The first slate of films to screen during the Toronto International Film Festival was released Tuesday, and includes designer Tom Ford’s latest work “Nocturnal Animals,” starring Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal. It’s Ford’s second cinematic effort; his first, “A Single Man,” was well-received when it debuted in 2009. TIFF this year will also host the world premiere of Ewan McGregor’s first directorial effort, “American Pastoral,” and Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen,” starring Hailee Steinfeld, which will close the festival. New movies from directors Jim Jarmusch, Werner Herzog, Eleanor Coppola and Nick Cannon are also on the festival’s lineup.
TIFF often serves as an early incubator for award season contenders; while last year’s opening night flick “Demolition” starring Gyllenhaal failed to pick up any nominations, several other films screening during the festival won big: “Spotlight” took home an Academy Award for “Best Picture,” and racked up several nominations across other categories, while Brie Larson nabbed the Best Actress in a Leading Role trophy for her performance in “Room.”
The 2016 festival will run Sept. 8 to 18.