Thursday, September 5, 2013

2013 Toronto International Film Festival, September 5-15

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off its 38th annual edition tonight. The official opening night film is by Bill Condon's The Fifth Estate, the very timely portrayal of the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange. The dramatic thriller stars Daniel Brühl and Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange.

Also screening tonight are Unbeatable by Dante Lam, To Repel Ghosts: Urban Tales from the African Continent (African short films), A Story of Children and Film by Mark Cousins, Ilo Ilo by Anthony Chen, Tim's Vermeer by Teller, The Summer of Flying Fish by Marcela Said, the Palme d'Or winner Blue Is the Warmest Color by Abdellatif Kechiche, Salinger by Shane Salerno, Only Lovers Left Alive by Jim Jarmusch, Exit Marrakech by Caroline Link, Standing Aside, Watching by Yorgos Servetas, Closed Curtain by Jafar Panahi and Kambozia Partovi, An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker by Danis Tanovic, The Past by Asghar Farhadi, Something Necessary by Judy Kibinge, Story of My Death by Albert Serra, and the Midnight Madness opening film All Cheerleaders Die by Lucky McKee and Chris Sivertson.

There is a free screening of Shivers by David Cronenberg. There is also a special reunion screening of Lawrence Kasdan's The Big Chill in celebration of the 30th anniversary of the film's premiere at TIFF. The cast and crew will be in attendance.

Jason Reitman will be hosting his second annual live read. This year, he will be presenting a reading of Boogie Nights, and will feature a cast of Josh Brolin, Dakota Fanning, Scott Thompson, Olivia Wilde, Jordan Hayes, Jarod Einsohn, Jason Sudeikis, Dane Cook and Marc-André Grondin.

The Festival continues until Sunday, September 15 in downtown Toronto.

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