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.
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.