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Korine, Lee, De Palma, Anderson and Bier Among 75+ New Toronto Titles; ‘Song For Marion’ To Close Fest

Korine, Lee, De Palma, Anderson and Bier Among 75+ New Toronto Titles; 'Song For Marion' To Close Fest

The Toronto International Film Festival has added over 75 titles to its mammoth and impressive 2012 lineup, including new films in the Special Presentations and Gala sections from Paul Thomas Anderson, Dante Ariola, Susanne Bier, Nick Cassavetes, Daniele Ciprì, Lee Daniels, Brian De Palma, Harmony Korine, Spike Lee, Claude Miller, Walter Salles, Valeria Sarmiento, Pablo Trapero and Peter Webber.

The announcement brings the final number of Galas to 20, and the final number of Special Presentations to 70, including 48 world premieres. The festival’s overall film count stands at over 200 titles, with more still to come.

A complete list of all announced films in every program can be found here.

The festival also announced that it will close with a Gala presentation of Paul Andrew Williams’ “A Song For Marion,” starring Vanessa Redgrave and Terence Stamp.

Also announced was TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema program, which draws from Argentina, Belgium, Denmark, Israel, India, Japan, Mozambique, Spain, Sri Lanka, South Korea, and more. This program features the world premieres of films by directors such as Sara Johnsen, Kasia Rosłaniec, Edward Burns, Sion Sono, Robert Connolly, John Akomfrah, Saïd Ould-Khelifa, Annemarie Jacir, Jo Sung-hee and Licinio Azevedo.

With respect to the Contemporary World Cinema program, TIFF is partnering with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series. This initiative pairs five films in the Contemporary World Cinema program with scholars from the Munk School. Audiences will have the chance to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions, following each film’s second public screening. Here, the films serve as springboards to facilitate a deeper understanding of film aesthetics in relation to the broader issues facing the world today. Speakers include Ron Deibert, Janice Gross Stein, Ron Levi, Brian Stewart and Michael Ignatieff.

Wavelengths — the festival’s curated presentation of the best in international avant-garde film and video — was also set today. It expands its reach with 47 films of various lengths, including in this year’s lineup titles that would previously have been seen in the Visions programme. Four thematic shorts programmes will screen over the Festival’s opening weekend (September 7 to 10), with work by notable experimental filmmakers, emerging talent and internationally renowned artists such as Thomas Demand, Francesca Woodman, William E. Jones and Luther Price (who also has an exhibition as part of TIFF’s Future Projections programme).

“In bringing the audiences for Wavelengths and the former Visions programmes together,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, “I want to further that conversation among critics, film professionals and a general Festival audience around innovative cinema. Andréa Picard’s knowledge, passion and taste make her the perfect person to guide this section.”

Finally, TIFF announced its Future Projections program, which “fuses cinema’s moving image with the gallery’s visual arts for a provocative city-wide program.” This year, it features contemporary works by a roster of established Canadian and international artists, including installations from Callum Cooper, Jeroen Eisinga, Sook-Yin Lee, Peaches, Luther Price, Kelly Richardson, Ming Wong and Liang Yue.

A complete list of all announced films in every program can be found here.

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