, Ron Howard. It includes insight from Patton Oswalt on becoming a single parent after the death of his wife, and Hasan Minhaj reflection on his immigrant father's sacrifices. “Dads” is also the first film under Imagine Entertainment’s new documentary division, which has already released “Pavarotti” and has plans for films about Louis Armstrong, Dwyane Wade and last year’s wildfires in California.
Based on the award-winning Esquire article of the same name, the film follows a man (Jason Segel) who puts his life on hold to help his friends through a terminal cancer diagnosis. Dakota Johnson and Casey Affleck also star in director Gabriela Cowperthwaite's ("Blackfish") film.
"How to Build a Girl"
Everyone is obsessed with Beanie Feldstein following her performance in "Booksmart," so this film has become a buzzy title for TIFF buyers. She stars as a teenager trying to reinvent herself as a hip London music critic. Chris O'Dowd and Emma Thompson also star.
"There’s Something in the Water"
Canadian Ellen Page turned her eyes homeward for her documentary about toxic fallout from industrial development. But as she explores her native Nova Scotia and visits families who have contracted cancer and other side effects from the toxins, she discovers these incidents have all been localized in poor income neighborhoods often home to indigenous or black communities. Page and Ian Daniel, who directs the documentary-series “Gaycation” with Page, call out the “environmental racism” taking place as native women fight for their land.
Keith Thomas' horror film follows a young man who has to fulfill his Jewish practice of watching over a deceased family member of the Orthodox community. Of course, he is soon confronted with a malevolent entity.
“Wasp Network” will be the 17th narrative feature from the prolific French auteur Olivier Assayas, but this his first political thriller since 2010’s “Carlos.” Edgar Ramírez stars in the spy drama, based on the true story of five Cuban dissidents who were imprisoned by the U.S. in the 1990s on charges of espionage and murder. Penélope Cruz, Ana de Armas and Gael García Bernal also star.
Susan Sarandon, Sam Neill, Kate Winslet and Mia Wasikowska star in “Notting Hill” director Roger Michell’s remake of the 2014 Danish film “Silent Heart." Sarandon plays a mother who learns she’s dying and chooses to end her life on her own terms. But when her family gathers for one last goodbye, tensions between sisters Winslet and Wasikowska boil back up to the surface.
"Red Penguins," the latest documentary from Gabe Polsky ("Red Army," "In Search of Greatness"), follows Steve Warshaw's attempts to change post-Soviet Russian hockey into a sporting event for everyone, with the help of Hollywood executives and advertisers, forever transforming Russian-American relations.
"And We Go Green"
Leonardo DiCaprio produces this film about the international Formula E circuit, which is similar to Formula One but with eco-friendly electric cars. On brand for the actor, who even has a foundation dedicated to the environment and Earth's inhabitants.
After "Suffragette," Sarah Gavron is back with "Rocks," which is picking up major word of mouth ahead of the festival. The movie follows a young girl who finds herself struggling to take care of herself and her younger brother.
This one is for the Daniel Radcliffe fans out there -- a dark sci-fi thriller in which the actor plays the next contestant in an illegal livestreamed death match. Samara Weaving, fresh off "Ready Or Not," also stars.
"The Other Lamb"
This sounds like one for fans of Ari Aster's "Midsommar." Michiel Huisman plays a cult leader who is questioned by a young woman born into the cult. Plus, it was featured on the 2017 BloodList for best (then-)unproduced horror scripts.