TIFF Interest List 2012

A list of movies I was interested in seeing at The Toronto International Film Festival in 2012.

As I watch the movies I will update this separate list.

Sources for this include The Toronto Star buzz poll, IMDb user parabola-33's TIFF 2012 Shortlist and his/her longer list and the complete list of 289 features on indieWire
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1.
To the Wonder (2012)
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After falling in love in Paris, Marina and Neil come to Oklahoma, where problems arise. Their church's Spanish-born pastor struggles with his faith, while Neil encounters a woman from his childhood. (112 mins.)
Director: Terrence Malick
“ I will give Terence Malick another try ” - Col Needham
 
2.
The Central Park Five (2012 Documentary)
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A documentary that examines the 1989 case of five black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping a white woman in Central Park. After having spent between 6 and 13 years each in prison, a serial rapist confessed to the crime. (119 mins.)
“ Good write-up on indieWire ” - Col Needham
 
3.
John Dies at the End (2012)
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A new street drug that sends its users across time and dimensions has one drawback: some people return as no longer human. Can two college dropouts save humankind from this silent, otherworldly invasion? (99 mins.)
Director: Don Coscarelli
“ Mostly for the title ” - Col Needham
 
4.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (2012)
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A young Pakistani man is chasing corporate success on Wall Street. He finds himself embroiled in a conflict between his American Dream, a hostage crisis, and the enduring call of his family's homeland. (130 mins.)
Director: Mira Nair
 
5.
Much Ado About Nothing (2012)
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A modern retelling of Shakespeare's classic comedy about two pairs of lovers with different takes on romance and a way with words. (109 mins.)
Director: Joss Whedon
 
6.
Midnight's Children (2012)
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A pair of children, born within moments of India gaining independence from Britain, grow up in the country that is nothing like their parent's generation. (146 mins.)
Director: Deepa Mehta
 
7.
Call Girl (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
A young girl is recruited from the bottom rung of society into a ruthless world where power can get you anything. (140 mins.)
“ Sounds interesting according to this news article ” - Col Needham
 
8.
The Bay (2012)
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Chaos breaks out in a small Maryland town after an ecological disaster occurs. (84 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Sounds mysterious ... no doubt I will run into Lane Kneedler at this one. ” - Col Needham
 
9.
All That Matters Is Past (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
Two brothers in their 40s are found dead in the forest. By their side lies a woman, very weak, but still alive... (105 mins.)
Director: Sara Johnsen
“ I like the plot description of this one. ” - Col Needham
 
10.
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  
To win back his ex-girlfriend, a conservative accountant enlists the help of an exotic dancer to guide him on a quest for sexual experience, leading him into a world of strip clubs, sensual massage parlors, cross-dressing and S & M. (98 mins.)
Director: Sean Garrity
 
11.
No One Lives (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A gang of ruthless highway killers kidnap a wealthy couple traveling cross country only to shockingly discover that things are not what they seem. (86 mins.)
 
12.
Everyday (2012)
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This film charts the relationship between a man imprisoned for drug smuggling and his wife and is being shot over the course of five years, a few weeks at a time. (106 mins.)
 
13.
Pusher (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  
In London, a street dealer's life spins out of control over the course of one week after he borrows money from his supplier on what's supposed to be a sure thing. (89 mins.)
Director: Luis Prieto
 
14.
Capital (2012)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The newly appointed CEO of a giant European investment bank works to hold on to his power when an American hedge fund company tries to buy out his company. (114 mins.)
Director: Costa-Gavras
 
15.
Stories We Tell (2012 Documentary)
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A film that excavates layers of myth and memory to find the elusive truth at the core of a family of storytellers. (108 mins.)
Director: Sarah Polley
 
16.
Emperor (2012)
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As the Japanese surrender at the end of WWII, Gen. Fellers is tasked with deciding if Emperor Hirohito will be hanged as a war criminal. Influencing his ruling is his quest to find Aya, an exchange student he met years earlier in the U.S. (105 mins.)
Director: Peter Webber
 
17.
A Hijacking (2012)
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The crew of a Danish cargo ship is hijacked by Somali pirates who proceed to engage in escalating negotiations with authorities in Copenhagen. (103 mins.)
Director: Tobias Lindholm