Wednesday, July 25, 2012

TIFF To Open With Sci-Fi Thriller Looper


Yesterday TIFF announced the first wave of titles that will be screening at the festival this year. As you can expect, the list is mighty impressive. New works from directors like David O. Russell, Chen Kaige, Derek Cianfrance, The Wachowskis, Joe Wright, Thomas Vintenberg, and Francois Ozon immediately caught my attention. If this was just a taste, I am eager to see what other delicious titles the festival still has yet to unveil. Truth be told, I was seriously planning to skip TIFF this year as the festival just did not fit in my budget. However, my wife, broken leg and all, has convinced me to continue my yearly September vacation (aka my TIFFcation). So I will be attending this year’s festival but on a smaller scale. How does this impact the films I will be seeing? Well, other than possibly missing out on a few high profile titles that play during the first weekend, which ultimately get a wide release anyway, it should not hinder my viewing that much. Since I enjoy discovering great new directors at TIFF more than I do seeing heavily publicized titles, I can expect another exciting year at TIFF.

Here is the full list of titles that TIFF announced so far:

The Place Beyond the Pines

World Premieres
"Looper" (Rian Johnson) (Opening Film)
"Cloud Atlas" (The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer)
"Argo" (Ben Affleck)
"The Silver Linings Playbook" (David O. Russell)
"Love, Marilyn" (Liz Garbus)
"Free Angela And All Political Prisoners" (Shola Lynch)
"The Place Beyond The Pines" (Derek Cianfrance)
"Midnight's Children" (Deepa Mehta)
"Hyde Park On Hudson" (Roger Michell)
"Great Expectations" (Mike Newell)
"Inescapable" (Rubba Nadda)
"Twice Born" (Sergio Castellitto)
"English Vinglish" (Gauri Shinde)
"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" (Stephen Chbosky)
"Thanks For Sharing" (Stuart Blumberg)
"End Of Watch" (David Ayer)
"Imogene" (Robert Puccini and Shari Springer Berman)
"A Late Quartet" (Yaron Zilberman)
"Much Ado About Nothing" (Joss Whedon)
"Frances Ha" (Noah Baumbach)
"The Time Being" (Nenad Cicin-Sain)
"Writers" (Josh Boone)
"At Any Price" (Ramin Bahrani)
"Venus And Serena" (Maiken Baird)
"Byzantium" (Neil Jordan)
"Quartet" (Dustin Hoffman)
"Ginger And Rosa" (Sally Potter)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson)
"Foxfire" (Laurnet Cantet)
"In The House" (Francois Ozon)
"The Impossible" (JA Bayona)
"Hannah Arendt (Margarethe Von Trotta)
"Mr. Pip" (Andrew Adamson)
"Capital" (Costa-Gavras)
"The Attack" (Ziad Doueriri)
"Zaytoun" (Eran Riklis)
"The Deep" (Baltasar Kormakur)
"Dreams For Sale" (Nishikawa Miwa)
"The Last Supper" (Lu Chuan)

The Hunt

International/North American Premieres
"To The Wonder" (Terrence Malick)
"Anna Karenina" (Joe Wright)
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (Mira Nair)
"The Company You Keep" (Robert Redford)
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" (Billy Bob Thornton)
"A Royal Affair" (Nikolai Arcel)
"Dangerous Liasons" (Hur Ji-Ho)
"Thermae Romae" (Hideki Takeuchi)
"Caught In The Web" (Chen Kaige)
"Dormant Beauty" (Marco Belloccchio)
"Everybody Has A Plan" (Ana Piterbarg)
"Kon-Tiki" (Espen Sandberg)
"Reality" (Matteo Garrone)
"A Few Hours Of Spring" (Stephan Brize)
"The Hunt" (Thomas Vintenberg)
"The Iceman" (Ariel Vromen)
"Lore" (Cate Shortland)
"No" (Pablo Larrain)
"Ourage Beyond" (Takeshi Kitano)
"Rust And Bone" (Jacques Audiard)
"The Sapphires" (Wayne Blair)
"Tai Chi O" (Stephen Fung)

Canadian Premiere
"The Sessions" (Ben Lewis)


  1. The list of films showing at TiFF really make me jealous. I don't think I can afford it this year, but next year I'll be prepared for whatever incredible list of films they're ready to show.

    1. Although the festival is rather pricey, I think it is something everyone should attend at least once in their lifetime.

  2. I envy those who are going to the festival as well. I want to see all of these films, especially To the Wonder just to see what Malick can concoct with his new film. I wasn't even expecting it to come out. Yet, he's got 2 films in the works so there'll be more in the coming years!

    1. The announcement of To the Wonder caught many off guard. Malick really seems to be inspired at the moment, which is ultimately a good thing for his fans.

  3. Really impressive list! I didn't know Byzantium is ready, I thought Jordan will finish it next year.

    1. Neil Jordon + mother/daughter vampires = me excited. I had the pleasure of seeing Neil Jordan live when he and Cillian Murphy held a Q & A for the Breakfast on Pluto at TIFF a few years back.


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