20 Movies We Can’t Wait To See In Toronto | Festivals and awards

“How to blow up a pipeline”

Writer/Director Daniel Goldhaber is coming to Toronto this year with what sounds like it could be one of the most topical thrillers of the year. At what point does climate activism demand drastic action? Haven’t we passed that point already given the consistent flow of stories about the state of the world? Goldhaber adapts the novel by Andreas Malm about an activist (Ariela Barer) who believes we crossed that line long ago and is willing to turn to sabotage and violence to change the world. This project’s potential mix of character study, action thriller, and social commentary makes it one of the most exciting in this year’s TIFF lineup. Premiere 9/10.

“The Inspection”

Pay attention, A24 hive. The beloved distributors have a smaller-than-average presence at this year’s fest, but one of their most interesting projects is this directorial debut from Elegance Bratton, which will be part of this year’s opening night. Telling a story based on his own life, Bratton tells the emotional saga of a young man who joined the Marine Corps after being kicked out of his own home when he was just 16 by his homophobic mother. Jeremy Pope stars in a film that also boasts moving supporting turns from Bokeem Woodbine and Gabrielle Union. TIFF calls this “a heartfelt love letter to survival and staying true to yourself despite adversity on all fronts.” This could become one of the most powerful films of the year. Premiere 9/8.

“The Lost King”

Stephen Frears can’t get enough love. Sure, not all of his dramas work, but he’s been relatively consistent for almost four decades now, doing movies like “Dangerous connections,” “The Grifters,” “Mrs. Henderson presents,” “Philomena” and many more — and most of his films are playing TIFF. The hard-working British director is coming to Toronto this year with one of his best leading ladies in Sally Hawkins, who plays a writer who becomes obsessed with discovering the location of the remains of Richard III and even works to rehabilitate his reputation. Frears is an underrated performance director, especially of actresses, and so there is a ton of potential in seeing him collaborate with the wonderful Ms. Hawkins. Premiere 9/9.

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