The Toronto International Film Festival announced it’s 2011 line up today and some people are already calling it “the brightest year yet!”  I’ve actually never been to TIFF but would give up my remaining hairs to make it to this year’s ten day festival.  Yes, it’s that good.

For the first time in 36 years, the festival will open with a documentary that follows a little band by the name of U2. The flick is called From The Sky Down and is directed by Davis Guggenheim.  It will launch TIFF on Sept. 8.

Here’s a look at some of the other films that will bring some of the world’s biggest stars to Toronto later this year.

Starring Ryan Gosling, Carrie Mulligan and Bryan Cranston, this dark film is probably the best vehicle to get Gosling that Oscar since that imaginary Breaker High movie.

The Descendants

Starring George Clooney as a distraught father trying to keep his family together. Clooney will also be in town for a movie he directed called The Ides of March.

Brad Pitt and a slimmer Jonah Hill.
A movie about sports has to be really interesting to get my attention and this flick, about reviving an all but dead baseball team, has my full attention.

A Dangerous Method
Directed by David Cronenberg. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Keira Knightley, Michael Fassbender and Vincent Cassel.
This entry by one of this country’s most successful directors explores the controversial personal lives of psychiatrist Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.

Movies directed by Madonnna (W.E.),  Frances Ford Coppola (Twixt) , Sarah Polley (Take This Waltz) will also all premiere at the festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 8-18….in Toronto.

Mike Morrison


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