The initial lineup for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival was unveiled earlier today, and it’s pretty fantastic. Among the variety of films that will be playing at the fest are Charlie Kaufman’s stop-motion animated pic Anomalisa and director Jean-Marc Valle’s (Wild, Dallas Buyers Club) drama Demolition, and the first images for both films have been released online as a result.
Written by Kaufman and directed by Duke Johnson, Anomalisa features a cast that includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan, and David Thewlis and tells the story of a man who “struggles with his inability to connect with other people.” That’s about all we know for now, but the pic finally got off the ground when Johnson and Community creator Dan Harmon launched a Kickstarter for the production. And now the pic is headed for a prestigious screening at TIFF.
Additionally, Demolition stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a successful investment banker who unravels after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. He begins sending complaint letters to a vending machine company that soon spiral into a series of letters that reveal startling personal admissions. A customer service rep played by Naomi Watts notices the letters and forms an unlikely connection with the stranger. The pic was selected as the opening night film for TIFF and will be having its world premiere at the festival, following in the footsteps of of Vallee’s Dallas Buyers Club and Wild, which also debuted in Toronto.
Check out images from both below, and look for our reviews out of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival, which runs September 10 – 20th.