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In 24 hours, TIFF18 begins — sort of


*UPDATE: In light of yesterday’s tragedy in Toronto, TIFF is cancelling a scheduled press conference, and will instead send out film announcements via press release at 10 a.m.


The summer is not over, really. But when we start talking about September’s Toronto International Film Festival, it kind of feels that way. 


So, tomorrow we’ll know the first batch of titles for the festival, which runs from September 6 to 16. But we have a good sense of what to expect already:


  • The Globe and Mail’s Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) writes a great column with festival predictions each year. For 2018, he ponders possible openers (like Canadian filmmaker Don McKellar’s Through Black Spruce) and offers some solid bets on major titles (Jacques Audiard’s The Sisters Brothers; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave follow-up, Widows; Mary Queen of Scots, starring Saoirse Ronan and Margot Robbie; Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born, starring Lady Gaga; and Moonlight director Barry Jenkin’s latest, If Beale Street Could Talk.


  • Speaking of A Star is Born, the hugely anticipated remake is already set to make its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival, which takes place from August 29 to September 8. Venice will announce its lineup on Wednesday.


  • Venice will open with La La Land director Damien Chazelle's First Man, which stars Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong. It is expected to play TIFF, as well.


  • Writer Dave Baldwin (@davemabaldwin) pointed out that director Jason Reitman tweeted that his Hugh Jackman-starring Gary Hart biopic, The Front Runner, is now finished. Reitman (Juno, Up in the Air) is a TIFF veteran, so this title seems like a very safe bet.


  • Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma will be the centerpiece presentation at October’s New York Film Festival. However, as Entertainment Weekly notes, this is a “New York premiere,” which could indicate a TIFF slot.


These are just a few possibilities, and tomorrow we’ll know whether these indicators were right or wrong. Plenty more announcements will follow in the next few weeks, including TIFF’s lineup of Canadian films and the entries in its Masters and Platform programs. We’ll also, by process of elimination, have a good sense of what will play the Telluride Film Festival, which runs from September 1 to 4.


As long as we’re getting Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Favourite, with Olivia Coleman, Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz, I’m happy …


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