Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Toronto Film Festival Line-Up Announced

The Toronto Film Festival is the biggest beast of the fall festival, with it's yearly line-ups that are massive and daunting and filled to the brim with the seasons awards hopefuls. Last year, it was at where Silver Linings Playbook started its awards run, winning the Audience Award (of which has also been doled out to past Best Picture winners like Slumdog Millionaire, American Beauty and, gulp, The King's Speech) which culminated in eight Oscar nominations and Jennifer Lawrence's victory.  Toronto can kill Oscar dreams just as it can ignite them.  Here's the line-up so far:

 The Fifth Estate (USA)- directed by Bill Condon (World Premiere) (trailer)

American Dreams in China (Hong Kong/China)- directed by Peter Ho-Sun Chan (North American Premiere)
The Art of the Steal (Canada)- directed by Jonathon Sobol (World Premiere)
August: Osage County (USA)- directed by John Wells (World Premiere)- Heavy duty curio of 2013 with its massive ensemble (Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Juliette Lewis, Sam Shepard, Cumberbatch, etc.), so one quibble-- if this is ready for Toronto, why, oh why, is Weinstein waiting to release this during the dreaded Christmas glut?
Cold Eyes (South Korea)- directed by Cho Ui-seok & Kim Byung-seo (North American Premiere)
The Grand Seduction (Canada)- directed by Don McKellar (World Premiere)- Stars Taylor Kitsch of Battleship and John Mars infamy.
Kill Your Darlings (USA)- directed by John Korkidas (International Premiere)- Stars Daniel Radcliffe and Elizabeth Olsen; premiered at Sundance.
The Love Punch (France)- directed by Joel Hopkins (World Premiere)- Stars Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan.
The Lunchbox (India/France/Germany)- directed by Titesh Batra (North American Premiere)
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (UK)- directed by Justin Chadwick (World Premiere)- Another hot title from Weinstein with Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela-- can he score with the Academy a mere four years after Morgan Freeman was nominated for the same part?
Parkland (USA)- directed by Peter Landesman (World Premiere)- Stars Zac Efron and James Badge Dale.
The Railway Man (UK/Australia)- directed by Jonathan Teplitzky (World Premiere)- WWII drama with Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman; lacks a distributor at the moment.
The Right Kind of Wrong (Canada)- directed by Jeremiah Chechik (World Premiere)- Stars Ryan Kwanten (True Blood.)
Rush (USA/UK/Germany)- directed by Ron Howard
Shuddh Desi Romance (India)- directed by Maneesh Sharma (International Premiere)
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (USA)- directed by Mike Myers (World Premiere)

12 Years a Slave (UK)- directed by Steve McQueen (World Premiere) (trailer) 
All By My Side (UK)- directed by John Ridley (World Premiere)
Atilla Marcel (France)- directed by Sylvain Chomet (World Premiere)
Bad Words (USA)- directed by Jason Bateman (World Premiere)
Belle (USA)- directed by Amma Asante (World Premiere)
Blue is the Warmest Color (France)- directed by Abdellatif Kechiche (North American Premiere)- Winner of the Palme D'Or at Cannes this year.
Burning Bush (Czech Republic)- directed by Agnieska Holland (North American Premiere)
Can a Song Save Your Life? (USA)- directed by Jon Carney (World Premiere)- The director of Once returns with a new film starring Hailee Steinfeld, Catherine Keener and Mark Ruffalo.
Cannibal (Spain/Romania/Russia/France)- directed by Manuel Martin Cuenca (World Premiere)
Dallas Buyers Club (USA)- directed by Jean-Marc Vallée (World Premiere)- Matthew McConaughey's big Oscar push- to be distributed by Focus Features.
Devil's Knot (USA)- directed by Atom Egoyan (World Premiere)- Stars Reese Witherspoon.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: His & Hers (USA)- directed by Ned Benson (World Premiere)- Unique two film structure with Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy.
Dom Hemingway (UK)- directed by Richard Shepherd (World Premiere)- Stars Jude Law.
Don Jon (USA)- directed by Joseph Gordon Levitt (Canadian Premiere)- Gordon Levitt's directorial debut, which premiered at Sundance, a sort of Jersey Shore meets Shame.
The Double (UK)- directed by Richard Ayoade (World Premiere)- Stars Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowski.
Enough Said (USA)- directed by Nicole Holofcener (World Premiere)- Stars the late James Gandolfini and Catherine Keener; Holofcener is a Musings and Stuff favorite from Please Give, Friends with Money and Lovely & Amazing.
Exit Marrakech (Germany)- directed by Caroline Link (International Premiere)
Felony (Australia)- directed by Matthew Saville (World Premiere)- Stars Joel Edgerton.
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (Bosnia)- directed by Jasmila Zbanic (World Premiere)
Gloria (Chilé)- directed by Sebastian Lelio (North American Premiere)- Paulina Garcia won the Best Actress prize at Berlin this past January for this film.
Going Away (France)- directed by Nicole Garcia (World Premiere)
Gravity (USA)- directed by Alfonso Cuaron (North American Premiere)- Already set to have its world premiere as the opening night of the Venice Film Festival, Cuaron's ambitious space odyssey stars Sandra Bullock-- the teaser amazed earlier.
The Great Beauty (Italy)- directed by Paolo Sorrentino (North American Premiere)- Had its world premiere in competition at Cannes this year.
Half of a Yellow Sun (UK)- directed by Biyi Bandele (World Premiere)- Stars Chiwetel Ejiofor.
Hateship Loveship (USA)- directed by Liza Johnson (World Premiere)- Stars Kristen Wiig.
L'intrepido (Italy)- directed by Gianni Amelio (North American Premiere)
Ida (Poland)- directed by Pawel Pawlikowski (World Premiere)- Pawlikowski previously directed the festival hit My Summer of Love, a breakout for actress Emily Blunt.
The Invisible Woman (UK)- directed by Ralph Fiennes (World Premiere)
Joe (USA)- directed by David Gordon Green (North American Premiere)
Labor Day (USA)- directed by Jason Reitman (World Premiere)
Like Father, Like Son (Japan)- directed by Hirokazu Koreeda (North American Premiere)- Winner of the Jury Prize at the years Cannes Film Festival.
Man of Tai Chi (USA/China)- directed by Keanu Reeves (North American Premiere)
Mary, Queen of Scots (France/Switzerland)- directed by Thomas Imbach (North American Premiere)
Mystery Road (Australia)- directed by Ivan Sen (International Premiere)
Night Moves (USA)- directed by Kelly Reichardt (North American Premiere)- Meek's Cutoff directors follow-up starring Dakota Fanning and Jesse Eisenberg.
Omar (Palestine)- directed by Hany Abu-Assad (North American Premiere)
One Chance (UK)- directed by David Frankel (World Premiere)
Only Lovers Left Alive (USA)- directed by Jim Jarmusch (North American Premiere)- Jarmusch's vampire romance stars Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston; premiered at Cannes.
The Past (France)- directed by Asghar Farhadi (North American Premiere)- Berenice Bejo's performance in Farhadi's follow-up to A Separation won the Best Actress prize at Cannes.
Philomena (UK)- directed by Stephen Frears (North American Premiere)- Weinstein's other big contender with Judi Dench; the North American premiere indicator suggests that it will makes its premiere at Venice.
Pioneer (Norway)- directed by Erik Skjoldbaerg (International Premiere)
Prisoners (USA)- directed by Denis Villeneuve (World Premiere)- The director of Incendies follows-up with this crime drama starring Jake Gyllanhaal and Hugh Jackman.
Quai d'Orsay (France)- directed by Bertrand Tavernier (World Premiere)
Real (Japan)- directed by Kiyoshi Kurosawa (North American Premiere)
Starred Up (UK)- directed by David MacKenzie (World Premiere)
Third Person (USA)- directed by Paul Haggis (World Premiere)
Those Happy Years (Italy)- directed by Daniele Luchetti (World Premiere)
Tracks (UK/Australia)- directed by John Curran (North American Premiere)- Stars Mia Wasikowski and Adam Driver.
Under the Skin (UK/USA)- directed by Jonathon Glazer (North American Premiere)- Birth and Sexy Beast director Glazer returns with a new film starring Scarlett Johansson, likely to premiere at Venice.
Violette (France)- directed by Martin Provost (World Premiere)
Visitors (USA)- directed by Godfrey Reggio (World Premiere)
Walesa: Man of Hope (Poland)- directed by Andrzej Wadja (North American Premiere)
We Are the Best! (Sweden)- directed by Lukas Moodysson (North American Premiere)
Le Weekend (UK)- directed by Roger Michell (World Premiere)
You Are Here (USA)- directed by Matthew Weiner (World Premiere)
Young & Beautiful (France)- directed by Francois Ozon (North American Premiere)- Premiered at Cannes.

Life of Crime (USA)- directed by Daniel Schechter (World Premiere)

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