Emma Watson, Kate Winslet, and Many More Are Ready to Blow You Away at the Fall’s Biggest Film Festival


Just at the moment when it seemed summer movie season would never send, the Toronto International Film Festival has announced the first portion of its lineup to remind us that awards season — and, more importantly, a lot of really great-sounding movies — is close at hand.

The galas and special presentations section of the festival, which kicks off September 10, is stacked as usual with huge names and anticipated films, from world premieres like Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" to Cannes standouts like Denis Villeneuve's "Sicario" to three Julianne Moore movies — the guaranteed weepie "Freeheld," the mob drama "Black Mass," and the romance "Maggie's Plan."

Travel to Toronto and you can catch a huge number of stars in all sorts of challenging and thrilling roles: Helen Mirren plays famed Hollywood gossip Hedda Hopper in the biopic "Trumbo" as well as an intelligence officer in political thriller "Eye in the Sky," Kate Winslet plays a vigilante in "The Dressmaker" (described elsewhere as "Unforgiven" with a sewing machine), and Emma Watson plays a woman tangling up in a Chilean military coup in "Colonia." And did we mention "The Danish Girl," in which Eddie Redmayne plays Lili Elbe, one of the first people in the world to undergo sex-reassignment surgery?

The complete lineup of gala and special presentation films is available here in PDF form, but that's far from the complete TIFF schedule — many other sections, including the routinely spectacular Midnight Madness category, have yet to be announced.