The wide selection of movies coming to the Toronto International Film Festival run the gamut from arthouse baubles to blockbuster movies to awards season contenders. And then there are pictures like “Brain On Fire,” where we’re not sure quite which category they’ll fall into. But that makes us all the more curious to check them out.
Directed by Gerard Barrett, the filmmaker behind the indie fave “Glassland,” Chloe Grace Moretz stars in this film, based on the memoir by Sussanah Cahalan, about one young woman’s descent into madness and her struggle to survive. Here’s the official synopsis:
Brain on Fire follows Susannah Cahalan, a rising journalist at the New York Post who mysteriously starts having seizures and hearing voices. As weeks go by and Susannah rapidly descends into insanity, she moves inexplicably from violence to catatonia. Following a series of outbursts, misdiagnoses, and a prolonged hospital stay, a lucky, last-minute intervention by one doctor finally gives her a diagnosis and hope to rebuild her life.
“Brain On Fire” will be released by Broad Green Pictures, but there’s no date on this one just yet.