Thursday, August 16, 2012


Still from Looper
Now just over a month away, TIFF 2012 is set to kick-off with the first round of Films premiering in Toronto announced earlier this morning at TIFF Bell Lightbox. Only 60 Titles have been announced thus far, meaning there are several more to come these next few weeks.

As predicted here recently, Looper from Alliance Films will be making its Debut with Opening Night Gala honours. TIFF's Artistic Director Cameron Bailey, says the Film was chosen because it appeals to multiple demographics.  "Feel free to stand up and cheer. It's just a fun opening night Movie!", he tells CP24. The Time Travel Action Flick stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis and Emily Blunt.

Others Films set to premiere include:

Argo - A CIA Specialist helps six Americans who have found shelter at the home of Canadian Ambassador during the Iranian Revolution. Stars Ben Affleck, John Goodman, Bryan Cranston, Clea Duvall and Taylor Schilling.

Anna Karenina - An Aristocrat embarks on a torrid Affair with an affluent Count. Stars Keira Knightley, Kelly MacDonald, Aaron Johnson and Jude Law.

To the Wonder - A Man reconnects with a Woman from his past after his Marriage to a European Woman falls apart. Stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams and Jessica Chastain.

Silver Linings Playbook - A former Teacher who was institutionalized, returns home to reconcile matters with his Ex-Girlfriend. He meets a mysterious Woman with her own problems. Stars Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.

The Master - A Drama set in the '50s about a Man whose Faith-based Organizations begin to catch-on with the help of his Right-hand Man. Stars Philip Seymour Hoffman, Amy Adams and Joaquin Phoenix. 

The Sessions - A Man with an iron Lung contracts a Sex Therapist to help him lose his Virginity. Stars Helen Hunt, William H. Macy and John Hawkes.

End of Watch - Two young Officers are marked for death after confiscating a small amount of Money and Firearms. Stars Jake Gyllenhaal, Anna Kendrick and Michael Pena.

Imogene - A Woman fakes Suicide to win back her Ex-Boyfriend, only to wind-up having to care for her Gambling-addicted Mother. Stars Kristen Wiig, Matt Dillon, Annette Bening and Natasha Lyonne.

Song for Marion – An elderly Man gets a new lease on life with the help of a Choir Leader. Stars Terence Stamp, Vanessa Redgrave and Gemma Arterton.

What Maisie Knew – A seven-year-old Girl is caught in a custody battle between her Parents, a Rockstar Mother and Drug Dealer Father. Stars Julianne Moore, Alexander Skarsgård and Steve Coogan.

Emperor – The fate of a Japanese Emperor is in question at the end of World War II. Stars Matthew Fox and Tommy Lee Jones.

The Hunt - A Kindergarten Teacher is falsely accused of Child Abuse. Stars Mads Mikkelsen and Thomas Bo Larsen.

The Place Beyond the Pines - A Motorcycle Driver considers committing a Crime to provide for his Wife and Child. Stars Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes, Robert DeNiro, Rose Byrne and Bradley Cooper.

Quartet - A Comedy about three Seniors in a Home for retired Opera Singers. Stars Maggie Smith, Billy Connolly and Michael Gambon; Dustin Hoffman directs for the first time.

Much Ado About Nothing - The Avengers Director Joss Whedon's take on Shakespeare. Stars Amy Acker, Nathan Fillion and Clark Gregg.

Inescapable - A Drama about a Father who on a search for his daughter; stars Marisa Tomei, Alexander Siddig and Joshua Jackson.

The Company You Keep - A former Activist is on-the-run from a Journalist who discovers his true identity. Stars Robert Redford, Shia LaBeouf and Julie Christie; Redford directs.

The Perks of Being a Wallflower - A Freshman is taken under the wings of two Seniors. Stars Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Ezra Miller.

Great Expectations - An Orphan suddenly becomes a Gentleman with the help of a Benefactor. Stars Ralph Fiennes, Sally Hawkins and Helena Bonham Carter.

Cloud Atlas - Sci-Fi Epic about how individual actions can impact another in present and future. Stars Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and Hugh Grant.

Dangerous Liaisons - A glamorous and attractive Woman seduces a Man into leaving his naive Girlfriend. Stars Ziyi Zhang, Cecilia Cheung and Dong Gun Jang.

Jayne Mansfield's Car - A Drama about a Family experiencing Culture clashes in the '60s. Stars Kevin Bacon, Robert Duvall and Billy Bob Thornton; Thorton directs.

Hyde Park on Hudson - President Franklin D. Roosevelt plays Host to the King and Queen of England in June 1939. Stars Bill Murray, Laura Linney and Olivia Williams.

At Any Price - A Farmer tries to get his Son to expand his Family's farming Empire. Stars Zac Efron and Dennis Quaid.

English Vinglish - A Woman struggles to learn English in a Society where it becomes a necessity. Stars Indian Superstar Sridevi.

Thanks for Sharing - A Dramedy about recovering Sex Addicts. Stars Mark Ruffalo, Gwyneth Paltrow and Tim Robbins.

Midnight's Children Based on Salman Rushdie's Novel of the same name, Deepa Mehta's latest Effort. Stars Satya Bahba, Shriya Saran and Seema Biswas.

Aftershock - While partying in Chile, an American Tourist and his Friends are caught in the middle of a terrifying Earthquake. Stars Eli Roth and Selena Gomez.

Artifact - Documentary about Actor/Singer Jared Leto and his Band 30 Seconds to Mars' battle with thelr Label.

Rust and Bone - Emotional French Love Story starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenaerts.

Berberian Sound Studio - A Thriller about a British Sound Engineer who begins to lose grip with Reality after working with a flamboyant Italian Horror Director. Stars Toby Jones and Cosimo Fusco.

Frances Ha - An Apprentice at a Dance Company has ambitions of a better life. Stars Greta Gerwig and Mickey Sumner.

Ginger and Rosa - The Friendship of two Girls during the Cold War are shattered with their ever-changing ideologies. Stars Elle Fanning and Alice Englert.

Hellbenders - The Hellbound Saints of Brooklyn Parish are a Group of foul-mouthed Catholic Priests specializing in Exorcisms. Stars Clifton Collins Jr. and Clancy Brown.

Hotel Transylvania - Count Dracula refuses to allow his Daughter to celebrate her Birthday by leaving home. Features the Voices of Selena Gomez, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg and Kevin James.

How to Make Money Selling Drugs - Documentary about the World of Drug Trafficking and Drug Enforcement. Includes Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent and Susan Sarandon.

The Iceman - Film about Hitman Richard Kuklinski who was responsible for over 200 Murders. Stars Michael Shannon, Winona Ryder and Chris Evans.

In the House - French Film about a Student whose Essay about a Friend's Family begins to blur lines between Fiction and Reality. Stars Emmanuelle Seigner and Kristin Scott Thomas.

A Late Quartet- Drama about a String Quartet who on the verge of celebrating their 25th Anniversary, experience an explosion of unresolved feelings. Stars Christopher Walken, Catherine Keener and Phillip Seymour Hoffman.

Peaches Does Herself - Performance Artist Peaches' directorial Debut -  a Rock-Opera.

Venus & Serena - Documentary about Tennis' most famous Sisters, Venus and Serena Williams.

On the Road - As part of the Beat Generation, two young Men go on a Roller Coaster ride through the U.S. Stars Kirsten Dunst, Kristen Stewart, Garrett Hedlund and Sam Riley.

The Paperboy - A Reporter returns to his Hometown in Florida to investigate the Case of a Man on Death Row. Stars John Cusack, Matthew McConaughey, Nicole Kidman and Zac Efron.

Passion Francis Ford Coppola’s latest about two Women in the cutthroat World of Business. Stars Noomi Rapace and Rachel McAdams.

The Springbreakers – Four Girls decide to enlist the help of an expert Robber in their own Hest. Stars Heather Morris, James Franco, Selena Gomez and Vanessa Hudgens.

The Reluctant Fundamentalist -A young Pakistani Man seeking success in Wall Street, winds-up on a road back to where he came from. Stars Kiefer Sutherland, Kate Hudson and Liev Schreiber.

Peddlers - Edgy Thriller about an ex-School Teacher, a Rookie Cop and an Orphan who collide in the dangerous Underworld of Drugs. Stars Gulshan Devaiah, Siddharth Mennon and Kriti Malhotra.

A Royal Affair - Historical Drama about the Love Triangle between a Queen, her Doctor and a King. Stars Mads Mikkelsen and Alicia Vikander.

Seven Psychopaths - An alcoholic Screenwriter gets involved in a Dognapping Scheme. Stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Gabourey Sidibe, Woody Harrelson, Abbie Cornish and Christopher Walken.

Tai Chi 0 - Film by Hong Kong Acting Legend Stephen Fung about the life of Yang-lu Chan. Stars Yuan Xiaochao.

The Time Being - A young Artist accepts a series of odd commissions by a dying Millionaire. Stars Wes Bentley and Frank Langella.

Twice Born - Love Story set against the backdrop of a warn-torn Sarajevo. Stars Penélope Cruz and Emile Hirsch.

Byzantium - A pair of Female Vampires wreak havoc on an English Seaside Community. Stars Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton.

Shahid - Drama about slain Mumbai Political Activist Shahid Azmi. Stars Raj Kumar, Prabhleen Sandhu and Baljinder Kaur.

Home Again - A Story about three deported Jamaicans from England, U.S. and Canada; filmed in Toronto. Stars Tatyana Ali, Lyriq Bent and Fefe Dobson. (CANADIAN)

Antiviral – A young Man must unravel the mystery behind a Virus and also save his own life. Stars Sarah Gadon, Caleb Landry Jones and Malcolm McDowell. (CANADIAN)

Inch'Allah – A Story about a young Obstetrician based out of a Palestinian Refugee Camp and her encounter with the War. From the Same Team behind Incendies and Monsieur Lazhar. (CANADIAN)

Laurence Anyways – A Man tells his Girlfriend he wants to become a Woman. Stars Melvil Poupaud and Suzanne Clement; from young directing sensation Xavier Dolan. (CANADIAN)

Still – The Government tries stopping a Man from building a Home suited to his Wife. Stars James Cromwell and Genevieve Bujold. (CANADIAN)

Stories We Tell – Canadian Actress/Filmmaker Sarah Polley interrogates a Family of Storytellers in this Documentary. (CANADIAN)

 Full Schedule and Guest List to be announced August 21, 2012.

In the meantime, click here for the complete List thus far, Stills and Trailers.

(Photo credit: Alliance Films)