May 24, 2017

Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours” heading to Toronto?

By Sean O’Connell Fox Searchlight must have liked what they saw in Danny Boyle’s “127 Hours,” because a story is breaking this morning that the mountain-climbing drama might have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

Boyle’s film wasn’t on the initial roster of film’s making their premieres at TIFF, but the schedule remains fluid until the fest opens on Sept. 9. The Hollywood Reporter is now suggesting that “127 Hours” might make its way to the fest, much like “Slumdog” did prior to its Best Picture run.

If this pans out, I think it immediately tosses Boyle’s film into the thick of the Oscar race.Otherwise, why debut at TIFF, which has built a reputation as a launchpad for serious awards contenders?

TIFF organizers, however, declined to comment either on Boyle’s “127 Hours” or the possibility of Doug Liman’s “Fair Game,” which stars Sean Penn and Naomi Watts and played to decent reviews at Cannes. Once the story is confirmed (or denied), we’ll bring you an update.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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