Having both earned Oscars after the buzzes their performances first stirred at the Toronto International Film Festival last year, Julianne Moore and Eddie Redmayne are set to conquer once again the awards game through their upcoming films which are incidentally both based on true stories tackling LGBT rights landmark cases.

Moore plays New Jersey cop Laurel Hester whose arduous legal battle to transfer her pension benefits to her domestic partner 10 years ago became a turning point in LGBT activism, including what would become the passing of Marriage Equality in the US. Freeheld is directed by Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas, Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist). Joining in the cast are Academy Award Nominees Michael Shannon, Ellen Page, and Steve Carell.

Photo credits: The Daily Mail, FameFlynetUK
Photo credits: The Daily Mail, FameFlynetUK

Eddie Redmayne plays the real-life character of Lili Elbe who was one of the first transgender women to receive the sex reassignment surgery. The Danish Girl is directed by Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech, Les Miserables).

The 40th Toronto International Film Festival will be held from September 10-20. Here are some of the films that have filled this year’s line-up as announced so far:

World Premieres

Beeba Boys – Deepa Mehta, Canada
Forsaken – Jon Cassar, Canada
Freeheld – Peter Sollett, USA
Hyena Road (Hyena Road: Le Chemin du Combat) – Paul Gross, Canada
Lolo – Julie Delpy, France
The Man Who Knew Infinity – Matt Brown, UK
The Martian – Ridley Scott, USA
The Program – Stephen Frears, UK
Septembers of Shiraz – Wayne Blair, USA
Stonewall – Roland Emmerich, USA
The Dressmaker – Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia
Colonia – Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France
Desierto – Jonás Cuarón, Mexico
Families (Belles Familles) – Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France
Guilty (Talvar) – Meghna Gulzar, India
The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) – Hany Abu-Assad, UK/Palestine
The Lady in the Van – Nicolas Hytner, USA
Maggie’s Plan – Rebecca Miller, USA
Parched – Leena Yadav, India/USA
Sunset Song – Terence Davies, UK/Luxembourg
Trumbo – Jay Roach, USA
Un plus une – Claude Lelouch, France
Where To Invade Next – Michael Moore, USA
Demolition – Jean-Marc Vallée, USA

Jake Gyllenhall  in Jean-Marc Vallee's Demolition
Jake Gyllenhaal in Jean-Marc Vallee’s Demolition

International Premieres

Legend – Brian Helgeland, UK

North American Premieres

Remember – Atom Egoyan, Canada
The Danish Girl – Tom Hooper, UK/Sweden
The Daughter – Simon Stone, Australia
Dheepan – Jacques Audiard, France
Len and Company – Tim Godsall, USA
The Lobster – Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/UK/Greece/France/Netherlands
Louder than Bombs – Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark
Mountains May Depart (Shan He Gu Ren) – Jia Zhang-ke, China/France/Japan
Sicario – Denis Villeneuve, USA
Youth – Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/UK/Switzerland

Canadian Premieres

Anomalisa – Charlie Kaufman, Duke Johnson, USA
Beasts of No Nation – Cary Fukunaga, Ghana
Black Mass – Scott Cooper, USA
Brooklyn – John Crowley, UK/Ireland/Canada
I Smile Back – Adam Salky, USA
Room – Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada
Son of Saul (Saul Fia) – László Nemes, Hungary
Spotlight – Tom McCarthy, USA
Victoria – Sebastian Schipper, Germany

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