The 40th annual Toronto International Film Festival has released a few highlights of its upcoming 2015 lineup. The festival will open with Jean-Marc Vallée’s Demolition, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts. Here is the synopsis for Demolition:
An investment banker, struggling to understand his emotional disconnect after the tragic death of his wife, begins to tear apart his life in an effort to see where he went wrong and is ultimately rescued by a woman he meets in a chance encounter.
Another big buzz film to debut at the Toronto International Film Festival is Ridley Scott’s adaptation of Andy Weir’s The Martian, starring Matt Damon as stranded astronaut Mark Watney. The Martian feels like a surefire hit, hitting theaters this fall. Reaction at the TIFF will certainly go along way to creating positive or negative buzz for the film.
Other entires announced for the TIFF include Roland Emmerich’s Stonewall, about the Stonewall riots, as well as Freeheld, the upcoming drama starring Julianne Moore as a police officer, dying of cancer, fighting for her partner (Ellen Page, in her fist lesbian role after coming out) to secure her benefits. Also, Brian Helgeland’s much-anticipated Legend, starring Tom Hardy in dual roles as the villainous Kray twins in 60s England, will debut at TIFF.
The full slate of the Toronto International Film Festival is still under wraps. TIFF will run from September 10 to 20.