Wednesday, July 24, 2013

TIFF 13: An Impressive Lineup

TIFF Galas and Special Presentations Announced
July 24, 2013
Benedict Cumberbatch will call Toronto his home for a few days in September, as he promotes three films.   His Julian Assange / Wiki Leaks piece The Fifth Estate opens the 38th annual Toronto International Film Festival on September 5th.  He plays the electronic watchdog with the silvery white hair who endangers himself by publishing secrets that embarrass governments, corporations and individuals.
                                                        The Fifth Estate
Cumberbatch also stars in 12 Years a Slave the much anticipated Steve McQueen film about a black freeman tricked into slavery in the middle 1800’s, taken from the memoir of the same name.  It co-stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, the slave.  Cumberbatch’ third outing is the southern Gothic domestic drama August: Osage County with Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor, based on the award winning play.
                                      12 Years a Slave                                  
The festival closing night film is Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard’s novel, starring Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, Mos Def and Tim Robbins.  Thugs kidnap the wife of a corrupt real estate developer, in 1970 Detroit only to find he doesn’t want her back.
                                                        Jennifer Aniston
Over ten days audiences will be treated to a vast array of films from all over the world in every genre.  Here is a look at some of the big name entries.  Julia Louis –Dreyfus and the late James Gandolfini star as lovers in Enough Said, Jesse Eisenberg battles himself in The Double, George Clooney and Sandra Bullock are free floating in space in Gravity, Ralph Fiennes is Charles Dickens in The Invisible Woman,  and Nic Cage is down on his luck in Joe.  Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin star in the thriller Labor Day, and Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston star in Jim Jarmusch’ Only Lovers Left Alive.

Only Lovers Left Alive
Judi Dench and Steve Cogan team, up to find her long lost son in star in Philomena and Hugh Jackman and Terrence Howard star in Prisoner, set against the kidnapping of their children.  Liam Neeson, James Franco and the long absent Kim Basinger star in Paul Haggis’ ensemble love story Third Person.   There’s the Beat generation biopic Kill Your Darlings  (Daniel Radcliffe, John Huston),  The Love Punch (Emma Thompson, Pierce Brosnan)  Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (Idris Elba, Naomie Harris), the JFK assassination story Parkland (Paul Giamatti, Billy Bob Thornton, Jacki Weaver), The Railway Men (Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth),  Ron Howard’s Rush (Chris Hemsworth, Olivia Wilde), the spelling bee comedy Bad Words (Jason Bateman, Allison Janney), the Cannes hit Blue is the Warmest Color, Can a Song Save Your Life? (Keira Knightley, Adam Levine), Dallas Buyers Club (Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner) Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot (Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy), Dom Hemingway (Jude Law)and Don Jon (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Scarlett Johansson).
                                                               Don Jon
250 films comprise the 38th annual film fest, 16 galas, 55 Special Presentations and 40 world premieres.  The festival runs September 5 – 15 at TIFF Bell Lightbox, and theatres throughout lower downtown Toronto.   Check for further announcements, programmes, schedules and ticket information.  More films will be announced later this summer.

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