Col Needham's Top 20 Toronto Picks for 2017by Col Needham | last updated - 2 weeks ago
I am the Founder and CEO of IMDb and these are the 20 movies which I am most looking forward to seeing at the Toronto International Film Festival which I attend from start to finish every year. The list is in alphabetical order as it hard enough to pick only 20, let alone rank them!
Note that these are movies which I have not seen before. Recommendations from films which I have seen at other festivals are The Square (2017), The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017) and Loveless (2017).
The scope of the festival and the quality makes it difficult to select 20 and these are all taken from my longer TIFF Interest List which contains over 100 movies and the festival is only 10 days long!
1. Breathe (I) (2017)
PG-13 | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The inspiring true love story of Robin and Diana Cavendish, an adventurous couple who refuse to give up in the face of a devastating disease. Their heartwarming celebration of human possibility marks the directorial debut of Andy Serkis.
2. The Current War (2017)
105 min | Biography, Drama, History
The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.
3. Dark River (2017)
89 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Following the death of her father, Alice (Ruth Wilson) returns to her home village for the first time in 15 years, to claim the tenancy to the family farm she believes is rightfully hers.
7. Kodachrome (2017)
Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.
136 min | Biography, Drama, History
Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.
9. The Florida Project (2017)
R | 115 min | Drama
Set over one summer, the film follows precocious 6-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Disney World.
11. Mary Shelley (2017)
120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
The love affair between poet Percy Shelley and 18 year old Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin, which resulted in Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein.
17. The Shape of Water (2017)
R | 119 min | Adventure, Drama, Fantasy
An other-worldly fairy tale, set against the backdrop of Cold War era America circa 1962. In the hidden high-security government laboratory where she works, lonely Elisa (Sally Hawkins) is trapped in a life of isolation. Elisa's life is changed forever when she and co-worker Zelda (Octavia Spencer) discover a secret classified experiment.
19. Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017)
R | 115 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
In this darkly comic drama, a mother personally challenges the local authorities to solve her daughter's murder, when they fail to catch the culprit.