TIFF announces 117 new titles, which gives us a few extra Telluride reveals

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If you are a cinephile like myself, then you must surely be amped up for the weeks and months ahead. After all, the Toronto International Film Festival and Telluride Film Festival, not to mention this year's better-than-average lineup at Venice, have been stacked with marquee titles. Call it the Cannes let-down, which really didn't end up being such a letdown at all. Despite the lack of hype leading up to the fest on the Croisette, it was quite simply an above average year when it came to the quality of the movies that screened at Cannes this year.

With all that being said, does this mean that 2018 might turn out to be an above average year at the movies? Well, that'll all depend on how the titles playing at Toronto, Telluride, and Venice turn out. Many of the films chosen by Venice and/or Toronto were once rumored to be at Cannes as well. Some of those films include Orson Wells' "The Other Side of the Wind," "Peterloo," "The Sisters Brothers," "Suspiria," "High Life," "Sunset,"  "The Death and Life of John F Donovan," "Maya," "Kursk," "Loro," "22 July," "Hold the Dark," and many more.

Of course, there's also 
Alfonso Cuaron's "Roma.

Cuaron's film has been garnering extraordinary buzz ever since Netflix decided not to screen it at Cannes this past May due to the 
dispute between the streaming giant and the prestigious film festival. Cannes head Thierry Fremaux even went out of his usual neutral territory and proclaimed that "Roma" was "a beautiful and wonderful film" and that he was "sad not to be able to welcome Alfonso and his film on his childhood in Mexico." Fremaux even one-upped that previous statement by later telling Variety that he's seen "Roma" "several times" and that "it’s a marvelous film and we wanted to have it in competition."

With so many titles to choose from between Toronto, Venice and Telluride (I have around 50 movies on my TIFF must-see list alone), Toronto decided to announce an additional 117 titles today. Highlights include much anticipated works by the likes of 
David McKenzie ("The Outlaw King"), Jeremy Saulnier ("Hold the Dark"), Jonah Hill ("Mid90's"), Sebastian Lelio (“Gloria Bell"), Paul Greengrass ("22 July"), Sam Taylor-Johnson ("A Million Little Pieces"), Mike Leigh ("Peterloo"), and Joel Edgerton's film, “Boy Erased.” 

Edgerton's film stars 
Russell CroweNicole Kidman, and Lucas Hedges and was announced as an "international premiere," which means that it will most likely make it to Telluride.

In fact, the Telluride lineup is the last to be revealed of the big three fests, usually the day before the festival starts, but given the way that TIFF designates each of its films with a “premiere status," it makes it way easier to piece together the Telluride puzzle.

Working with all that has been announced so far by Toronto and Venice, these look like higher than likely possibilities for Telluride:


First Man
The Old Man and the Gun

The Front Runner

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
The Favorite
White Boy Rick
Boy Erased
The Other Side of the Wind
Cold War


Birds of Passage


Graves Without a Name 
Ghost Fleet
Free Solo
The Biggest Little Farm
Angels Are Made of Light
Putin's Witnesses
Meeting Gorbachev
They'll Love Me When I'm Dead

Oscar-buzz titles not making the fall circuit rounds (although Telluride may still have a surprise or two in store for us), include Mimi Leder's "
On the Basis of Sex," Adam McKay's "Cheney (Backseat)" and "Bryan Singer's "Bohemian Rhapsody."