‘Blair Witch,’ Ben Wheatley’s ‘Free Fire,’ and Leonardo DiCaprio Doc To Premiere at TIFF 2016
We may be in the midst of the worst summer for movies in years, but the coming fall festival season is looking to make up for it.
The latest batch of Toronto International Film Festival premieres have arrived in a new announcement, and boy do they look good! The festival unveiled their Midnight Madness line-up of horror and crime thrillers, which will include the world premiere of Adam Wingard‘s Blair Witch. The sequel to The Blair Witch Project surprised audiences last month at San Diego Comic-Con when attendees thought they were sitting down for a screening of The Woods, which was the original title for the top-secret movie.
The Midnight Madness section will also feature the highly-anticipated premiere of Ben Wheatley’s Free Fire. Set in the 1970s, the film stars Brie Larson as Justine, who brokers a a gun sale meeting between two Irishmen (Cillian Murphy and Michael Smiley) and a gang led by Vernon (Sharlto Copley) and Ord (Armie Hammer). Gun shots break out, and the film becomes “a heart stopping game of survival.”
Leonardo DiCaprio will also join the list of top talent at the festival with the world premiere of his climate change documentary The Turning Point. The doc is a collaboration between The Revenant actor and actor-filmmaker Fisher Stevens and explores “how society can prevent the demise of endangered species, ecosystems, and native communities across the globe.”
Other documentaries at year’s TIFF will include Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst’s Amanda Knox, which explores the decades-long case of the American woman convicted and acquitted by Italian courts, and Raoul Peck’s I Am Not Your Negro, which attempts to complete an unfinished James Baldwin book about the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr., Medgar Evers and Malcolm X. Music fans are also in for a treat with Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary about the jazz legend and The 6th Beatle, which looks at The Beatles promoter Sam Leach.
The previously announced premieres at TIFF 2016 include Anton Fuqua’s The Magnificent Seven remake, Oliver Stone’s Snowden, Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival, Tom Ford’s Noctural Animals, Damien Chazelle’s La La Land, Deepwater Horizon, Andrea Arnold’s American Honey, Kenneth Lonergan’s Manchester By the Sea, Nate Parker’s The Birth of a Nation, Jeff Nichols’ Loving, Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut American Pastoral, and so so many more. The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 - 13.