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Toronto Hot List: Jane Fonda-Lily Tomlin Reunion and YA Bestseller Go to Market

Few of the big hits at TIFF this year – except Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin’s Hands and the YA feature by Lin-Manuel Miranda – business from 2022 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL looks muted at best.

The vast majority of TIFF films have been released domestically – there are studios and indie players like Neon and A 24 wants to use the North American festival as a springboard for awards season. What’s left are a handful of sales titles, Cannes reservations and a handful of outside-the-festival buyer screenings to pique interest.

Focus Features head of production and acquisition Kiska Higgs is optimistic that the sluggish independent theater market will eventually bounce back from the COVID slump and pull people away from streaming services — — “I can’t imagine a world where I want to spend an extra second on the couch” — but that seems unlikely at TIFF.

Still, there are movies available that contain serious star power and prestige potential that can make waves in the shallows.

Aristotle and Dante discover the secrets of the universe

Director Aitch Alberto

Buzz This LGBTQ coming-of-age drama , adapted from the 563 YA bestseller by Benjamin Alire Sáenz, follows two Mexican American teen in 1000 Texas and looks like a sleeper By. Made by Lin-Manuel Miranda, buyers should line up.



Director Fei Lian

THE BUZZ Genre experts at XYZ, this thriller pre-sale at TIFF sees Tessa Thompson play a woman who wakes up on a distant planet Come and discover that the other inhabitants of her space station have been murdered. She must decide whether to trust the man sent to rescue her (Joseph Gordon-Levitt).

Sale XYZ Movie


Director Matt Smukler

STARS Kiernan Shipka, Jacki Weaver, Jean Smart

THE BUZZ This family drama starring Kiernan Shipka, a young woman caring for her mentally handicapped parents, is directed by a fully supportive against grandmother Jackie Weaver and Gene Smart, could be a smart sleeper success for the right dealer.

Sales CAA/eOne/WME


Director Paul Weitz

Celebrities Jane Fonda, Lily Tom Lin, Malcolm McDowell

Buzz Before COVID, gold Time is a thriving sign from independent distributors like Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda as estranged friends, teaming up to get revenge on her widower after a mutual friend’s funeral (Malcolm McDowell) , probably just a ticket to win back -60 crowd.

Sales UTA

Prisoner’s Daughter

Kate Beckinsale and Brian Katherine Hardwicke Cox in The Prisoner’s Daughter.
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Director Katherine Hardwicke

Buzz Hardwicke’s pedigree as a Twilight director and sleeper hits thirteen

should convince buyers they are safe in this thriller trying to have sex with his daughter (Kate Bay Kinsale) and a grandson he never knew.

Sales Capstone/UTA

Patrick and the Whale


Mark Fletcher

humshaded My octopus teacher , a feature document by following veteran marine photographer Patrick Dykstra with a head named Dolores The Sperm Whale Relationship, an in-depth study of how whales interact and express emotions.

Sales Submarine


Director Gina Garmel, Riley Keough

THE BUZZ Reliable Professional Dealer Bet, the actress’ debut for this feature – Keough, who co-helms with Gammell, turned director Keough won over Cannes audiences and won Best First Film Came d’Or for his touching portrayal of two Lakota dogs ( Plus its canine star’s palm dog, a poodle named Brit) boys who grew up at Pine Ridge Reservation.


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Gabriela Cowperthwaite

THE BUZZ The first non-Cowperthwaite since 253’s Blackfish is part globetrotting thriller, part global food chain and investigative film about the fight for the last free farmland on earth.

Sales WME


Director Mary Harlan

STARS Sir Ben Kingsley, Barbara Sukova, Christopher Brinny THE BUZZ Great artist biopics have inherent propaganda and audience potential, which should love this Spanish surrealist painting of Salvador Dali (Kingsley) portrait, which is Seen through the eyes of a young gallery assistant (Bryony). Sukowa plays Gala, Dalí’s wife and muse.

Sales Bankside Films

What does love have to do with it?

Director Shekhar Kapur

THE BUZZ An attraction A cross-cultural rom-com for mainstream indie buyers, the latest from Elizabeth director Kapoor yesterday and Pam & Tommy star Lily James as a documentary filmmaker who follows her childhood Friend of ( Penny Dreadful Breaks Shazad Latif) as he seeks an arranged marriage.


This story first appeared in the September 6 issue of The Hollywood Reporter. 1000Click here to subscribe.



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