It might feel like a long shot but we aren’t the only ones shooting for it. Indiewire included The Rover in their list of 50 films they hope to see in the Toronto, Venice and/or Telluride fall film festivals:
As Cannes came to a close last month, speculation and predictions immediately loomed for what was in store for the triad of major festivals of the very early fall (or, technically, the very late summer). The 70th edition of the Venice Film Festival will run August 28 to September 7th, while Toronto will celebrate its 38th edition September 5-15. And then of course there’s Telluride, which goes down on Labor Day weekend.
A lot of high profile films weren’t ready in time for Cannes, including new ones from Wes Anderson, George Clooney, Alfonso Cuarón, Xavier Dolan, Atom Egoyan, Spike Lee, Terrence Malick, Steve McQueen, Kelly Reichardt, Jason Reitman, David O. Russell, Martin Scorsese, Ridley Scott and Lars von Trier (!). And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
So let the serious speculation begin: Which films will be the mammoths of the fall festival circuit? Here’s a list of 50 possibilities, all new movies that haven’t played anywhere yet, and that Indiewire’s team hopes to see during Telluride, Venice and Toronto (including trailers when available).
“The Rover” (directed by David Michod)
Toronto seems a safe bet for director David Michod’s follow-up to 2010’s “Animal Kingdom,” a crime drama taking place in the Australian desert in the near future that sees Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson teaming up to track down the gang of thieves that stole Pearce’s car. The setting automatically gives off “Mad Max” vibes, which could make it unlikely to show up at Venice, unless they’re interested in adding some counter-programming to their normally straight-laced lineup. [Clint Holloway]
Click HERE if you want to see the whole list. We’ll see what happens but it’s clear the buzz for The Rover continues. The film is currently in post-production.