From a pic about WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, to George Clooney adrift in space, to Tom Hiddleston as a underground vampire musician -- this year's lineup at the Toronto International Film Festival is certainly eclectic.
Set in the pre-Civil War United States, the film stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor as a free black man from upstate New York who's abducted and sold into slavery.
'All Is by My Side'
Jimmy James, an unknown backup guitarist, left New York City for London in 1966. A year later he returned as Jimi Hendrix. Singer Andre 3000 will play the legendary guitarist.
'American Dreams in China'
In the midst of China’s economic reform period, three college students bond over a shared fascination with Western literature, music and movies, and an ambition to live the American dream, a fascination that leads to the foundation of a wildly successful English-language tutorial institute.
Paul, an orphan since the age of two, lives with his aunts in a Parisian apartment and leads a somewhat sad life as a pianist, until the day he meets the enigmatic Madame Proust.
'August: Osage County'
The black comedy is based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award–winning 2007 play, which tells the story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family that come together after the suicide of the family's patriarch. The large ensemble cast includes Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch and Abigail Breslin.
Jason Bateman plays a disruptive 40-year-old who, after discovering a loophole in the rules of the National Spelling Bee, dominates the pre-pubescent competition. Bateman also acts as the film's director.
Belle is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle, the illegitimate bi-racial daughter of an aristocratic Royal Navy Admiral, whose lineage affords her certain privileges, yet keeps her from others. Belle stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw, as well as Tom Felton and Matthew Goode.
'Blue Is the Warmest Color'
Starring Léa Seydoux and Adèle Exarchopoulos,Blue is the story of a young lesbian couple and the trajectory of their relationship.
'Can a Song Save Your Life?'
Keira Knightley is Gretta, a heartbroken New Yorker that just got dumped by her musician boyfriend, played by Maroon 5's Adam Levine. A down-on-his-luck record producer (Mark Ruffalo) recognizes Gretta's musical talent and opens up an entire city of possibility.
Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, and also a murderer. He feels no remorse for his crimes, until a girl named Nina comes along and makes him realize the true nature of his actions.
Cold Eyes is a 2013 South Korean film that's a remake of the 2007 Hong King film Eye in the Sky. It follows a veteran leader of the Special Crime Department Surveillance Team and a rookie female detective that have to keep a close watch over a vicious criminal organization.
'Dallas Buyers Club'
This fact-based drama stars Matthew McConaughey as the real-life Texas electrician Ron Woodroof, who wasblindsided with an HIV diagnosis and procures non-toxic alternatives treatments from all over the world through both legal and illegal means.
The true story of the infamous killing of three children in a small Arkansas town and the three teens, the West Memphis Three, accused of committing the murders during an alleged satanic ritual. Devil's Knot stars Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand and Dane DeHaan.
'The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby'
Jessica Chastain and James McAvoy star in this two-part love story seen through the eyes of a New York couple trying to understand each other as they cope with personal hardship.
Dom Hemingway (Jude Law) is a larger-than-life safecracker who, after 12 years in prison, is drawn back to the perils and pleasures of his criminal lifestyle, while trying to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Game of Thrones' Emilia Clarke).
Writer, director and star Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays a Jersey Shore-esque guy that finds his bliss while in front of the computer watching pornography, that is until he meets Barbara Sugarman (Scarlett Johansson), a bright, beautiful, good old fashioned girl, that is determined to find her Prince Charming.
Jesse Eisenberg is Simon, a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world, whose life begins to be taken over by James, Simon's exact physical double but his emotional opposite: confident, charismatic and good with women.
'The Fifth Estate'
The highly anticipated story behind the controversial WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. Sherlock's Benedict Cumberbatch plays Assange in the film that also stars David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci and Laura Linney.
Gloria is a 2013 Chilean drama directed by Sebastian Lelio that follows a 58-year-old who fills her nights seeking love in ballrooms for singles, and eventually finds a passionate lover in Rodolfo, a relationship that leaves her dancing between hope and despair.
In order to secure a petrochemical plant, a tiny, financially unstable Newfoundland town needs needs to find a doctor. When one candidate, Dr. Paul Lewis, lands in their lap, the town rallies to seduce him to stay beyond his one-month trial. Starring Brendan Gleeson, Taylor Kitsch and Gordon Pinsent.
Sandra Bullock and George Clooney play astronauts on a seemingly routine spacewalk when disaster strikes. Their shuttle is destroyed, leaving them alone, tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.
Great Beauty is an Italian film that follows Jep Gambardella, an aged successful journalist who, in his youth, wrote a novel that earned him a literary acclaim and a reputation as a frustrated writer. Haunted by memories of a youthful love, which he still hangs on to, Jep attempts to take up his pen again.
'Half of a Yellow Sun'
Thandie Newton, ChiwetelEjiofor and AnikaNoni Rose star in this epic love story of two glamorous twins, living a privileged city life in newly independent 1960s Nigeria, whose lives are changed during the turbulence of war.
Set in 1960s Poland, the film follows Anna, an orphan brought up by nuns in a convent, who is about to take her religious vows when she finds her only living relative, Wanda, who informs Anna that she is actually Jewish.
Ralph Fiennes plays the literary genius Charles Dickens, who is controlling and emotionally isolated within his success, as he falls for Nelly (Felicity Jones), a young girl who comes from a family of actors.
An adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel,the indie stars Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage as the hot-tempered ex-con Joe Ransom, who becomes the fierce protector of a hard-luck kid.
'Kill Your Darlings'
Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe plays a young Allen Ginsberg in the previously untold real-life story of friendship and murder that also involves beat generation authors Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William Burroughs (Ben Foster).
The film centers on a 13-year-old Henry Wheeler (Gattlin Griffith) as he cares for his reclusive mother, Adele (Kate Winslet), as well as an intimidating stranger (Josh Brolin) who is need of help.
'Life of Crime'
Based on the novel The Switch, two Detroit-area criminals, Louis (John Hawkes) and Ordell (Yasiin Bey), kidnap the wife (Jennifer Aniston) of a corrupt real estate developer (Tim Robbins) and hold her for ransom.
Richard Jones enlists the help of his ex-wife to track down the shady business man that caused his company to go bankrupt. Love Punch stars Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan.
'Man of Tai Chi'
Keanu Reeves and Tiger Chen star in the movie about a young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills, which land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.
'Mandela Long Walk To Freedom'
Idris Elba stars as South African President Nelson Mandela in the film based on his autobiography, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison.
From writer-director Ivan Sen comes the story of Jay Swan, a detective that returns to his outback hometown to investigate the brutal murder of a teenage girl found in a drain under a highway outside of town.
'Only Lovers Left Alive'
A depressed underground musician (Tom Hiddleston) reunites with his resilient and enigmatic lover (Tilda Swinton), but their lofty relationship is disrupted by her wild and uncontrollable younger sister, played by Mia Wasikowska. Also, they are vampires.
A conspiracy thriller that is set in the early '80s, at the beginning of the Norwegian oil boom and follows the exploits of a professional diver obsessed with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea.
Keller Dover's (Hugh Jackman) 6-year-old daughter Anna is missing. Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) is heading the investigation that has multiple leads and suspects, while Dover takes matters into his own hands.
Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is the forceful Minister of Foreign Affairs for France, whose speech writer Arthur must contend with the sensibilities of his boss and the dirty dealings within the Quai d'Orsay, the ministry's home.
'Right Kind of Wrong'
The rom-com stars True Blood's Ryan Kwantenas a failed-writer-turned-dishwasher and fearless dreamer who risks everything to win the girl of his dreams. The film also stars Sara Canning and Catherine O'Hara.
The high-speed, Ron Howard-directed biopic cinematically depicts the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl).
'Those Happy Years'
Set in 1970s Rome, wannabe artist Guido feels trapped by his conventional life and beautiful, bourgeois wife, Serena, while their young sons are caught between their parents’ passion for each other and their infidelities.
Tracks is the unbelievable true story of Robyn Davidson (Mia Wasikowska) who trekked from Alice Springs in Central Australia through almost 2,000 miles of sprawling desert to the Indian Ocean, accompanied only by her loyal dog and four unpredictable camels.
The film centers around author Violette Leduc's relationship with the intellectual Simone de Beauvoir in postwar Saint-Germain-des-Près.
The film, which features an original score by Philip Glass and is presented by Steven Soderbergh, is director Godfrey Reggio’s portrayal of modern life through the experience of technology and emotionality.
'Young and Beautiful'
Young and Beautiful is a French drama about the coming-of-age of a 17-year-old girl as seen over the four seasons.
'Mary, Queen of Scots'
A movie about the infamous royal who was found guilty of plotting to assassinate Queen Elizabeth I, and was subsequently beheaded.
'Walesea. Man of Hope.'
A Gdansk shipyard electrician fighting for workers’ rights awakens a hidden desire for freedom in millions of people. Walesea. Man of Hope. is an attempt to capture this common man’s metamorphosis into a charismatic leader.