Films of the 2013 Toronto Film Festival: World & North American Premieres

The 38th Toronto Film Festival starts September 5th with director Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate the opening night film. Of the 16 Galas and 55 Special Presentations revealed, this first slate of films includes 40 world premieres. We've ranked the films with some of the most prominent and promising placed first but, with TIFF, there will always be surprises coming from unexpected places. Here's the other programming at the festival: TIFF Docs | Midnight Madness | World Cinema | Mavericks | Discovery | Masters | Vanguard
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1.
The Fifth Estate (2013)
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A dramatic thriller based on real events that reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century's most fiercely debated organization. (128 mins.)
Director: Bill Condon
“ World Premiere and Opening Night Film ” - keithsim
 
2.
Gravity (2013)
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Two astronauts work together to survive after an accident which leaves them alone in space. (91 mins.)
Director: Alfonso Cuarón
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
3.
August: Osage County (2013)
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A look at the lives of the strong-willed women of the Weston family, whose paths have diverged until a family crisis brings them back to the Oklahoma house they grew up in, and to the dysfunctional woman who raised them. (121 mins.)
Director: John Wells
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
4.
Prisoners (2013)
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When Keller Dover's daughter and her friend go missing, he takes matters into his own hands as the police pursue multiple leads and the pressure mounts. But just how far will this desperate father go to protect his family? (153 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
5.
12 Years a Slave (2013)
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In the antebellum United States, Solomon Northup, a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. (134 mins.)
Director: Steve McQueen
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
6.
Rush (2013)
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The merciless 1970s rivalry between Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda. (123 mins.)
Director: Ron Howard
“ International Premiere ” - keithsim
 
7.
Third Person (2013)
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Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York. (137 mins.)
Director: Paul Haggis
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
8.
Philomena (2013)
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A world-weary political journalist picks up the story of a woman's search for her son, who was taken away from her decades ago after she became pregnant and was forced to live in a convent. (98 mins.)
Director: Stephen Frears
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
9.
Dallas Buyers Club (2013)
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In 1985 Dallas, electrician and hustler Ron Woodroof works around the system to help AIDS patients get the medication they need after he is diagnosed with the disease. (117 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
10.
Labor Day (2013)
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Depressed single mom Adele and her son Henry offer a wounded, fearsome man a ride. As police search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son gradually learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited. (111 mins.)
Director: Jason Reitman
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
11.
The Invisible Woman (2013)
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At the height of his career, Charles Dickens meets a younger woman who becomes his secret lover until his death. (111 mins.)
Director: Ralph Fiennes
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
12.
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom (2013)
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A chronicle of Nelson Mandela's life journey from his childhood in a rural village through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected president of South Africa. (141 mins.)
Director: Justin Chadwick
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
13.
Life of Crime (2013)
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Two common criminals get more than they bargained for after kidnapping the wife of a corrupt real-estate developer who shows no interest in paying the $1 million dollar ransom for her safe return. (98 mins.)
“ Closing Night Film ” - keithsim
 
14.
The Love Punch (2013)
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A divorced couple scheme to recover the retirement money that was stolen from them. (94 mins.)
Director: Joel Hopkins
 
15.
American Dreams in China (2013)
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The story of three friends who build a successful English language school in China called "New Dream"... (112 mins.)
Director: Peter Chan
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
16.
The Art of the Steal (2013)
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Crunch Calhoun, a semi-reformed art thief, agrees to get his old gang back together to pull off one last heist. (90 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Sobol
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
17.
Cold Eyes (2013)
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A high-tech police surveillance team attempts to take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers. (119 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
18.
The Grand Seduction (2013)
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To survive, a dying Newfoundland fishing village must convince a young doctor to take up residence by any means necessary. (113 mins.)
Director: Don McKellar
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
19.
Kill Your Darlings (2013)
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A murder in 1944 draws together the great poets of the beat generation: Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William Burroughs. (104 mins.)
Director: John Krokidas
“ International Premiere ” - keithsim
 
20.
The Lunchbox (2013)
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A mistaken delivery in Mumbai's famously efficient lunchbox delivery system connects a young housewife to an older man in the dusk of his life as they build a fantasy world together through notes in the lunchbox. (104 mins.)
Director: Ritesh Batra
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
21.
Parkland (2013)
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A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. (93 mins.)
Director: Peter Landesman
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
22.
The Railway Man (2013)
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A former British Army officer, who was tormented as a prisoner of war at a Japanese labor camp during World War II, discovers that the man responsible for much of his treatment is still alive and sets out to confront him. (116 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
23.
The Right Kind of Wrong (2013)
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Leo the dishwasher falls in love with a bride on the day of her wedding - to another man. (97 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
24.
Shuddh Desi Romance (2013)
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A story about the hair-raising minefield between love, attraction and commitment. (141 mins.)
Director: Maneesh Sharma
“ Canadian Premiere ” - keithsim
 
25.
Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (2013 Documentary)
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The life and career of the legendary Hollywood insider, Shep Gordon. (85 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
26.
Jimi: All Is by My Side (2013)
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A drama based on Jimi Hendrix's life as he left New York City for London, where his career took off. (118 mins.)
Director: John Ridley
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
27.
Attila Marcel (2013)
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Paul is a sweet man-child, raised - and smothered - by his two eccentric aunts in Paris since the death of his parents when he was a toddler... (106 mins.)
Director: Sylvain Chomet
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
28.
Bad Words (2013)
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A spelling bee loser sets out to exact revenge by finding a loophole and attempting to win as an adult. (89 mins.)
Director: Jason Bateman
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
29.
Belle (2013)
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The mixed race daughter of a Royal Navy Admiral is raised by her aristocratic great-uncle in 18th century England. (100 mins.)
Director: Amma Asante
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
30.
Blue Is the Warmest Color (2013)
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Adèle's life is changed when she meets Emma, a young woman with blue hair, who will allow her to discover desire and to assert herself as a woman and as an adult. In front of others, Adèle grows, seeks herself, loses herself, and ultimately finds herself through love and loss. (180 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
31.
Burning Bush (2013 Mini-Series)
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Based on real characters and events, this drama focuses on the personal sacrifice of a Prague history student... (231 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
32.
Begin Again (2013)
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A chance encounter between a disgraced music-business executive and a young singer-songwriter new to Manhattan turns into a promising collaboration between the two talents. (104 mins.)
Director: John Carney
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
33.
Cannibal (2013)
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Carlos is the most prestigious tailor in Granada, but he's also a murderer in the shadows. He feels no remorse, no guilt, until Nina appears in his life and love awakens. (116 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
34.
Devil's Knot (2013)
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The savage murders of three young children sparks a controversial trial of three teenagers accused of killing the kids as part of a satanic ritual. (114 mins.)
Director: Atom Egoyan
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
35.
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him (2013)
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Told from the male perspective, the story of a couple trying to reclaim the life and love they once knew and pick up the pieces of a past that may be too far gone. (89 mins.)
Director: Ned Benson
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
36.
Dom Hemingway (2013)
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After spending 12 years in prison for keeping his mouth shut, notorious safe-cracker Dom Hemingway is back on the streets of London looking to collect what he's owed. (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Shepard
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
37.
Don Jon (2013)
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A New Jersey guy dedicated to his family, friends, and church, develops unrealistic expectations from watching porn and works to find happiness and intimacy with his potential true love. (90 mins.)
“ "Canadian Premiere" ” - keithsim
 
38.
The Double (2013)
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A clerk in a government agency finds his unenviable life takes a turn for the horrific with the arrival of a new co-worker who is both his exact physical double and his opposite - confident, charismatic and seductive with women. (93 mins.)
Director: Richard Ayoade
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
39.
Enough Said (2013)
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A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband. (93 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
40.
Morocco (2013)
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Troubled teenager Ben (16) unintentionally confronts his father Heinrich (Tukur), a successful German theatre director staging a play in Marrakesh... (123 mins.)
Director: Caroline Link
“ World Premiere - as "Exit Marrakech" ” - keithsim
 
41.
Felony (2013)
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An accident involving a young child sets off a chain of events that brings an Australian police officer's world crashing down. (105 mins.)
Director: Matthew Saville
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
42.
For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (2013)
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An Australian tourist discovers the silent legacy of wartime atrocities when she arrives in a seemingly idyllic little town on the border of Bosnia and Serbia. (82 mins.)
Director: Jasmila Zbanic
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
43.
Gloria (2013)
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A story set in Santiago and centered on Gloria, a free-spirited older woman, and the realities of her whirlwind relationship with a former naval officer whom she meets out in the clubs. (110 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
44.
Going Away (2013)
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Baptiste is a solitary type. A teacher in southern France, he never stays more than three weeks in the same job... (95 mins.)
Director: Nicole Garcia
“ World Premiere - as "Going Away" ” - keithsim
 
45.
The Great Beauty (2013)
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Jep Gambardella has seduced his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, but after his 65th birthday and a shock from the past, Jep looks past the nightclubs and parties to find a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. (141 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
46.
Half of a Yellow Sun (2013)
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Sisters Olanna and Kainene return home to 1960s Nigeria, where they soon diverge on different paths. As civil war breaks out, political events loom larger than their differences as they join the fight to establish an independent republic. (111 mins.)
Director: Biyi Bandele
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
47.
Hateship Loveship (2013)
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A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict. (104 mins.)
Director: Liza Johnson
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
48.
Ida (2013)
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Anna, a young novitiate nun in 1960s Poland, is on the verge of taking her vows when she discovers a dark family secret dating back to the years of the German occupation. (82 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
49.
L'intrepido (2013)
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Set in modern day Milan, this is a Chaplinesque odyssey through the world of work - every type of work... (104 mins.)
Director: Gianni Amelio
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
50.
Joe (2013)
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An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin. (117 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
51.
Like Father, Like Son (2013)
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Ryota Nonomiya is a successful businessman driven by money. When he learns that his biological son was switched with another child after birth, he must make a life-changing decision and choose his true son or the boy he raised as his own. (121 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
52.
Man of Tai Chi (2013)
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A young martial artist's unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. (105 mins.)
Director: Keanu Reeves
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
53.
Mary Queen of Scots (2013)
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A queen who lost three kingdoms. A wife who lost three husbands. A woman who lost her head. (119 mins.)
Director: Thomas Imbach
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
54.
Mystery Road (2013)
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An indigenous detective returns to the Outback to investigate the murder of a young girl. (121 mins.)
Director: Ivan Sen
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
55.
Night Moves (2013)
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Three radical environmentalists look to execute the protest of their lives: the explosion of a hydroelectric dam. (112 mins.)
Director: Kelly Reichardt
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
56.
Omar (2013)
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A young Palestinian freedom fighter agrees to work as an informant after he's tricked into an admission of guilt by association in the wake of an Israeli soldier's killing. (96 mins.)
Director: Hany Abu-Assad
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
57.
One Chance (2013)
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The true story of Paul Potts, a shy, bullied shop assistant by day and an amateur opera singer by night who became a phenomenon after being chosen for -- and ultimately winning -- Britain's Got Talent. (103 mins.)
Director: David Frankel
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
58.
Only Lovers Left Alive (2013)
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A depressed musician reunites with his lover, though their romance - which has already endured several centuries - is disrupted by the arrival of her uncontrollable younger sister. (123 mins.)
Director: Jim Jarmusch
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
59.
The Past (2013)
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An Iranian man deserts his French wife and her two children to return to his homeland. Meanwhile, his wife starts up a new relationship, a reality her husband confronts upon his wife's request for a divorce. (130 mins.)
Director: Asghar Farhadi
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
60.
Pioneer (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.0/10 X  
A thriller set at the beginning of the 1980's Norwegian Oil Boom and centered on a diver whose obsession with reaching the bottom of the Norwegian Sea leads to tragedy. (111 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
61.
The French Minister (2013)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
Alexandre Taillard de Vorms is tall and impressive, a man with style, attractive to women. He also happens... (113 mins.)
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
62.
Real (2013)
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A man decides to use a new technology to go inside the mind of his comatose lover. (127 mins.)
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
63.
Starred Up (2013)
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Eric Love is a 19 year old teenager who is so violent he has been 'Starred Up' (Moved to Adult prison)... (106 mins.)
Director: David Mackenzie
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
64.
Those Happy Years (2013)
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A narcissistic artist finds his self-satisfied world turned upside down in the wake of a disastrous exhibition and his previously devoted wife's extra-marital inclinations. (106 mins.)
“ World Premiere - as "Those Happy Years" ” - keithsim
 
65.
Tracks (2013)
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A young woman goes on a 1,700-mile trek across the deserts of West Australia with four camels and her faithful dog. (112 mins.)
Director: John Curran
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
66.
Under the Skin (2013)
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A mysterious young woman seduces lonely men in the evening hours in Scotland. However, events lead her to begin a process of self-discovery. (108 mins.)
Director: Jonathan Glazer
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
67.
Violette (2013)
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Violette Leduc, born a bastard at the beginning of last century, meets Simone de Beauvoir in the years after the war in St-Germain-des-Prés... (139 mins.)
Director: Martin Provost
“ Worlds Premiere ” - keithsim
 
68.
Visitors (2013 Documentary)
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Director Godfrey Reggio reveals humanity's trance-like relationship with technology, which, when commandeered by extreme emotional states, produces massive effects far beyond the human species. (87 mins.)
Director: Godfrey Reggio
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
69.
Walesa: Man of Hope (2013)
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The depiction of the life of Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of Poland's Solidarity movement, Lech Walesa, as events in the 1970s lead to a peaceful revolution. (127 mins.)
Director: Andrzej Wajda
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
70.
We Are the Best! (2013)
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Three girls in 1980s Stockholm decide to form a punk band -- despite not having any instruments and being told by everyone that punk is dead. (102 mins.)
Director: Lukas Moodysson
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim
 
71.
Le Week-End (2013)
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A British couple return to Paris many years after their honeymoon there in an attempt to rejuvenate their marriage. (93 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
72.
Are You Here (2013)
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Two childhood best friends, one a superficial womanizer and the other a barely functioning bipolar, embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns his estranged father has died. (114 mins.)
Director: Matthew Weiner
“ World Premiere ” - keithsim
 
73.
Young & Beautiful (2013)
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After losing her virginity, Isabelle takes up a secret life as a call girl, meeting her clients for hotel-room trysts. Throughout, she remains curiously aloof, showing little interest in the encounters themselves or the money she makes. (95 mins.)
Director: François Ozon
“ North American Premiere ” - keithsim