Toronto International Film Festival Line-up

Every year I am thankful that this incredible festival falls around my birthday because then I can use it as my birthday gift request. “What do you want this year?” “TIFF tickets, please and thanks.” Though they are a little more expensive than your ordinary theatre screening, nothing beats the atmosphere of an International Film Festival, especially Toronto’s. I was at the Cannes Festival this year and I must be honest, though there were impeccably dressed stars sprinkled across the oh so glamorous red carpet and walking their sparkling selves up the grand staircase, I couldn’t help but feel out-of-place and inhuman compared to these megawatt immortals. However, at TIFF it is completely different. The fans are equal to the stars as they walk a modest red carpet into one of the many beautiful theatres located in downtown Toronto. You do not feel intimidated by them, they sit in the crowd with you during their film, they do not run away, they try to answer questions genuinely, and most importantly they LOOK approachable. Yes, they get dressed up but not to the extent where you think they are attending a formal ball where every  member of the royal family will be in attendance. They suddenly become human and just want you to enjoy the films that they worked on so diligently.

This year there is no shortage of films that will have phone lines blocked up and the internet connection stalling as avid film goers (and the occasional celebrity stalker) wake up early to have a chance to be a part of the first group of people to watch a new film. Let’s be honest, it never gets old saying “Oh yeah, I saw that before it was even released.” It’s a nice little smug feeling that you can cuddle into. Of the list below, I am most excited for (praying I get a ticket) Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder. After his visually awe-inspiring The Tree of Life I thought that we would not see another one of his films for another decade, since he is notorious for waiting usually more than five years to direct a new piece. Considering his career has spanned over forty years and he has directed only seven films, I consider him to be our modern Charlie Chaplin, making sure that everything is utter perfection before it is released to the public. The film world should be jumping up and down with appreciation that he has done back to back films! Other films I am anxious to see include Imogene starring one of my favourite funny girls Kristen Wiig, End of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Peña, Great Expectations with the incredible Helena Bonham Carter as the ruthless Ms. Havisham, and the Spanish film The Impossible, which is based on one family’s experience of the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami. 

“Looper” is the opening film of TIFF

If I could see all of them, I would, but unfortunately being a student I will be limited to what the TIFF schedule will permit me to see. Thus, my fingers are crossed that I can see any film, maybe even hit a Midnight Madness screening! Whether it is day or night, this festival has so much to offer and I look forward to sharing the film experiences with my fellow cinema lovers. Here is the line up…

World Premieres
“Looper” (Rian Johnson) (Opening Film)
“Cloud Atlas” (The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer)
“Argo” (Ben Affleck)
“The Silver Linings Playbook” (David O. Russell)
“Love, Marilyn” (Liz Garbus)
“Free Angela And All Political Prisoners” (Shola Lynch)
“The Place Beyond The Pines” (Derek Cianfrance)
“Midnight’s Children” (Deepa Mehta)
“Hyde Park On Hudson” (Roger Michell)
“Great Expectations” (Mike Newell)
“Inescapable” (Rubba Nadda)
“Twice Born” (Sergio Castellitto)
“English Vinglish” (Gauri Shinde)
“The Perks Of Being A Wallflower” (Stephen Chbosky)
“Thanks For Sharing” (Stuart Blumberg)
“End Of Watch” (David Ayer)
“Imogene” (Robert Puccini and Shari Springer Berman)
“A Late Quartet” (Yaron Zilberman)
“Much Ado About Nothing” (Joss Whedon)
“Frances Ha” (Noah Baumbach)
“The Time Being” (Nenad Cicin-Sain)
“Writers” (Josh Boone)
“At Any Price” (Ramin Bahrani)
“Venus And Serena” (Maiken Baird)
“Byzantium” (Neil Jordan)
“Quartet” (Dustin Hoffman)
“Ginger And Rosa” (Sally Potter)
“A Liar’s Autobiography” (Ben Timlett, Bill JOnes, Jeff Simpson)
“Foxfire” (Laurnet Cantet)
“In The House” (Francois Ozon)
“The Impossible” (JA Bayona)
“Hannah Arendt (Margarethe Von Trotta)
“Mr. Pip” (Andrew Adamson)
“Capital” (Costa-Gavras”
“The Attack” (Ziad Doueriri)
“Zaytoun” (Eran Riklis)
“The Deep” (Baltasar Kormakur)
“Dreams For Sale (Nishikawa Miwa)
“The Last Supper” (Lu Chuan)

International/North American Premieres
“To The Wonder” (Terrence Malick)
“Anna Karenina” (Joe Wright)
“The Reluctant Fundamentalist” (Mira Nair)
“The Company You Keep” (Robert Redford)
“Jayne Mansfield’s Car” (Billy Bob Thornton)
“A Royal Affair” (Nikolai Arcel)
“Dangerous Liasons” (Hur Ji-Ho)
“Thermae Romae” (Hideki Takeuchi)
“Caught IN THe Web” (Chen Kaige)
“Dormant Beauty” (Marco Belloccchio)
“Everybody Has A Plan” (Ana Piterbarg w/Viggo Mortensen)
“Kon-Tiki” (Espen Sandberg)
“Reality” (Matteo Garrone)
“A Few Hours Of Spring” (Stephan Brize)
“The Hunt” (Thomas Vintenberg)
“The Iceman” (Ariel Vromen)
“Lore” (Cate Shortland)
“No” (Pablo Larrain)
“OUtrage Beyond” (Takeshi Kitano)
“Rust And Bone” (Jacques Audiard)
“The Sapphires” (Wayne Blair)
“Tai Chi O” (Stephen Fung)

Canadian Premiere
“The Sessions” (Ben Lewis)

Midnight Madness

“The ABCs of Death” World Premiere

“Aftershock” Nicolás López, USA/Chile World Premiere

“The Bay” Barry Levinson, USA World Premiere

“Come Out and Play” MakinovMexico World Premiere

“Dredd” Pete Travis, USA/United Kingdom/India World Premiere

“Hellbenders” JT Petty, USA World Premiere

“John Dies at the End” Don Coscarelli, USA Canadian Premiere

“The Lords of Salem” Rob Zombie, USA/United Kingdom/Canada World Premiere

“No One Lives” Ryuhei Kitamura, USA World Premiere

“Seven Psychopaths” Martin McDonagh, USA/United Kingdom World Festival Premiere

Here is the trailer for The Impossible. Sorry it is in Spanish, but I don’t even think that matters

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