Denial to have World Premiere as Special Presentation at TIFF

'The Magnificent Seven' Remake to Open 2016 Toronto Film Festival

By Etan Vlessing | THR

The festival will close with the Hailee Steinfeld-starrer 'The Edge of Seventeen.'

The 2016 Toronto International Film Festival will kick off on Sept. 8 with Antoine Fuqua's The Magnificent Seven, starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt, and end on Sept. 18 with the Hailee Steinfeld-starrer The Edge of Seventeen, it was announced Tuesday.

"I can't think of a better place, or a better crowd for the film's world premiere," Fuqua told a Toronto press conference on Tuesday, via video. He earlier brought Training Day and The Equalizer to Toronto for launches.

Fuqua's classic western drama from MGM and Columbia Pictures features outlaws, bounty hunters and hired guns and also stars Ethan Hawke, Peter Sarsgaard, Haley Bennett and Vincent D'Onofrio. "Fuqua has delivered an exciting character-driven film on a grand scale, while putting his own unique spin on the genre making for a thrilling opening night," Toronto director and CEO Piers Handling said Tuesday in a statement about the Village Roadshow Pictures co-production, co-financed with Sony Pictures.

And The Edge of Seventeen, Kelly Fremon Craig's directorial debut, snagged the plum closing night slot. Produced by James L. Brooks, the film follows Steinfeld as a high school junior at peak awkwardness when her old brother (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend, played by Haley Lu Richardson.

The festival's 2016 edition on Tuesday unveiled another 17 movies to receive gala treatment at Roy Thomson Hall, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Mark Wahlberg, Gerard Butler, David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong'o and Rooney Mara among those set to walk the red carpet in Toronto.

All the gala titles are world premieres, except two films getting a Nov. 11 award season release: Denis Villeneuve's Arrival, the sci-fi drama starring Amy Adams and Jeremy Renner from Paramount and set for a Canadian premiere, suggesting a Telluride bow; and Jeff Nichols' interracial drama Loving, which stars Joel Edgerton and Ruth Negga and debuted in Cannes before coming over for a North American bow.

Oliver Stone's biopic Snowden, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt as the NSA whistleblower, will debut at Roy Thomson Hall, before getting its European premiere in San Sebastian. Other gala titles getting first looks in Toronto include the Peter Berg-directed Deepwater Horizon, the Gulf of Mexico disaster drama starring Mark Wahlberg; the Gerard Butler-starring family drama The Headhunter's Calling, directed by Mark Williams; Disney's Queen of Katwe, directed by Mira Nair and starring David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong'o; and LBJ, the Rob Reiner-helmed film with Woody Harrelson playing former president Lyndon Johnson. LBJ also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Bill Pullman and Richard Jenkins.

Roy Thomson Hall will also host two pop music-inspired films: The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America, where director Paul Dugdale captured the Havana gig for the Stone's America Latina Ole tour, and the Justin Timberlake concert film JT + The Tennessee Kids, directed by Jonathan Demme and featuring a closing performance for the 20/20 Experience World Tour in Las Vegas.

Toronto is also giving red carpet treatment to Weinstein Co.'s Lion, from director Garth Davis and starring Rooney Mara, Nicole Kidman and Dev Patel; A Monster Calls, starring Felicity Jones and directed by J.A. Bayona; Katherine Dieckmann's U.S. deep south drama Strange Weather, starring Holly Hunter; and Jim Sheridan's The Secret Scripture, headlined by Rooney Mara, Theo James and Jack Reynor.

Elsewhere, Toronto will give two U.K. films the gala treatment in Roy Thomson Hall: the rom-com Their Finest, starring former Bond girl Gemma Arterton and Sam Clafin and directed by Lone Scherfig, and London Film Festival opener, the David Oyelowo and Rosamund Pike drama A United Kingdom, by Amma Asante. The festival will also screen the French drama Planetarium, Grand Central writer/director Rebecca Zlotowski and star Lea Seydoux's second collaboration, and Bronwen Hughes' The Journey is the Destination, a slain photojournalist drama toplined by Maria Bello.

TIFF director Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey at a press conference Tuesday also announced 48 special presentations sidebar titles, including a host that bowed in Sundance and Cannes. These include a North American bow for Tom Ford's Nocturnal Animals, which stars Amy Adams and Jake Gyllenhaal; Nate Parker's slave rebellion drama The Birth of a Nation, the Sundance hit that reaches theaters on Oct. 7; Ewan McGregor's directorial debut American Pastoral, based on the Philip Roth novel and starring Dakota Fanning and Jennifer Connelly; Paul Verhoeven's French-language drama Elle, starring Isabelle Huppert and landing here for a North American bow after Cannes; and the Venice opener, Damien Chazelle's La La Land, a musical that stars Emma Stone, Ryan Goslin and John Legend.

The special presentations section also includes a North American premiere for Jim Jarmusch's Paterson, starring Adam Driver as a New Jersey bus driver and which bowed in Cannes; a world premiere for Christopher Guest's Mascots, which reteams Fred Willard, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban and Harry Shearer in a comedy about sport mascots; Lifetime's Paris Can Wait, starring Diane Lane and Alec Baldwin and directed by Eleanor Coppola; Andrea Arnold's Cannes winner American Honey, starring Sasha Lane and Shia LaBeouf and set for a North American bow; Vikram Ghandi's Barry, which gets a world bow as it portrays a young Barack Obama as a college student in 1981 New York City, and starring Devon Terrell and Anya Taylor-Joy; Ben Younger's Bleed For This, with Miles Teller as pro boxer Vinny Pazienza and Aaron Eckhart as his trainer; and a world premiere for first-time director Alex Lehmann's Blue Jay,

The section also includes a North American bow for Werner Herzog's volcano disaster film Salt and Fire, which debuted in Shanghai and stars Michael Shannon and Gael Garcia Bernal; Susan Johnson's Carrie Pilby, toplined by Bel Powley, Jason Ritter and Nathan Lane; and world premieres for writer-director Onur Tukel's black comedy Catfight, starring Sandra Oh, Anne Heche and Alicia Silverstone, and Mick Jackson's Holocaust courtroom drama Denial, led by Rachel Weisz and Timothy Spall.

Toronto also booked into the special presentations sidebar world premieres for George Nolfi's Birth of the Dragon; Pete Travis' City of Tiny Lights, starring Penny Dreadful actor Billie Piper; and a North American bow for Thomas Vinterberg's The Commune, which competed in Berlin. There's also a North American premiere for Nick Hamm's The Journey, starring Colm Meaney as Sinn Fein politician Martin McGuinness and Timothy Spall as the late Sir Ian Paisley; a world debut for Nick Cannon's King of the Dancehall; and a world premiere for Garth Jennings' animated musical Sing, voiced by Matthew McConaughey, Reese Witherspoon, Seth MacFarlane and Scarlett Johansson.

Other world premieres in Toronto include Adam Smith's Trespass Against Us, starring Michael Fassbender and Brendan Gleeson; Chinese director Cheng Er's The Wasted Times, starring Zhang Ziyi and Ge You; Feng Xiaogang's I Am Not Madame Bovary, also from China and starring Fang Bingbing; French director Arnaud des Pallieres' Orphan, headlined by Gemma Arterton and Adele Haenel; and Juan Carlos Medina's The Limehouse Golem, which stars Bill Nighy and Olivia Cooke.

The Toronto Film Festival, which will make additional lineup announcements in the coming weeks, is set to run from Sept. 8 to 18.


Toronto 2016


WP = World Premiere, IP = International Premiere, NAP = North American Premiere, CP = Canadian Premiere

  • The Magnificent Seven (US) Antoine Fuqua WP opening film
  • The Edge Of Seventeen (US) Kelly Fremon Craig WP closing film
  • Arrival (US), Denis Villeneuve CP
  • Deepwater Horizon (US) Peter Berg WP
  • The Headhunter’s Calling (Can) Mark Williams WP
  • The Journey Is The Destination (UK-S Afr) Bronwen Hughes WP
  • JT + The Tennessee Kids (US) Jonathan Demme WP
  • LBJ (US) Rob Reiner WP
  • Lion (Australia) Garth Davis WP
  • Loving (US) Jeff Nichols NAP
  • A Monster Calls (US-Spa) J.A. Bayona WP
  • Planetarium (Fra-Bel) Rebecca Zlotowski NAP
  • Queen Of Katwe (S Afr-Uga) Mira Nair WP
  • The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé!: A Trip Across Latin America (UK) Paul Dugdale WP
  • The Secret Scripture (Ire) Jim Sheridan WP
  • Snowden (Ger-US) Oliver Stone WP
  • Strange Weather (US) Katherine Dieckmann WP
  • Their Finest (UK) Lone Scherfig WP
  • A United Kingdom (UK) Amma Asante WP


  • The Age Of Shadows (S Kor) Kim Jee woon WP
  • All I See Is You (Thai) Marc Forster WP
  • American Honey (US) Andrea Arnold NAP
  • American Pastoral (US) Ewan McGregor WP
  • Asura: The City Of Madness (S Kor) Kim Sung-soo WP
  • Barakah Meets Barakah (S Ara) Mahmoud Sabbagh NAP
  • Barry (US) Vikram Gandhi WP
  • Birth Of The Dragon (US-Chi-Can) George Nolfi WP
  • The Birth Of A Nation (US) Nate Parker IP
  • Bleed For This (US) Ben Younger CP
  • Blue Jay (US) Alex Lehmann WP
  • Brimstone (Neth-Ger-Fra-Bel-Swe-UK) Martin Koolhoven NAP
  • Brotherhood (UK) Noel Clarke IP
  • Carrie Pilby (US) Susan Johnson WP
  • Catfight (US) Onur Tukel WP
  • City Of Tiny Lights (UK) Pete Travis WP
  • The Commune (Den-Swe-Neth) Thomas Vinterberg NAP
  • Daguerrotype (Fra-Jap-Bel) Kiyoshi Kurosawa WP
  • A Death In The Gunj (Ind) Konkona Sensharma WP
  • Denial (US-UK) Mick Jackson WP
  • Elle (France) Paul Verhoeven NAP
  • Foreign Body (Tun-Fra) Raja Amari WP
  • Frantz (Fra-Ger) François Ozon CP
  • The Handmaiden (S Kor) Park Chan-wook NAP
  • Harmonium (Jap-Fra) Kôji Fukada NAP
  • I Am Not Madame Bovary (Chi) Feng Xiaogang WP
  • The Journey (UK) Nick Hamm NAP
  • King Of The Dancehall (US-Jam) Nick Cannon WP
  • La La Land (US) Damien Chazelle CP
  • The Limehouse Golem (UK) Juan Carlos Medina WP
  • Manchester By The Sea (US) Kenneth Lonergan CP
  • Mascots (US) Christopher Guest WP
  • Maudie (Can-Ire) Aisling Walsh WP
  • Neruda (Chi-Arg-Spa-Fra) Pablo Larraín CP
  • Nocturnal Animals (US-UK) Tom Ford NAP
  • The Oath (Ice) Baltasar Kormákur WP
  • Orphan (Fra) Arnaud des Pallières WP
  • Paris Can Wait (US) Eleanor Coppola WP
  • Paterson (US) Jim Jarmusch NAP
  • The Salesman (Iran-Fra) Asghar Farhadi NAP
  • Salt And Fire (Ger-US-Fra-Mex) Werner Herzog NAP
  • Sing (US-Fra) Garth Jennings WP
  • Souvenir (Bel-Lux-Fra) Bavo Defurne NAP
  • Things To Come (Fra-Ger) Mia Hansen-Løve CP
  • Toni Erdmann (Ger) Maren Ade CP
  • Trespass Against Us (UK) Adam Smith WP
  • Una (UK) Benedict Andrews CP
  • Unless (Can-Ire) Alan Gilsenan WP
  • The Wasted Times (Chi) Cheng Er WP