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TIFF List 2013: A Complete Guide To All The Films At The Toronto International Film Festival

Photo of Peter Knegt By Peter Knegt | Indiewire September 10, 2013 at 11:31AM

The Toronto International Film Festival has started announcing what is shaping up to be an epic lineup for its its 38th edition.
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A Story of Children and Film Mark Cousins, United Kingdom North American Premiere
A Story of Children and Film is the world's first movie about kids in global cinema. A passionate, poetic portrait of the adventures of childhood — its surrealism, loneliness, fun, destructiveness and vitality — as seen through 53 great films from 25 countries, director Mark Cousins’ landmark film is an eye opener and a celebration of both childhood and the movies.

Ain't Misbehavin' Marcel Ophüls, France North American Premiere
The director of The Sorrow and the Pity shares his memories with us, stories both incredibly rich and fascinating, making Ain't Misbehavin’ a cheerful and bittersweet trip through cinema history. Son of the great director Max Ophüls, Marcel can be a generous man and an admirer. Marcel talks with and about personalities like Jeanne Moreau, Bertolt Brecht, Ernst Lubitsch, Otto Preminger, Woody Allen, Stanley Kubrick and, of course, his friend François Truffaut.

At Berkeley Frederick Wiseman, USA North American Premiere
At Berkeley is a documentary film about the University of California at Berkeley. The film explores the major aspects of university life of America’s premier public university with particular emphasis on the administrative efforts to maintain the academic excellence, public role, and the economic, racial and social diversity of the student body in the face of severe budgetary cuts imposed by the California legislature.

Beyond the Edge Leanne Pooley, New Zealand World Premiere
It was an event that stunned the world and defined an era. Sir Edmund Hillary’s incredible achievement remains one of the greatest adventure stories of all time: the epic journey of a man from modest beginnings who overcame adversity to reach the highest point on Earth. Screening in 3D.

Burt's Buzz Jody Shapiro, Canada World Premiere
Burt's Buzz is an in-depth and personal look at the life of Burt Shavitz, known to millions around the world as the 'Burt' of the Burt’s Bees natural product brand. The documentary explores what it means to be marketed as an icon, and how that life differs from the one of the man behind the logo.

The Dark Matter of Love Sarah McCarthy, UK North American Premiere The Dark Matter of Love follows three Russian children learning to love their adoptive American family through a scientific programme. From the director of The Sound Of Mumbai: A Musical.

The Dog Allison Berg and Frank Keraudren, USA World Premiere
In 1972, John Wojtowicz attempted to rob a Brooklyn bank to pay for his lover’s sex-change operation. The story was the basis for the film Dog Day Afternoon. The Dog captures John, who shares his story for the first time in his own unique, offensive, hilarious and heartbreaking way.

Faith Connections Pan Nalin, France/India World Premiere
Filmmaker Pan Nalin travels to Kumbh Mela, one of the world's most extraordinary religious events. There, he encounters remarkable men of mind and meditation, some facing an inextricable dilemma; to embrace the world or to renounce it. Faith Connections explores such diverse and deeply moving stories as a young runaway kid, a Sadhu, a mother desperately looking for her lost son, a yogi who is raising an abandoned baby, and an ascetic who keeps his calm by smoking cannabis — all connected by one faith against the spectacular display of devotion.

Filthy Gorgeous: The Bob Guccione Story Barry Avrich, Canada World Premiere
Through his lens, Bob Guccione witnessed, influenced and played a starring role in easily one of the most controversial and socially and sexually revolutionary eras in modern history. Reclusive, yet outspoken, Guccione used his art, his fortune and his outspoken views on sexuality and politics to create scandal, change and debate. Unlike his publishing rivals, Hefner and Flynt, there is more to Guccione than meets the eye.

Finding Vivian Maier John Maloof and Charlie Siskel, USA World Premiere
A mysterious nanny, who secretly took over 100,000 photographs that were hidden in storage lockers and discovered decades later, is now considered among the 20th century’s greatest photographers. Maier’s strange and riveting life and art are revealed through never before seen photographs, films, and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her.

Hi-Ho Mistahey! Alanis Obomsawin, Canada World Premiere
Alanis Obomsawin tells the story of Shannen’s Dream, a national campaign to provide equitable access to education for First Nations children, in safe and suitable schools. She brings together the voices of those who have successfully brought the Dream all the way to the United Nations in Geneva.

Ignasi M. Ventura Pons, Spain World Premiere
Ignasi M., a world renowned museologist, is living a dramatic moment, but has the capacity to turn any situation into an edifying one and any discomfort into a hilarious series of facts.

Jodorowsky's Dune Frank Pavich, USA North American Premiere
The story of legendary cult film director Alejandro Jodorowsky’s staggeringly ambitious but ultimately doomed film adaptation of the seminal science-fiction novel Dune.

The Last of the Unjust Claude Lanzmann, France/Austria North American Premiere
Through an interview with Benjamin Murmelstein, from Nisko in Poland to Theresienstadt, and from Vienna to Rome, Claude Lanzmann provides an unprecedented insight into the genesis of the Final Solution. It reveals the true face of Eichmann, and exposes without artifice the savage contradictions of the Jewish Councils.

The Mayor Emiliano Altuna Fistolera, Mexico Canadian Premiere
Mauricio Fernandez is the polemical mayor of San Pedro Garza García, the wealthiest and safest municipality in Latin America. He presents himself as an active ruler who is capable of cleaning his municipality of drug cartels without questioning the methods he uses to achieve this. The Mayor describes the wild times of a country that is marked by violence and the complete discredit of the ruling class.

Midway Chris Jordan, USA World Premiere
In the middle of the Pacific Ocean lies a tiny unincorporated territory belonging to the United States called Midway — the site of one of greatest naval battles of all time. Before the navy set up station, this island served for centuries as a breeding ground for hundreds of species of seabird — most notably the Albatross. Midway lies at the center of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, where the seabirds’ feeding grounds are teeming with plastic waste. Unknowingly, the Albatross feed their chicks our refuse and so the very waters that once sustained them, now threaten their lives. Through stunning imagery and narration, the voice of the island tells their epic tale of survival. Both elegy and warning, the film explores the interconnectedness of species, with the Albatross on Midway as mirror of our humanity. This is their story and ours, an inspiring tale of how life and love endure despite incredible odds.

Mission Congo David Turner and Lara Zizic, USA World Premiere Death, diamonds and greed — a story of a US businessman’s pursuit of an irresistible opportunity during one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern times.

The Square (Al Midan) Jehane Noujaim, Egypt/USA World Premiere The story of revolution — behind the headlines. From the 2011 overthrow of a 30-year dictator, through military rule, and culminating with the overthrow of the Muslim Brotherhood president in the summer of 2013 — follow a group of Egyptian revolutionaries as they battle leaders and regimes, risking their lives to build a society of conscience.

Tim’s Vermeer Teller, USA World Premiere
Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor, attempts to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer (Girl with a Pearl Earring) manages to paint so photo-realistically 150 years before the invention of photography? The epic research project Jenison embarks on to test his theory is as extraordinary as what he discovers.

The Unknown Known Errol Morris, USA North American Premiere
Errol Morris offers a mesmerizing portrait of Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the Iraq War. Although Rumsfeld has held lofty positions of American political power for half a century, most people know little about him. When Rumsfeld wrote, as part of his most famous meditation, that an “unknown known” refers to “things you think you know that it turns out you do not,” he could have been speaking about himself. The Unknown Known is not intended as yet another postmortem on the Iraq War, but rather an illumination of a mystery.

Unstable Elements Madeleine Sackler, USA World Premiere
Comprised of smuggled footage and uncensored interviews, Unstable Elements introduces viewers to artists struggling under Europe’s last dictatorship. When the KGB targets dissenters, the members of the Free Theater find themselves torn between their art and safety. This compelling documentary showcases the power of art to change the world.

When Jews Were Funny Alan Zweig, Canada World Premiere When Jews Were Funny is director Alan Zweig’s personal exploration into the roots and the manifestations of his Jewish identity, and particularly the question of how this Jewishness of his has persisted, though he’s done nothing to maintain it. He begins his exploration by trying to answer a question that’s intrigued him since childhood. Why were all the comedians he watched on TV in the fifties and sixties, Jewish? At first he doesn’t get the answers he was hoping for, but he trusts in the old saying, “two Jews, three opinions” and eventually some answers start to form.


CITY TO CITY (ATHENS)

The Daughter (I Kori) Thanos Anastopoulos, Greece North American Premiere
A 14-year-old girl, an eight-year-old boy, and a bankrupt lumber yard in contemporary Athens. Starring Savina Alimani.
The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas (I Aionia Epistrofi tou Antoni Paraskeua) Elina Psykou, Greece North American Premiere
Antonis arrives at a hotel resort by the sea. It is wintertime, the hotel is closed and Antonis drifts around alone. He has a lot of time to kill…until the news announces the disappearance of the famous TV host Antonis Paraskevas. Starring Christos Stergioglou and Maria Kallimani.

J.A.C.E. – Just Another Confused Elephant Menelaos Karamaghiolis, Greece/FYROM/Portugal/Turkey North American Premiere
Twice-orphaned J.a.c.e. — a Greek-Albanian child — witnesses a massacre that wipes out his foster family. He then falls into the hands of the predators, ruthless gangsters who traffic children abroad for various reasons, from panhandling to the organ trade. J.a.c.e. ends up in Athens, begging at street corners, exploring the horrors of institutions for young offenders, or serving obscure patrons in a world where violent loss seems to be his only destiny. The movie follows J.a.c.e.’s odyssey into a dark universe of abuse, murder and fear, as he desperately seeks a family and a sense of belonging. Starring Alban Ukaj, Stefania Goulioti, Argiris Xafis, Ieronymos Kaletsanos, Kora Karvouni, Akyllas Karazissis, Yiannis Tsortekis, Soma Badekas, Diogo Infante, Christos Loulis, Franco Trevisi and Refet Abazi.

Miss Violence Alexandros Avranas, Greece North American Premiere
On the day of her birthday, 11-year-old Angeliki jumps off the balcony and falls to her death with a smile on her face. While the police and social services investigate this apparent suicide, Angeliki’s family insists that it was an accident. What is the secret that young Angeliki took with her? Why does her family persist in trying to forget her and move on with their lives? These are the answers that social services seek when they visit the family’s clean and orderly home. The father has made sure nothing is missing and that everything is where it belongs. It seems as if nothing can betray them. But Angeliki’s younger brother unintentionally reveals clues that will gradually shatter the family’s well polished-world, forcing them to come face to face with what they have been hiding for so many years. Starring Themis Panou, Eleni Roussinou, Reni Pittaki and Sissy Toumasi.

September Penny Panayotopoulou, Germany/Greece North American Premiere
Anna lives with her dog Manu. She thinks they will live together forever. When he dies, she buries him in a family’s garden across the street. But unlike Manu, the happy, bustling family does not need her love and affection. September recalls that ambivalent mood between endings and beginnings, and the struggle to find meaning in and happiness out of life's ordinariness. Starring Kora Karvouni, Maria Skoula and Nikos Diamantis.

Standing Aside, Watching (Na Kathese ke na Kitas) Yorgos Servetas, Greece World Premiere
Antigone moves to a quiet town in search of an unassuming life, unaware of the silent violence that lurks underneath the peaceful surface. Soon, situations around her will force her to decide whether she should take action or stand aside and watch. Standing Aside, Watching is a meta-Western film about indifference, violence and involvement. Starring Marina Symeou, Nikos Yorgakis, Yorgos Kafetzopoulos, Kostis Siradakis, Yorgos Ziovas and Marianthi Pantelopoulou.

To the Wolf (Sto Lyko) Aran Hughes and Christina Koutsospyrou, Greece/United Kingdom North American Premiere
To the Wolf is a stark exploration of two shepherd families struggling to survive in the wilderness of the Greek mountains at a time of deep national crisis. With Ilias Katsaros, Spiridoula Katsarou, Adam Paxnis, Kiki Paxni, Vasiliki Spiropoulou and Giorgos Katsaros.

Unfair World (Adikos Kosmos) Filippos Tsitos, Greece/Germany Toronto Premiere
Sotiris is a police interrogator. One day he decides to be fair with people. He is determined to exonerate every single poor guy who committed a small crime because life was cruel. In an effort to save an innocent man, Sotiris kills someone. Dora, a lonely cleaning lady, is the only witness to the crime. Sotiris needs Dora’s help, and even though she lacks compassion, he feels she is his only ally. Will the unrighteous Dora save the virtuous Sotiris? And what about love? Starring Antonis Kafetzopoulos, Theodora Tzimou and Christos Stergioglou.

Wasted Youth Argyris Papadimitropoulos and Jan Vogel, Greece Toronto Premiere
Summer in Athens: a heat wave blasts the city. A teenage skateboarder sets out for a normal day with his friends. A middle-aged man struggles with raising his family — stuck at a job he dislikes and facing an impending nervous breakdown. Inspired by true events, this is a portrait of Athens. Starring Harris Markou and Ieronymos Kaletsanos.

Wild Duck Yannis Sakaridis, Greece World Premiere
Dimitris, an indebted telecommunications engineer, shuts down his business and gets involved in a phone-hacking investigation with an ex-colleague. Their rigorous search on mobile phone antennas leads them to a suspicious flat in a tower block. Dimitris’ attention is caught instantly by an ill woman who lives above this flat. Starring Alexandros Logothetis, Themis Bazaka and George Pyrpasopoulos.

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