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TIFF’s Phat 2013 Line-up Includes Latest From: Chomet, Egoyan, Holofcener, Glazer, Gordon Green & Reichardt

With dramatic fare such as August: Osage County, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom and Dallas Buyers Club, 2013’s Toronto Int. Film Festival once again will be shelving a wide-ranging quotient for Oscar-buzz titles. In the 70 plus title announcement made this morning, TIFF is chock-full in the type of titles that will essentially be putting the distribution companies in the dual modes of: a. buying up available items to stock up their 2014 slate, and b., launching their campaigns for the award season and giving their fall calenders an extra push.

Some might want to call this a Cumberbatchian type edition (Benedict Cumberbatch appears in August: Osage County, TIFF opener The Fifth Estate, and the Venice-bound 12 Years a Slave) but with only David Cronenberg (currently in production with Maps to the Stars) and Guy Maddin (currently in creative overdrive with Seances a.k.a Spiritismes), 2013 will be looked back upon as a vintage year at the fest for Canadian filmmaker output as Don McKellar, Jean-Marc Vallée, Atom Egoyan and Denis Villeneuve along with ex-pats Jason Reitman and Paul Haggis are just some of the filmmakers who’ll launch their latest endeavors. And while the Cannes selected North American debuts for the latest from Ozon, Farhadi, Sorrentino, Jarmusch and Kechiche certainly add TIFF’s cache, in terms of items that are pegged for a double fest circuit material that have got us excited we find the potential Telluride/Venice slotted Night Moves, Under the Skin, Tracks, Mary Queen of Scots (correction- this will preem at Locarno), Man of Tai Chi, David Gordon Green’s second film to be released in ’13 Joe (see pic above), The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her joining the robust-looking Gravity. Among the U.S. indie items that might break out big or get lost in the shuffle we have Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, Nicole Holofcener’s Enough Said (late James Gandolfini in one of his final roles), Liza Johnson’s Hateship Loveship and Matthew Weiner’s You Are Here.

Nicole Holofcener Enough Said James Gandolfini

The entire team will be on hand to cover most of the majority of these titles along with the fringe items we love from the TIFF Docs, Midnight Madness, Discovery, Vanguard and Wavelengths sections. Here are the titles announced today:

American Dreams in China – Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong/China North American Premiere
The Art of the Steal – Jonathan Sobol, Canada World Premiere
August: Osage County – John Wells, USA World Premiere
Cold Eyes – Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo, South Korea North American Premiere
The Fifth Estate – Bill Condon, USA World Premiere (Opening Night Film)
The Grand Seduction – Don McKellar, Canada World Premiere
Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas, USA International Premiere
Life of Crime – Daniel Schechter, USA World Premiere (Closing Night Film)
The Love Punch – Joel Hopkins, France World Premiere
The Lunchbox – Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany North American Premiere
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom – Justin Chadwick, South Africa World Premiere
Parkland – Peter Landesman, USA North American Premiere
The Railway Man – Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia/United Kingdom World Premiere
The Right Kind of Wrong – Jeremiah Chechik, Canada World Premiere
Rush – Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany International Premiere
Shuddh Desi Romance – Maneesh Sharma, India Canadian Premiere
Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon – Mike Myers, USA World Premiere

12 Years a Slave – Steve McQueen, USA World Premiere
All Is By My Side – John Ridley, United Kingdom World Premiere
Attila Marcel – Sylvain Chomet, France World Premiere
Bad Words – Jason Bateman, USA World Premiere
Belle – Amma Asante, United Kingdom World Premiere
Blue Is The Warmest Color – Abdellatif Kechiche, France North American Premiere
Can a Song Save Your Life? – John Carney, USA World Premiere
Cannibal (Caníbal) – Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France World Premiere
Dallas Buyers Club – Jean-Marc Vallée, USA World Premiere
Devil’s Knot – Atom Egoyan, USA World Premiere
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her – Ned Benson, USA
Dom Hemingway – Richard Shepard, United Kingdom World Premiere
Don Jon – Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA Canadian Premiere
The Double – Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom World Premiere
Enough Said – Nicole Holofcener, USA World Premiere
Exit Marrakech – Caroline Link, Germany International Premiere
Felony – Matthew Saville, Australia World Premiere
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales – Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina World Premiere
Gloria – Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain North American Premiere
Going Away (Il est parti dimanche) – Nicole Garcia, France World Premiere
Gravity – Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere
The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) – Paolo Sorrentino, Italy North American Premiere
Half of a Yellow Sun – Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/United Kingdom World Premiere
Hateship Loveship – Liza Johnson, USA World Premiere
Ida – Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland World Premiere
L’intrepido – Gianni Amelio, Italy North American Premiere
The Invisible Woman – Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom World Premiere
Joe – David Gordon Green, USA North American Premiere
Labor Day – Jason Reitman, USA World Premiere
Like Father, Like Son – Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan North American Premiere
Man of Tai Chi – Keanu Reeves, USA/China North American Premiere
Mary, Queen of Scots – Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland North American Premiere
Night Moves – Kelly Reichardt, USA North American Premiere
Omar – Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine North American Premiere
One Chance – David Frankel, USA World Premiere
Only Lovers Left Alive – Jim Jarmusch, USA North American Premiere
The Past (Le Passé) – Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy North American Premiere
Philomena – Stephen Frears, United Kingdom North American Premiere
Pioneer (Pionér) – Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway/Germany/Sweden/France/Finland International Premiere
Prisoners – Denis Villeneuve, USA World Premiere
Quai d’Orsay – Bertrand Tavernier, France World Premiere
REAL – Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan North American Premiere
Starred Up – David Mackenzie, United Kingdom World Premiere
Third Person – Paul Haggis, Belgium World Premiere
Those Happy Years (Anni Felici) – Daniele Luchetti, Italy World Premiere
Tracks – John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia North American Premiere
Under the Skin – Jonathan Glazer, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere
Violette – Martin Provost, France/Belgium World Premiere
Visitors – Godfrey Reggio, USA World Premiere
Walesa. Man of Hope. – Andrzej Wajda, Poland North American Premiere
We are the Best! (Vi är bäst!) – Lukas Moodysson, Sweden North American Premiere
Le Week-End – Roger Michell, United Kingdom World Premiere
You Are Here – Matthew Weiner, USA World Premiere
Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie) – François Ozon, France/Belgium North American Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson's This Teacher (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022 he served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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