Guess who's coming to TIFF '18
City of stars, are you shining just for me?
The Battle of the Hollywood Chrises continues. Mr. Pine adds “TIFF Opening Night star” to his list of bonafides as the Outlaw King actor heads north for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival. The “Best Chris” — a moniker to be argued for these 11 days, and beyond — will be bringing a great number of plus-ones with him from all around the world this September 6–16 for the People’s Festival.
If you’re interested in tête-à-têtes with a few of your favourite filmmakers, stay after the credits for potential Q&As with Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA), Nandita Das (Manto), Claire Denis (High Life), Lee Chang-dong (Burning), Mia Hansen-Løve (Maya), Nicole Holofcener (The Land of Steady Habits), and Karyn Kusama (Destroyer).
Also in attendance will be actors who have moved behind the camera and into the director’s chair, including Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, whose directorial debut, Farming, will be at the Festival; Genevieve Nnaji, who is at TIFF both as an actor (in Farming) and as the director of Lionheart; Jonah Hill, whose dream of the ’90s is alive with Mid90s; and Bradley Cooper, whose directorial debut (A Star is Born) has a cast that goes up to 11: Lady Gaga, Sam Elliott, and Dave Chappelle.
Film Twitter favourites Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern both star in the Closing Night Film Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy; Bollywood royal Abhishek Bachchan makes his much-anticipated return to the big screen in Husband Material; Radhika Madan goes toe-to-toe with the Midnight Madness crowd in The Man Who Feels No Pain; Robert Pattinson hurdles into space in Claire Denis’ High Life; Dev Patel crashes Radhika Apte’s wedding in The Wedding Guest; Steven Yeun stumbles into a love triangle in Lee Chang-dong’s Burning; Yang Mi goes to extreme lengths to save a child in Baby; Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz reunite in Everybody Knows; and Viola Davis holds court in Steve McQueen’s Widows — and they’ll all be in Toronto this September.
Directors Barry Jenkins and Damien Chazelle are also both YYZ-bound, following the TIFF ’16 premieres that led them both to Oscar gold with Moonlight and TIFF People’s Choice Award-winner La La Land. Toronto’s very own Stephan James — a former TIFF Rising Star — will have a much shorter commute to work, with Jenkins’ latest, If Beale Street Could Talk, and the aptly named Homecoming both celebrating World Premieres in his own backyard. Fellow Canuck Ryan Gosling, who stars as Neil Armstrong in Chazelle’s First Man, will also head home as Toronto becomes a “City of Stars” this September.
Overachieving actors on-hand with multiple films include Tantoo Cardinal (The Grizzlies, Falls Around Her, Through Black Spruce, Hold the Dark), Gael García Bernal (The Kindergarten Teacher, Museo, The Accused), Jake Gyllenhaal (Wildlife, The Sisters Brothers), Brian Tyree Henry (White Boy Rick, Widows, If Beale Street Could Talk), Nicole Kidman (Destroyer, Boy Erased), Dev Patel (Hotel Mumbai, The Wedding Guest), Natalie Portman (Vox Lux, The Death and Life of John F. Donovan), Susan Sarandon (The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, Viper Club), Alexander Skarsgård (The Hummingbird Project, Hold the Dark), Corey Stoll (Driven, First Man), Aaron Taylor-Johnson (A Million Little Pieces, Outlaw King), and Jeffrey Wright (The Public, Hold the Dark).
And yes, there will be ample opportunity to catch up with Christine "Lady Bird" McPherson’s exes. The ubiquitous Lucas Hedges is in three films this Festival — Jonah Hill’s Mid90s, Joel Edgerton’s Boy Erased, and his father Peter Hedges’ Ben is Back — while last year’s two-film heartthrob Timothée Chalamet is sure to induce another round of tears with Beautiful Boy. (If you’re still pining for Call Me by Your Name, grab an Ontario peach and head to the Rush line for a very different Armie Hammer–starring film, Hotel Mumbai.)
The full Festival schedule is now live, so it’s time to transfer your TIFF short list into calendar view — but don’t forget to fit in some time for stargazing. You never know: Issa Rae could just be a block away.
The full list of talent attending TIFF '18: