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Hottest Titles for Acquisition at the Toronto Film Festival

While Toronto does not have an official market like Cannes and Berlin, industry execs use the Canadian festival to introduce new films to the global indie market that are not screening in the festival. Of course, many titles, including those in the Gala section, are looking for U.S. distribution as well.

All I See Is You
Director: Marc Forster
Key cast: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke
Logline: A blind woman and her loving husband seem to have the perfect relationship, until she gets an operation that enables her to see. (TIFF Special Presentation)
Sales: WME (U.S.); Sierra Affinity (international)

The Bleeder
Director: Philippe Falardeau
Key cast:Liev Schreiber, Naomi Watts
Logline: The true-life story of Chuck Wepner, a liquor salesman who went 15 rounds in the 1975 heavyweight world championship against Muhammad Ali. (TIFF Special Presentation)
Sales: UTA and Nu Image/Millennium Films (U.S.)/ Nu Image/Millennium Films (international)

Boys in the Trees
Director: Nicholas Verso
Key cast: Toby Wallace, Gulliver McGrath
Logline: Genre-tinged coming-of-age tale set on Halloween 1997. (Premiered at Venice Film Festival.)
Sales: Paradigm

The Exception
Director: David Leveaux
Key cast: Jai Courtney, Lily James, Eddie Marsan, Christopher Plummer
Logline: A German soldier in Holland during the onset of World War II falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman.
Sales: UTA (U.S.)/ Lotus (international)

Finding Steve McQueen
Director: Mark Steven Johnson
Key cast: Travis Fimmel, Kate Bosworth
Logline: Based on the true story of a 1972 bank heist.
Sales: Ambi Distribution

Goon: Last of the Enforcers
Director: Jay Baruchel
Key cast: Jay Baruchel, Kim Coates, Elisha Cuthbert, TJ Miller, Alison Pill, Liev Schreiber, Seann William Scott
Logline: Followup to 2011 cult hit “Goon,” with the original cast back on the ice
Sales: WME (U.S.)/Bloom (international)

Irreplaceable You
Director: Stephanie Laing
Key cast: TBA
Logline: Abbie and Samwere destined to be together forever until death got in the way. Abbie tries to teach Sam how to live, while an unlikely friend teaches Abbie how to die.
Sales: UTA (domestic); The Exchange (international)

Kin
Directors: Jonathan and Josh Baker
Key cast: James Franco, Zoe Kravitz, Dennis Quaid
Logline: Based on the Bakers’ short film “Bag Man.”
Sales: WME Global/Good Universe

Message From the King
Director: Fabrice Du Welz
Key cast: Chadwick Boseman, Teresa Palmer, Luke Evans, Tom Felton
Logline: A mysterious outsider arrives in L.A. to avenge his younger sister’s death.
Sales: WME (U.S.)/ Sierra/Affinity (international)

Ophelia
Director: Claire McCarthy
Key cast: Daisy Ridley, Naomi Watts
Logline: The untold story of Hamlet’s doomed love.
Sales: Covert Media (international)

The Professor and the Madman
Director: Farhad Safinia
Stars: Mel Gibson, Sean Penn
Logline: The story of the Oxford English Dictionary
Sales: Voltage

Unless
Director: Alan Gilsenan
Key cast: Catherine Keener, Brendan Coyle
Logline: Based on the novel “Unless” by Carol Shields.
Sales: Intl. Film Trust

Think Like a Dog
Director: Gil Junger
Producer: Andrew Lazar
Key cast: TBA
Logline: A 12-year-old tech prodigy, whose science experiment goes awry, forges a telepathic connection with his best friend, his dog.
Sales: DDI

Wakefield
Director: Robin Swicord
Key cast: Bryan Cranston, Jennifer Garner
Logline: Adaptation of E.L. Doctorow’s short story. (TIFF Special Presentation)
Sales: UTA (domestic); Christian Mercuri (international)

Select Gala titles looking for U.S. distribution

The Headhunter’s Calling
Director: Mark Williams
Key cast: Gerard Butler
Sales: Voltage

The Journey Is the Destination
Director: Bronwen Hughes
Key cast: Ben Schnetzer, Kelly MacDonald
Sales: Voltage

LBJ
Director: Rob Reiner
Key cast: Woody Harrelson, Jennifer Jason Leigh
Sales: CAA/Voltage

Planetarium
Director: Rebecca Zlotowski
Key cast: Natalie Portman
Sales: Kinology

Strange Weather
Director: Katherine Dieckmann
Key cast: Holly Hunter
Sales: ICM Partners

A United Kingdom
Director: Amma Asante
Key cast: Rosamund Pike, David Oyelowo
Sales: WME, Pathe

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