The first wave of big movies premiering at the Toronto and Venice film festivals have been announced. Soon, we’ll also hear about the full slates debuting at Telluride and the New York Film Festival and the rest of the major fall cinematic showcases. Most of next year’s Oscar and Golden Globe nominees are sure to be among these titles.
We’ll have to wait to hear from critics and festivalgoers which ones are strong contenders when they do actually screen at these events, but for now, it’s time to just put them on your radar. As the season approaches, we’ll be tracking when and where and how you can see them for yourself.
VENICE FILM FESTIVAL (August 29 – September 8)
22 July (aka Norway)
United 93 director Paul Greengrass takes on another tragedy with this drama about the terrorist attacks in Norway on July 22, 2011. Release date: November 2.
The latest from documentary legend Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) revolves around an interview with former Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon. Release date: TBD
At Eternity’s Gate
Willem Dafoe stars as Vincent Van Gogh with Oscar Isaac as Paul Gaugin and Rupert Friend as Theo Van Gogh in this biopic about the artist from filmmaker Julian Schnabel (Basquiat). Release date: TBD
The Ballad of Buster Scruggs
The Coen Brothers are back with another Western, this an anthology of stories featuring Tim Blake Nelson, Zoe Kazan, Brendan Gleeson, James Franco, Liam Neeson and Tom Waits. Release date: TBD — debuts on Netflix this fall.
Mary Harron (American Psycho) directs this drama about the three women sentenced to death for their part in the Manson Family murders. Release date: TBD
Double Vies (aka Non-Fiction)
Juliette Binoche reunites with filmmaker Olivier Assayas (Clouds of Sils Maria, Personal Shopper) for a drama set in the Parisian publishing world. Release date: TBD
Dragged Across Concrete
S. Craig Zahler (Bone Tomahawk) directs this action thriller in which Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn play cops suspended for using bad tactics who continue to work a case. Release date: TBD
Olivia Colman stars as Queen Anne opposite Emma Stone and Rachel Weisz in the latest from filmmaker Yorgos Lanthimos (The Lobster). Release date: November 23.
Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle follows up La La Land with a biopic about astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling). Release date: October 12.
The latest from documentary master Frederick Wiseman (Ex Libris, Titicut Follies) showcases the titular small Indiana town. Release date: TBD
Jeff Goldblum stars as a fictionalized version of Dr. Wallace Fiennes, the pioneer of the lobotomy, opposite Tye Sheridan in the latest from Rick Alverson (The Comedy). Release date: TBD
Jennifer Kent follows up The Babadook with this drama about a woman seeking revenge against a British officer in 1825 Tasmania. Release date: TBD
The Other Side of the Wind
The final movie by Orson Welles (Citizen Kane), about a Hollywood director attempting a comeback, has finally been finished after being started more than 40 years ago. Release date: TBD – debuts on Netflix this fall.
The latest from filmmaker Mike Leigh (Happy-Go-Lucky, Secrets & Lies) depicts the 1819 Peterloo Massacre involving British soldiers and a peaceful rally in Manchester, England. Release date: November 9.
Alfonso Cuaron finally follows up Gravity with a return to his roots and a 1970s-set drama about a middle-class family in Mexico City. Release date: TBD – debuts on Netflix this fall.
The Sisters Brothers
Joaquin Phoenix, Jake Gyllenhaal and John C. Reilly are the titular siblings in this partly comedic Western from filmmaker Jacques Audiard (A Prophet). Release date: September 21.
A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper makes his feature directorial debut while starring opposite Lady Gaga in the latest musical telling of a story of the rise of a singer and actress. Release date: October 5.
From Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name) comes a remake of the Dario Argento horror classic of the same name, this version starring Dakota Johnson, Tilda Swinton and Chloe Grace Moretz. Release date: November 2
Ying (aka Shadow)
The latest from filmmaker Zhang Yimou (Hero, The Great Wall) is about an ancient Chinese king who attempts to reclaim his homeland. Release date: TBD
Natalie Portman stars as a pop singer with unexpected fame in this musical drama also featuring Jude Law and Jennifer Ehle. Release date: TBD
TORONTO FILM FESTIVAL (September 6 – 16)
Recent Oscar nominee Timothée Chalamet plays a recovering meth addict while Steve Carell goes dramatic as his father in this adaptation of two memoirs of the same events from different perspectives. Release date: October 12.
Ben is Back
Julia Roberts is the mother of a troubled young man (Lucas Hedges) in a Christmas Eve-set family drama by Dan in Real Life writer/director Peter Hedges (father of Lucas). Release date: December 7.
Giant Little Ones
Kyle McLachlan and Maria Bello are the adult stars of this teen drama. Release date: TBD
The Hate U Give
Based on the bestselling YA novel, this coming-of-age drama follows a young girl (Amandla Sternberg) who becomes an activist after witnessing her best friend shot and killed by a police officer. Release date: October 19.
Acclaimed French filmmaker Claire Denis (Beau Travail) ventures into sci-fi territory with this movie about a father and daughter’s survival in deep space. Release date: TBD
The true story of the 2008 attacks in Mumbai is dramatized in a movie starring Armie Hammer, Jason Isaacs and Dev Patel. Release date: TBD
The Hummingbird Project
Jesse Eisenberg, Alexander Skarsgard and Salma Hayek star in a drama involving a fiber-optic cable deal from filmmaker Kim Nguyen (War Witch). Release date: TBD
If Beale Street Could Talk
Moonlight director Barry Jenkins follows up his Best Picture win with this James Baldwin adaptation about a man wrongfully accused of a crime. The drama stars Kiki Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal and Dave Franco. Release date: November 30.
The Land of Steady Habits
The latest from Nicole Holofcener (Friends With Money) stars Ben Mendelsohn as a recently retired man who leaves his wife and embarks on a life of freedom. Release date: TBD
This star-studded multi-generational drama tracks a couple from college through parenthood and features Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Olivia Cooke, Annette Bening, Antonio Banderas and Mandy Patinkin among its ensemble cast. Release date: September 21.
The latest from acclaimed filmmaker Mia Hansen-Love (Goodbye First Love) is about a reporter taken hostage in Syria. Release date: TBD
Dame Judi Dench stars in this topical drama directed by Sir Trevor Nunn (Twelfth Night) about the KGB’s oldest serving British spy, a fictionalization of the real-life Melita Norwood. Release date: TBD
The Wedding Guest
The latest from Michael Winterbottom (A Mighty Heart) follows Dev Patel as a mysterious man traveling across India and Pakistan. Release date: TBD
Where Hands Touch
Amandla Sternberg, Abbie Cornish and Christopher Eccleston star in the latest from Amma Asante (Belle), which is about a mixed race girl in Nazi Germany. Release date: TBD
From director Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and co-writer Gillian Flynn (Gone Girl) comes a remake of a 1980s British miniseries about widows finishing a heist their husbands all died attempting. The title characters are played by Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki and Cynthia Erivo, and the cast also includes Colin Farrell, Liam Neeson, Carrie Coon, Robert Duvall, Daniel Kaluuya, Jon Bernthal, Andre Holland and Jacki Weaver. Release date: November 16.
Also playing: Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Cold War, Colette, Everybody Knows, First Man, Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner, Galveston, The Kindergarten Teacher, Olivier Assayas’ Non-Fiction, David Lowery’s The Old Man & the Gun, The Public, Alfonso Cuaron’s Roma, A Star is Born, Zhang Yimou’s Shadow, Shoplifters, The Sisters Brothers, White Boy Rick and Paul Dano’s Wildlife.
NEW YORK FILM FESTIVAL (September 28 – October 14)
World premieres to be announced.
Also playing: The Favourite and Roma.