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8 Must-See TIFF Films (Enter to Win Tix)

September 2, 2015

As TIFF 2015 ramps up, the temptation to exclaim "action!" is overwhelming (if redundant). After all, it’s the most star-studded time of year (eyes peeled for Kate Winslet, Anna Kendrick, Kevin Bacon, Susan Saradon, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz and, our boyfriend, Adrian Brody), packed with world-class entertainment and fun surprises (like the chance to see a live-read of Rob Reiner’s beloved The Princess Bride. Inconceivable!). We’ve been reading recaps and watching trailers for weeks; now, it’s time to reveal our list of much-anticipated TIFF films. Lights, camera …

tiffThe Martian: Astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) finds himself stranded, alone on the red planet and presumed dead by his crew. Based on the novel by Ridley Scott, this tale of suspense and ingenuity in outer space really brings out the stars, with Kristen Wiig, Kate Mara, Jessica Chastain and Donald Glover featured in the cast.

Angry Indian Goddesses: Being called "India’s first female buddy movie," this film sees a fashion photographer on the eve of her nuptials unite her girl gang of friends for a riotous bachelorette party, where grievances are aired, secrets are shared and a clutch of women express themselves like never before.

Freeheld: Julianne Moore stars as New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester in this true story about a woman who, in the face of terminal illness, heroically fought for the equality rights that would allow her to pass her pension to her domestic partner (Ellen Page).

Chevalier: During a fishing trip on a luxury yacht, six men decide to turn good-natured downtime into a ridiculous battle of macho one-upmanship, in which everything becomes a competition. Underscoring this satirical Greek comedy are bemused responses from the yacht’s detached staff.

tiffLolo: Julie Delpy (Before Midnight) co-wrote, directed and stars in this French rom-com about a chi-chi Parisian sophisticate whose promising new relationship is threatened by the antics of her possessive trouble-making 19-year-old son (a dramatic painter with a penchant for threesomes).

The Danish Girl: In this big-screen adaptation of David Ebershoff’s novel Eddie Redmayne stars as Lili Elbe, a pioneer in transgender history torn between her marriage and true self. Oscar buzz has begun.

Septembers of Shiraz: Adrian Brody and Salma Hayek star in this adaptation of Dalia Sofer’s novel about a secular Jewish family suddenly swept into the maelstrom of the 1979 Iranian Revolution.

About Ray: A teenager (Elle Fanning) transitions from female to male while his mother (Naomi Watts) and grandmother (Susan Sarandon) learn to support and understand him.

Action! —Adrienne Matei

tiffThe 2015 Toronto International Film Festival is on September 10th to September 20th, 2015, and we’re giving away two pairs of tickets to see our No. 1 movie pick, The Martian, at the Princess of Wales Theatre in Toronto, September 17th, courtesy of Moët & Chandon, official Sponsor, TIFF 2015. See complete contest details below, and enter to win now!

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