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This is Your Festival: Toronto International Film Festival 2014
Last fall saw an abundance of great movies, starting awards talk early. That being said, it’s no surprise that the Toronto Film Festival (Read last year’s breakdown: Tiff. 2013) was seen as the start to all the fall movie madness. The festival’s prestige comes from its ability to draw the most talented filmmakers in the world. From projects with large movie budgets to small indie films, tiff. has something for everyone. As Variety put it,
“In what has become a launching pad for awards contenders and starry releases, the Toronto Film Festival, which last year screened Oscar winners “12 Years a Slave” and “Gravity,” will also welcome directorial efforts from “The Daily Show” host Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and “Captain America,” himself, Chris Evans.”
When: Sept. 4-14th
Where: Toronto, Ontario. The festival takes place at the TIFF Bell Lightbox right in the city’s entertainment district, occupying an entire block at “Reitman Square on the north-west corner of King and John Streets (350 King Street West).
Parking is available at the Lightbox, or you can go green and ride your bike (Toronto has a lot of bike racks).
Toronto always brings the noise when it comes to amazing Galas and special presentations. This year, festival goers will be able to experience over twenty unique film industry programmes. The most glamorous and exciting being the Gala presentations, which offer, as the site puts it, “Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.” Here are a few to look forward to:
Black and White | Written and Directed by Mike Binder | USA
“An attorney (Kevin Costner) struggling to raise his biracial granddaughter after the deaths of his wife and daughter becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the child’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer).” The Gala is sponsored by AMC.
The Equalizer | Antoine Fuqua | USA
“An ex-CIA agent (Denzel Washington) uses his lethal skills to protect an imperilled young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) from the Russian mob, in this hard-edged big-screen adaptation of the cult ’80s TV show from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).” The film, made with a movie budget of $50 million, will be enjoying its world premiere.
Boychoir | François Girard | USA
Drama about a 12-year-old boy’s struggle to make the most of his extraordinary musical gifts at a prestigious music school. Starring Dustin Hoffman and Kathy Bates.
Infinitely Polar Bears | Maya Forbes | USA
Family drama set in the late ’70s about a father trying to win his wife back. Starring Mark Ruffalo and Zoey Saldan.
The spot remains open, as the festival has many excellent options to choose from. For instance, Bill Pohland’s “Love & Mercy,” a Brian Wilson biopic starring Paul Dano & John Cusack, and Oren Moverman’s “Time Out of Mind,” starring Richard Gere, remain viable options. That’s not to rule out Noah Baumbach’s “While We’re Young,” made with a film budget of $15,000,000 and starring Ben Stiller (Read: Paul Murphy Scoring “While We’re Young”).
Family, Chess, and Much More
Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum star as brothers in Bennett Miller’s “Foxcatcher”; David Dobkin’s courtroom drama, “The Judge,” pairs Robert Downey Jr. as the son of Robert Duvall; and American chess icon Bobby Fisher gets a biopic in Ed Zwick’s “Pawn Sacrifice,” putting Tobey Maguire and Liev Schreiber head-to-head in 1972s “Match of the Century.”
The United Kingdom is well represented with Alan Rickman’s second film in the director’s chair (his first being 1997s “The Winter Guest”). The film, “A Little Chaos,” stars Acadamy Award Winner Kate Winslet as a landscape designer commissioned to construct Louis XIV’s garden at Versailles.
As usual, TIFF will be highlighting excellent films from around the world. As a recent article in Indie Wire puts it, “This year’s TIFF City to City Program highlights works from Seoul, South Korea. The Contemporary World Cinema Program features films from 42 different countries.”
“Clouds of Sils Maria” directed by Olivier Assayas of France and starring Juliette Binoche; “Gemma Bovery” directed by Anne Fontaine of France and starring Gemma Arterton; “Beyond the Lights” directed by Gina Prince-Bythewood of the USA and starring Danny Glover; “Two Days and One NIght” directed by Luc Dardenne and Jean-Pierre Dardenne of Belgium/France and starring Marion Cotillard.
Can’t wait until September to get a taste of these great movies? Check out tiff’s movie trailer page!
Tickets: Festival Box Office OPENS AUGUST 31st. They will be available at 225 King Street West Metro Centre as well as online.
Similar to previous years, ticket packages come in four categories all offering various quantities. Regular Flex Packs span from 10 tickets to 100 tickets in increments of ten. The prices span from $200 to $1,808. The Premium Flex Pack comes in either a 6 ticket option ($373) or a 12 ticket option ($746). The Back-Half Pack also comes in either a 6 tickets ($74) or 12 tickets ($148) option. Finally, the Daytime Pack comes in a 20 tickets option ($226) and a 40 tickets option ($452).
TIFF choice options are divided between focused and variety. For instance, the Midnight Madness package is considered “focused” and will cost $180. The Daytime Sampler package is listed under “variety” and will cost you $96. If you’re really looking for a special tiff experience, perhaps the $1,500 Buzz List option is the one for you.
Single tickets are also offered, ranging from $24 for a screening and $46 for a premium “red carpet premiere” ticket.
Industry Conferences: Industry registration is now open! In addition to registering, applications for the Talent Lab, Telefilm Canada, PITCH THIS!, and TIFF Rising Stars are now being accepted.
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