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'Cloud Atlas,' 'Looper,' 'Argo,' 'To The Wonder,' 'A Place Beyond The Pines' Lead Amazing 2012 TIFF Line-Up

by Oliver Lyttelton
July 24, 2012 7:09 AM
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Toronto Line-Up 2012 Cloud Atlas Looper To The Wonder Place Beyond The Pines

So this morning, Variety spilled the beans on the first wave of announcements for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, and... boy, it looks like a great year. So much so that we wonder how much is left over for other fall festivals like Venice or Telluride. A few of the most anticipated films won't be world premieres, suggesting that they'll be popping up elsewhere shortly before, but we count 40 films announced so far as world premieres, among them films that are sure to make major waves.

Among the films that are only North American or International Premieres, the biggest is undoubtedly Terrence Malick's much-anticipated new film "To The Wonder," with Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz and Javier Bardem. Question of where it would premiere, or even if it would premiere at all in 2012, have been flying for some time, but the film will get its North American premiere as a Special Presentation at the festival, suggesting the long-rumored Venice bow is in the cards. Joe Wright's "Anna Karenina" and Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" will also bow elsewhere -- likely Venice too -- while other International Premieres include Cannes entries "No," "Reality," "Rust And Bone" and "The Hunt," and Cate Shortland's "Lore."

As for world premieres, the festival will open on September 6th with Rian Johnson's sci-fi thriller "Looper," while some of the starrier bows with Oscar hopes include "Cloud Atlas," from The Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer, Ben Affleck's "Argo" and David O. Russell's "The Silver Linings Playbook." Other notable films include Mike Newell's new take on "Great Expectations," Bill Murray as FDR in "Hyde Park On Hudson," cult novel adaptation "The Perks Of Being a Wallflower," Kristen Wiig in "Imogene" and "Much Ado About Nothing," the Shakespeare adaptation from "The Avengers" director Joss Whedon.

Perhaps the biggest surprise in the line-up: "Frances Ha," a new film from Noah Baumbach, starring his girlfriend Greta Gerwig, which we suspect is the film that the actress wrote herself, which she described as "a love story about girls. It’s a girl who’s in love with her best friend, but not sexually. It’s sort of that moment when you realise, 'Oh, so we won’t all move in together,' and you’re going to move on with your life." It's something of a coup for someone like Baumbach to make a whole film without anyone noticing, and we're fascinated to hear more.

Films premiering from around the world include Neil Jordan's "Byzantium;" Dustin Hoffman's "Quartet;" Sally Potter's "Ginger And Rosa," with Elle Fanning and Annette Bening; animated Monty Python biopic "A Liar's Autobiography;" Laurent Cantet's "Foxfire," the long-awaited follow up to his "The Class;" Francois Ozon's latest "In The House;" J.A. Bayona's "The Impossible" starring Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts; "Mr. Pip," starring Hugh Laurie, and new films from Costa-Gavras, Baltasar Kormakur and Lu Chuan.

Phew. That's a pretty impressive line-up, even by the usual standards of Toronto. There are more announcements to come in the coming weeks, and we'll dig deeper into the line-up closer to the start of the festival, but in the meantime, if you were considering heading to Canada for TIFF this year, we suspect you just made your mind up. It gets underway on September 6th, and runs until the 16th of the month.

World Premieres
"Looper" (Rian Johnson) (Opening Film)
"Cloud Atlas" (The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer)
"Argo" (Ben Affleck)
"The Silver Linings Playbook" (David O Russell)
"Love, Marilyn" (Liz Garbus)
"Free Angela And All Political Prisoners" (Shola Lynch)
"The Place Beyond The Pines" (Derek Cianfrance)
"Midnight's Children" (Deepa Mehta)
"Hyde Park On Hudson" (Roger Michell)
"Great Expectations" (Mike Newell)
"Inescapable" (Rubba Nadda)
"Twice Born" (Sergio Castellitto)
"English Vinglish" (Gauri Shinde)
"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" (Stephen Chbosky)
"Thanks For Sharing" (Stuart Blumberg)
"End Of Watch" (David Ayer)
"Imogene" (Robert Puccini and Shari Springer Berman)
"A Late Quartet" (Yaron Zilberman)
"Much Ado About Nothing" (Joss Whedon)
"Frances Ha" (Noah Baumbach)
"The Time Being" (Nenad Cicin-Sain)
"Writers" (Josh Boone)
"At Any Price" (Ramin Bahrani)
"Venus And Serena" (Maiken Baird)
"Byzantium" (Neil Jordan)
"Quartet" (Dustin Hoffman)
"Ginger And Rosa" (Sally Potter)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (Ben Timlett, Bill JOnes, Jeff Simpson)
"Foxfire" (Laurnet Cantet)
"In The House" (Francois Ozon)
"The Impossible" (JA Bayona
"Hannah Arendt (Margarethe Von Trotta)
"Mr. Pip" (Andrew Adamson)
"Capital" (Costa-Gavras"
"The Attack" (Ziad Doueriri)
"Zaytoun" (Eran Riklis)
"The Deep" (Baltasar Kormakur)
"Dreams For Sale (Nishikawa Miwa)
"The Last Supper" (Lu Chuan)

International/North American Premieres
"To The Wonder" (Terrence Malick)
"Anna Karenina" (Joe Wright)
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (Mira Nair)
"The Company You Keep" (Robert Redford)
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" (Billy Bob Thornton)
"A Royal Affair" (Nikolai Arcel)
"Dangerous Liasons" (Hur Ji-Ho)
"Thermae Romae" (Hideki Takeuchi)
"Caught IN THe Web" (Chen Kaige)
"Dormant Beauty" (Marco Belloccchio)
"Everybody Has A Plan" (Ana Piterbarg) w/Viggo Mortensen
"Kon-Tiki" (Espen Sandberg
"Reality" (Matteo Garrone)
"A Few Hours Of Spring" (Stephan Brize)
"The Hunt" (Thomas Vintenberg)
"The Iceman" (Ariel Vromen)
"Lore" (Cate Shortland)
"No" (Pablo Larrain)
"OUtrage Beyond" (Takeshi Kitano)
"Rust And Bone" (Jacques Audiard)
"The Sapphires" (Wayne Blair)
"Tai Chi O" (Stephen Fung)

Canadian Premiere
"The Sessions" (Ben Lewis)

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  • steandric | July 24, 2012 2:54 PMReply

    Great news from the TIFF that "The Impossible, starring: "Principal Cast: Naomi Watts, Tom Holland, Samuel Joslin, Oaklee Pendergast, Ewan McGregor." will be shown at the festival.

  • NellieBly | July 24, 2012 2:18 PMReply

    This is a really great line-up. It looks so much better than last year.

  • Ben | July 24, 2012 11:53 AMReply

    Don't some of the films that are "North American Premieres" at Toronto actually premiere at Telluride (for example: the Descendants last year)? I'm going to Telluride this year and was really hoping to see some of these films there.

  • Jack | July 24, 2012 11:33 AMReply

    Really excited about "Much Ado About Nothing" & "Looper"

  • Kate | July 24, 2012 11:22 AMReply

    The official press release from TIFF has 'At Any Price' only as North American premiere, not world premiere (I guess Variety got that wrong). I assume it will play in Venice then.

  • Johnny-Ronny | July 24, 2012 11:20 AMReply

    Look out for Kon-Tiki. Very promising premise based on a true story, and will definitely look beautiful.


  • DG | July 24, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    Stoked to see Ginger and Rosa on there even though I didn't know that's what it was called. Looper and Place Beyond the Pines look amazing too. Wish I could go to this

  • Lorenzo | July 24, 2012 11:01 AMReply

    Anyway, I would not compare Toronto to Venice. The two are way too different. Toronto is a big commercial showcase that usually plays safe. Venice is a cultural fest that needs to experiment, to present new names, young talents, not celebs only.

  • Lorenzo | July 24, 2012 12:46 PM

    350 films in 11 days is crazy! How many will be really viewed? How many will be left to their own resources? I think the ones with big names in will be favoured ant the others will stand in the background.

  • MAL | July 24, 2012 11:31 AM

    It is clear you have never attended TIFF. With more than 350 films in 11 days, I assure you there are many, many names you would never have heard of. In fact, sizable programs within the festival showcase experimental films and new talent (Wavelengths and Discovery respectively). Certainly the media covers the big names, stars and commercial American films, but I can assure you as a long-time attendee that the "big commercial showcase" represents only a small percentage (probably 20 per cent or less) of the entire festival.

  • Christopher Schobert | July 24, 2012 10:57 AMReply

    Bit surprising that Haneke's "Amour" is not on the list. Wonder if it may still be added.

  • THAT GUY. | July 24, 2012 10:52 AMReply

    Any word on where Harmony Korine's Spring Breakers is going to land at?

  • jon | July 24, 2012 9:57 AMReply

    Re: TO THE WONDER. Finally!!!

  • Lorenzo | July 24, 2012 9:43 AMReply

    ... and THE MASTER?

  • Mac | July 24, 2012 9:03 AMReply

    "Silver Linings Playbook" and "Cloud Atlas" have very good early word of mouth. Man, this is some lineup.

  • Ken | July 24, 2012 8:26 AMReply

    Wow. Noah Baumbach with a new film, how'd you guys miss that? lol... I'm assuming it's super super low budget

  • Dw | July 24, 2012 8:17 AMReply

    Hmm no Filth? Is it possible that's not getting a 2012 release at all?

  • Kevin | July 24, 2012 9:24 AM

    "Filth" only started shooting in January, so probably won't show up on the fest circuit until 2013.

  • Travis | July 24, 2012 8:12 AMReply

    Ok, that seals it. I need to quit screwing around and go this year.

  • JD | July 24, 2012 8:06 AMReply

    Hearing great things about the Place Beyond the Pines that has been described as a cross between the Godfather and the Deer Hunter, Argo and the Silver Linings Playbook seem more flash than fire as scripts were average and didn't exactly cover any new ground. A Malick film will unquestionably get a look in as will Wright's Anna Karenina. Look for Hyde Park on Hudson to come away from Toronto generating significant buzz

  • [A] | July 24, 2012 7:52 AMReply

    Another excellent film festival I'm not able to attend.

  • Filipe Otavio | July 24, 2012 7:35 AMReply

    With "To The Wonder" and "Anna Karenina" as North Americacn premieres, this pretty much confirms that these films will be in Venice (or Telluride for the Malick film). Glad to see "The Last Supper" finally landing on a festival, and the Oscar race starts with "Cloud Atlas", "Argo", "The Silver Linings Playbook", "The Place Beyond The Pines", "Hyde Park On Hudson", "Great Expectations", and "Quartet". And will "Much Ado About Nothing" put the "The Avengers" helmer in the Oscar race too?

  • Jeff | July 24, 2012 12:06 PM

    Telluride is in North America.

  • Hi | July 24, 2012 11:43 AM

    With Anna Karenina, not necessarily. That's coming out here in the UK on September 7.

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