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Brie Larson’s Directorial Debut, Secret Louis C.K. Film, and ‘Molly’s Game’ to Make World Premiere at TIFF 2017

Molly’s Game
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If you thought the first wave of films to screen at the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival was good, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Today the fest unveiled the latest additions to the line-up, including TV debuts, exciting directorial debuts, and a film shot in secret by Louis C.K. It’s going to be one good fall festival season.

Awards contenders like Mudbound and Call Me By Your Name were already announced, but today the lineup grew with Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Killing of Sacred Deer, Andrew Haigh’s Lean on Pete, and John Landis’ Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3DThe most exciting additions are the world premieres, including Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store where the Oscar winner plays a young dreamer “reluctant to abandon her childish wonder who is offered the most magical gift she can imagine.” Louis C.K. is behind the camera for the first time since 2001’s Pootie Tang with I Love You, Daddy, a 35mm black-and-white film he shot in secret. Aaron Sorkin’s directorial debut Molly’s Game will world premiere along with theater and TV director Dominic Cooke’s directorial debut On Chesil Beach, a period drama starring Saoirse Ronan, sure to be at the top of every Brooklyn fan’s most anticipated list.

Brie Larson in ‘Unicorn Store’ (TIFF)
Brie Larson in ‘Unicorn Store’ (TIFF)

Other additions include My Days of Mercy, a romance drama from Israeli filmmaker Tali Shalom-Ezer (Princess), starring tiny detectives Kate Mara and Ellen Page, the latter as the daughter of a man on death row who falls in love with a woman (Mara) opposed to her family’s political cause. Both actors will be doing double duty at the fest, Mara with Chappaquiddick, John Curran’s drama about the woman trapped in the car Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge in 1969, and Page with zombie thriller The Cured.

Kate Mara and Ellen Page in “My Days of Mercy” (TIFF)
Kate Mara and Ellen Page in ‘My Days of Mercy’ (TIFF)

Danish filmmaker and Oscar winner (Pelle the Conqueror) Bille August will debut his drama 55 Steps, starring Helena Bonham Carter, Jeffrey Tambor, and Hilary Swank about a mentally ill woman who brings a class-action suit against a psychiatric hospital. The psych ward gets the dark comedy treatment in Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, in which Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, and Walton Goggins play schizophrenic men who believe they are JC himself. Liam Neeson plays ‘Deep Throat’ in Peter Landesman’s Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House, Edie Falco and Jay Duplass star in Lynn Shelton’s drama Outside In, and Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland play a couple on a roadtrip in The Leisure Seeker.

Louis C.K. in ‘I Love You, Daddy’ (TIFF)
Louis C.K. in ‘I Love You, Daddy’ (TIFF)

David Simon’s upcoming HBO drama The Deuce, starring not one but two James Francos, will debut two new episodes at the fest, along with the world premiere of The Girlfriend Experience Season 2, Brazil series Under Pressure, set at a medical hospital in Rio de Janeiro, and Dark, Netflix’s first German series about a “family saga with a supernatural twist.” The Toronto Film Festival runs from September 7-17, and we’ll be on the ground bringing you the latest about the fall festival breakouts.

See the First Wave TIFF 2017 Lineup

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