2013 Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes 'August: Osage County,' Mike Myers' Directorial Debut
TORONTO – The Toronto International Film Festival unveiled most of its lineup on Tuesday, including films by John Wells, Ron Howard and Mike Myers' directorial debut.
Among the first 13 features tapped to screen in the high-profile sidebar at Roy Thomson Hall is Wells’ dramedy August: Osage County from The Weinstein Co., starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts.
Also getting gala treatment in Toronto is Myers’ documentary Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, about the Hollywood talent manager.
The Nelson Mandela biopic Long Walk to Freedom, from director Justin Chadwick, to be released by The Weinstein Co. on November 29, is also getting gala treatment, as is writer/director Peter Landesman's Parkland, which stars Zac Efron and Billy Bob Thornton and will receive a North American bow.
The opening night film will be Bill Condon's Wikileaks thriller, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, The Fifth Estate.
The Dreamworks picture is based on the book Inside Wikileaks by Daniel Domscheit-Berg, and David Leigh and Luke Harding's Wikileaks book for the Guardian newspaper.
The festival will close on September 14 with Daniel Schechter's Life of Crime, based on the Elmore Leonard novel The Switch, and stars Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, Isla Fisher and Mos Def.
Alfonso Cuaron's Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, which is getting its world premiere in Venice, will also screen in Toronto.
On Tuesday, festival toppers Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey unveiled the first round of high-profile titles to screen at the 2013 event in September.
Other gala world premieres in Toronto include Brit director Joel Hopkins' rom-com The Love Punch, starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson, and Jonathan Teplitzky’s Second World War drama The Railway Man, starring Oscar winners Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.
Toronto also booked a North American premiere for Ron Howard’s Formula One movie Rush, which Universal opens in theaters on September 20.
And there’s an international debut for John Krokidas’ Kill Your Darlings, the Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan-starrer that bowed at Sundance.
Star-driven Canadian titles getting world bows at Roy Thomson Hall include Don McKellar’s The Grand Seduction, top-lined by Taylor Kitsch and Brendan Gleeson; Jonathan Sobol’s The Art of the Steal, starring Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon; and Jeremiah Chechik’s The Right Kind of Wrong.
Toronto also unveiled its Special Presentations titles, led by world premieres for Jason Bateman’s Bad Words, the Hollywood actor’s directorial debut; Ralph Fiennes’ Dickens drama The Invisible Woman, starring Felicity Jones and Kristin Scott Thomas; and John Carney’s music-themed drama Can a Song Save Your Life?, toplined by Keira Knightley, Mark Ruffalo and Hailee Steinfeld.
Also added to the Special Presentations sidebar is Denis Villeneuve’s Prisoners, a thriller that stars Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis, and Paul Haggis' Third Person, which is headlined by James Franco and Mila Kunis.
The festival will also feature world bows for David Frankel’s One Chance, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner’s feature directorial debut You Are Here, Liza Johnson’s Hateship Loveship, and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day from Paramount, which stars Clark Gregg, Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin.
A number of Canadian directors will have world premieres for their U.S. projects, including Jean-Marc Vallee’s AIDS drama Dallas Buyers Club, starring Matthew McConaughey and Jennifer Garner, and Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, a Reese Witherspoon-starrer inspired by the infamous West Memphis Three case.
Elsewhere, Asian titles booked into Roy Thomson Hall include North American premieres for Cold Eyes, by Korean directors Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo; Ritesh Batra’s The Lunchbox, an India/France/Germany co-production; and a Canadian debut for Indian director Maneesh Sharma’s Shuddh Desi Romance.
The festival will also feature world bows for Nigerian filmmaker Biyi Bandele’s Half of a Yellow Sun, French director Nicole Garcia’s Going Away, Bosnian filmmaker Jasmila Zbanic's For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Brit director Richard Ayoade’s The Double and Matthew Saville’s Felony, from Australia.
Other world premieres set for the festival include: Roger Michell’s Le Week-End, Godfrey Reggio’s Visitors, Bertrand Tavernier’s Quai d’Orsay, Daniele Luchetti’s Those Happy Years, David McKenzie’s Starred Up and Manuel Martin Cuenca’s Cannibal.
Fox Searchlight has four titles in the Special Presentations sidebar, including Amma Asante's Belle, a period drama about the illegitimate, bi-racial daughter of a Royal Navy admiral in 18trh-century Britain that stars Tom Wilkinson and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, and 12 Years a Slave, Steve McQueen's follow-up to Hunger and Shame that stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Paul Giamatti.
The studio is also bringing to Toronto Nicole Holofcener's Enough Said, a romantic comedy that has the late James Gandolfini in one of his last film roles alongside Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Catherine Keener, and Richard Shepard's Dom Hemingway, starring Jude Law as a foul-mouthed ex-con safecracker in a comic crime caper.
North American debuts booked for the Special Presentations sidebar include those for Stephen Frear’s Philomena; Keanu Reeves’ Man of Tai Chi, a USA/China co-production; Thomas Imbach’s Mary, Queen of Scots; David Gordon Green’s Joe; Gianni Amelio’s L’intrepido; Kelly Reichardt’s Night Moves; Paradise Now director Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar, which bowed at Cannes; Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive; and Asghar Farhadi’s The Past.