TIFF announces Special Presentation and Gala screenings

Gravity

The road to TIFF is paved with seemingly endless lists of drool-worthy films, and 2013’s iteration looks to be business as usual on that score. TIFF announced its Gala and Special Presentation lineup, which make up only a fraction of the eventual haul. (Last year topped out at 289 features.)

Of what’s already been announced, a few highlights:

  • Alfonso Cuarón’s long-awaited sci-fi thriller Gravity, starring George Clooney and Sandra Bullock.
  • Kelly Reichardt’s follow-up to Meek’s Cutoff, the ecoterrorism-themed Night Moves, with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard (with, presumably, no relation to the 1975 Gene Hackman movie of the same name).
  • David Gordon Green’s attempt to rope Nicholas Cage back into Serious Acting with Joe.
  • Under the Skin, the long-awaited return of director Jonathan Glazer, who hasn’t made a movie since 2004’s Birth.
  • Atom Egoyan’s take on the West Memphis Three, Devil’s Knot, with Reese Witherspoon, Mireille Enos, and many more.
  • Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, and return collaborator Michael Fassbender.
  • Abdellatif Kekiche’s Blue is the Warmest Color, his Palme D’Or winning three-hour coming-of-age film / explicit lesbian romance.
  • Denis Villeneuve’s English-language debut Prisoners, a kidnapping thriller starring Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal.
  • Jim Jarmusch’s doubtlessly hip vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive, with Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston.

And that’s just the proverbial tip of the iceberg. The full programming information can be found at the TIFF website, and more announcements are still to come. Get stoked, folks.

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