11 September 2013 by

5 Films We're Most Excited About Seeing From Toronto Film Festival

There's Cannes, there's Venice and let's not forget about our Canadian friends. Yes, all those references to #TIFF on Twitter refer not to some celebrity spat or digitally animated file codename but to the Toronto International Film Festival which has seen the likes of Mila Kunis, Colin Firth, Julia Roberts and Daniel Radcliffe all making appearances as they tout their latest projects. This has more than whet our appetite for the new season of movies set to land on a big screen sometime soon so here are our top five picks from the film festival...

1. Gravity

Things you need to know about Gravity. It's set in space. It only stars George Clooney and Sandra Bullock - yes, that's right. Just two people. It is extremely intense. Sandra Bullock described making the film as 'lonely'. Yep, it seems its possible to crave company even if your only co-star is George! It got everybody talking...

2. How I Live Now

The reception that greeted Saoirse Ronan on the red carpet at the premiere of How I Live Now was one worthy of the likes of Kristen Stewart and Jennifer Lawrence. Then again, she did star in The Host, another Stephanie Meyer book-to-big-screen adaptation which naturally inherited her Twilight fanbase. But we've heard good things about the film too which sees Saoirse as an urban American sent to live with relatives in the rural English countryside on the eve of World War 3...

3. Under The Skin

Scarlett Johansson plays an alien disguised in human form roaming around Scotland. Bizarre, yes. Even more so is the way the film has been shot with a mix of candid camera and real people alongside Scar-Jo and other actors. Intriguing...

4. 12 Years A Slave

The all-star cast is not the only talking point here (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Lupita Nyong'o, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Brad Pitt, Alfre Woodard, Adepero Oduye, Paul Giamatti, Sarah Paulson to name but a few). Chiwetel Ejiofor's performance and Steve McQueen's direction in this film depicting the harsh reality of slavery in pre-Civil War America is already generating plenty of awards buzz...

5. Dallas Buyers Club

We've been talking about this film for a long time now due to Matthew McConaughey's extreme weight loss for his role as an Aids sufferer trying to desperately elongate his life, even if it means buying non-FDA approved drugs on the black market. Come Toronto, his supporting castmates Jennifer Garner and Jared Leto have been getting a lot of chatter too.


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