Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Toronto International Film Festival announces 2013 Live Read, IMAX, Next Wave, Manifesto

Enhanced experience with IMAX screenings
A look at the creative process with the return of Jason Reitman’s Live Read
Special selections through Next Wave and Manifesto initiatives

TORONTO – The 38th Toronto International Film Festival® today announced details of initiatives and special programming introduced to enhance the filmgoers’ Festival experience.

For the first time, the Festival proudly presents official selections and special screenings in stunning IMAX. Jason Reitman’s Live Read returns for an all-star read-through featuring a surprise cast. The Next Wave initiative sees a committee of young film enthusiasts highlight Festival films that appeal to their peers while, for the first time, the Manifesto initiative tasks the community organization with selecting films for audiences interested in the urban arts.

The Festival proudly welcomes back Jason Reitman’s Live Read — a unique event in which classic movie scripts are read by contemporary actors. With no rehearsal, the actors come together for a one-take read-through with Reitman narrating stage direction.

In 2012, the Festival welcomed Reitman and an all-star cast — including Bryan Cranston, Christina Hendricks, Adam Driver, Sarah Gadon and George Stroumboulopoulos — for a live table read of Alan Ball’s screenplay for American Beauty. This year, Reitman is back with a surprise script from a modern classic and a new cast at the Ryerson Theatre on Friday, September 6. Details, including cast and script, for the 2013 Live Read event will be announced in early September.

Jason Reitman created Live Read in October 2011, in collaboration with Elvis Mitchell, for the film society of Los Angeles County Museum of Arts (LACMA). The six month hit series featured Breakfast Club (Jennifer Garner and Aaron Paul), The Apartment (Steve Carell and Natalie Portman), The Princess Bride (Paul Rudd), Shampoo (Bradley Cooper and Kate Hudson), The Big Lebowski (Seth Rogen), and Reservoir Dogs, featuring an all-African American cast including actors Laurence Fishburne and Terrence Howard.

New this year, audiences are invited to be part of the action with two official Festival selections and two special screenings presented in spectacular IMAX.

Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom (Special Presentations) North American Premiere
Gravity is a heart-pounding thriller that pulls its audience into the infinite and unforgiving realm of deep space. Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer accompanied on her first shuttle mission by veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney). On a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone — tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness.

Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves, USA/China (Special Presentations) North American Premiere
Keanu Reeves makes his directorial debut with this spectacular martial-arts epic starring former Matrix stuntman Tiger Chen as a young martial artist whose unparalleled Tai Chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. Featuring fight choreography by the legendary Yuen Woo-ping.

Metallica Through the Never Nimród Antal, Canada/USA World Premiere
Dane DeHaan (The Place Beyond the Pines) stars as a Metallica roadie dispatched to hell and back in this mind-blowing mash-up of concert film and post-apocalyptic adventure, presented in IMAX 3D.

The Wizard of Oz Victor Fleming, USA World Premiere
Experience Judy Garland’s over-the-rainbow adventure in vivid new detail with this IMAX 3D presentation of Victor Fleming’s family classic.


The youth-driven TIFF Next Wave Committee is a group of 12 film enthusiasts aged 15 to 18. The Committee has identified Festival films that will appeal specifically to the next generation of movie lovers. 2013 selections include:

Around the Block Sarah Spillane, Australia (Discovery) World Premiere

Beneath the Harvest Sky Aron Gaudet and Gita Pullapilly, USA (Discovery) World Premiere

Exit Marrakech Caroline Link, Germany (Special Presentations) International Premiere

The Finishers Nils Tavernier, Belgium/France (Special Presentations) World Premiere

The F Word Michael Dowse Canada/Ireland (Special Presentations) World Premiere

Giraffada Rani Massalha, France/Germany/Italy/Palestine (Discovery) World Premiere

How I Live Now Kevin Macdonald, United Kingdom (Special Presentations) World Premiere

Palo Alto Gia Coppola, USA (Discovery) North American Premiere

The Square Jehane Noujaim, Egypt/USA (TIFF Docs) World Premiere

Tracks John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia (Special Presentations) North American Premiere


Manifesto Community Projects is a non-profit organization working to unite, inspire and empower diverse communities of young people through arts and culture. New to the Festival this year, Manifesto identifies selections programmed for a diverse audience interested in the urban arts.

All Is By My Side John Ridley, United Kingdom/Ireland (Special Presentations) World Premiere

Belle Amma Asante, United Kingdom (Special Presentations) World Premiere

Cristo Rey Leticia Tonos Paniagua, Dominican Republic/France/Haiti (Contemporary World Cinema) World Premiere

Empire of Dirt Peter Stebbings, Canada (Contemporary World Cinema) World Premiere

Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/United Kingdom (Special Presentations) North American Premiere

Made in America Ron Howard, USA (Mavericks) World Premiere

Omar Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine (Special Presentations) North American Premiere

Starred Up David Mackenzie, United Kingdom (Special Presentations) World Premiere

Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Mike Meyers, USA (Gala) World Premiere

Words and Pictures Fred Schepisi, USA (Gala) World Premiere

The Festival’s Official Film Schedule was released today, and is available at the Festival Box Office or by visiting tiff.net/festival. Copies will also be distributed in The Grid on Thursday, August 22. A 20-page section about the Festival will appear in the Toronto Star on Thursday, August 29, and will include the full film schedule.

Single tickets go on sale September 1. Purchase Festival tickets online at tiff.net/festival, by phone from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. ET daily at 416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433, and in person at the Festival Box Office located at 225 King St. West. The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5 to 15, 2013.

About TIFF
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD. TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

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