"Norman" and "Wakefield" might be headed to Telluride

The Toronto Film Festival just announced a bunch of intriguing new titles today. They have actually made the fest this year into a must-see. two of these are quite possibly going to Telluride, there's a new Malick, a boxing saga based on the real Rocky and much, much more.


NORMAN: THE MODERATE RISE AND TRAGIC FALL OF A NEW YORK FIXER
As per TIFF: "Richard Gere headlines a marvellous cast (including Michael Sheen, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Steve Buscemi, Hank Azaria and Isaach De Bankolé) in this richly detailed drama from Oscar-nominated writer-director Joseph Cedar (Footnote), about a veteran "fixer" in NYC’s Jewish community who gets in over his head when he sets out to impress the visiting Israeli foreign minister." This is from Joseph Cedar who directed the Israeli critical hit "Footnote." Looking very much forward to this. Also the "international premiere" tag makes it seem like it could go to Telluride.

RE(ASSIGNMENT)
As per TIFF: "This jaw-droppingly audacious revenge thriller from the great Walter Hill (The Warriors, 48 Hours) stars Michelle Rodriguez as a lowlife killer put through full male-to-female gender reassignment surgery by a score-settling surgeon (Sigourney Weaver)." This sounds amazing. Hill is also a vastly underrated filmmaker. 

THE BLEEDER
Phillip Falardeau's film, about the real-life boxer who inspired the Rocky films and starring Watts, Liev Schreiber and Elisabeth Moss, is set to premiere at Venice. Falardeau is a decent filmmaker that has the ability to make a great. I know a few people that worked in this movie and they wholly abide by it, let's see if their confidence is justified.

IN DUBIOUS BATTLE
the labour conflict-migrant worker film. Directed and starring James Franco and with a top-notch cast which inclues Vincent D'Onofrio, Selena Gomez, Ed Harris, Sam Shepard, Robert Duvall and Bryan Cranston.

VOYAGE OF TIME 
I've been waiting for Terrence Malick's film since its first details bled into the mainstream in 2011. I was crossing my fingers for a Cannes world premiere, but that's fine we are getting it at Toronto and my expectations, despite his lats few films being duds, are sky high. The version coming to TIFF is not the 40 minute Brad Pitt narrated version, but the 35mm feature-length edition that will be narrated by Cate Blanchett.

THE PROMISE
As per TIFF.NET: "Michael, a humble Armenian apothecary, leaves his village to study medicine in cosmopolitan Constantinople. Chris, an American photojournalist who has come to the country to partly cover the geopolitics, is in a relationship with the talented Ana, a Paris- educated, Armenian artist. When Michael meets Ana, their shared heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Ottoman Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive — even as monumental events envelope their lives. Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, and Christian Bale."

WAKEFIELD
Another "International premiere". Telluride will be getting this as well unless there is some small-scale North American film festival that I don't know of which is about to screen this title before TIFF. Don't bet on it. As per TIFF: "Howard Wakefield’s nervous breakdown leads him to hide from his life, and his family, in his garage attic. While his prolonged absence allows him to ponder the deeper questions around his life, he comes to realize that it may not be simple to cross the driveway and go home again. Starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner.
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