The International Toronto Film Festival is currently underway, and 288 features have been included in this year's line-up. Many actors have made their directorial debuts at this year's festival, as well as a sleuth of unusual indies and traditional heavy hitters. Out of the 288 films, there are quite a few that have begun to garner critics' attention. Here are the top 10 films that show the most promise from this year's festival:
1.) You Are Here: "Mad Men" creator Matthew Weiner makes his directorial debut with this road trip story starring Owen Wilson and Zach Galifiniakis. The two star as lifelong buddies who return to their hometown when one of their estranged father's promises them an inheritance.
2.) Kill Your Darlings: John Krokidas directs this tale about one of the most well-known literary movements--the Beatnics--and the murder that nearly ended them. Kill Your Darlings stars Daniel Radcliffe, Jack Huston, and Ben Foster as Allen Ginsburg, Jack Kerouac, and William S. Burroughs, and their performances truly redefine what it means to be a beatnic.
3.) Don Jon: Joseph Gordon-Levitt makes his directorial debut and stars in this film about a lothario who loves women, his car, his apartment, his church--and pornography. He eventually becomes dissatisfied with his life and decides to embark on a journey of self (and sex) exploration while learning life lessons through the help of two very different women. Scarlett Johansson and Julianne Moore also star.
4.) Enough Said: Directed by Nicole Holofcener, Enough Said stars James Gandolfini in one of his final film roles as well as Toni Collette, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener and Toby Huss. The film follows a divorced woman (Louis-Dreyfus) who learns that the man she's interested in (Gandolfini) is her new friend's ex-husband.
5.) The F Word: Daniel Radcliffe has been getting quite a bit of attention at this year's festival. The F Word, which is considerably lighter than Kill Your Darlings, stars Radcliffe as a young man who may have met the love of his life--except that she lives with her long-term boyfriend. He quickly learns the nastiest word in the English language for a lad in love: friends. The film also stars Zoe Kazan, Adam Driver, and Megan Park.
6.) The Wind Rises: Hayao Miyazaki's final film is a fictional biography of Jiro Horikoshi, designer of the Mitsubishi A5M and the Mitsubishi A5M Zero, both of which were fire fighter planes used during WWII. The film follows Jiro's successes and tribulations, as well as his guilt over building two planes that causes so much death and pain.
7.) Ain't Misbehavin' (Un Voyageur): Documentary mastermind Marcel Ophulus reveals a lighter side of himself in this film reflecting on his life. The documentary is far from chronological as Ophulus reflects on the chaos of his war years and spending time with Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick, and Jeanne Moreau.
8.) Rock the Casbah: This bittersweet comedy from France/Morocco follows a family that comes together to mourn the death of their father. But when youngest sister Sofia shows up, the fur begins to fly. Sofia left--against her father's wishes--to purse an acting career in America, but the only parts she has been able to land are as terrorists. Her unexpected arrival sets of a reveal of secrets as the family begins to fall to pieces. Starring Omar Sharif, Hiam Abbass, and Nadine Labaki.
9.) The Finishers: This heartwarming film from France/Belgium follows Julien, a teenager who is wheelchair bound due to his cerebral palsy. His family loves him, but is slowly falling apart due to the strain of his disability. Julien decides that to help his father, he challenges him to compete with him in the Ironman Race in Nice--a competition his father competed in many years ago. Starring Jacques Gamblin, Alexandra Lamy and Fabien Héraud.
10.) The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her: Directed by Ned Benson, the film is a two-part love story seen through the eyes of a New York Couple attempting to understand their relationship through the eyes of "him" and "her." The film stars Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Viola Davis, Bill Hader, and William Hurt.