News // TORONTO FILM FEST ANNOUNCES LINEUP ADDITIONS

Netflix's Outlaw King is set to open the festival.



Though it had already amassed quite the lineup for its 2018 festival, the Toronto International Film Festival programmers have announced additional titles screening and/or having premieres in September. Plus, we finally know which films will open and close the fest.


After being shut out at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year due to disagreements regarding its film release practices, Netflix is jumping into the awards season ablaze. It has scored the lucrative opening night slot of tTIFF with David Mackenzie's Outlaw King, starring Chris Pine. Opening night is set for September 6. The film will debut on Netflix November 9.


Mackenzie and Pine most recently worked together on the Oscar-nominated Hell or High Water. This new project tells the story of Robert the Bruce, the 14th century Scottish king who took back the throne from England. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Florence Pugh, and Billy Howle co-star.


Outlaw King will not be the only Netflix title playing the Canadian festival. Alfonso Cuaron's Roma, Tamara Jenkins' Private Life, and Nicole Holofcener's The Land of Steady Habits will also host screenings.


As for closing the festival, Justin Kelly's Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy, starring Kristen Stewart and Laura Dern, will hold the honors. The festival closes September 16. The drama is based on Savannah Knoop's memoir, Girl Boy Girl: How I Became JT LeRoy. Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, and Courtney Love co-star.


The announcement of the opening and closing films was quickly followed by a list of over 50 other titles earning screenings in Toronto. Some of them will get first-run screenings at Telluride or Venice just weeks prior to Toronto, but their inclusion in the TIFF lineup secures that festival as a premier location for cinephiles in the festival-heavy start to the awards season.


Joining the TIFF lineup are Jeremy Saulnier's Hold the Dark (world premiere), Paul Greengrass' July 22 (North American premiere), Joel Edgerton's Boy Erased (international premiere - expected to screen at Telluride first), Mike Leigh's Peterloo (Canadian premiere), and Sebastian Lelio's Gloria Bell (world premiere), among others.


Entering the festival in the special presentations section are Jake Scott's American Woman, Louis Garrel's Faithful Man, Sam Taylor-Johnson's A Million Little Pieces, and Max Minghella's Teen Spirit.


In the festival's masters section, Paolo Sorrentino's Loro will have its North American premiere. Plus, Jean-Luc Godard's The Image Book, Jia Zhang-ke's Ash Is Purest White, and Jafar Panahi's 3 Faces.


For a full look at the entire TIFF lineup, click here.

© 2018 by Scottie Knollin.

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