Just because the Toronto International Film Festival organizers announced a packed selection of Oscar contenders, world, international and North American premiering flicks and high-profile indie titles last month, it doesn’t mean they didn’t keep an ace or two concealed up their sleeves for right before the shindig’s start.
Well, maybe not right before, as we’re still a couple of weeks away from TIFF 2014’s kickoff, but it’s pretty close. And they almost saved the absolute best for last. Namely, the global debut of “St. Vincent,” a quirky comedy directed and written by Theodore Melfi and starring Bill Murray, Naomi Watts, Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd, Terrence Howard and Nate Corddry.
Distributed by Oscar specialists Harvey and Bob Weinstein, but not exactly their safest 2015 Academy Award bet, the film will be widely released on October 24. At TIFF, “St. Vincent” made the cut in the Special Presentations section, where two more titles were added in the eleventh hour.
There’s James Franco’s latest experiment/William Faulkner adaptation, “The Sound and the Fury”, starring none other than James Franco, Seth Rogen (yes, really), Danny McBride and Tim Blake Nelson. And then there’s concert documentary “Roger Waters the Wall”, directed by Sean Evans and Roger Waters and dealing with the “exhilaratingly visceral experience of rock ‘n’ roll showmanship and storytelling” during Waters’ sold-out, three year-long “The Wall Live” tour.
Also headed for their world premieres in Toronto, Idris Elba starrer “Second Coming”, from little known director and writer Debbie Tucker Green, and “X+Y”, an indie British drama starring Asa Butterfield, Eddie Marsan, Rafe Spall and Sally Hawkins. Beat that, Venice.