Yes, film fans, the Toronto International Film Festival begins today, kicking off an eleven-day all-you-can-eat buffet of prestige pictures, foreign films, genre sleepers, high-profile documentaries, and more, Jesus, so much more, they just show so many movies, good God. TIFF performs several functions for the film industry, press, and audience: splashily pushing the fall’s big awards hopefuls (though you won’t hear about that here), scoping out buyers for independent productions, and laying out movies we’ll hear about for the next year (or more). Our daily coverage begins Monday; in the meantime, here is a bit of what we’re looking forward to.
I Love You Daddy
Louis C.K. just loves to make secret stuff. Back in 2011, he did a surprise release, on his website, of his Live at the Beacon Theater special; last year, he used the same method to drop the pilot episode of his sit-tragic-comedy, Horace and Pete, which no one even knew about until it appeared there. And now he’s using TIFF to debut this feature film, which he shot in secret over the summer, on black-and-white 35mm film, with a cast that includes Louie himself, Chloe Grace Moretz (as his daughter), John Malkovich, Rose Byrne, Helen Hunt, and Pamela Aldon. His previous feature film was 2001’s Pootie Tang, a critical and financial failure that nonetheless has a devoted cult audience (and plenty of stories about destruction via studio interference); his only other feature is the 1998 indie Tomorrow Night, which played Sundance and disappeared for a decade and a half, until it appeared on his website in 2014. So the medium of film hasn’t been quite as compatible to his sensibility as television, but hey, maybe this one’ll turn that around.