The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the most revered in the world, announced SOME of its 2011 lineup earlier this morning, and titles of note with regards to this site's interest, include the world premiere of Brit Steve McQueen's Shame, which stars Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie. It's McQueen's second feature film (the first was Hunger, which also starred Fassbender).
Also, Rampart, the cop drama set in 1990s Los Angeles that explores department-wide corruption in the police department. The film stars Woody Harrelson, Sigourney Weaver, and Ice Cube, amongst many others. Cube plays an investigator.
Machine Gun Preacher, the Gerard Butler as a former drug-dealing criminal who undergoes a religious transformation and becomes the savior of hundreds of kidnapped and orphaned children in Sudan; Goodbye Solo's Souleymane Sy Savane co-stars.
Thus far, roughly 40 titles have been announced; there's a lot more coming, as last year, close to 250 films screened at the festival - all features. So, expect another 200 or so to come. There may be more there for us to highlight.
In the meantime, feel free to take a look at the complete list of what's been announced thus far HERE.
By the way, some may not know that the co-director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and who's responsible for much of the festival's lineup, is a black Canadian. His name is Cameron Bailey (pictured above-right). Cameron reads Shadow And Act, so I'm sure he'll be seeing this! :)
We probably won't be at Toronto this year, though I plan to have someone who'll be there feeding me info to post here, so we won't be totally disconnected.
More to come...