14 Films To Look Out For at the Toronto International Film Fest

It’s one of the most popular film festivals around the globe and here’s what TIFF has on offer this year

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A few must watch films at the Toronto International Film Festival that opens on September 10

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) kicks off on September 10, and as always carries a busload of interesting films premiering at the event.

1. Talvar

Dir: Meghna Gulzar

14 Films To Look Out For at the Toronto International Film Fest

Produced and written by Vishal Bhardwaj, Talvar is based on the infamous Aarushi murder case. Irrfan stars as the cop leading the investigation into the prime suspects - the dead girl’s parents played by Konkona SenSharma and Neeraj Kabi. Meghna Gulzar makes her return to the director’s chair after a hiatus of several years with her legendary dad on board for lyrics. After premiering in TIFF, Talvar makes the festival round before releasing in India on October 2.

2. Parched

Dir: Leena Yadav

A still from Leena Yadav’s <i>Parched</i>
A still from Leena Yadav’s Parched

After 2010’s Teen Patti director Leena Yadav returns to the scene with a very different film – a bittersweet story of four local women (played by Tannishtha Chatterjee, Radhika Apte, Surveen Chawla, Sayani Gupta) from rural Gujarat. Russell Carpenter, who won the cinematography Oscar for his work on Titanic, shot Parched, and it is edited by Hughes Winborne who won an Oscar for editing 2005’s Crash.

3. Angry Indian Goddesses

Dir: Pan Nalin

Pan Nalin’s <i>Angry Indian Goddesses</i>
Pan Nalin’s Angry Indian Goddesses

Pan Nalin, most known for Samsara and Faith Connections enters a new zone with what is described as ‘India’s first female buddy comedy’. Filled and pieced together with mostly improvised scenes, the film stars Sarah Jane Dias, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Sandhya Mridul, Anushka Manchanda, Rajshree Deshpande and Pavleen Gujral as a bunch of friends at a wedding ceremony in sunny Goa who dissect the complexities of love, life and beyond.

4. Beeba Boys

Dir: Deepa Mehta

Deepa Mehta’s <i>Beeba Boys</i>
Deepa Mehta’s Beeba Boys

A gangster drama set in Canada, Randeep Hooda stars as Jeet Johar, the outspoken head of a drug trafficking, gun running Punjabi criminal organization. The film is loosely based on the life of Bindy Johal, the Punjabi Canadian mobster who became big in just his twenties and was killed as soon as he peaked.

5. The Man Who Knew Infinity

Dir: Matthew Brown

Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in <i>The Man Who Knew Infinity</i>
Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel in The Man Who Knew Infinity

Based on the biography of the same name, the film chronicles the life of Indian mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan – played by Dev Patel. The film was in development hell for almost eight years before cameras rolled. Jeremy Irons co stars as GH Hardy, the British mathematician who discovered Ramanujan’s genius and eventually mentored him.

6. Beasts Of No Nation

Dir: Cary Fukunaga

Posters of <i>Beasts Of No Nation</i>
Posters of Beasts Of No Nation

Cary Fukunaga, the maestro behind Sin Nombre and True Detective is back with an ambitious project centered around an African warlord (played by Idris Elba) who kidnaps little children and trains them to become his minions. The film also has a unique release plan – it will be available on Netflix the same day it hits theaters – an experiment which will surely decide the way the industry works in the future.

7. The Martian

Dir: Ridley Scott

Matt Damon in <i>The Martian</i>
Matt Damon in The Martian

Ridley Scott returns to his sci fi roots, with Matt Damon yet again as an astronaut stranded on a different planet. The film is based on Andy Weir’s book of the same name and is actually very different from Interstellar – there’s far more comedy than you expect.

8. Black Mass

Dir: Scott Cooper

Johnny Depp in a new look in <i>Black Mass</i>
Johnny Depp in a new look in Black Mass

Johnny Depp stars in one of his most promising roles in years – the Boston gangster Whitey Bulger, complete with a scary accent and an even weirder makeup. Joel Edgerton, Benedict Cumberbatch and Kevin Bacon round up its impressive cast, with Scott Cooper, the director of the underrated Out of the Furnace at the helm.

9. The Program

Dir: Stephen Frears

A poster of <i>The Program</i>
A poster of The Program

The feature film based on the incredible story of Lance Armstrong’s rise to becoming a seven time Tour De France champion, and the lie that destroyed his entire career. Ben Foster stars as the beleaguered Amrstrong, and John Hodge, the writer behind Trainspotting wrote the screenplay. The story was covered well in Alex Gibney’s documentary The Armstrong Lie which also screened at TIFF a few years ago.

10. Where To Invade Next

Dir: Michael Moore

Michael Moore’s <i>Where To Invade Next</i>
Michael Moore’s Where To Invade Next

After Bowling for Columbine, Fahrenheit 9/11, Sicko and Capitalism A Love Story, Michael Moore is back with another darkly funny documentary that lampoons America and its bizarre policies.

11. He Named Me Malala

Dir: Davis Guggenheim

Davis Guggenheim’s <i>He Named Me Malala</i>
Davis Guggenheim’s He Named Me Malala

The director behind An Inconvenient Truth chronicles the life of Malala Yousafzai – mashing together news footage, animation and interviews with the extraordinary little girl who won the Nobel prize.

12. High Rise

Dir: Ben Wheatley

A poster of <i>High-Rise</i>
A poster of High-Rise

The team behind the deeply awesome horror comedies Kill List and Sightseers are back with a thriller starring Tom Hiddleston in a high tech high rise building teeming with violence and other related devilish concoctions.

13. Legend

Dir: Brian Helgeland

Tom Hardy as Ronnie and Reggie Kray in <i>Legend</i>
Tom Hardy as Ronnie and Reggie Kray in Legend

Tom Hardy stars as The Krays, real life badass gangster twins in a film from Brian Helgeland, who earlier wrote LA Confidential. Deadly combo.

14. Desierto

Dir: Jonas Cuaron

Gael Garcia Bernal in <i>Desierto</i>
Gael Garcia Bernal in Desierto

Alfonso Cuaron’s son Jonas co-writes with Gael Garcia Bernal and also casts him in a film about a group of Mexicans who attempt to cross over to the US illegally, but run into a racist border policeman who makes their life hell.

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