2013 Toronto International Film Festival announces complete lineup & screening schedule

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival has now released its complete lineup of films along with the schedule of screening dates, times, and venues for all titles. This year's event runs from September 5-15 and is considered by many to be the premiere film festival in the Western Hemisphere, second in the world only to Cannes. Almost every major Academy Award-winning movie of the past few years debuted at TIFF.

I've attended 63 film festivals since the start of 2006, but none as prestigious or breathtaking in scope as this one. I saw over 200 films there from 2006-2012, and many of my Top Picks from all festivals over the past few years (of over 1200 in total) came from the TIFF lineup.

Previously announced titles include 73 Galas and Special Presentations and nine out of 10 titles in the Midnight Madness section of genre films. This was followed by 61 titles in the TIFF Docs, Vanguard, City to City, and TIFF Cinematheque sections along with 20 features and 39 short films from host country Canada. Last week TIFF unveiled a list of over 100 more films, including selections in the Galas, Special Presentations, Contemporary World Cinema, Kids, and Wavelengths sections.  

The final list has now been revealed. Today's announcement includes 25 more films in the Discovery section, 10 more titles in Masters, and the nine events in this year's Mavericks program. The 10th Midnight Madness selection has also been announced. The Future Projections and Next Wave programs have been unveiled, along with details about this year's Jason Reitman's Live Read and two new initiatives, the Manifesto program and special presentations in IMAX.

The schedule with dates, times, and locations of all screenings is now available online (or see the links below) or at the Festival Box Office, 225 King Street West inside the Metro Centre. Copies will also be distributed in The Grid on Thursday, August 22. A 20-page section about TIFF will appear in the Toronto Star on Thursday, August 29, and will include the full film schedule. Single tickets will be available on September 1 for purchase by cash, debit, or online at TIFF.net/thefestival, by phone at 416-599-TIFF or toll free at 1-888-599-8433 (10 AM to 7 PM daily), or in person at the Festival Box Office, 225 King Street West inside the Metro Centre. Everything you could ever want to know about getting tickets is posted HERE.

Not that I wasn't incredibly excited about the festival before...but today's final announcements have really set my heart racing as I prepare to head to Toronto just two weeks from Thursday. I'll be posting my 2013 edition of the "Real Tips for Real People" TIFF survival guide series along with previews of some of my "Best Bets" in the days to come. Then I'll be there covering as many films and Q&As as I can fit into my schedule. And, as usual, you can expect photos and video of the post-screening discussions, interviews, and reviews of my Top Picks during and after the festival. I'll be Tweeting live again and posting reports on this blog whenever possible.


Here is the complete online schedule of films with screening dates, times, and venues:


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25 additional first and second features have been announced for Discovery. "The Discovery programme exposes North American audiences to unique gems from today’s important global voices that will shape the films of tomorrow," said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival. "The Festival is proud to recognize remarkable debut films with two prizes dedicated to Discovery filmmakers, and is committed to providing a nurturing environment for creative exchange."


1982 -- Tommy Oliver, USA -- World Premiere
1982, a film inspired by true events at the onset of the crack epidemic in Philadelphia, tells the story of a father and his efforts to protect his gifted daughter from the insidious epidemic which has literally come home via her drug-addicted mother. As his wife becomes more distant and unreliable, he struggles to raise his daughter on his own, while still striving to help his wife become clean. In the process, he learns some hard truths about his marriage and his life, which will ultimately test him as a parent, a husband, and a man. Starring Hill Harper, Sharon Leal, Wayne Brady and young dynamo Troi Zee.

All About the Feathers (Por las Plumas) -- Neto Villalobos, Costa Rica -- World Premiere
Chalo is a lone security guard who struggles to get his first gamecock. His job in an abandoned factory is boring and monotonous but it doesn’t seem to bother him that his life is like that as well. Once he finds his prize rooster, which he names Rocky, his life changes. Not having a proper place to raise and train Rocky triggers a series of comical events that will put Chalo’s passion and love for his new (and only) friend to the test.

The Amazing Catfish (Los insólitos peces gato) -- Claudia Sainte-Luce, Mexico -- North American Premiere
22-year-old Claudia lives alone in Guadalajara. One night, she ends up in the emergency room with signs of appendicitis. There she meets Martha, lying on the bed next to her. 46-year-old Martha has four children and endless lust for life, in spite of her illness. Moved by the lonely young woman, Martha invites Claudia to come and live with her when she leaves the hospital. At first, Claudia is bewildered by the somewhat chaotic organization of the household, but soon she finds her place in the tribe. And while Martha is getting weaker, Claudia's bond with each member of the family gets stronger day by day.

Around the Block -- Sarah Spillane, Australia -- World Premiere
Set in Sydney's multicultural inner-city neighbourhood of Redfern, this is a story of revenge and triumph that follows an Aboriginal teenage boy torn between his unexpected love of theatre and his rapidly disintegrating family. With encouragement from an unconventional American drama teacher (Christina Ricci), he confronts his past and eventually takes control of his future.

Bends -- Flora Lau, Hong Kong -- North American Premiere
Shot by iconic cinematographer Christopher Doyle, Bends tells the story of Anna (Carina Lau), an affluent housewife and Fai (Chen Kun), her chauffeur, and their unexpected friendship as they negotiate the pressure of Hong Kong life and the city’s increasingly complex relationship to mainland China.

Beneath the Harvest Sky -- Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, USA -- World Premiere
Beneath the Harvest Sky tells the story of Casper (Emory Cohen) and Dominic (Callan McAuliffe), two best friends who are fiercely loyal to one another, as they come of age in a small farming town in Maine. During their senior year of high school, Casper is drawn into smuggling drugs across the Canadian border with his outlaw father, Clayton (Aidan Gillen). Meanwhile, Dominic works his final potato harvest, hoping to earn the money he needs to buy a car and take them out of town. Their friendship and loyalty are put to the test as they are forced to mature and make adult decisions that will forever change the course of their lives.

Bethlehem -- Yuval Adler, Israel -- North American Premiere
Bethlehem tells the story of the unlikely bond between Razi, an Israeli secret service officer, and his Palestinian informant Sanfur, the younger brother of a senior Palestinian militant. Razi recruited Sanfur when he was just 15, and developed a very close, almost fatherly relationship to him. Now 17, Sanfur tries to navigate between Razi’s demands and his loyalty to his brother, living a double life and lying to both men. Co-written by director Yuval Adler and Ali Waked—an Arab journalist who spent years in the West Bank—Bethlehem gives an unparalleled, moving and authentic portrait of the complex reality behind the news.

Bobô -- Inês Oliveira, Portugal -- International Premiere
Sofia lives a strangely isolated life in the old apartment where she grew up in Lisbon. Mariama arrives from Guinea-Bissau, having been hired by Sofia’s mother to help take care of the house and her son. The appearance of Bobô, Mariama’s younger sister, awakens in Sofia the desire to take a stand. The forced cohabitation between Sofia and Mariama forces them to confront their own private ghosts.

Border -- Alessio Cremonini, Italy -- World Premiere
Two sisters, Aya and Fatima, live in Syria, at the epicenter of the fighting between police and Shabiha. Shady, Fatima’s husband, deserted the family and joined the rebels of the Syrian Free Army. The only chance the sisters have to survive is to cross the Turkish border.

Canopy -- Aaron Wilson, Australia -- World Premiere
It is wartime in Singapore, 1942. An Australian fighter pilot shot down in combat awakens suspended in the treetops. As night devours day, he must navigate through dangerous jungle in search of sanctuary. With minimal dialogue and showcasing a remarkable soundscape, Canopy is an immersive, beautifully shot cinematic experience about the collisions of war and nature and its subsequent toll on humanity.

Fat -- Mark Phinney, USA -- World Premiere
Addicted to food, and in bad health, Ken (Mel Rodriguez) is headed to an early grave. Despite advice from his friends, he is stubbornly set in his ways—but a chance encounter might just give him the motivation he needs. Based on Mark Phinney's own experiences and writings on the subject, Fat deals with food addiction in a gritty, authentic way, revealing the deep emotional roots of Ken’s struggles. Shot in Boston (and financed through crowdfunding), Fat peers into the darkness of depression and obesity, with no apologies.

Giraffada -- Rani Massalha, France/Germany/Italy/Palestine -- World Premiere
Yacine is the veterinarian of the only zoo remaining in the Palestinian West Bank. He lives alone with his 10-year old son, Ziad, who has a special bond with the two giraffes in the zoo. After an Israeli air raid, the male giraffe dies and his mate, Rita, won’t survive unless the veterinarian finds her a new companion. The only zoo that might provide this animal is located in Tel Aviv. Giraffada is the uncanny story of a heist… of a giraffe.

I Am Yours (Jeg Er Din) -- Iram Haq, Norway -- International Premiere
I Am Yours is a portrait of Mina, a young Norwegian-Pakistani single mother. Mina is constantly looking for love however none of her relationships bear any hope of lasting very long. Then Mina meets Jesper, and her fortunes seem to change…

Ilo Ilo -- Anthony Chen, Singapore -- North American Premiere
Teresa, a Filipino immigrant, is hired as a live-in-maid by a family in Singapore. After some initial trouble, she forms a unique bond with grade-schooler Jiale, which in turn alters the relationship between her and the other members of the family, as between Jiale and his overstressed parents.

The Militant (El Lugar Del Hijo) -- Manolo Nieto, Uruguay -- World Premiere
A university student involved in militant leftist activism is faced with some difficult decisions when his father suddenly dies, leaving him in charge of their troubled ranch and forcing him to take on the role of a middle class landowner.

Miracle (Zázrak) -- Juraj Lehotsky, Slovakia/Czech Republic -- International Premiere
Miracles is the story of 15-year-old Ela who is sent to a re-education centre. She yearns for love, but is not allowed to love. Despite all the restrictions, she decides to live her life to the fullest.

My Love Awaits Me by the Sea (Habibi Bistanani And il Bahar) -- Mais Darwazah, Germany/Jordan/Palestine/Qatar -- World Premiere
My Love Awaits Me by the Sea is filmmaker Mais Darwazah’s personal journey of self-discovery to “a place that only exists in your mind”. Retracing the last steps of late artist Hasan Hourani — a lover whom she has never met — she meets characters and visits their intimate worlds in search of ‘the dream', and sees how it is still alive within modern day Palestine, even amidst a very different reality of the outside world of occupation.

Of Good Report -- Jahmil X.T. Qubeka, South Africa -- International Premiere
Schoolteacher Parker Sithole (Mothusi Magano) has arrived in a rural South African township with no local connections, but his unassuming disposition inspires trust and sympathy, and he is deemed “of good report” with a glowing recommendation from his previous employer. But when he falls in love with a young woman only to discover that she is one of his new pupils, their love story goes awry, and secrets and obsession tear them apart. Controversial and uncompromising, Of Good Report is not your typical crime of passion.

Palo Alto -- Gia Coppola, USA -- North American Premiere
Teddy, April, Fred and Emily are teens left largely to their own devices due to parental foolishness and neglect. They seek diversion and connectedness in each other's company, wandering through the homes, parks and playgrounds of their tree-lined suburb. But communication is so very difficult. They struggle to articulate their feelings. Their parties may be wild and raucous... but they are alone. Starring James Franco, Emma Roberts, Jack Kilmer, Nat Wolff and Zoe Levin.

Paradise (Paraiso) -- Mariana Chenillo, Mexico -- World Premiere
Overweight childhood sweethearts Carmen and Alfredo have re-located from the suburbs to the city. Feeling out of her element and subconscious about her body, Carmen joins a weight loss program and asks her husband to join. Ironically, he sheds the pounds and the distance between them grows, putting their relationship to the test.

Salvation Army (L'Armée du salut) -- Abdellah Taïa, France -- North American Premiere
The story of Abdellah’s coming of age in two parts — first as a teenager in Morocco, the second as a university student in Geneva. Inspired by the filmmaker’s own autobiographical novel that carries the same title, Salvation Army is as much a film about inhibition, hypocrisy, brutality, and shame as it is about desire, love, dignity and survival.

South is Nothing (Il Sud è Niente) -- Fabio Mollo, France/Italy -- World Premiere
Grazia lives in a small town on the Strait of Messina (Southern Italy) with her father, Cristiano, who sells dried fish. She was 12 when her older brother Pietro emigrated to Germany and never came back. One day, Cristiano says that Pietro is dead and he never wants to talk about it again.

The Stag -- John Butler, Ireland -- World Premiere
At his fiancée’s urging, a very modern Irish groom-to-be reluctantly agrees to a stag weekend with his friends, camping in the western wilderness of Ireland. Much to their chagrin, these modern men are joined by the brother of the bride, a crazy, unpredictable alpha male known as “The Machine”, and an explosive Id to their collective Ego. The Machine is a force of nature, and under his leadership, the men—stripped of modern comfort, convenience and, finally, clothing—must begin their journey into the wild.

The Summer of Flying Fish (El verano de los peces voladores) -- Marcela Said, Chile/France -- North American Premiere
Manena is a very determined teenager, and the darling daughter of Pancho, a rich Chilean landowner who devotes his vacations to a single obsession: the extermination of carp fish that invade his artificial lagoon. As he resorts to more and more extreme methods, Manena experiences her first love, deception, and discovers a world that silently co-exists alongside her own: that of the Mapuche Indian workers who claim access to these lands… and who stand up to her father.

Trap Street (Shuyin Jie) -- Vivian Qu, China -- North American Premiere
Li Qiuming is a young trainee at a digital mapping company. One day while out surveying, Qiuming has a brief encounter with an attractive woman who disappears into a quiet alley. He soon learns that the data he collected of this alley cannot register in his company’s mapping system. He goes back to the area for a second survey…

Canadian films previously announced in the Discovery programme include: Gia Milani’s All the Wrong Reasons, Jeff Barnaby’s Rhymes for Young Ghouls and Chloé Robichaud’s Sarah Prefers to Run.


10 more titles complete the Masters section, spotlighting the latest from the world’s most influential arthouse filmmakers. This year's program includes World Premieres from Quebecois directors Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires along with Finnish filmmaker Pirjo Honkasalo. There are North American premieres from Jia Zhangke, Jafar Panahi, Kim Ki-duk, Edgar Rietz, and Claire Denis.


A Touch of Sin (Tian zhu ding) -- Jia Zhangke, China/Japan -- North American Premiere
An angry miner, enraged by the corruption of his village leaders, takes action. A rootless migrant discovers the infinite possibilities that owning a firearm can offer. A pretty receptionist working in a sauna is pushed to the limit when a wealthy client assaults her. A young factory worker goes from one discouraging job to the next, only to face increasingly degrading circumstances. Four people, four different provinces.

Abuse of Weakness (Abus de Faiblesse) -- Catherine Breillat, France/Belgium/Germany -- World Premiere
An extraordinary collaboration between two legends of French cinema, Catherine Breillat’s brutally candid autobiographical drama stars Isabelle Huppert as a stroke-afflicted filmmaker manipulated by a notorious con man.

Bastards (Les Salauds) -- Claire Denis, France -- North American Premiere
Supertanker captain Marco Silvestri is called back urgently to Paris. His sister Sandra is desperate; her husband has committed suicide, the family business has gone under, and her daughter is spiraling downwards. Sandra holds powerful businessman Edouard Laporte responsible. Marco moves into the building where Laporte has installed his mistress and her son, but he isn’t prepared for Sandra’s secrets, which muddy the waters. Starring Vincent Lindon and Chiara Mastroianni.

Closed Curtain (Parde) -- Kambozia Partovi and Jafar Panahi, Iran -- North American Premiere
A house by the sea; the curtains are pulled shut, the windows covered with black. Inside, a man is hiding with his dog. He is writing a screenplay, when suddenly a mysterious young woman appears and refuses to leave, much to the writer’s annoyance. But at daybreak, another arrival will flip everyone’s perspective.

Concrete Night -- Pirjo Honkasalo, Finland/Sweden/ Denmark -- World Premiere
A 14-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger generations, and the ways we do it.

Home From Home – Chronicle of a Vision (Die Andere Heimat - Chronik einer Sehnsucht) -- Edgar Reitz, Germany/France-- North American Premiere
Edgar Reitz tells this dramatic story of love and family against the backdrop of rural Germany in the mid-19th century, a time when entire poverty-stricken villages emigrated to faraway South America. The story centres on two brothers who have to decide whether they will stay or go.

How Strange to be Named Federico: Scola Narrates Fellini (Che strano chiamarsi Federico: Scola racconta Fellini) -- Ettore Scola, Italy -- International Premiere
On the 20th anniversary of Federico Fellini’s death, Ettore Scola, a devoted admirer of the incomparable maestro, commemorates the lesser-known aspects of Fellini’s personality, employing interviews, photographs, behind-the-scenes footage as well as Fellini’s drawings and film clips.

Moebius -- Kim Ki-duk, South Korea -- North American Premiere
South Korea’s celebrated perennial provocateur Kim Ki-duk (Pieta) returns with this twisted family chronicle perched somewhere between psychological thriller, grotesque comedy and perverse ode to the pleasures of sadomasochism.

Norte, The End of History (Norte, Hangganan ng Kasaysayan) -- Lav Diaz, Philippines -- North American Premiere
In Philippine cinematic luminary Lav Diaz’s latest work, partially influenced by Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, a man is accused of murder while the real killer roams free.

Our Sunhi (Uri Sunhi) -- Hong Sangsoo, South Korea -- North American Premiere
Korean auteur Hong Sang-soo’s latest follows an aspiring young filmmaker who becomes the object of desire for three very different men, in this smart, resonant dramedy.

Quebecois filmmakers Robert Lepage and Pedro Pires’s Triptych (Triptyque) was previously announced as part of the Canadian features lineup.


The tenth and final Midnight Madness film has now been announced. The other nine films in the lineup can be found HERE.


Witching & Bitching (Las brujas de Zugarramurdi) -- Alex de la Iglesia, Spain/France -- World Premiere
Desperate dad José and his friends run from a coven of witches hell-bent on their souls and on the 25,000 wedding rings the guys stole from a Cash-for-Gold shop in a desperate attempt to escape their lives of wife troubles. Witching & Bitching marks the seventh film by cult-favourite Spanish genre specialist Alex de la Iglesia (The Last Circus) to be screened at TIFF.


The nine events in this year's Mavericks program features five world premiere screenings plus on-stage appearances by Spike Jonze, Harvey Weinstein, Beeban Kidron, Irrfan Khan, Ron Howard, and Ken Taylor. "In Mavericks, we look for lively topics and great conversationalists," said Thom Powers, Mavericks lead programmer. "This year’s lineup includes great cinematic innovators and showcases film intersecting with music, art, technology, and politics. They are one-of-a-kind events."


Featuring one of the greatest lineups ever assembled — including Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, The Who, Kanye West, and Alicia Keys — this extraordinary concert film, produced by Amir Bar-Lev, documents the event that would raise over 30 million dollars to aid the victims of Hurricane Sandy. Following this world premiere screening, the Festival welcomes concert co-organizer Harvey Weinstein for a live discussion.

For No Good Reason
For No Good Reason explores the connection between life and art, seen through the eyes of seminal British artist Ralph Steadman. We take a trip through the wild and dark days of Steadman as he recalls adventures such as travelling with Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas author Hunter S Thompson to see the Rumble in the Jungle; or engaging in gun fights with literary giant William S Burroughs. The framework of the documentary is a visit to Steadman’s studio by Johnny Depp. Director Charlie Paul spent 15 years meticulously amassing the footage and creating the remarkable animations for the film to match the same anarchic energy, anger and free spirit of Steadman's pictures. The audience is able to reach to the heart of what makes this artist tick, discover his friendships and fallings out, his love for art and his passion for civil liberties. As part of the Future Projections programme, the Festival also proudly presents the world premiere of the Ralph Steadman For No Good Reason installation at the CIBC Canadian Film Gallery at TIFF Bell Lightbox, which runs daily from September 5 to 15.

In Conversation With… Irrfan Khan
The Festival is delighted to welcome Bollywood screen legend Irrfan Kahn (appearing at the Festival in The Lunchbox and Qissa) for an in-depth onstage discussion of his storied filmography, which includes the Academy Award–winning features Slumdog Millionaire and Life of Pi.

In Conversation With… Spike Jonze
Since bursting onto the scene with groundbreaking music videos for the likes of Daft Punk, Björk and the Beastie Boys, actor, photographer, and filmmaker Spike Jonze (Being John Malkovich, Adaptation) has become one of cinema’s most inventive, irreverent, and visionary talents. This unique interactive session will survey Jonze’s singular career and offer the audience an exclusive preview of his highly-anticipated new project, Her — an original love story, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Scarlett Johansson, that explores the evolving nature, and the risks, of intimacy in the modern world.

In a short span of time, our lives have been transformed by mobile phones and internet technologies — what does this mean, particularly for a generation who’s never known anything else? Beeban Kidron’s (Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason) timely and insightful documentary encourages us to think critically about our adoption of technology.

Made in America
Director Ron Howard takes audiences behind the scenes of Jay Z's maiden voyage as curator of an ambitious and wildly diverse music festival in Philadelphia. Made in America examines the roots of Jay Z's vision and unique leadership abilities, the challenges of staging such an event and the individual journeys artists and everyday people had taken to arrive at this point in popular culture. Exciting and inspirational, the film showcases performers from all genres of music including Pearl Jam, Janelle Monáe, Skrillex, Run–D.M.C. and Jay Z himself. Following this world premiere screening, Academy Award–winning filmmaker Ron Howard will be on-stage for a live conversation.

Our Man In Tehran
Our Man In Tehran — which chronicles the true story behind Argo’s Hollywood embellishments — reveals new information about the true story of Canadian Ambassador Ken Taylor and the CIA, the secret dealings between the US and Canadian governments to rescue six fugitive American diplomats, and the covert planning of the military rescue “Operation Eagle Claw” during the Iranian Hostage Crisis of 1979. In conjunction with the world premiere of Drew Taylor and Larry Weinstein’s in-depth documentary, the Festival is proud to present a conversation with the venerable Ken Taylor, Canada’s former ambassador to Iran, who personally sheltered the six Americans in the operation that became known as "the Canadian Caper."

What is Cinema? (Qu'est ce que le cinéma?)
Significant cinema is far more than story-telling. It contains moments of truth that can’t be expressed any other way except through cinematic style. Just what cinema is and could be is explored with over 100 clips, many of them surprising, and through interviews with the likes of Alfred Hitchcock, Akira Kurosawa, Robert Bresson and David Lynch, in What is Cinema?, documentarian Chuck Workman’s engrossing visual essay about mastery of cinematic form. The world premiere will be followed by an on-stage conversation with the filmmaker.

Women & Film 40th Anniversary
preceded by I Am Somebody
In celebration of the 40th anniversary of the Toronto Women & Film Festival, founder, scholar and former programmer Kay Armatage joins us for an onstage discussion with director Madeline Anderson, preceded by a special screening of Anderson’s short film, I Am Somebody, which screened at the original event. The film documents 400 hospital workers who went on strike to fight for union rights, equal pay for equal work, dignity and respect. All but 12 of the workers were women, and all of them were black. This struggle took place in Charleston, South Carolina and it was one of the last of the coalitions between civil rights and labour.


The Future Projections program takes the moving image from the cinema to the gallery — and beyond. This year, the popular and provocative city-wide program is largely devoted to a single exhibition: David Cronenberg: Transformation — the visual art component of TIFF’s multi-faceted 2013 endeavour, The Cronenberg Project. Housed at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA), the exhibition, curated by Noah Cowan and David Liss, sees six significant artists responding to a specific theme in filmmaker David Cronenberg’s work: the yearning to witness the next stage of human evolution. Artists include: Candice Breitz, James Coupe, Marcel Dzama, Jeremy Shaw, Jamie Shovlin, and Laurel Woodcock. The exhibition runs from September 5 to December 29, 2013. All Future Projections presentations are free and open to the public during the Festival.


Grosse Fatigue, 2013 -- North American Premiere
Multidisciplinary artist Camille Henrot won the Silver Lion for best young promising artist at this year’s Venice Biennale for her heady “encyclopedic” video, which mixes slam poetry-style narration with a percussive soundtrack as it describes an increasingly breathless excursion through the history of the universe. Presented in collaboration with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15.

Ralph Steadman For No Good Reason, 1970 to 2013 -- World Premiere
As a complement to the documentary of the same title screening in the Festival’s Mavericks section, this exhibition highlights the work of the legendary illustrator, Ralph Steadman, whose distinctively grotesque drawings — most famously for the books of Hunter S. Thompson — have placed him in the exalted company of artists Saul Steinberg and Robert Crumb. Presented at CIBC Canadian Film Gallery, TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15.

Sweat, 2012 -- World Premiere
Projected every night of the Festival onto the facade of the Drake Hotel, the new work from Radical Friend (Los Angeles-based directing duo Kirby McClure and Julia Grigorian) randomly collages images from contemporary mass culture’s darker expressions — murder, bikers, deserts — into a hypnotic, dystopic, multi-layered projection wall. Presented in collaboration with The Drake Hotel, 1150 Queen Street West. Video installation runs from dusk till dawn. September 5 to 15.

The following installations make up David Cronenberg: Transformation.

Treatment, 2013 -- World Premiere
In this fascinating, unnervingly ingenious new work, media artist Candice Breitz deploys her therapist, her parents and herself to redub a trio of key scenes from David Cronenberg’s eerily personal 1979 horror film The Brood, flushing out the film’s universal themes of marital disintegration and parental anxiety. Presented and organized in partnership with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15. Exhibition continues until December 29, 2013.

Une Danse des Bouffons (or A Jester's Dance), 2013 -- World Premiere
The new film by Canadian-born multidisciplinary artist Marcel Dzama (featuring music by Arcade Fire and an appearance by former Sonic Youth frontwoman Kim Gordon) pays oblique tribute to the cinema of David Cronenberg while dropping playful art-historical quotations from Duchamp to Picasso, Beuys to Orsler. Presented and organized in partnership with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15. Exhibition continues until December 29, 2013.

Swarm, 2013 -- World Premiere
United Kingdom-born, Seattle-based artist James Coupe fuses surveillance technology and social media in his new, JG Ballard-inspired installation. Presented and organized in partnership with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15. Exhibition continues until December 29, 2013.

Introduction to the Memory Personality, 2012/2013 -- North American Premiere
For this startling new variation on his acclaimed installation Introduction to the Memory Personality, Jeremy Shaw places the spectator alone in a kind of cabin, where strategies around hypnotism and mind manipulation generate a profound sense of dread, a feeling that a buried taboo — in the form of a foreign body — has been shot directly into the brain. Presented and organized in partnership with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15. Exhibition continues until December 29, 2013.

Rough Cut (Hiker Meat), 2012-2013 -- World Premiere
The new project from British conceptual artist Jamie Shovlin is a fabricated documentary about the imaginary exploitation film Hiker Meat, which Shovlin created by splicing together 1,500 separate sequences from myriad low-budget slasher films from the last 30 years. Presented and organized in partnership with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15. Exhibition continues until December 29, 2013.

walkthrough, 2013 -- World Premiere
The newest installment of Laurel Woodcock’s site-specific series continues her exploration of the relationship between cinema and the written word by culling slug lines from the screenplays of David Cronenberg’s films and scattering them throughout the galleries of MOCCA. Presented and organized in partnership with MOCCA, 952 Queen Street West. Runs daily, September 5 to 15. Exhibition continues until December 29, 2013


JASON REITMAN’S LIVE READ -- Jason Reitman’s Live Read returns for an all-star read-through featuring a surprise cast.

The Festival proudly welcomes back Jason Reitman’s Live Read — a unique event in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. With no rehearsal, the actors come together for a one-take read-through with Reitman narrating stage direction. In 2012, the Festival welcomed Reitman and an all-star cast — including Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Adam Driver, Sarah Gadon and George Stroumboulopoulos — for a live table read of Alan Ball’s screenplay for American Beauty. This year, Reitman is back with a surprise script from a modern classic and a new cast at the Ryerson Theatre on Friday, September 6. Details, including cast and script, for the 2013 Live Read event will be announced in early September.

Jason Reitman created Live Read in October 2011, in collaboration with Elvis Mitchell, for the film society of Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA). The six month hit series featured Breakfast Club (Jennifer Garner and Aaron Paul), The Apartment (Steve Carell and Natalie Portman), The Princess Bride (Paul Rudd), Shampoo (Bradley Cooper and Kate Hudson), The Big Lebowski (Seth Rogen), and Reservoir Dogs, featuring an all-African American cast including actors Laurence Fishburne and Terrence Howard.


IMAX -- New this year, audiences are invited to be part of the action with two official Festival selections and two special screenings presented in spectacular IMAX.

Gravity -- Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom (Special Presentations) -- North American Premiere
Gravity is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls its audience into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer accompanied on her first shuttle mission by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

Man of Tai Chi -- Keanu Reeves, USA/China (Special Presentations) -- North American Premiere
Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut with this spectacular martial-arts epic starring former Matrix stuntman Tiger Chen as a young martial artist whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. Featuring fight choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping.

Metallica Through the Never -- Nimród Antal, Canada/USA -- World Premiere
Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines) stars as a Metallica roadie dispatched to hell and back in this mind-blowing mash-up of concert film and post-apocalyptic adventure, presented in IMAX 3D.

The Wizard of Oz -- Victor Fleming, USA -- World Premiere
Experience Judy Garland’s over-the-rainbow adventure in vivid new detail with this IMAX 3D presentation of Victor Fleming’s family classic.


TIFF NEXT WAVE COMMITTEE -- The youth-driven TIFF Next Wave Committee is a group of 12 film enthusiasts aged 15 to 18. The Committee has identified Festival films that will appeal specifically to the next generation of movie lovers. 2013 selections include:

Around the Block -- Sarah Spillane, Australia (Discovery) -- World Premiere
Beneath the Harvest Sky -- Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, USA (Discovery) -- World Premiere
Exit Marrakech -- Caroline Link, Germany (Special Presentations) -- International Premiere
The Finishers -- Nils Tavernier, Belgium/France (Special Presentations) -- World Premiere
The F Word -- Michael Dowse Canada/Ireland (Special Presentations) -- World Premiere
Giraffada -- Rani Massalha, France/Germany/Italy/Palestine (Discovery) -- World Premiere
How I Live Now -- Kevin Macdonald, United Kingdom (Special Presentations) -- World Premiere
Palo Alto -- Gia Coppola, USA (Discovery) -- North American Premiere
The Square -- Jehane Noujaim, Egypt/USA (TIFF Docs) -- World Premiere
Tracks -- John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia (Special Presentations) -- North American Premiere


MANIFESTO -- Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. New to the Festival this year, Manifesto identifies selections programmed for a diverse audience interested in the urban arts.

All Is By My Side -- John Ridley, United Kingdom/Ireland (Special Presentations) -- World Premiere
Belle -- Amma Asante, United Kingdom (Special Presentations) -- World Premiere
Cristo Rey -- Leticia Tonos Paniagua, Dominican Republic/France/Haiti (Contemporary World Cinema) -- World Premiere
Empire of Dirt -- Peter Stebbings, Canada (Contemporary World Cinema) -- World Premiere
Half of a Yellow Sun -- Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/United Kingdom (Special Presentations) -- North American Premiere
Made in America -- Ron Howard, USA (Mavericks) -- World Premiere
Omar -- Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine (Special Presentations) -- North American Premiere
Starred Up -- David Mackenzie, United Kingdom (Special Presentations) -- World Premiere
Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon -- Mike Meyers, USA (Gala) -- World Premiere
Words and Pictures -- Fred Schepisi, USA (Gala) -- World Premiere


Larry Richman

Larry Richman

For 20 years I was a professional in the entertainment industry, from commercial broadcast radio in America's fourth largest market to band management to record production. But my passion is independent film, and I spend much of the year traveling to film festivals to see indies and meet the actors, directors, and others responsible for creating them. I'm a writer, photographer, and videographer, currently serving as Senior Vice President for Media & Technology and Public Relations at PROnetworks as well as Editor at Larry411.com

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