10 of the best films premiering at Toronto International Film Festival

10 of the best films premiering at Toronto International Film Festival

First Man

Big name directors and stars litter this year's event with the likes of Lady Gaga, Steve McQueen and Ryan Gosling featured

From Gaga to gangsters via adventures in space and love in Harlem, the Toronto International Film Festival aims to deliver. Although immediately preceded by Venice and Telluride, North America's leading cinematic showcase is a pivotal launch pad for awards season hopefuls – as success stories from elsewhere on the festival circuit join forces with enviable world premieres. As ever, all eyes will be on the People's Choice Award pick, which often points to Academy Award glory. Previous winners have included eventual Best Picture recipients Slumdog Millionaire, The King's Speech and 12 Years a Slave, while others such as La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri have formed a major part of the Oscar conversation.

If Beale Street Could Talk – World Premiere

Barry Jenkins follows up the sublime Moonlight – 2017's surprise Best Picture Oscar winner – with an adaption of James Baldwin's 1974 novel, which finds a pregnant woman in a race against the clock to prove the innocence of her fiancé. KiKi Layne and Stephan James play the lovers, Regina King and Chi-Raq's Teyonah Parris provide the support. Expect to be moved.
UK release: 18 Jan

Out of Blue – World Premiere

Britain's own Carol Morley (The Falling, Dreams of a Life) adapts Martin Amis's neo-noir Night Train. Out of Blue follows Patricia Clarkson's, no doubt formidable, detective as she investigates the shooting of an astrophysicist.
UK release: TBC

Widows - World Premiere

It might have seared itself forever in our minds but it's been a full five years since 12 Years a Slave. Director Steve McQueen mixes things up for a contemporary, female-focused crime story intriguingly based on the 1980s Lynda La Plante TV series and written in collaboration with Gone Girl scribe Gillian Flynn. Viola Davis leads the cracking ensemble.
UK release: TBC

Beautiful Boy – World Premiere

The young actor of the moment, Timothée Chalamet (Call Me by Your Name, Lady Bird), is at the centre of Felix Van Groeningen's study of meth addiction, based on a father and son's bestselling memoirs. Steve Carell co-stars.
UK release: 18 Jan 2019

Life Itself – World Premiere

Dan Fogelman (screenwriter of Crazy, Stupid, Love. and creator of TV hit This Is Us) gathers an eclectic cast – Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas – for his sophomore feature: a romantic drama that promises to span continents and lifetimes.
UK release: 4 Jan 2019

First Man – Canadian Premiere

We're in more obviously awards-worthy territory with another space-set saga, this time from Whiplash helmer Damien Chazelle, who tells Neil Armstrong's remarkable story with the help of his La La Land leading man Ryan Gosling.
UK release: 12 Oct

A Star Is Born – North American Premiere

Actor Bradley Cooper makes his directorial debut with his own interpretation of an already thrice-told tale that caused a sensation on its Venice debut. Lady Gaga follows her showy, Golden Globe-winning turn in American Horror Story with what promises to be a more pared-down performance.
UK release: 5 Oct

The Sisters Brothers – North American Premiere

Patrick deWitt's brilliant, Booker-shortlisted comedy western is brought to the screen by the deliciously unpredictable French director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust and Bone). John C Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal get up to no good.
UK release: TBC

Roma – Canadian Premiere

Set in the Mexico City of the 1970s and shot in monochrome, this is a deeply personal project for Alfonso Cuarón (Gravity), who based it in part on his own upbringing. Alongside his directorial duties, Cuarón managed to find time to produce, co-edit and co-photograph the film.
UK release: TBC