The “In Conversation” interviews at the upcoming 40th Toronto International Film Festival will feature the four creatives in a program that replaces the fest’s “Mavericks” series. TIFF released its complete schedule today; see tiff.net/festival. Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres at the 11-day event, running September 10 to 20, include Ridley Scott, David Gordon Green, Barbara Kopple, Jonás Cuarón, Stephen Frears, Leanne Pooley, Ben Wheatley, Baltasar Kormákur, Meghna Gulzar, Jason Bateman, Álex de la Iglesia, Eva Husson, Nicolás Pereda, Alan Zweig, He Ping and Michael Moore.
TIFF announced today 30 features in its “Discovery” program, including 16 world premieres from first and second time directors. “’Discovery’ is the place where Festival audiences will find the future of filmmaking,” said TIFF a.d. Cameron Bailey. “You can expect to uncover thrilling new voices, inspiring storytellers and hidden gems among this fantastic showcase of work from some of the most exciting new directors from around the world.”
The “Discovery” lineup includes Desde Allá, an intense social drama from Venezuelan newcomer Lorenzo Vigas; Tom and Sam McKeith’s Manila-set thriller Beast; German filmmaker Sebastian Ko’s riveting suspense film We Monsters; Michael Lennox’s A Patch Of Fog which chronicles a British anti-bromance; Very Big Shot, the debut from Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, delving into a darkly comedic world of coke smuggling in Lebanon; Maris Curran’s intimate drama Five Nights In Maine; Irish director Simon Fitzmaurice’s feature debut, the coming-of-age story My Name Is Emily; and Mexico’s Alejandra Márquez Abellas’ debut, the poignant drama Semana Santa. Also, in his helming debut, producer Josh Mond’s James White, starring Christopher Abbott in the title role of a troubled young man in New York City, and Cynthia Nixon as his ailing mother.
TIFF also announced that an additional title has been added to the “Cinematheque” program, a 20th anniversary screening of Michael Mann’s magnum-opus Heat, followed by a Q&A with the writer/director; and the “Vanguard” program has added the world premiere of Pedro Morelli’s Zoom.