TIFF Announces Opening Film The Magnificent Seven

The countdown to September 8th has officially begun: the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival just announced the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentations programmes, and opening night film is the world premiere of The Magnificent Seven from Antoine Fuqua, which promises to be a modern reimagining of a classic Western, featuring an incredible all-star cast.

Also announced were the flicks: Unless, a Canadian-Irish co-production based on Carol Shields’s classic novel; Carrie Pilby, Susan Johnson’s directorial debut based on the acclaimed novel by Caren Lissner; Garth Davis’s epic Lion starring Nicole Kidman, Dev Patel, and Rooney Mara; Loving, a historical drama about a couple waging a decade-long legal battle for their right to be married as an interracial couple; Queen of Katwe, Mira Nair’s tale of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world changes when she’s introduced to the game of chess.

Music fans will also want to catch The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America, which traces the band’s recent tour, culminating in a show for 1.2 million people in Havana, Cuba; King of the Dancehall from Nick Cannon, a Jamaica-set musical; Jonathan Demme’s JT + the Tennessee Kids, in which the “JT” truly does stand for Justin Timberlake.

In total, 49 Special Presentations and 19 Gala Presentations were announced. TIFF runs from September 8-18.

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