7 World Premieres You May Have Missed from Today's TIFF Announcement

Ryland Aldrich, Festivals Editor

Today's Toronto International Film Festival announcement of 62 films heading to the fest included a whopping 39 world premieres. With works from such notable filmmakers as Terrence Malick (To The Wonder), Takeshi Kitano (Outrage Beyond), Rian Johnson (Looper), J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), Tom Tykwer with the Wachowskis (Cloud Atlas), David O. Russell (Silver Linings Playbook), Ben Affleck (Argo), Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha), and a Shakespearean adaptation by Joss Whedon (Much Ado About Nothing), you'd be excused for having missed some of the slighlty less explosive titles. Nevermind, because we've picked out seven more world premieres (well, six) that you should keep an eye out for come September's big event. We'll have plenty more as the fest draws nearer.


THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES
Ryan Gosling stars as a stunt motorcycle rider alongside Bradley Cooper, Rose Byrne, Eva Mendes, Ben Mendelsohn, Bruce Greenwood, and Ray Liota in director Derek Cianfrance's crime drama follow-up to his 2010 indie hit Blue Valentine.


MIDNIGHT'S CHILDREN
Canadian director Deepa Mehta has chosen Toronto to world premiere her long awaited epic adaptation of Salman Rushdie's Booker-winning novel. The story follows the intertwined lives of two babies born at the moment of India's independence. The film stars Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, and more.


TWICE BORN
Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsh star in Sergio Castellitto's story of loss after the Bosnian War. Based on Margaret Mazzantini's (Castellitto's wife) novel Venuto Al Mondo, this film marks the reunion of Castellitto with Cruz after 2004's Don't Move.


THE LAST SUPPER
Lu Chuan's follow-up to the critically acclaimed City of Life and Death has been buzzing since its release was blocked by Chinese censors last month. Instead, the costume drama about warring generals starring Liu Ye, Daniel Wu, and Chang Chen will see its world bow at Toronto. How lucky for us!


A LATE QUARTET
Yaron Zilberman didn't have any trouble getting an impressive selection of talent for his dramatic feature debut classical music drama. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener, Mark Ivanir, Christopher Walken, Imogen Poots, and Wallace Shawn star in the TIFF world premiere.


A LIAR'S AUTOBIOGRAPHY - THE UNTRUE STORY OF MONTHY PYTHON'S GRAHAM CHAPMAN
Though he died in 1989, Graham Chapman still lends his voice (along with John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, and Carol Cleveland) to this animated faux-tobiogrpahy about "the dead one" from Monty Python.


EVERYBODY HAS A PLAN
Okay, so it's not technically a world premiere since it opens in its native Argentina on August 30th, but we couldn't miss another opportunity to talk about Ana Piterbarg's Viggo on Viggo Spanish language crime drama. This film, produced by the team that brought us the Oscar winning The Secret in Their Eyes, looks to be a taut and polished thriller. Just check out the trailer here (en español).

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  • Guest

    Totally looking forward to what Ben Mendelsohn brings to Pines.

  • mightyjoeyoung

    "Though he died in 1989, Graham Chapman still lends his voice"

    Maybe they should do the same thing to Lenny Bruce, Bill Hicks, I would love that. This is a film I´l looking forward to, thanks for this post Mr Aldrich.

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