Steve Carell's 'Beautiful Boy' and 'Life Itself' starring Olivia Wilde to premiere at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

Amazon Studios has guranteed a worthwhile line up including the world premieres of Beautiful Boy, starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, and Dan Fogelman's Life Itself.


                            Steve Carell's 'Beautiful Boy' and 'Life Itself' starring Olivia Wilde to premiere at 2018 Toronto International Film Festival

The season of film festivals is officially in motion what with Venice and Telluride providing us with entertainment for the next two months. Come September 6, the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival will be making its grand entry into the scheme of things. This celebration of cinema is seen as an important pitstop for movies hoping to see themselves in the Oscar race. Time and again, films after their showing at Toronto, have managed to be propelled straight into the Academy Awards limelight.

Already setting the wheels in motion is the announcement for the first wave of films for the TIFF. Be prepared for some heavy dramas to dominate Toronto this season. And this brings us to Amazon Studios, which like the other majors in this department has guaranteed a worthwhile line up including the world premieres of 'Beautiful Boy', starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet, and Dan Fogelman’s 'Life Itself'.

As we view the first trailer for family drama 'Beautiful Boy', initial impressions suggest that Carell and Timothee are going to be hard to ignore as their performance threatens to bring on the full waterworks.

The film is based on the best-selling pair of memoirs from father and son David and Nic Sheff. 'Beautiful Boy' chronicles the heartbreaking and inspiring experience of survival, relapse, and recovery in a family coping with addiction over many years. Timothee plays Nic whose crystal meth and heroin addiction has shattered his father David, played by Carrell. The movie concentrates on how the drug addiction wreaks havoc in their family and follows  David's determined attempts to pull his son out of this mess. The whole saga, as early predictions say, is bound to make you weep.

The Amazon Studios-produced film also stars Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan and hits theaters on October 12. This story of survival and recovery has been directed by Felix Van Groeningen and is also produced by Brad Pitt’s Plan B with Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, and Pitt as the producers.

The other offering from the Amazon stables is 'Life Itself'. Described as one for the romantics, 'This is Us' director Dan Fogelman's latest turn at the scripting table promises a multigenerational love story spanning both decades and continents all connected by a single event. Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey and Aaron Ryder have been roped in as producers for this journey.

Alex Monner and Antonio Banderas in a still from Life Itself
Alex Monner and Antonio Banderas in a still from Life Itself

An official synopsis of the film gives us a brief glimpse at what to expect from this romantic saga. As a young New York couple (Oscar Issac and Olivia Wilde) goes from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes in Life Itself. The film features an international ensemble including Isaac, Wilde, Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, Laia Costa, Alex Monner and Mandy Patinkin. Set in New York City and Carmona, Spain, 'Life Itself' celebrates the human condition and all of its complications with humor, poignancy and love.

The first full trailer for 'Life Itself' has already dropped and it gives us a wonderful preview of what to expect when it arrives in theatres on September 21, after TIFF wraps up on September 16. Just a heads up as Wilde warns on Instagram: It's a heartbreaker. It's also hilarious. Sort of like life itself."