The 2015 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is just days away from rolling out the red carpet on over 350 movies from around the world while welcoming a horde of over 200 celebrities to the city including Johnny Depp, Julianne Moore, Tom Hardy, Matt Damon, Eddie Redmayne, Susan Sarandon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Idris Elba. The 2015 edition looks to build upon 2014’s Fest which included 5,084 delegates, 287 speakers, 2,004 buyers which ate up 65 films that were showcased in the city.
Over the next few days we will take time to spotlight some of the films on the Festival’s schedule further whetting the appetite for screenings big and small. Intestinal Fortitude will be on hand for no less than 20 of the films featured so be sure to check back daily to see our reviews and thoughts on the Festival as it progresses.
Today’s Spotlight: The Martian
Academy Award winning director Ridley Scott (or Sir Ridley Scott as we should address) comes to the Toronto International Film Festival for the third time with the highly anticipated Matt Damon vehicle, The Martian which will make its world premiere September 11th.
Based on the popular best-selling book by Andy Weir and an adapted screenplay be Drew Goddard (Cabin in the Woods, World War Z), The Martian stars aforementioned Damon as astronaut Mark Watney who is left behind and presumed dead on Mars after a series of unfortunate incidents. Watney though is indeed alive and left alone with only his wits and the limited resources left behind by the expedition, he must learn to adapt and survive in hopes that distress signals sent back to earth will eventually result in his rescue.
Ridley Scott is no slouch when it comes to science fiction. His two films, Blade Runner and Alien, are considered two of the best films ever in the genre and although The Martian will have no face hugging creatures or Replicants, The Martain is in the hands of a maestro.
The TIFF Program Guide writes, “A galactic spin on Saving Private Ryan (in which Damon played the titular role), The Martian pays thrilling homage to those brave souls who make profound sacrifices when destiny calls upon them. Enormously entertaining and intelligent, the film is an ode to humankind’s enduring thirst for discovery and our fascination with far-flung worlds. And it all unfolds in some of the most spectacular 3D imagery yet to have graced the cinema.”
Ridley Scott has graced TIFF with Matchstick Men in 2003 and again with A good Year in 2006 but The Martian marks his most anticipated film to appear at the festival yet.
Also starring Jeff Daniels, Sean Bean, Kate Mara, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Pena, Kristen Wiig, Danny Glover and Jessica Chastain, The Martian gets the red carpet treatment first on September 11th Roy Thompson Hall. It screens again September 12th and then a third time on September 17th at the Princess of Wales Theatre before getting its wide release in theatres October 2nd.