September 24, 2023



Films by James Marsh, Neil Burger and James DeMonaco to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

Films by James Marsh, Neil Burger and James DeMonaco to Premiere at Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the lineup for its Industry Selects program, which showcases films available for acquisition. Highlights include the James Marsh-directed biopic Dance First, starring Gabriel Byrne as Samuel Beckett; Neil Burger’s spy thriller Inheritance, with Phoebe Dynevor and Rhys Ifans; and James DeMonaco’s remake of The Shining, starring Ewan McGregor. These films and others will screen for buyers and industry executives attending the festival. The Industry Selects program provides a key opportunity for films seeking distribution to garner attention and potential sales at Toronto.

Other highlights of the Industry Selects program include Jimmy Warden’s 1996-set hostage thriller Borderline starring Eric Dane and Samara Weaving; The Home, a horror film from Purge creator James DeMonaco featuring Pete Davidson; and Amelia’s Children, a Gothic horror reuniting Diamantino collaborators Gabriele Abrantes and Carloto Cotta.

Additional market screenings include the musical drama Bonus Track with Samuel Paul Small; WWII survival story The Boy in the Woods starring Jett Klyne; Les Hommes de Ma Mere with Léane Labrèche-Dor and Colm Feore; Orah featuring Oyin Oladejo; the Depression-era Queen of Bones with Martin Freeman and Taylor Schilling; Umbrella Men II: Escape from Robben Island, a sequel from John Barker; and the Argentinian drama Vera and the Pleasure of Others.

The Industry Selects program provides a sales platform for films seeking distribution, following last year’s $30 million Focus Features deal for Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers.

The 47th Toronto International Film Festival will take place September 7-17, 2023. The Industry Selects program is part of the festival’s Industry Conference, running September 8-12, which provides opportunities for film sales and distribution deals. The private market screenings of films like Dance First, Inheritance and The Home will connect filmmakers and producers with potential buyers and industry executives at the annual Toronto festival.

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