Earlier today, it was announced TIFF’s Closing Night Gala for 2023 would be the Netflix documentary “Sly” chronicling the life of three-time Academy Award-nominee Sylvester Stallone. The film will have its world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on Saturday, September 16th, 2023.
“Stallone’s story is one of perseverance, triumph, and his indelible mark left on the world of film, and we couldn’t be more honored to share it with our audiences as our Closing Night film,” said Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO.
“Celebrating the legacy of a true icon, Sly takes audiences on an intimate journey through the life of Stallone, a cultural touchstone whose impact on cinema spans nearly half a century. Sly offers an unexpected and heartfelt exploration of the man behind the action megastar.”
The documentary is directed by Thom Zimny (“Springsteen on Broadway” & “Elvis Presley: The Searcher”), produced by Sean Stuart, and executive produced by Braden Aftergood, Bill Zanker, Sam Delcanto, Jon Beyer, Tom Forman, Jenny Daly, and Stallone himself.
The 48th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7th – 17th. The Special Presentations & Gala lineup for TIFF 2023 can be read here, along with the Documentary lineup here, the Platform programming here, and the Discovery & Midnight Madness programming here.
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