Rian Johnson's time-travel movie "Looper" will open festival; Terrence Malick, Ben Affleck, Joss Whedon, Wachowskis will also have films in Toronto
The 2012 Toronto Intenational Film Festival will kick off on September 6 with director Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller "Looper," TIFF announced on Tuesday.
The Bruce Willis/Joseph Gordon-Levitt time-travel thriller (photo below) will serve as the gala opening-night attraction at a festival whose lineup will also include the world or international premieres of Ben Affleck's "Argo," Mike Newell's "Great Expectations," Roger Michell's "Hyde Park on Hudson," David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook," Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina," Neil Jordan's "Byzantium," Costa-Gavras's "Capital," the Wachowskis' "Cloud Atlas," Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" and Derek Cianfrance's "The Place Beyond the Pines."
In additional, Toronto will showcase a number of international films that screened at the Cannes Film Festival, including Matteo Garrone's "Reality," Jacques Audiard's "Rust and Bone," Wayne Blair's "The Sapphires," Thomas Vinterberg's "The Hunt" and Pablo Larrain's "No."
"The Sessions," Ben Lewin's film that received praise at Sundance under its former title, "The Surrogate," is also part of the TIFF lineup.
Also on what an appears to be a full and deep lineup: Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut, "Quartet," "The Kids Are All Right" writer Stuart Blumberg's "Thanks for Sharing," Sally Potter's "Ginger and Rose," Noah Baumbach's "Frances Ha," Stephen Chbosky's "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," with Logan Lerman and Emma Watson, and the animated "A Liar's Autobiography – the Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman."
The festival, which will run from September 6 through September 16, also announced its new BlackBerry People's Choice Award, an audience award that will allow moviegoers to use their tickets as ballots to vote at the theater or online.
Additional films will be announced in the coming weeks.
The announced lineup:
Hur Jin-ho, China North American Premiere
Starring Dong-gun Jang, Zhang Ziyi
Gauri Shinde, India World Premiere
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners
Shola Lynch, USA/France World Premiere
Liz Garbus, USA World Premiere
Featuring Elizabeth Banks, Lindsay Lohan, Evan Rachel Wood, Ben Foster, Uma Thurman, Paul Giamatti, Viola Davis, Jeremy Piven, Ellen Burstyn, Adrien Brody, Marisa Tomei and Glenn Close.
Deepa Mehta, Canada/ United Kingdom World Premiere
Starring Satya Bhabha, Shahana Goswami, Rajat Kapoor, Seema Biswas, Shriya Saran, Siddharth, Ronit Roy, Rahul Bose, Kulbushan Kharbanda, Soha Ali Khan, Anita Majumdar, Zaib Shaikh and Darsheel Safary.
Hideki Takeuchi, Japan North American Premiere
Starring Hiroshi Abe, Aya Ueto.
A Few Hours of Spring
Stéphane Brizé, France North American Premiere
Ziad Doueiri, France World Premiere
Costa-Gavras, France World Premiere
Starring Gad Elmaleh and Gabriel Byrne.
Caught in the Web
Chen Kaige, Japan/China International Premiere
Starring Mark Chao, Chen Hong and Gao Yuanyuan.
The Deep (Djúpi•)
Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland/Norway World Premiere
Starring Ólafur Darri Ólafsson.
Marco Bellocchio, Italy/France International Premiere
Starring Isabelle Huppert, Toni Servillo, Alba Rohrwacher, Michele Riondino, Maya Sansa, Pier Giorgio Bellocchio, Brenno Placido, Fabrizio Falco, Gian Marco Tognazzi, Roberto Herlitzka.
Dreams for Sale
Nishikawa Miwa, Japan World Premiere
Starring Matsu Takako, Abe Sadavo and Tanaka Lena.
End Of Watch
David Ayer, USA World Premiere
Everybody Has A Plan
Ana Piterbarg, Argentina International Premiere
Starring Viggo Mortensen.
Laurent Cantet, France/Canada World Premiere
Starring Ali Liebert and Tamara Hope.
Margarethe von Trotta, Germany World Premiere
Starring Janet McTeer and Barbara Sukowa.
In the House
François Ozon, France World Premiere
Starring Kristin Scott Thomas.
Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg, United Kingdom/Norway/Denmark International Premiere
The Last Supper
Lu Chuan, China World Premiere
A Liar’s Autobiography — The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman
Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson, United Kingdom World Premiere
Starring Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Jones, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam, Carol Cleveland and Philip Bulcock.
Cate Shortland, Australia/United Kingdom/Germany North American Premiere
Starring Saskia Rosendahl and Kai Malina.
Andrew Adamson, New Zealand World Premiere
Starring Hugh Laurie, Xzannjah Matsi, Healesville Joel, Eka Darville and Kerry Fox.
Pablo Larraín, Chile/USA North American Premiere
Starring Gael García Bernal
Takeshi Kitano, Japan North American Premiere
Matteo Garrone, Italy/France North American Premiere
Starring Aniello Arena, Loredana Simioli, Nando Paone, Nello Iorio and Nunzia Schiano.
Wayne Blair, Australia North American Premiere
Starring Chris O'Dowd, Deborah Mailman, Jessica Mauboy, Shari Sebbens and Miranda Tapsell.
Tai Chi 0
Stephen Fung, China North American Premiere
Venus & Serena
Maiken Baird, USA World Premiere
Eran Riklis, United Kingdom/Israel World Premiere
Starring Stephen Dorff.