With the Venice Film Festival just wrapped up and the Toronto Film Festival at its last week, we just can’t help but dive into all the buzz about new movies surrounding Hollywood right now!
Cannes and Sundance aside, these two international film festivals held annually in Italy and Canada respectively are ranked amongst the largest film festivals in the world. Just like in every year, renowned filmmakers and stars all around the world flock to the festival streets to celebrate the premieres of their new movies in hopes of getting enough recognition to be nominated for an Oscar. And if the last two weeks of screenings proved anything, it’s that the 2017 Academy Award is going to be one super-exciting show to watch.
1. All I See Is You
Directed by Marc Forster
Starring Blake Lively and Jason Clarke
Set in Bangkok, Thailand, this movie is about a blind woman named Gina and her husband James. When the opportunity for a sight-restoration surgery comes her way, Gina gets to see things in new light (both literally and figuratively) as she discovers secrets about her relationship she has never known.
2. Amanda Knox
Directed by Brian McGinn and Rod Blackhurst
Starring Amanda Knox
Genre True crime documentary
Nine years ago, Amanda Knox and her boyfriend Raffaele Sollecito were convicted of the murder of her British exchange-student roommate Meredith Kercher in Perugia, Italy. Perfect for fans of Making A Murderer, this documentary features exclusive interviews with Amanda, Raffaele, Italian prosecutor Giuliano Mignini and tabloid journalist Nick Pisa.
3. A United Kingdom
Directed by Amma Asante
Starring David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike
Genre Biographical romantic drama
Now, this is one we are longing to watch: a film based on the true-life, forbidden-love story of the late Botswana president Sir Seretse Khama and his middle-class white English wife Ruth Williams. This movie will take viewers back to 1947 when a simple act such as love could evoke disastrous responses from the South African and British governments.
4. Brain On Fire
Directed by Gerard Barrett
Starring Chloë Grace Moretz, Jenny Slate, Thomas Mann and Tyler Perry
Genre Biographical drama
Based on Susannah Cahalan’s 2012 memoir Brain On Fire: My Month of Madness, this movie, which also happens to be produced by the one and only Charlize Theron, is about Cahalan’s rare autoimmune disorder condition. She wakes up in a hospital bed one day to find out she can’t remember anything from the previous month. Fun fact: Dakota Fanning was originally set to play the lead character but dropped out due to last minute scheduling problems.
5. In Dubious Battle
Directed by James Franco
Starring James Franco, Selena Gomez, Bryan Cranston, Ashley Greene, Analeigh Tipton, Josh Hutcherson, Zach Braff, Keegan Allen and Nat Wolff
Star-studded cast aside, this movie is an adaptation of John Steinbeck’s 1936 novel of the same name. The director takes us back to California Valley in the ‘30s when the labour movement was just starting. We reckon you should brush up on your American history before watching this movie as the trailer has already left us with a bunch of questions we can’t seem to find answers to.
6. 93 Days
Directed by Steve Gukas
Starring Bimbo Akintola, Danny Glover, Somkele Idhalama and Tim Reid
The Ebola virus is something everyone has heard of. Many may even remember the announcement of the largest epidemic in West Africa back in December 2013 that killed more than 10,000 people. This film celebrates the dedication and sacrifices of healthcare workers who risked their lives to save Nigeria from the lethal outbreak.
7. Nocturnal Animals
Directed by Tom Ford
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Amy Adams, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Michael Shannon, Isla Fisher, Armie Hammer and Laura Linney
Not only does this movie feature a sterling cast ensemble, it’s also an adaptation of Austin Wright’s 1993 novel, Tony And Susan. The psychological thriller tells the story of Susan (played by Amy Adams), who one day receives a book manuscript written by her ex-husband, Tony, and starts to question her dark past. If this doesn’t intrigue you, wait till you hear who’s playing Tony’s new wife in the movie! Didn’t everyone say that Amy Adams and Isla Fisher look really alike? *wink*
8. The Woman Who Left
Directed by Lav Diaz
Starring Charo Santos-Concio and Michael de Mesa
We see the battle between rich and poor through the eyes of Horacia Somorostro, a school teacher who has just been released after spending 30 years in prison for something she was wrongly convicted for. With her husband now dead, she struggles with the idea of revenge when she realises it was her former lover who set her up for imprisonment. This new movie won the Golden Lion prize (the highest honorary award) at the Venice International Film Festival this past weekend.