The Toronto Film Festival isn’t just an essential stop for Oscar hopefuls. There’s also an active film market that results in plenty of all-night bidding wars. This year, studios and distributors will make the trek across the border, on the hunt for films that can be arthouse hits or awards winners. Here are 12 films that will have companies breaking out their checkbooks.
HOSTILES (pictured above)
Sales Agent: WME, CAA (U.S.), Bloom (International)
Director: Scott Cooper
Cast: Christian Bale, Rosamund Pike, Ben Foster
Why Buyers Are Circling: This Western tops the list of distributors making the trip up North, because Bale is one of the few actors who can draw crowds. His last effort with Cooper, the gritty crime drama “Out of the Furnace,” was more admired than watched, but Bale’s involvement guarantees that screenings will be packed. Strong reviews out of Telluride, where it bowed last weekend, will only drive up the price.
Sales Agent: CAA, UTA (U.S.), Sierra/Affinity (International)
Director: Craig Gillespie
Cast: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney
Why Buyers Are Circling: Rocking a ‘90s hairdo, Robbie is out to prove she’s got real acting chops by playing Tonya Harding, the most infamous figure skater in the world. The film chronicles the tabloid scandal that erupted after Harding’s ex-husband hired someone to attack her rival, Nancy Kerrigan.