A host of major awards contenders will make their world premieres at this year’s
The movies will be joined by a number of fall hopefuls making their North American debuts north of the border, including Ron Howard’s Formula 1 drama “Rush,” Stephen Frears’ adoption tale “Philomena” and Alfonso Cuaron science-fiction pic “Gravity.” Those movies will play the Venice film Festival or another global venue before coming to the Canadian confab. (Both North American and world premieres, it should be noted, can sometimes play a sneak screening at the Telluride Film Festival a week or so before Toronto.)
Among the other world premieres with a high interest value are Steve McQueen's "Twelve Years a Slave," the Brad Pitt-produced tale of a free Northern man taken into slavery; "Enough Said," the Nicole Holofcener romantic dramedy that marks one of James Gandolfini's last role; and "Prisoners," Denis Villenueve's revenge drama starring Hugh Jackman that serves as the director's follow-up to his foreign-film sensation "Incendies." Justin Chadwick's "Mandela," about the iconic Civil Rights leader, will also world-premiere.
The Canadian festival announced its selection of galas and special presentation on Tuesday morning; a second round of announcements is planned for next week.
The festival also announced Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" as the opening night film and Daniel Schechter's "Life of Crime" as its closing picture. "Estate" examines the life of and controversy around
Tuesday’s slate also included premieres for a number of other titles of note, including Matthew Weiner’s slacker tale “You Are Here;" “Can A Song Save Your Life?,” “Once director John
The slate will mean the usual cavalcade of stars at Toronto, with the festival showcasing movies featuring
The world premieres each come with one or two juicy story lines. “Osage County,” which
“Dallas Buyers” is the latest and perhaps most serious bid for Oscar credibility for McConaughey, who lost a significant amount of weight to play a real-life Texas hustler who in the 1980's smuggled AIDS drugs from Mexico. The project had been in development for years with everyone from
Meanwhile, with “Skin,” “Gravity” and
Toronto will also give an unusually large number of actors a platform to unveil their directorial efforts, including
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All told, about 65 galas and special presentations were announced on Tuesday, including a number of pictures that played the Sundance and Cannes film festivals. The 11-day gathering kicks off on Sept. 5.
With its place at the head of the awards calendar and an abundance of North American media in attendance, Toronto is an important launch pad for fall movies both commercially and on the Oscar front.
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Not on the 2013 list Tuesday were
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