Well, it is that time of the year again. The first batch of Galas and Special Presentations for the 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival were announced this past Tuesday. One element of this year’s festival that is being talked about the most is how TIFF is cracking down on other festivals (particularly the Telluride Film Festival in Colorado) poaching films that TIFF had previously announced as World Premieres. This caused some to worry that some filmmakers would now premiere their films elsewhere. Indeed, this new policy is probably part of the reason why TIFF’s Opening Gala film was strangely absent from the opening press conference. Instead, the highlight of the announcement was the Closing Gala A Little Chaos, which is directed by actor Alan Rickman.
UPDATE (7/25): The world premiere of David Dobkin’s The Judge, which was already part of the initial announcement, has been confirmed as this year’s Opening Gala film.