TIFF 2017

  • What sold? 

    TIFF has sent along a list of films that have been sold during the festival. Of course, the list may change. But here's who made it so far.
    • Chappaquidick, about Ted Kennedy's infamous 1969 accident (New Byron Allen company, Entertainment studios) 
    • Kodachrome, a Canadian directed movie about the demise of Kodachrome (Netflix)
    • I, Tonya, starring Margot Robbie as scandal-plagued skater Tonya Harding (Neon/30 West)
    • Louis C.K.'s I Love You, Daddy (The Orchard)
    • The motorcycle gang crime drama 1% (A24/Direct TV)
    • Alicia Vikander-starring Euphoria (Multiple European territories)
    • Jim and Andy, a doc about the making-of the 1999 Kaufman movie Man on the Moon (Netflix)
    • Lady Bird, Greta Gerwig's debut as a solo director (Focus International territories)
    • The Tragically Hip doc Long Time Running (Netflix internationally) 
    • The Children Act, with Stanley Tucci and Emma Thompson (A24/Direct TV)
    • Psych-thriller Beast (30 West) 
    Keep in mind: many films already had deals coming into the festival. For example, Angelina Jolie's First They Killed My Father played at the fest, but was released on Netflix last night.
  • An awards season first?

    Could this be the year a transgender actor lands an Oscar nomination for acting? One of the performances that's sparked chatter at TIFF this year is Daniela Vega's turn in A Fantastic Woman, directed by Sebastian Lelio. 
     
    Transgender actress Daniela Vega is earning raves for her performance in A Fantastic Woman, in which she plays a transgender woman subjected to harsh treatment after her partner dies. (Chris Pizzello/AP)
     
    Vega portrays a trans woman who, after the death of her partner, is subjected to harsh treatment by police investigating his death as well as by her lover's family. The 28-year-old transgender Chilean is earning much praise for her performance. A Fantastic Woman, which picked up an award at the Berlin Film Festival in February, has also been tapped by Chile as its official submission for Oscar best foreign film consideration. 
     
    "If we broaden our gaze, it will be more interesting, more beautiful. If we can make more diverse colours, people, stories, it will be interesting," Vega told the Associated Press. 
     
    Still, "the Oscars are a little bit beyond the timeline I'm thinking about right now. We'll cross that bridge when we come to it," she said.
     
    Sony Pictures Classics has tapped the film for theatrical release in November.
     
     
     
     
     
  • So much joy going on right here

    From left to right, actor Aiden Akpan, Callan Farris and Reece Cody jump for joy as they arrive on the red carpet for the movie Kings.
     
    Frank Gunn/Canadian Press
     
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