The filmmakers join a previously announced group of heavy-hitters that includes Oliver Stone, Rob Reiner, Jeff Nichols, and Kenneth Lonergan. Loach will offer up “I, Daniel Blake,” a comedy drama about a laborer who falls ill, which premiered at last spring’s Cannes Film Festival. Malick will screen “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey,” a documentary look at the planets. And Hill will be in full neo-noir mode, premiering, “(Re)Assignment,” a revenge story about an assassin who is betrayed by gangsters.
James Franco, Hollywood’s favorite polymath, will debut his latest exploration of the literary canon — “In Dubious Battle,” the John Steinbeck novel about a migrant workers’ uprising. Other works of note include “Christine,” the story of a reporter’s on-air suicide from Antonio Campos (“Simon Killer”), and “The Exception,” the feature film debut of stage director David Leveaux.
The Toronto Film Festival is considered to be an essential stop in the awards race. It takes place from Sept. 8 through Sept. 18. Here’s a list of the new additions. They join such previously announced films as “The Magnificent Seven” with Denzel Washington, “LBJ” with Woody Harrelson, and “Nocturnal Animals” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.
“Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer,” Joseph Cedar
“The Promise,” Terry George
“(Re)Assignment,” Walter Hill
“150 Milligrams” (La Fille de Brest), Emmanuelle Bercot
“The Bleeder,” Philippe Falardeau
“Brain on Fire,” Gerard Barrett
“Burn Your Maps,” Jordan Roberts
“Christine,” Antonio Campos
“The Duelist,” Alexey Mizgirev
“The Exception,” David Leveaux
“I, Daniel Blake,” Ken Loach
“In Dubious Battle,” James Franco, USA North American Premiere
“The Long Excuse” (Nagai Iiwake), Miwa Nishikawa
“Rage,” Sang-il Lee
“Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey,” Terrence Malick
“Wakefield,” Robin Swicord