TIFF 2013

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1.
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
“ Oct 18 - Steve McQueen ” - trevchan
 
2.
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.)
“ Palme d’Or winner - Abdellatif Kechiche’s bold, passionate and controversial love story about the tempestuous relationship between a sensitive high-schooler and an assertive art student ” - trevchan
 
3.
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.)
“ Cannes jury prize winner - Two families — one rich, one poor — discover that their sons were switched at birth, in the poignant new drama from Japan’s Hirokazu Kore-Eda (Still Walking, Nobody Knows, After Life). ” - trevchan
 
4.
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
“ (We Are the Best) Lukas Moodysson - Three 12 and 13-year-old girls decide to form a punk band in 1982 Stockholm. ” - trevchan
 
5.
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
“ Un Certain Regard Jury Prize - noir-ish psychological thriller set in the occupied West Bank ” - trevchan
 
6.
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
“ The dazzling new film from Godfrey Reggio (Koyaanisqatsi) screens with a live performance of Philip Glass’ score by Members of the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, in a special presentation introduced by Steven Soderbergh. ” - trevchan
 
7.
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
“ Director Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of Belleville, The Illusionist) invokes memories of Buster Keaton and Jacques Tati in his first live-action film, about a mute, sweet-natured man-child whose reawakened childhood memories unleash marvellous musical fantasies. ” - trevchan
 
8.
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
“ Cannes Best Actress - Travelling to Paris from Tehran to finalize his divorce, an Iranian man finds himself suddenly and tragically drawn back into the lives of his ex (Bérénice Bejo, The Artist) and her daughter ” - trevchan
 
9.
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
“ James McAvoy, Jessica Chastain and Viola Davis star in this innovative two-part film that relates a love story from two different perspectives. ” - trevchan
 
10.
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.)
“ Festival Gala - A high-tech police surveillance team attempts to take down a gang of ruthless bank robbers, in this sizzling South Korean action-thriller. ” - trevchan
 
11.
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
“ Peter Chan (Festival Gala) - Shot by Christopher Doyle and dubbed "the Chinese Social Network", this epic tale of business bravado follows three friends who launch a successful online English instruction school for Chinese students — and then face lawsuits over copyright infringement. ” - trevchan
 
12.
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
“ Jesse Eisenberg and Mia Wasikowska star in writer-director Richard Ayoade’s (Submarine) updating of the famous Dostoevsky novella about a man who finds his life being usurped by his doppelganger. ” - trevchan
 
13.
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
“ Kiera Knightly, Mark Ruffalo and Catherine Keener star in this soul-stirring music industry drama about an undiscovered young singer and a washed-up producer. These lost souls meet, see something special in the other and ultimately make beautiful music together in this latest film from Once writer-director John Carney. ” - trevchan
 
14.
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.)
“ Nicole Holofcener, James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener. A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband. ” - trevchan
 
15.
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
“ Palme d'Or nominee - Festival favourite François Ozon directs this coming-of-age chronicle of a young French girl that takes place over four seasons and four songs. ” - trevchan
 
16.
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
“ Paul Haggis (Crash), Liam Neeson, Adrien Brody, James Franco. Three interlocking love stories involving three couples in three cities: Rome, Paris, and New York. ” - trevchan
 
17.
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.)
“ The story of an aging writer who bitterly recollects his passionate, lost youth. A portrait of today's Rome. ” - trevchan
 
18.
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
“ Matt Weiner - Two childhood best friends embark on a road trip back to their hometown after one of them learns he has inherited a large sum of money from his recently deceased estranged father. ” - trevchan
 
19.
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
“ OutKast’s André Benjamin stars as Jimi Hendrix in this biopic of the rock legend ” - trevchan
 
20.
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
“ Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saarsgard star as radical environmental activists who plot to blow up a dam. ” - trevchan
 
21.
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
“ Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte, Alice Munro (short story). A wild teenage girl orchestrates a romance between her nanny and her father, who is a recovering addict. ” - trevchan
 
22.
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.)
“ Jennifer Aniston, Tim Robbins and John Hawkes star in this wildly entertaining crime caper about two ex-cons whose plan to kidnap a real estate developer’s wife doesn’t go quite as smoothly as expected in this latest adaptation of a book from beloved novelist Elmore Leonard. ” - trevchan
 
23.
Borgman (2013)
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A vagrant enters the lives of an arrogant upper-class family, turning their lives into a psychological nightmare in the process. (113 mins.)
“ This eerie, imaginative home invasion drama concerns a nomadic tribe who are driven from their network of shelters, abused and humiliated, and wind up waging a conflict against an affluent household ” - trevchan
 
24.
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
“ Atom Egoyan. 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. Reese Witherspoon ” - trevchan
 
25.
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
“ A reclusive, Bowie-like rock star (Tom Hiddleston) — who also happens to be a centuries-old vampire — has his moody, nocturnal reverie disturbed by clamouring fans, a visit from his bloodsucking belle (Tilda Swinton) and the jibes of her irascible sister (Mia Wasikowska), in the eagerly anticipated new film from American indie icon Jim Jarmusch. ” - trevchan
 
26.
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
“ A recounting of the chaotic events that occurred at Dallas' Parkland Hospital on the day U.S. President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. ” - trevchan
 
27.
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
“ Mia Wasikowska - Adam Driver - the astonishing true story of Robyn Davidson, who in 1977 set out on a solo 2,700-kilometre journey by foot across the Australian Outback with her four camels and faithful dog. ” - trevchan
 
28.
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.)
“ Mike Myers makes his directorial debut with this star-packed documentary about the fast-lane life of entertainment-industry legend Shep Gordon, who managed the careers of Alice Cooper, Blondie, Luther Vandross, and Raquel Welch — and still had time to invent the "Celebrity Chef". ” - trevchan
 
29.
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
“ This hugely inspiring bio-pic chronicles British tenor Paul Potts’ meteoric rise to stardom via the television program Britain’s Got Talent. One Chance is an endlessly charming, against-the-odds success story from director David Frankel (The Devil Wears Prada). ” - trevchan
 
30.
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.)
“ In the sleepy Spanish town of Granada, a mild-mannered tailor and secret cannibal unexpectedly finds himself falling in love with his latest prospective victim, in director Manuel Martín Cuenca’s disturbing yet intoxicating tale of bizarre romance. ” - trevchan
 
31.
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.)
“ Master filmmaker Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Cure, Tokyo Sonata) returns with this story of a man who uses an advanced neurological technology to enter the frightening mindscape of his comatose lover. ” - trevchan
 
32.
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
“ Revisiting Paris for the first time since their honeymoon, a long-married British couple (Jim Broadbent and Lindsay Duncan) run into an old colleague (Jeff Goldblum) and discover a new vision of what life and marriage might be, in the new film from director Roger Michell (Notting Hill) and screenwriter Hanif Kureishi (My Beautiful Laundrette). ” - trevchan
 
33.
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.)
“ (Those Happy Years) 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, in the touching and insightful new comedy-drama from Italian writer-director Daniele Luchetti. ” - trevchan
 
34.
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
“ Oct 18 - Dreamgirls director Bill Condon helms this absorbing dramatization of the rise and fall of Wikileaks and its fascinating founder Julian Assange ” - trevchan
 
35.
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
“ Jason Bateman directs and stars in this raucous comedy about a cranky, foul-mouthed, fortysomething high-school dropout who, through a registration loophole, enters a national children’s spelling bee and ruthlessly sets out to destroy his pint-sized competition. ” - trevchan
 
36.
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
“ Gala presentation ” - trevchan
 
37.
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
“ Jan 14. A precocious thirteen-year-old boy and his divorced mother (Kate Winslet) are in for a life-changing surprise when they discover that the friendly stranger (Josh Brolin) they meet on Labor Day weekend is an escaped convict, in the new comedy-drama from director Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Juno). ” - trevchan
 
38.
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
“ Meryl Streep, Sam Shepard, Julia Roberts and Juliette Lewis — star in this adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play.

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. ” - trevchan
 
39.
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. (153 mins.)
“ Sept 20. Jake Gyllenhaal and Hugh Jackman star in this gripping thriller from Denis Villeneuve (Incendies). A Boston man kidnaps the person he suspects is behind the disappearance of his young daughter and her best friend. ” - trevchan