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Our 25 Most-Anticipated Fall 2017 Festival Premieres

Written by on August 28, 2017 

Jane (Brett Morgen)


There’s been no shortage of Kurt Cobain documentaries, but Brett Morgen delivered one of the most bracingly personal and affecting with Montage of Heck a few years back. He’s now back with a look at the life of Jane Goodall, featuring a score by Philip Glass. Culled together from the 140 hours of 16mm footage that Hugo van Lawick captured of Goodall’s chimp interactions, as well as new interviews with the subject, it promises to be one of the most essential documentaries of the year. – Jordan R.

Kings (Deniz Gamze Ergüven)


One of the most impressive directorial debuts of 2015, Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Oscar-nominated Mustang was a heartfelt tale of rebellion. The director is now back with her follow-up this year, which finds her in a bigger scale, capturing the Los Angeles riots after the beating of Rodney King through a specific lens. Starring Halle Berry and Daniel Craig, it follows a mother whose child is caught in the violence, so her neighbor helps track him down. – Jordan R.

Lean on Pete (Andrew Haigh)


Andrew Haigh’s follow-up to Looking: The Movie and 45 Years is an adaptation of Willy Vlautin’s novel of the same title. The project is stacked with indie favorites Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Steve Zahn, and Thomas Mann. Charlie Plummer stars as Charley Thompson, a fifteen-year-old who takes a summer job with a washed-up horse trainer and befriends a horse. The story follows Charley’s plight as a forgotten youth in search of stability he doesn’t get from his struggling single father. Consider us interested in the next chapter of Andrew Haigh’s unpredictable oeuvre, which debuts in competition at the Venice Film Festival next month and will be released by A24. – Josh E.

Manhunt (John Woo)


After a series of mainland China historical war films which received little traction in the U.S., John Woo, the master of immensely stylish heroic bloodshed films, is returning to the genre that made his name with such films as The Killer and Hard Boiled. A remake of the 1976 Japanese movie of the same name, it follows a Chinese man framed for murder in Japan who is forced to go on the run while being pursued by the police and a mysterious group of killers. Woo working in any capacity is a pleasure, but it will be a delight to see his reentrance to the crime thriller mode. – Ryan S.

Mary Shelley (Haifaa Al Mansour)


A film about Mary Shelley writing Frankenstein debuts at the Toronto Film Festival next month. Elle Fanning plays the titular role and Douglas Booth plays Percy Bysshe Shelley, a Romantic poet and someone considered a progressive radical in his time. Percy’s views of economics and morality had a profound influence on Karl Marx, and Mary. This gothic biopic, which dovetails Mary and Percy’s relationship with her creation of Frankenstein, is directed by Wadja helmer Haifaa al-Mansour and marks the first time a Saudi female director helms a Hollywood film. Pending distribution, be on the lookout for it this fall following its TIFF premiere. – Josh E.

Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno (Abdellatif Kechiche)


It’s been over four years since Abdellatif Kechiche’s romantic drama Blue is the Warmest Color premiered at Cannes, where the Palme d’Or was not only awarded to the director, but, for the first time ever, shared between its actors, Adèle Exarchopoulos and Léa Seydoux. He’s now back with next film, based on La blessure, la vraie, a novel from François Bégaudeau, an author who’s already earned some cinematic cachet for penning The Class. Following a coming-of-age story in the 1980s, Mektoub, My Love: Canto Uno is the first of a two-part series. Jordan R.

On Chesil Beach (Dominic Cooke)


The long-developing drama On Chesil Beach — once set to be directed by Sam Mendes and starring Carey Mulligan — finally underwent production and is premiering at TIFF. Led by Saoirse Ronan, who also has Greta Gerwig’s Lady Bird at the festival, the story follows a comedy of errors as newlyweds attempt to consummate their marriage during their honeymoon. With no U.S. distribution yet, hopefully it’ll come soon after the premiere. – Jordan R.

Outrage Coda (Takeshi Kitano)


Set to close the Venice Film Festival this year is the latest action thriller from Takeshi Kitano. A threequel in his Outrage series, the films finds Otomo back with a vengeance and should offer up more stylized yakuza-related activity. Although no U.S. release has been announced yet, those in Japan will get a chance to see it starting in early October. – Jordan R.

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