Tuesday, July 30, 2013

TIFF 2013 Docs, City to City, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, Cinematheque Films

The festival released the films that will be appearing in the TIFF Docs, City to City, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, and Cinematheque programs. Highlights include:

  • The Unknown Known: Errol Morris' feature-length interview with Donald Rumsfeld
  • The City to City programme this year is focusing on films set in Athens
  • Horns: from Alexandre Aja (Haute yension, Piranha 3D), Daniel Radcliffe stars as a man who awakes one day with horns growing from his head after being accused of the murder of his girlfriend (Juno Temple)
  • The Green Inferno: Eli Roth's latest, a homage to Italian cannibal movies of the 70s and 80s

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

TIFF 2013 Galas and Special Presentations Announced

The festival announced the first batch of films today, in the Galas and the Special Presentations programmes.

There are 17 galas, including:

  • August: Osage County, with Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts
  • The Fifth Estate, a biopic about Julian Assange, starting Benedict Cumberbatch
  • The Grand Seduction, which would appear to be Don McKellar's remake of the 2003 French Canadian film La grande seduction, with Brendan Gleeson and Taylor Kitsch
  • Kill Your Darlings, with Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg and Ben Foster as William S. Burroughs
  • Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard's 1979 novel The Switch, starring Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins, and John Hawkes
  • The Love Punch, a caper comedy starring Pierce Brosnan and Emma Thompson
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, with Idris Elba in the title role
  • Rush, Ron Howard's latest set in the world of Formula One back in 1976, with Chris Hemsworth
There are 56 films in the Special Presentations programme, including:
  • 12 Years a Slave, from director Steve McQueen, with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard, and Benedict Cumberbatch
  • All Is By My Side, a biopic of Jimi Hendrix, with Andre Benjamin in the title role
  • Bad Words, the directorial debut of Jason Bateman
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? the latest from the writer-director of Once, John Carney, starring Mark Ruffalo, Kiera Knightly, and Catherine Keener
  • Dallas Buyers Club, with Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto, from director Jean-Marc Vallée (C.R.A.Z.Y.)
  • Devil's Knot, a dramatization of the aftermath of the 1993 West Memphis murders starting Reese Witherspoon and directed by Atom Egoyan
  • Dom Hemingway, a comic caper film with Jude Law and Richard E. Grant
  • Don Jon, from writer-director Joseph Gordon-Levitt, with Scarlett Johannsen and Julianne Moore
  • Gravity, Alfonso Cuaron's space-based drama with George Clooney and Sandra Bullock
  • Hateship Loveship, based on an Alice Munro story and starring Guy Pearce, Kristen Wiig, Nick Nolte, and Hailee Stanfield
  • The Invisible Woman, directed by and starring Ralph Fiennes as Charles Dickens
  • Joe, the latest from David Gordon Green, starring Nicolas Cage
  • Labor Day, the new film from Jason Reitman, with Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet
  • Like Father, Like Son, Hirokazu Kore-Eda's latest that won the Jury Prize at Cannes this year
  • Night Moves, with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Saarsgard as eco-terrorists, from Kelly Reichardt
  • Only Lovers Left Alive, Jim Jarmusch's latest with Tom Hiddleston and Tilda Swinton as vampires
  • The Past, director Asghar Farhadi's (A Separation) latest film which won for best actress (Bérénice Bejo) at Cannes
  • Third Person, a new film from writer-director Paul Haggis, with Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, and James Franco
  • You Are Here, a comedy starring Owen Wilson, Zack Galifianakis, and Amy Poehler

Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Ticket Packages On Sale to Visa Cardholders July 3, 2013

Just a reminder that ticket packages go on sale to Visa cardholders starting Wednesday, July 3, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern time. You do not have to be a TIFF Member to purchase starting on this date, but you can only pay by Visa. If you want to pay by Amex, MasterCard, debit, or cash, you must wait until July 10, 2013 at 10:00 AM Eastern. Note debit and cash are not accepted for online sales.

Your best bet is to use the online site at http://tiff.net/thefestival, but you can also call (416) 599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433, or visit the TIFF Bell Lightbox at 350 King St W. Note that the TIFF Bell Lightbox only does sales from June 25 to August 19. Starting August 20 a special festival box office will open.

Generally, most packages do not sell out with one exception; the Premium Flex Pack sold out the first day of Member sales this year. There should be additional Premium packs available on July 3, but I would expect they will sell out that day, so if you want a Premium Flex Pack, I would recommend purchasing it as soon as possible. For all other packs you can buy at your leisure. If you are a TIFF Member that couldn't buy a Premium Flex Pack during the Member window, this is your next chance. I'm not sure if any additional packs will be added on July 10 when all payment methods are accepted.

My experiences at the Toronto International Film Festival. Note this blog is not affiliated with the Toronto International Film Festival Group or the festival itself.
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