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TIFF 2012: 62 films announced, including the opening night selection

July 24, 2012

By John C.

The first press conference of the 37th annual Toronto International Film Festival was held this morning at TIFF Bell Lightbox, where it was announced that Rian Johnson’s time jumping action thriller Looper will open the festival in style on September 6th.  In a surprising twist of fate, the entire line up was leaked by Variety an hour before Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling could make the official announcement, rendering the entire press conference kind of pointless.

The news was none the less met with excitement throughout the film industry, as a total of 62 films were announced that will be playing throughout the festival from September 6th to 16th.   With a wide range of titles ranging from major awards contenders like Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina to the international premiere of Terrence Malick’s hugely anticipated To The Wonder, it’s already shaping up to be another promising festival.  The Sundance hit The Sessions will also play as one of the Special Presentations, as will Joss Whedon’s modern take on Much Ado About Nothing.  Even more international and Canadian films will be announced over the next few weeks.

As expected, Toronto will also be premiering adaptations of two of my favourite modern novels, with David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook and the big screen version of Stephen Chbosky’s coming of age masterpiece The Perks of Being a Wallflower both set to play during the festival.  Directed by and starring Ben Affleck, the Canadian connections in the true story behind political thriller Argo make it an obvious choice for a Gala premiere and should prove to be one of the hottest films at the festival.  Fellow political thriller The Company You Keep has an all star cast headed by director Robert Redford and is also guaranteed to get people talking.  The festival has also scored the premiere of the epic Cloud Atlas, which connects several stories throughout different characters and centuries.

There are so many promising films set to play and some of the other ones that have me excited include the police thriller End of Watch, Noah Baumbach’s Frances Ha, Cannes hit The Hunt, Ryan Gosling’s The Place Beyond the Pines and the period piece Hyde Park on Hudson.  Please see the complete list of films and purchase advanced tickets right here.

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