NOTE: This article is a republication- Source: IndieWire (by Ryan Lattanzio).
All film festivals face a challenged season ahead as most onscreen talent will be forced to sit this one out due to the SAG-AFTRA strike. Just last week, MGM and Luca Guadagnino yanked “Challengers” from the Venice opening night slot and shifted the movie entirely to April of next year.
But the Toronto International Film Festival forges ahead with a nevertheless starry lineup this year of 60 films across the Galas and Special Presentations sections, as announced Monday morning. The festival has not made an opening night selection but has so far also programmed Taika Waititi’s “Next Goal Wins” and Ladj Ly’s “Les Indésirables.”
Among the world premieres are Ellen Kuras’ “Lee,” starring Kate Winslet as war photographer Lee Miller and Andy Samberg as Life Magazine photographer David E. Scherman; Viggo Mortensen’s directorial effort “The Dead Don’t Hurt,” a Western starring himself and Vicky Krieps; Craig Gillespie’s GameStop short squeeze biopic “Dumb Money” with Paul Dano and Pete Davidson; Sophie Dupuis’ “Solo” starring Theodore Pellerin as an emerging drag queen; Tony Goldwyn’s “Ezra” starring Robert De Niro and Rose Byrne; Mahalia Belo’s “The We End Start From” with Jodie Comer, Katherine Waterston, and Benedict Cumberbatch; Michael Keaton’s “Knox Goes Away” starring Al Pacino and James Marsden; Kristin Scott Thomas’ family saga “North Star” with Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, and herself; David Yates’ Netflix drama “Pain Hustlers” with Emily Blunt and Chris Evans; Maggie Betts’ legal drama “The Burial” with Jamie Foxx, Tommy Lee Jones, and Jurnee Smollett; Swede filmmaker Lukas Moodysson’s “Together 99,” sequel to his 2000 film “Together”; and Anna Kendrick’s feature directing debut “Woman of the Hour.”
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