The Toronto International Film Festival can get pretty real. Here you are, minding your own business, walking home from brunch with a slight buzz and you see Jake Gyllenhaal cross the street. You're not prepared. Your hair is on day two - or let's be real - day three of your dry shampoo cycle and you're wearing a semi-sporty outfit because you tried to convince yourself to go to yoga. You once again opted for food over fitness, but we aren't judging.
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If you're brave, you are right in the action, manning the front lines of the festival. There are many die-hard Torontonians that spend these ten days right in the middle of the madness, waiting for celebrity appearances and spending their day watching back-to-back films. If you opted out of the fun simply because your schedule wouldn't allow it, do not fret. We have compiled a list of films that premiered at TIFF that you can now watch from the comfort of your home. Who doesn't have Netflix at this point?
Jim & Andy: the Great Beyond - the story of Jim Carrey & Andy Kaufman with a very special, contractually obligated mention of Tony Clifton
This film got me jazzed about life. From director Chris Smith, we get a behind-the-scenes look at Jim Carrey's impersonation of Andy Kauffman on the set of Man on the Moon. This film shows a different side to Jim Carrey than we have seen before. He's vulnerable, funny, spiritual and insightful.
Gaga: Five Foot Two
In this film, we get a close up-and-personal look of Lady Gaga and the invite into her most intimate spaces. Ever since she stepped on the scene, people have been dying to get to know more about Gaga. Known for her over-the-top appearances, who wouldn't want to peel back those layers and get a sneak peek into her life? Director Chris Moukarbel captures these rare snapshots bridging together Lady Gaga and Stefani Joanna Germanotta.
Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Mary J. Blige, and Garrett Hedlund star in this drama directed by Dee Rees. The film is set in Mississippi in the wake of WWII and highlights southern racial tensions.
One of Us
Directors Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady portray the lives of those in the world of New York's Hasidic community. The film focuses on three individuals who have left despite threats of retaliation.
Created by Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese, this supernatural family drama tells the story of the strange disappearance of a child. This series takes you on a journey with many twists and turns. Hold on for a wild ride.
While these two films are not yet ready to stream, Netflix has purchased their rights:
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Starring Ed Harris, Elizabeth Olsen and Jason Sudeikis, this film is an ode to the digital age. Directed by Mark Raso, the film was shot entirely on film. Netflix has acquired the rights for the film and plans to pair it with a theatrical release.
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While not yet available on the Canadian side of Netflix's stream services, Andrew Niccol's Anon was a hot ticket item at TIFF with exclusive rights purchased by Netflix U.S. The film, starring Amanda Seyfried, cost a cool $4 million.