The 41st edition of the Toronto International Film Festival announces its opening night film as well as galas and special presentations today. You can watch the official press conference live here on the stream. Last year’s fest opened with Canadian filmmaker Jean-Marc Valee’s Demolition starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Other big films at the fest included Ridley Scott’s The Martian, Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong drama The Program and Kate Winslet-starrer The Dressmaker.
A traditional launchpad for awards season, Toronto will see indies and studios go up against each other as they send their eagerly anticipated fare into the marketplace for the first time. Last year’s big winner was Lenny Abrahamson’s Room starring Brie Larson. In addition to winning the coveted Audience Award, the film also went on to earn Larson an Academy Award for best actress and noms for best film.
Films rumored to make an appearance this year include The Magnificent Seven with Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and the Dev Patel-starrer Lion. The fest runs September 8-18.