Wednesday, July 25, 2012

2012 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Lineup Announced

This morning, Piers Handling, CEO and Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, made the first announcement of films to premiere at the 37th TIFF. The announced films include 17 Galas and 45 Special Presentations, including 38 world premieres. Here is a rundown of the galas and the films that will be shown.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16.


"A Royal Affair" (Nikolai Arcel) - North America Premiere

"Argo" (Ben Affleck) - World Premiere

"The Company You Keep" (Robert Redford) - North America Premiere

"Dangerous Liasons" (Hur Jin-ho) - North America Premiere

"English Vinglish" (Gauri Shinde) - World Premiere

"Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" (Shola Lynch) - World Premiere

"Great Expectations" (Mike Newell) - World Premiere

"Hyde Park on Hudson" (Roger Mitchell) - World Premiere

"Inescapable" (Ruba Nadda) - World Premiere

"Jayne Mansfield's Car" (Billy Bob Thornton) - North American Premiere

"Looper" (Rian Johnson) - World Premiere *OPENING NIGHT FILM*

"Love, Marilyn" (Liz Garbus) - World Premiere

"Midnight Children" (Deepa Mehta) - World Premiere

"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (Mira Nair) - North American Premiere

"The Silver Linings Playbook" (David O. Russell) - World Premiere

"Thermae Romae" (Hideki Takeuchi) - North American Premiere

"Twice Born" (Sergio Castellitto) - World Premiere

Special Presentations (After The Jump)

"A Few Hours of Spring" (Stephane Brize) - North America Premiere

"Anna Karenina" (Joe Wright) - International Premiere

"At Any Price" (Ramin Bahrani) - North America Premiere

"The Attack" (Ziad Doueiri) - World Premiere

"Byzantium" (Neil Jordan) - World Premiere

"Capital" (Costa-Gavras) - World Premiere

"Caught in the Web" (Chen Kaige) - International Premiere

"Cloud Atlas" (Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski) - World Premiere

"The Deep" (Baltasar Kormakur) - World Premiere

"Dormant Beauty" (Marco Bellocchio) - International Premiere

"Dreams for Sale" (Nishikawa Miwa) - World Premiere

"End of Watch" (David Ayer) - World Premiere

"Everybody Has a Plan" (Ana Piterbarg) - International Premiere

"Foxfire" (Laurent Cantet) - World Premiere

"Frances Ha" (Noah Baumbach) - World Premiere

"Ginger and Rosa" (Sally Potter) - World Premiere

"Hannah Arendt" (Margarethe von Trotta) - World Premiere

"The Hunt" (Thomas Vinterberg) - North America Premiere

"The Iceman" (Ariel Vromen) - North America Premiere

"Imogene" (Robert Pulcini) - World Premiere

"The Impossible" (J. A Bayona) - World Premiere

"In the House" (Francois Ozon) - World Premiere

"Kon-Tiki" (Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg) - International Premiere

"A Late Quartet" (Yaron Zilberman) - World Premiere

"A Liar's Autobiography - The Untrue Story of Monty Python's Graham Chapman" (Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson) - World Premiere

"Lore" (Cate Shortland) - North America Premiere

"Mr. Pip" (Andrew Adamson) -

"Much Ado About Nothing" (Joss Whedon) - World Premiere

"No." (Pablo Larrain) - North America Premiere

"Outrage Beyond"(Takeshu Kitano) - North America Premiere

"The Perks of Being A Wallflower" (Steven Chbosky) - World Premiere

"The Place Beyond the Pines" (Derek Cianfrance) - World Premiere

"Quartet" (Dustin Hoffman) - World Premiere

"Reality" (Matteo Garrone) - North America Premiere

"Rust and Bone" (Jacques Audiard) - North America Premiere

"The Sapphires" (Wayne Blair) - North America Premiere

"The Sessions" (Ben Lewin) - International Premiere

"Tai Chi 0" - (Stephen Fung) - North America Premiere

"Thanks for Sharing" (Stuart Blumberg) - World Premiere

"The Time Being" (Nenad Cicin-Sain) - World Premiere

"To The Wonder" (Terrence Mallick) - North American Premiere

"Venus & Serena" (Maiken Baird) - World Premiere

"Writers" (Josh Boone) - World Premiere

"Zaytoun" (Eran Riklis) - World Premiere

What are your thoughts on this excellent line-up? Most anticipated? For me: To The Wonder, Rust and Bone, The Place Beyond the Pines, The Silver Linings Playbook, Looper, Hyde Park on Hudson & Argo. 


  1. Now I wish I could go to the festival. Unfortunately, money and mental health reasons will prevent me to attend. I just hope some of these films will play later this year. Especially To the Wonder.

    1. That's a shame, man. I was considering coming over this year, but decided I could not afford it and decided to focus on some local fests. I imagine it will be released in the thick of Oscar season. For us, I'm going to assume early next year some time.

  2. This makes me so happy I live in Toronto's neighbouring city. I'm really excited about the lineup and hope to catch a few films!

    1. That's awesome! I am jealous. Here in Australia, Melbourne International Film Fest. is our biggest. I live in Sydney so its not far to travel for a few days and catch some films. I hope you get to see some great stuff :-)

  3. I'm looking forward to attending.

    Desperately wish you could attend Andrew. I'm pretty sure there're more films than this though.

    1. I thought it looked kinda slim-ish. I bet there are a heap of other great films also playing, but not as Galas or Special Presentations. I wish I was attending but such is life.

  4. The line-up is stunning- basically the fall and winter's most anticipated films, almost all dreaming of awards season! I wish I could be there to see Argo, Great Expectations, Hyde Park on Hudson (Olivia Colman!!), Anna Karenina, Rust and Bone, The Place beyond the pines and Silver Linings!