The 41st Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is set for September 8th through the 18th and will showcase nearly 300 films from around the world. From documentaries to horror films, TIFF will be the center of the entertainment universe and Intestinal Fortitude will be there to soak in the adventures and stories that unfold on the big screens in Canada’s largest metropolis.
But before the red carpets are vacuumed, the celebrities arrive with their entourages and the city transforms into a star-gazing mecca we will take time to focus on a new film every day that will be showcased at the festival.
Today’s Spotlight: Bleed for This
Actor Miles Teller is on a bit of a rollercoaster ride with his career. He hit highs with roles in Whiplash and The Spectacular Now, but had incredible downs with Fantastic Four and the final films of the Divergent series. In his new film, Bleed for This, Miles packed on the muscles to pay Vinny Paz, one of the few American boxers to hold world titles in three different weight categories. He may not look as chiseled as Jake Gyllenhaal did in Southpaw but make no mistake – this is not the skinny geeky looking kid we saw in 21 & Over.
Bleed for This is the follows Vinny through the good and bad of his young life. From the near fatal car accident that had doctors wondering if he would ever walk again, to his triumphant wins in the ring. Inspiration comes from coach Kevin Rooney (Eckhart) whose previous battles with alcohol also give him a chance for redemption with his new student. They bond. They train. They defy odds. Bleed for This is a story that needs to be seen to believed.
Directed by Ben Younger who has a resume that includes such familiar titles as Boiler Room (2000) and Prime (2005), Bleed for This includes Ciaran Hinds, Katey Sagal, Ted Levine and Aaron Eckhart lending their talents to this remarkable story.
The TIFF Program Guide writes, “Teller shines as the pugnacious Rhode Island kid who, after being laid out by the biggest body blow of his life, defied all the odds to get back up again.”
Bleed for This has its International Premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Monday, September 12th at 9:30PM at the Princess of Wales theatre and then shows again on September 13th at the Ryerson Theatre and September 17th at the Elgin Visa Screening Room.