For the 38th Toronto Film Festival, the programme directors are pulling out all the stops.
There are some majorly anticipated movies among the gala and premiere presentations announced today by Piers Handling, Director and CEO of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF.
"This first round of films offers a taste of the powerhouse lineup at this year's Festival," said Handling. "These are the works that will have everyone talking because they capture the mood of the times. They will captivate, excite and entertain the global film community and audiences alike."
Some of the highlights (though there are too many to name) include festival opening film "The Fifth Estate," starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange, "August: Osage County," starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts, and James Gandolfini's second-last film, "Enough Said."
But that's just the beginning. Toronto looks to be filled with A-list celebrities and stellar cinema in early September. Mark your calendars and get ready.
Notable Toronto Film Festival 2013 Movies
Gallery | Toronto Film Festival 2013 Lineup
- "The Fifth Estate"
This dramatic thriller, based on real events, reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of modern time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society — and what are the costs of exposing them?
Also Starring: David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, Dan Stevens
- "12 Years a Slave"
"12 Years a Slave" tells the incredible true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in 1841 and finally freed in 1853. The story is a triumphant tale of one man’s courage and perseverance to reunite with his family that serves as an important historical and cultural marker in American history.Starring: Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Dano, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Giamatti, Adepero Oduye, Sarah Paulson, Brad Pitt, Michael Kenneth Williams
"Gravity" is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls its audience into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. The movie follows Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer accompanied on her first shuttle mission by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky. 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. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth … and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But their only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.
Starring: George Clooney, Sandra Bullock
- "August: Osage County"
"August: Osage County" tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose lives have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Midwest house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. Based on Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize– and Tony Award–winning 2007 play of the same name.
Starring: Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, Chris Cooper
- "Kill Your Darlings"
"Kill Your Darlings" is the true story of friendship and murder that led to the birth of an entire generation. This is the previously untold story of murder that brought together a young Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe), Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston), and William Burroughs (Ben Foster) at Columbia University in 1944, providing the spark that would lead to their Beat Revolution.
Also Starring: Dane DeHaan, Michael C. Hall, David Cross, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Elizabeth Olsen, Kyra Sedgwick
- "Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom"
"Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom" is based on South African President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography of the same name, which chronicles his early life, coming of age, education, and 27 years in prison before working to rebuild his country’s once-segregated society.
Starring: Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela and Naomie Harris as Winnie Mandela.
How far would you go to protect your family? Keller Dover (Hugh Jackman) is facing every parent’s worst nightmare. His six-year-old daughter, Anna, is missing, together with her young friend, Joy, and as minutes turn to hours, panic sets in. The only lead is a dilapidated RV that had earlier been parked on their street. Heading the investigation, Detective Loki (Jake Gyllenhaal) arrests its driver, Alex Jones (Paul Dano), but a lack of evidence forces his release. As the police pursue multiple leads and pressure mounts, knowing his child’s life is at stake the frantic Dover decides he has no choice but to take matters into his own hands. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family?
Also Starring: Melissa Leo, Maria Bello, Viola Davis and Terrence Howard.
- "Under the Skin"
The story of an alien in human form on a journey through Scotland. Part road movie, part science fiction, part real, it’s a film about seeing the world through alien eyes.
Starring: Scarlett Johansson
A gripping mix of friendship, violence and redemption erupts in the contemporary backwoods South in this adaptation of Larry Brown’s novel, celebrated at once for its grit and its deeply moving core. Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage comes back to his indie roots in the title role as the hard-living, hot-tempered ex-con Joe Ransom, who is just trying to dodge his own instinct for trouble until he meets a hard-luck kid (Tye Sheridan) who awakens in him a fierce and tender-hearted protector. Based on the novel Big Bad Love by the late Larry Brown.
- "Labor Day"
"Labor Day" centres on 13-year-old Henry Wheeler as he confronts the pangs of adolescence while struggling to be the man of the house and care for his reclusive mother, Adele. On a back-to-school shopping trip, Henry and his mother encounter Frank Chambers, a man both intimidating and clearly in need of help, who convinces them to take him into their home and later is revealed to be an escaped convict. The events of this long Labor Day weekend will shape all of them for the rest of their lives.
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Gattlin Griffith, Tobey Maguire, Clark Gregg, JK Simmons, James Van Der Beek
Two-time Academy Award winner Ron Howard teams up once again with two-time Academy Award–nominated writer Peter Morgan on "Rush" -- a spectacular big-screen re-creation of the merciless 1970s rivalry between James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) and Niki Lauda (Daniel Brühl).
Also Starring: Olivia Wilde, Alexandra Maria Lara, Pierfrancesco Favino
- "Cold Eyes"
A veteran leader of the Special Crime Department Surveillance Team and a rookie female detective with gifted powers of reasoning keep a close watch over a vicious criminal organization. After continuous surveillance and pursuit, they come close to arresting the organization but commit a fatal mistake.
Starring: Seol Kyung-gu, Jung Woo-sung, Han Hyo-joo, Lee Jun-ho, Jin Gyeong
- "Man of Tai Chi"
A young martial artist's unparalleled tai chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club.
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Tiger Chen
"Tracks" is the true story of Robyn Davidson, 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. This epic and remarkable journey into Australia’s last great frontier was captured by charismatic National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan. These challenging and emotional nine months in the desert marked a new beginning for Robyn that would change the rest of her life.
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Adam Driver
- "Mystery Road"
Detective Jay Swan returns to his outback hometown to investigate the brutal murder of a teenage girl found in a drain under a highway outside of town.
Starring: Aaron Pedersen, Ryan Kwanten, Hugo Weaving