Since the Toronto International Film Festival is considered the unofficial start of awards season, the 10-day movie extravaganza is filled with some of the most anticipated titles of the fall, featuring some of the biggest names in Hollywood. This year, films like Darren Aronofsky’s mother!, George Clooney’s Suburbicon, and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, are just a few of the major projects debuting that are expected to be in the running for some of the biggest prizes later this year. And most of those titles aren’t even premiering at TIFF—they’ve already made their debuts at other festivals like Telluride and Venice (which are both currently underway), and even at last January’s Sundance Film Festival.
But there are other movies debuting at TIFF that haven’t been seen yet, and that, thanks to the stories they’re telling and the talent involved, have the potential to be breakout hits and, in some cases, generate a wave of buzz strong enough to carry them all the way to the Oscars. Here are 11 of those movies.