The filmmakers join a previously announced group of heavy-hitters that includes Oliver Stone, Rob Reiner, Jeff Nichols, and Kenneth Lonergan. Loach will offer up “I, Daniel Blake,” a comedy drama about a laborer who falls ill, which premiered at last spring’s Cannes Film Festival. Malick will screen “Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey,” a documentary look at the planets. And Hill will be in full neo-noir mode, premiering, “(Re)Assignment,” a revenge story about an assassin who is betrayed by gangsters.
James Franco, Hollywood’s favorite polymath, will debut his latest exploration of the literary canon — “In Dubious Battle,” the John Steinbeck novel about a migrant workers’ uprising. Other works of note include “Christine,” the story of a reporter’s on-air suicide from Antonio Campos (“Simon Killer”), and “The Exception,” the feature film debut of stage director David Leveaux.
The Toronto Film Festival is considered to be an essential stop in the awards race. It takes place from Sept. 8 through Sept. 18. Here’s a list of the new additions. They join such previously announced films as “The Magnificent Seven” with Denzel Washington, “LBJ” with Woody Harrelson, and “Nocturnal Animals” with Jake Gyllenhaal and Amy Adams.less