The Toronto International Film Festival announced a big batch of films this morning, and though its only a small fraction of the 300 or so films that eventually will complete the fest’s lineup, its already pretty juicy: Darren Aronofsky’s “Black Swan,” Robert Redford’s “The Conspirator,” John Madden’s “The Debt,” Im Sang-Soo’s “The Housemaid,” Tom Hooper’s “The King’s Speech,” Guillaume Canet’s “Little White Lies,” Francois Ozon’s “Potiche,” Ben Affleck’s “The Town,” Mike Mills’ “Beginners,” Rowan Joffe’s “Brighton Rock,” Tony Goldwyn’s “Conviction,” Susanne Bier’s “In A Better World,” Ryan Fleck & Anna Boden’s “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” Alain Corneau’s “Love Crime,” Julian Schnabel’s “Miral,” Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go,” John Cameron Mitchell’s “Rabbit Hole,” and Michael Winterbottom’s “The Trip” are just a few of them.
Another interesting part of today’s announcement was the World/North American premiere designations. Essentially, Toronto just gave us a big suggestion of what’s going to be screening in Venice based on what’s NOT world premiering at their own festival.
The following seem pretty assured to hit the Lido in addition to previously announced “Black Swan” and “The Tempest”:
Barney’s Version, directed by Richard J Lewis (Canada/Italy)
The Debt, directed by John Madden (UK)
The King’s Speech, directed by Tom Hooper (UK)
The Legend of the Fist: The Return of Chen Zhen, directed by Andrew Lau (Hong Kong)
Miral, directed by Julian Schnabel (UK/Israel/France)
Norweigan Wood, directed by Tran Anh Hung (Japan)
Potiche, directed by Francois Ozon (France)
The Town, directed by Ben Affleck (USA)