Click to Skip Ad
Closing in...
Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Watch: James Bond Is Back In First Trailer For 'Spectre' Starring Daniel Craig, Lea Seydoux, Dave Bautista, & More Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Terrence Malick's Next Film With Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara & Michael Fassbender Reportedly Gets Titled Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' Watch: Jake Gyllenhaal Gets Bloody And Bruised In First Trailer For Boxing Drama 'Southpaw' New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books New Infographic Lays Out Canonical 'Star Wars' Timeline With Films, TV And Books First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' First Official Image: Jesse Eisenberg As Lex Luthor In 'Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice' Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Watch: First Trailer For Arnold Schwarzenegger's Zombie Pic 'Maggie' With Abigail Breslin Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join Idris Elba Replaces Jamie Foxx In Harmony Korine's 'The Trap,' Al Pacino, Robert Pattinson, James Franco Also Join 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors 10 Terrible Films Starring Great Actors Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' Watch: Tom Hanks Acts Out His Filmography In 7-Minutes On 'The Late Late Show' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' New Directors/New Films Review: Jia Zhang-ke Produced 'K' Is A New Take On Franz Kafka's 'The Castle' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Viggo Mortensen Reveals He Turned Down Quentin Tarantino's 'The Hateful Eight,' Auditioned For 'Reservoir Dogs' Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Watch: First Teaser Trailer For 'Mission: Impossible: Rogue Nation' With Tom Cruise Arrives, If You Choose To Accept It Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” Jonathan Nolan Says His Original Ending To 'Interstellar' Was “Much More Straightforward” The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 50 Best Films Of The Decade So Far The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen The 25 Best Films Of 2015 We've Already Seen Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 Best Of 2014: The 15 Best Movie Soundtracks Of 2014 The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 25 Best Horror Films Of The 21st Century So Far The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season The 20 Best TV Shows Of The 2013/2014 Season From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki From Worst To Best: Ranking The Films Of Hayao Miyazaki All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More All The Songs In 'Pitch Perfect' Including La Roux, David Guetta, Azealia Banks, Nicki Minaj & More

5 Films That Could Start Distributor Bidding Wars At TIFF

Photo of Oliver Lyttelton By Oliver Lyttelton | The Playlist September 4, 2012 at 3:02PM

For the enterprising mini-majors, studio subsidiaries and indie start-ups, there are three key markets to acquire films: There's Sundance, where only a handful of movies come with distribution already sorted, and everyone hopes to uncover the next "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Precious." There's Cannes, which not only has a huge film market (often concerned with pre-sales as much as finished movies), but debuts some of the biggest international films of the year. And then there's the Toronto International Film Festival.
2
TIFF Pick-Up Predictions

For the enterprising mini-majors, studio subsidiaries and indie start-ups, there are three key markets to acquire films: There's Sundance, where only a handful of movies come with distribution already sorted, and everyone hopes to uncover the next "Little Miss Sunshine" or "Precious." There's Cannes, which not only has a huge film market (often concerned with pre-sales as much as finished movies), but debuts some of the biggest international films of the year.

And then there's the Toronto International Film Festival. Though it's not quite as prestigious as some of its European counterparts, it's arguably the biggest, and maybe even the most important, festival of the year, with the widest ranging and largest line-up of competitors, one that takes in everything from micro-budget indies to $100 million star-packed pictures like "Cloud Atlas."

Many of the films there this year are already with studios or distributors who hope to use a bow at the festival as a launching pad for box office or awards season glory (and ideally, both). But there's more than a few films there without a home at present, and as the start of TIFF draws closer, we've picked out 5 that look like they could inspire some bidding wars. If you ran a distributor, what would be on your shopping list? Let us know in the comments section below.

The Place Beyond The Pines
"The Place Beyond The Pines"
Given that it was a tough, bleak indie romance released in the holiday season against much bigger competition and it failed to get much awards attention (bar a Best Actress nomination for Michelle Williams), $10 million at the box office wasn't a bad result at all for "Blue Valentine," especially given that it was made for only $1 million or so. As such, director Derek Cianfrance's next film was always going to get a certain amount of curiosity from buyers. But given the cast he's put together for "The Place Beyond The Pines," the film should be one of the hottest properties on the festival circuit this year. After all, it toplines two of the hottest stars of the moment, Ryan Gosling and Bradley Cooper. And with supporting actresses Rose Byrne and Eva Mendes, plus "Chronicle" breakout Dane DeHaan, and character-actor favorites like Ray Liotta, Bruce Greenwood and Ben Mendelsohn rounding out the cast, this is a tremendous ensemble . The film, a generation-spanning crime drama about the clash between a cop-turned-politician (Cooper) and a motorcycle stunt rider (Gosling), is still an unknown quantity at this point. And we have to say, that the film's only fall festival appearance so far appears to be at TIFF does raise some eyebrows. But given the talent involved, we'll certainly be lining up, as will potential distributors. Even if the film is a misfire, the presence of Gosling and Cooper on a poster is good for something.

Imogene, Wiig,
"Imogene"
After the monumental success of "Bridesmaids," pretty much everyone in town wanted to work with Kristen Wiig, but her final year on "Saturday Night Live" meant that she only had a limited amount of time to make movies (less of an issue now; she left the show in May, and has been filming Ben Stiller's "The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty" ever since). But the one she used her time on, in the end, was something of a passion project -- "Imogene," which follows a playwright who fakes a suicide to get her ex-boyfriend's attention, and is forced her to move in with her mother. Penned by relative newcomer Michelle Morgan, and directed by "American Splendor" duo Shari Springer Berman and Robert Pulcini, it seems to be significantly darker than "Bridesmaids," and they've landed something of a coup with the presence of Annette Bening as Wiig's mother, with Matt Dillon, "Glee" star Darren Criss, Nathan Corddry and Natasha Lyonne making up the rest of the eclectic cast. There's a good premise here, and the team-up of Bening and Wiig alone should make it a highly attractive prospect for distributors. One possible stumbling block -- last year's TIFF entry "Friends With Kids," which reunited most of the "Bridesmaids" cast, did fairly decently, but didn't set the world alight with a $7 million gross. Is that the ceiling on this? Or could an enterprising company take it higher?

This article is related to: TIFF, Features, To the Wonder , Passion, Imogene, The Place Beyond The Pines, Frances Ha


The Playlist

The obsessives' guide to contemporary cinema via film discussion, news, reviews, features, nostalgia, movie music, soundtracks, DVDs and more.


Check out Indiewire on LockerDome on LockerDome

E-Mail Updates