Fall Festival Wishlist: 50 Films We Hope To See in Venice, Toronto and/or Telluride

As Cannes came to a close last month, speculation and predictions immediately loomed for what was in store for the triad of major festivals of the very early fall (or, technically, the very late summer). The 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival will run August 28 to September 7th, while Toronto will celebrate its 38th edition September 5-15. And then of course there's Telluride, which goes down on Labor Day weekend.
A lot of high profile films weren't ready in time for Cannes, including new ones from Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón, Xavier Dolan, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Terrence Malick, Steve McQueen, Kelly Reichardt, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Lars von Trier (!). And that's just the tip of the iceberg.

So let the serious speculation begin: Which films will be the mammoths of the fall festival circuit? Here's a list of 50 possibilities, all new movies that haven't played anywhere yet, and that Indiewire's team hopes to see during Telluride, Venice and Toronto.

"Captain Phillips" (directed by Paul Greengrass)
With two installments of the Bourne series under his belt, Paul Greengrass has proven his keen ability to sustain a thrill. His forthcoming film, "Captain Phillips," is sure to be just as charged. Based on the real-life events surrounding a cargo ship hijacked by Somali pirates in 2009, the film stars Tom Hanks as the title character. It's not Greengrass' first time tackling real subject matter -- in 2006 he directed the 9/11 dramatization "United 93." The like-minded adventurous writing chops of Billy Ray ("The Hunger Games," 'State of Play") promise some bracing action. "Captain Phillips" also stars Catherine Keener, Max Martini and John Magaro, and is set for release on the Oscar-friendly date of October 11th (which also makes a Toronto a reasonable bet). [Julia Selinger]

“The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His & Hers” (directed by Ned Benson)
Perhaps the most fascinating project of the fall is Ned Benson's feature debut as a writer and director, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His." Or perhaps the most fascinating project is "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Hers." Oh, shoot. Let's just call it a tie. After all, they're essentially the same film. Benson's script for "Eleanor Rigby" appeared on the Black List -- not a surprise, by any means, considering the film tells the same story from two different perspectives. Starring James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain as the doomed "him" and "her" of the films' titles, expect this to play some sort of festival this fall. Details are scant, but it has too many big names (William Hurt, Viola Davis and Bill Hader) to stay hidden for long. [Ben Travers]

"Snowpiercer" (directed by Bong Joon-ho)
For his English language debut, Korean director Bong Joon-ho ("The Host") has assembled a killer cast for his futuristic thriller. Chris Evans, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Tilda Swinton, Ewan Bremner, John Hurt, Ed Harris, Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung co-star as passengers on a class-divided train who make up the only survivors on Earth in AD 2031. The film is adapted from the French graphic novel "Le Transperceneige." No U.S. release date is set yet. [Madeline Raynor]

"Twelve Years a Slave" (directed by Steve McQueen)
British director Steve McQueen first gained serious critical acclaim in 2007 for his tense prison drama "Hunger," which he followed up with the 2011 drama "Shame," an unnerving portrait of sex addiction. Here, he adapts Solomon Northup's remarkable account of being kidnapped and sold into slavery for a dozen years in the middle of the 19th century. The material is inherently suspenseful and harrowing, since Northup provides a detailed account of slavery's brutal nature in the Deep South. But it's Fassbender's penchant for creating disquieting atmosphere that's well positioned to make this spectacular survival tale come to life and possibly provide one of the more accurate recreations of slavery life in America. (Take that, "Django Unchained.") It also could provide a bigger showcase for Ejiofor, a great underrated character actor. [Eric Kohn]

“Knight of Cups,” The Film Formerly Known As "Lawless" and “Voyage of Time" (all directed by Terrence Malick)
As usual, we don’t know when we’ll get to see the next film from Terrence Malick or what it will even be about. In this period of patience, though, we’re not waiting for him to finish a film. We’re waiting on three. The press-shy director has three projects brewing. “Knight of Cups” -- with Christian Bale and Natalie Portman -- seems like the frontrunner for the finish line, but anything could happen knowing the editing habits of Mr. Malick. We’re just hoping we get to see one make the festival rounds. [Ben Travers]

“Nymphomaniac” (directed by Lars von Trier)
It feels a little funny to include this on a “wish list,” considering Lars von Trier’s latest cinematic assault sounds a lot like art house porn, but the inflammatory director certainly knows how to build buzz around his films, hence the heightened interest. First came the announcement of the film’s taboo sexual material, followed by Shia LaBeouf’s implication that he would be performing the acts “for real.” Now we know the actual sex scenes will feature body doubles for the more intimate moments with the bodies of the actors and stunt doubles superimposed in post-production. The website for the two-part film has provided a chapter list for the film and is promising “more to come” on June 28. What “more” there is remains unclear, but you better believe von Trier will make it newsworthy. [Ben Travers]

"Tom at the Farm" (directed by Xavier Dolan)
Xavier Dolan returns both in front of and behind the camera with his fourth feature film, and his first adaptation. A take on Michel Marc Bouchard's play "Tom à la Ferme," the story follows Tom (Dolan), a man coping with the death of his boyfriend. When he heads to meet the deceased's family at their rural farm, it becomes clear his mother was not aware of her son's relationship with Tom (or his sexual orientation), and things spiral out of control. Dolan fans are surely already counting the minutes, and for once it won't be the minutes to Cannes. Dolan is taking the fall festival route this time around, and while his native Canadian festival stop Toronto seems like a given, a Venice premiere first should not be ruled out. [Peter Knegt]

“Under the Skin” (directed by Jonathan Glazer)
Jonathan Glazer’s last two films, “Sexy Beast” and “Birth,” both generated buzz from the festival circuits, even if the latter didn’t earn a ton of positive word. Surely his new star Scarlett Johansson expects a better fate for “Under the Skin,” a science fiction film about an alien in human form who goes on a journey through Scotland. The unique premise as well as Johansson should certainly appeal to festival programmers. Glazer’s film could land anywhere, but it’s certainly expected somewhere. [Ben Travers]

"An Enemy" and "Prisoners" (both directed by Denis Villeneuve).
It looks like the fall festival circuit could feature a lot of both Denis Villeneuve and Jake Gyllenhaal. French-Canadian director Denis Villeneuve ("Incendies") is doubling down with Jake for the former's English-language debuts "Prisoners" and "An Enemy." The first is a Black List project that has been kicking around since 2009 and has finally been given a release date for September 20th (meaning it's primed to hit Toronto, especially given the director is Canadian). Also starring Hugh Jackman, Maria Bello, Terrance Howard, Viola Davis, Melissa Leo and Paul Dano, the film revolves around a carpenter named Keller Dover (Jackman) whose young daughter and friend are kidnapped. Though Detective Loki (Gyllenhaal) is assigned to the case, it is a matter of time before Dover takes matters into his own hands. "An Enemy," meanwhile, is based on José Saramago's novel "The Double" (oddly enough the name of the previous film on his list) and follows a man who rents a movie to find that one of the minor characters is his exact double. Both men are played by Gyllenhaal as the dual characters' lives become intertwined. Like "Prisoners," the film boasts an impressive supporting cast, with Melanie Laurent, Isabella Rossellini, and Sarah Gadon co-starring. Will both debut in Toronto? They both seem like they're ready. [Julia Selinger]

“A Most Wanted Man” (directed by Anton Corbijn)
Anton Corbijn seems eager to please after the critic-approved but audience-denied thriller “The American” failed to spark any box office or awards season fires. “A Most Wanted Man” is not just an adaptation of popular author John le Carre’s 2008 novel. It also sports a cast of likable and awards-friendly thespians including Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Willem Dafoe. The film is scheduled for a November 22 release in the UK, but has yet to land a date stateside. Could it get an awareness boost with a plum festival spot at VIFF, TIFF or Telluride? We can only wait and hope. [Ben Travers]

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sorry mods everything is fixed. pretty Hollywood/mainstream for Venice, but a lot of these will prob show up at Toronto