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September 10, 2013 11:31 AM
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TIFF List 2013: A Complete Guide To All The Films At The Toronto International Film Festival

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS (cont'd)

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina World Premiere
Kym, an Australian tourist, decides to travel to Bosnia. Her guidebook leads her to Višegrad, a small town steeped in history, on the border of Bosnia and Serbia. After a night of insomnia in the 'romantic' Hotel Vilina Vlas, Kym discovers what happened there during the war. She can no longer be an ordinary tourist and her life will never be the same again.

Gabrielle Louise Archambault, Canada North American Premiere
Gabrielle is a young woman with Williams syndrome who has a contagious joie de vivre and an exceptional musical gift. Since she met her boyfriend Martin at the recreation centre where they are choir members, they have been inseparable. However, because they are different, their loved ones are fearful of their relationship. As the choir prepares for an important music festival, Gabrielle does everything she can to gain her independence.

Gloria Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain North American Premiere
Gloria is 58 years old and still feels young. Making a party out of her loneliness, she fills her nights seeking love in ballrooms for singles. This fragile happiness changes the day she meets Rodolfo. Their intense passion — to which Gloria gives everything, as she feels it may well be her last — leaves her dancing between hope and despair. Gloria will have to pull herself together and find a new strength to realize that in the last act of her life, she could burn brighter than ever.

Going Away (Il est parti dimanche) Nicole Garcia, France World Premiere
Two unlikely friends — a supply teacher and a lonely young boy suspended between two estranged parents — embark on a weekend motorcycle voyage full of surprises and unforeseen consequences in this surprisingly tough, unsentimental drama.

Sandra Bullock in 'Gravity'
Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere
Gravity is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls its audience into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer accompanied on her first shuttle mission by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth… and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But their only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy North American Premiere
Rome, in the splendour of summer. Jep Gambardella — a handsome man with irresistible charm despite his advancing age — enjoys the city’s social life to the fullest. He attends chic dinners and parties where his sparkling wit is always welcome. A successful journalist, in his youth he wrote a novel that earned him a literary award and a reputation as a frustrated writer. Weary of his lifestyle, Jep sometimes dreams of taking up his pen again, haunted by memories of a youthful love which he still hangs on to. But can he overcome his profound disgust for himself and others in a city whose dazzling beauty sometimes leads to creative paralysis?

Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/United Kingdom World Premiere
An epic love story: Olanna and Kainene are glamorous twins, living a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria. The two women make very different choices of lovers, but rivalry and betrayal must be set aside as their lives are swept up in the turbulence of war.

Hateship Loveship Liza Johnson, USA World Premiere
Johanna Parry moves to a new town to work for Mr. McCauley and his granddaughter, Sabitha. Sabitha and her friend trick Johanna into a one-way epistolary romance with Sabitha’s father Ken. Johanna lights on fire, and commits a criminal act to get to her lover, who barely knows she exists. Starring Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Christine Lahti, Nick Nolte, Hailee Steinfeld, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Sami Gayle.

How I Live Now Kevin Macdonald, United Kingdom World Premiere
Daisy, a teenaged New Yorker, is sent to England one summer to stay with cousins she has never met. Initially resentful, she soon finds herself living in a dreamy, pastoral idyll as she falls madly in love. But this perfect summer is blown apart by the sudden outbreak of a war. The family is separated and Daisy is forced to embark on a terrifying journey to be reunited with the boy she loves. Starring Saoirse Ronan, Tom Holland and George MacKay.

The Husband Bruce McDonald, Canada World Premiere
Henry is married, has a son, and a decent job in advertising. Trouble is his wife is in jail for sleeping with a 14-year-old boy. Struggling to keep it together and prepare for her release, an encounter with the boy — his rival — sends Henry on a path of self-destruction. Starring Maxwell McCabe-Lokos, August Diehl, Sarah Allen, Jodi Balfour and Stephen McHattie

Ida Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland World Premiere
Poland, 1962. Anna is a novice, an orphan brought up by nuns in a convent. Before she takes her vows, she is determined to see Wanda, her only living relative. Wanda tells Anna that Anna is Jewish. Both women embark on a journey not only to discover their tragic family story, but who they really are and where they belong, questioning their religions and beliefs.

L'intrepido Gianni Amelio, Italy North American Premiere
This film is an affecting and timely story about a middle-aged, precariously employed jack-of-all-trades in Milan who doggedly tries to get by in an unfeeling city while trying to retain his dignity and his passions.

The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom World Premiere
Nelly (Felicity Jones), a happily-married mother and schoolteacher, is haunted by her past. Her memories, provoked by remorse and guilt, go back in time to follow the story of her relationship with Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes), with whom she discovered an exciting but fragile complicity. Dickens — famous, controlling and emotionally isolated within his success — falls for Nelly, who comes from a family of actors. The theatre is a vital arena for Dickens, a brilliant amateur actor and a man more emotionally coherent on the page and on stage than in life. As Nelly becomes Dickens’ muse and the focus of his passion, for both of them secrecy is the price — and for Nelly a life of “invisibility”. Also stars Kristin Scott Thomas, Tom Hollander, Joanna Scanlan, Perdita Weeks, Amanda Hale, Tom Burke, John Kavanagh and Michael Marcus.

Joe David Gordon Green, USA North American Premiere
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary backwoods South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage comes back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his own instinct for trouble until he meets a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. Based on the novel Big Bad Love by the late Larry Brown.

Labor Day Jason Reitman, USA World Premiere
Labor Day centres on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler as he confronts the pangs of adolescence while struggling to be the man of the house and care for his reclusive mother, Adele. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape all of them for the rest of their lives. Starring Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, JK Simmons, Brooke Smith and James Van Der Beek.

Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin in "Labor Day."

The Last of Robin Hood Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland, USA World Premiere
Errol Flynn, the swashbuckling Hollywood star and notorious ladies’ man, flouted convention all his life, but never more brazenly than in his last years when, swimming in vodka and unwilling to face his mortality, he undertook a liaison with underage starlet Beverly Aadland. The two had a high-flying affair that spanned the globe and was enabled by the girl’s fame-obsessed mother, Florence. It all came crashing to an end in October 1959 when events forced the relationship into the open, creating an avalanche of publicity castigating Beverly and her mother. The Last of Robin Hood is a story about the desire for fame and the price it exacts. Starring Dakota Fanning, Susan Sarandon and Kevin Kline.

The Liberator (Libertador) Alberto Arvelo, Venezuela/Spain World Premiere
The film is an epic adventure based on the incredible life of Simón Bolívar, the 19th-century revolutionary who fueled Latin America’s struggle for independence. Bolívar’s quests and military campaigns covered twice the territory of Alexander the Great. Golden Globe nominee Édgar Ramírez brings to life one of the most influential freedom fighters in history. Also starring María Valverde, Danny Huston, Erich Wildpret, Juana Acosta and Imanol Arias.

Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan North American Premiere
Two families are forced to choose between nature and nurture — between their natural sons and the sons they have raised.

Love is the Perfect Crime (Amour Crime Parfait) Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu, France/Switzerland World Premiere
Marc, in his 40s, is a professor of literature at the University of Lausanne. Still a bachelor — and still living with his sister Marianne in a huge, isolated chalet that they inherited when they were very young — he carries on one love affair after another with his students. Winter has almost ended when one of his most brilliant students, Barbara, suddenly disappears. Two days later, Marc meets Barbara’s mother, Anna, who wants to find out more about her vanished daughter. Starring Mathieu Amalric, Karin Viard, Maïwenn, Sara Forestier and Denis Podalydès.

Lucky Them Megan Griffiths, USA World Premiere
Lucky Them tells the story of Ellie Klug (Toni Collette), a rock journalist who is tasked with the painful assignment of exploring her own past. Joined by eccentric would-be documentarian Charlie (Thomas Haden Church), Ellie sets out on an emotional treasure hunt in order to finally rid herself of her "ghosts" and get on with her life. Also starring Ryan Eggold, Oliver Platt, Nina Arianda and Ahna O'Reilly.

Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves, USA/China North American Premiere
A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. Starring Keanu Reeves and Tiger Chen.

MARY Queen of Scots Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland North American Premiere
A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head.
Mystery Road Ivan Sen, Australia International Premiere
Detective Jay Swan returns to his outback hometown to investigate the brutal murder of a teenage girl found in a drain under a highway outside of town. Starring Aaron Pedersen, Ryan Kwanten and Hugo Weaving.

Night Moves Kelly Reichardt, USA North American Premiere
When do legitimate convictions demand illegal behaviors? What happens to a person’s political principles when they find their back against the wall? Night Moves is the story of three radical environmentalists coming together to execute the most spectacular direct action event of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam. Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard.

Omar Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine North American Premiere
Trust and identity are stretched like wire in an impossible West Bank love story. Desires for individual and collective freedom collide. Mere sacrifice isn’t enough; betrayal is the only way to survive.

One Chance David Frankel, USA World Premiere
This film follows the remarkable and inspirational true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night. Paul became an instant YouTube phenomenon after being chosen by Simon Cowell for Britain's Got Talent. Wowing audiences worldwide with his phenomenal voice, Paul went on to win the competition and the hearts of millions. BAFTA winner James Corden stars as Paul Potts and is supported by an ensemble cast that includes Julie Walters, Mackenzie Crook, Colm Meaney, Jemima Rooper and Alexandra Roach.

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25 Comments

  • Mama Monchang | September 11, 2013 8:18 AMReply

    Ekstra, The Bit player, is one indie film that has proven that a movie can be both critically acclaimed and commercially successful. Ms Vilma Santos, Philippine's Longest Reigning Movie and Box Office Queen has once again proven that she is indeed a great actress. Congratulations to the movie and I hope this will also be appreciated not only in the Toronto Film Festival but also in its international commercial screening.

  • Karma 931 | September 11, 2013 11:34 AM

    "Bit Player" (Ekstra) will be shown commercially in the USA starting 8/13/13 to 8/19/13. It will also be shown in the Middle East.

  • Donna Te | September 11, 2013 7:48 AMReply

    Vilma Santos is truly amazing in Ekstra . She's superb here, and take note the only indie film in the Philippines made into box office hit . Not even first day ..half day in cinemas . It shown here for 3 weeks !

  • Joey Santos | September 11, 2013 6:47 AMReply

    EKSTRA is the Top Grosser of Cinemalaya 9 last July 2013. Vilma gave an excellent performance . she's truly the icon of the Philippine cinema . The Greatest Actress of all Time !!

  • amy ling | September 7, 2013 7:28 AMReply

    the movie, the bit player was trashed by cannes 2013 committee. it is only for exhibition at the tiff 2013 brought by the same filipino guy annually.

    and it was a dismal flop in the philippines. perhaps because of its trashy script!

  • Karma | September 11, 2013 11:29 AM

    Amy Ling is perennial liar whose idol doesn't have anymore career since she left the Philippines for 8 long years. Now she is trying to come back but people won't support her films. She is currently the record holder for having her film pulled-out in the cinema in just a matter of half day.

  • Mama Monchang | September 11, 2013 8:27 AM

    Do not believe this congenital liar, Amy Ching. Ekstra, The Bit Player, was shown in the Philippines for 3 weeks and considered a box office hit. This Amy Ching is a supporter of the Philippine's ex-superstar Nora Aunor who has been convicted in the United States of America for illegal possession of prohibited substance called "shabu". This ex-superstar named Nora Aunor has long lost her popularity since 1980's.

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  • Hal Weller | August 13, 2013 10:35 PMReply

    Will the movie/documentary "Landfill Harmonic" be premiered at the TIFF? Any information will be appreciated.

  • Gary Hawkins | July 28, 2013 8:47 AMReply

    JOE is based on JOE, not BIG BAD LOVE.

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  • Didier | July 23, 2013 5:13 PMReply

    the below guy is right; can yu please list in a SINGLE page the Films?
    Thank you so much!

  • jj | July 23, 2013 4:55 PMReply

    The Railway Man is a Gala Premiere, not a Special Screening.

    It's on the website

  • Web Designer | July 23, 2013 3:50 PMReply

    Can we please list all the titles with some art on one page. Spreading this list amongst 4 pages is a nuisance.

    Its the internet, not real paper, you don't need page breaks.

    Spare me your page count woes.

  • Bitemelo | July 25, 2013 11:36 AM

    1st world problems. :-(

  • Franks W | July 23, 2013 11:56 AMReply

    Excited for "Kill Your Darlings" and "Blue Is The Warmest Color". I only heard great things about both (mainly about Léa Seydoux's and Dane DeHaan's performances) and this generation needs more good LGBT themed films.

  • 1974 | July 23, 2013 11:20 AMReply

    Can't wait for Eleanor Rigby! It's world premiere isn't set yet, and I assume Myriad isn't going to even release a trailer any time soon.

  • Crow | July 23, 2013 11:13 AMReply

    I don't understand if Eleanor Rigby is a world premiere or not. Please can you be clear?

  • Peter knegt | July 23, 2013 11:18 AM

    Crow: It is still to be determined. They listed it without a premiere status.

  • Jonathan | July 23, 2013 10:57 AMReply

    If a film says "world premier," does that mean it will definitely not be playing at Telluride, or is there still a possibility it will play Telluride, since they don't announce their program ahead of time?

  • BillyBoo | July 23, 2013 3:52 PM

    Telluride is very respected, but its not in the "game" like TIFF. I wouldn't be surprised if some play at Telluride, and thats the exact reason they don't announce their lineup, they are low key.

  • Brian | July 23, 2013 2:18 PM

    Telluride has stolen TIFF's thunder in the past. What TIFF might announce as a world/N.A. premiere sometimes ends up showing up at Telluride the week before. Take a look: http://arts.nationalpost.com/2012/08/30/telluride-filmfest-scoops-tiff-with-world-premieres-from-deepa-mehta-sarah-polley/

  • Jonathan | July 23, 2013 11:24 AM

    Thanks Peter. I hope you're right. I'm going to Telluride this year and absolutely love Steve McQueen's films.

  • Crow | July 23, 2013 11:19 AM

    If it's a world premiere at Tiff (Sept. 5-15) how can it be presented at Telluride (Aug 29 - Sept 2)? It is obviously impossible!

  • Peter Knegt | July 23, 2013 11:19 AM

    Jonathan: Nope, it can easily still screen at Tribeca as a sneak preview. I suspect "12 Years a Slave" will be among the films that do just that.