Toronto Film Festival
Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young” and Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice” will be among the world premieres at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, one of the top movie showcases and a favored platform to unveil Oscar contenders.
The festival on Tuesday announced about 60 titles, including many of the high-profile gala presentations that will unspool at the 39th version of the Sept. 4-14 event. Departing with recent practice, festival organizers did not announce the opening film, and said that would be determined closer to the event.
“While We’re Young”, by indie darling Baumbach, stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle aged couple whose lives are disrupted when a free-spirited younger couple enters the picture. “Pawn Sacrifice” stars Tobey Maguire as American chess legend Bobby Fischer, locked in a world championship match in 1972 with Soviet rival Boris Spassky, played by Liev Schreiber.
All told, nearly 300 films are expected to screen at the festival, which ranks with Cannes, Sundance, Venice, and Berlin as leading movie events.