Toronto Film Fest: 'Joker,' Tom Hanks' Mr. Rogers Biopic Featured

The awards season starts to take shape with this morning's announcement of the initial 2019 Toronto Film Festival slate.

Matt Lissauer

By Matt Lissauer

Toronto Film Fest 2019 - Joaquin Phoenix in "Joker."

© Warner Bros. / Courtesy Everett Collection

The initial slate for the 44th Annual Toronto Film Festival was unveiled this morning and included amongst the indies and foreign films were some of the most anticipated movies of the year. Festival Gala premieres will include Todd Phillips' Scorsese-esqe supervillain crime drama "Joker" starring Joaquin Phoenix as the titular villain, and Marielle Heller's Mr. Rogers biopic "A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood" starring Tom Hanks as the famous children's TV host (the trailer dropped just yesterday).

© TriStar / Courtesy Everett Collection

© TriStar / Courtesy Everett Collection

Matt Damon and Christian Bale's historical auto drama "Ford v Ferrari," from director James Mangold, will also have its premiere at the festival, along with DreamWorks' animated "Abominable," John Crowley's drama "The Goldfinch" -- based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel and starring Nicole Kidman and Ansel Elgort -- and Lorene Scafaria's true-life crime comedy "Hustlers" starring Jennifer Lopez and Constance Wu.

© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. / Courtesy Everett Collection

Other notables on the slate include many high-profile indies that will surely vie for awards attention this year. These include Renee Zellweger's turn as Judy Garland in "Judy," Edward Norton's sophomore directorial effort, "Motherless Brooklyn," and the non-franchise follow-ups from Taika Waititi and Rian Johnson, who step away from "Thor" and "Star Wars" for more grounded stories in "Jojo Rabbit" and "Knives Out." Not to mention, the latest from Steven Soderbergh ("The Laundromat" - starring Meryl Streep and Gary Oldman), Noah Baumbach ("Marriage Story" - starring Adam Driver), Pedro Almodóvar ("Pain and Glory"), Bong Joon-ho ("Parasite"), and the Safdie Brothers ("Uncut Gems" - starring Adam Sandler) will also play at TIFF.

© Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved. / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Fox Searchlight Pictures. All rights reserved. / Courtesy Everett Collection

The festival kicks off September 5th, with the rock doc "Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band" and concludes September 15th with Rosamund Pike's Marie Curie biopic, "Radioactive," from director Marjane Satrapi ("Persepolis"). The full list is below.

Gala Presentations

  • Opening Night Film: Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band - Daniel Roher
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood - Marielle Heller
  • Abominable - Jill Culton
  • American Woman - Semi Chellas
  • Blackbird - Roger Michell
  • Clemency - Chinonye Chukwu
  • Ford v Ferrari - James Mangold
  • The Goldfinch - John Crowley
  • Harriet - Kasi Lemmons
  • Hustlers - Lorene Scafaria
  • Joker - Todd Phillips
  • Just Mercy - Destin Daniel Cretton
  • Ordinary Love - Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn
  • The Sky Is Pink - Shonali Bose
  • The Song of Names - François Girard
  • True History of the Kelly Gang - Justin Kurzel
  • Western Stars - Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen
  • Closing Night Film: Radioactive - Marjane Satrapi

Special Presentations

  • A Herdade - Tiago Guedes
  • Bad Education - Cory Finley
  • La Belle Époque - Nicolas Bedos
  • Coming Home Again - Wayne Wang
  • Dolemite Is My Name - Craig Brewer
  • Ema - Pablo Larraín
  • Endings, Beginnings - Drake Doremus
  • Frankie - Ira Sachs
  • The Friend - Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • Greed - Michael Winterbottom
  • Guest of Honour - Atom Egoyan
  • Heroic Losers - Sebastian Borensztein
  • Honey Boy - Alma Har’el
  • Hope Gap - William Nicholson
  • How to Build a Girl - Coky Giedroyc
  • I Am Woman - Unjoo Moon
  • Jojo Rabbit - Taika Waititi
  • Judy - Rupert Goold
  • Knives Out - Rian Johnson
  • The Laundromat - Steven Soderbergh
  • The Lighthouse - Robert Eggers
  • Marriage Story - Noah Baumbach
  • Military Wives - Peter Cattaneo
  • Motherless Brooklyn - Edward Norton
  • No. 7 Cherry Lane - Yonfan
  • The Other Lamb - Małgorzata Szumowska
  • Pain and Glory - Pedro Almodóvar
  • The Painted Bird - Václav Marhoul
  • Parasite - Bong Joon-ho
  • Pelican Blood - Katrin Gebbe
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield - Armando Iannucci
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire - Céline Sciamma
  • The Report - Scott Z. Burns
  • Saturday Fiction - Lou Ye
  • The Two Popes - Fernando Meirelles
  • Uncut Gems - Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie
  • Weathering With You - Makoto Shinkai
  • While at War - Alejandro Amenábar
Matt Lissauer

Matt Lissauer is a writer & data manager for Noovie. When he is not busy writing listicles, Matt is enjoying life in New Jersey with his lovely wife and three kids.

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