Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘The Turning Point’ set for Toronto film festival

Toronto – Star-studded thrillers and horrors, and the world premiere of Leonardo DiCaprio’s documentary “The Turning Point” are bound for the Toronto International Film Festival.

The Bad Batch: A young girl wanders a cannibal-infested desert wasteland in a dystopian future United States, in Ana Lily Amipour’s highly anticipated follow up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Amirpour has described it as “a post-apocalyptic cannibal loves story set in a Texas wasteland” where a “muscled cannibal breaks the rule ‘don’t play with your food.’” She set the lead of the film with American actors Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves.

The Bad Batch: A young girl wanders a cannibal-infested desert wasteland in a dystopian future United States, in Ana Lily Amipour’s highly anticipated follow up to A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night. Amirpour has described it as “a post-apocalyptic cannibal loves story set in a Texas wasteland” where a “muscled cannibal breaks the rule ‘don’t play with your food.’” She set the lead of the film with American actors Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey and Keanu Reeves.

On Tuesday, organizers unveiled this year’s lineup of docs and shorts, as well as dark, twisted and boundary-pushing films for the edgy Midnight Madness program.

Among the highlights is DiCaprio’s climate change doc, which he made with actor-filmmaker Fisher Stevens, who won an Oscar for producing “The Cove.”

Meanwhile, Adam Wingard’s forest horror “Blair Witch” will make its world premiere in the Midnight Madness lineup.

Ben Wheatley’s “Free Fire” will open that program, with Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy and Armie Hammer starring in the story of a gun sale that goes awry.

Picture-2sA giant creature attack on South Korea is the focus of the Vancouver-shot “Colossal” by Nacho Vigalondo, starring Anne Hathaway and Jason Sudeikis.

In the dystopian cannibal fairy tale “The Bad Batch” by Ana Lily Amirpour – starring Jason Momoa, Jim Carrey, Giovanni Ribisi, Keanu Reeves and Suki Waterhouse – society’s rejects inhabit a Texas wasteland.

Jason Schwartzman, Lena Dunham, Maya Rudolph and Susan Sarandon are among the stars in the world premiere of comic-book writer Dash Shaw’s “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea,” about a calamity that strikes a school.

Born in England and raised in Florida, Ana Lily Amirpour is an Iranian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. She attended San Francisco State University as an art major for her undergraduate degree, and then graduated from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Amirpour is most known for her feature film, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” a self-described “Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western” that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, and which was based on a previous short film with the same title she wrote and directed that won “Best Short Film” at the 2012 Noor Iranian Film Festival.

Born in England and raised in Florida, Ana Lily Amirpour is an Iranian-American film director, screenwriter, producer and actor. She attended San Francisco State University as an art major for her undergraduate degree, and then graduated from the UCLA School of Theatre, Film and Television. Amirpour is most known for her feature film, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night,” a self-described “Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western” that made its debut at the Sundance Film Festival in 2014, and which was based on a previous short film with the same title she wrote and directed that won “Best Short Film” at the 2012 Noor Iranian Film Festival.

Other feature highlights include: the sci-fi thriller “The Girl With All the Gifts” with Glenn Close; “The Autopsy of Jane Doe” with Emile Hirsch; and Paul Schrader’s crime thriller “Dog Eat Dog” starring Nicolas Cage and Willem Dafoe.

Documentaries highlights also include:

  • The horror doc “Rats” by Morgan Spurlock.
  • “The 6th Beatle,” about promoter Sam Leach.
  • “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” about the revolutionary jazz artist.
  • “Amanda Knox,” which looks at the American woman who convicted and acquitted of the brutal killing of her British roommate.
  • Werner Herzog’s volcano documentary “Into the Inferno,” which he shot in regions including North Korea and Ethiopia.
  • Jim Jarmusch’s “Gimme Danger,” about American rock band the Stooges.
  • “Citizen Jane: Battle for the City” by Matt Tyrnauer, about the late urban activist and writer Jane Jacobs, who lived in Toronto.

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The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 8 to 18.

The Canadian Press

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