TIFF announces their Galas and special presentations

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the addition of two Gala Presentations and eight Special Presentations to the programming lineup for this year’s Festival, running September 10 to 19.  Almost all the films included are world premieres except for two. The list of critically acclaimed filmmakers includes Joel and Ethan Coen, Werner Herzog, Rebecca Miller, Michael Moore and Oliver Parker. Here is just a few of the films highlighted.


The Galas
Dorian Gray, Oliver Parker, United Kingdom
World Premiere

St Trinian’s director Oliver Parker is planning to helm another adaptation of an Oscar Wilde story. Parker, whose previous credits include An Ideal Husband and The Importance Of Being Earnest, now has his eye on Wilde’s only published novel, The Picture Of Dorian Gray. Parker claims he approached directing the novel as if he were working on a horror film.


The Private Lives of Pippa Lee, Rebecca Miller, USA
North American Premiere

As a more emotional take on the themes examined in American Beauty, this internalized drama is subtle and unpredictable and is said to feature terrific performances from an eclectic cast.



Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, Werner Herzog, USA
North American Premiere

Abel Ferrara’s cult crime drama Bad Lieutenant is given a revamp/remake/sister film with this Werner Herzog-helmed production that takes its inspiration from the original, but focuses on new characters and plotlines. Nicolas Cage steps into Harvey Keitel’s shoes playing the corrupt and drug-addled police officer, with the setting moving from New York City to New Orleans. The film is also set to star Eva Mendes, Val Kilmer, and Xzibit.


Capitalism: A Love Story, Michael Moore, USA
North American Premiere

The announcement of the title of Michael Moore’s new film was enough to generate headline news. Moore’s new documentary about the U.S. economy will be titled Capitalism: A Love Story. He went on to say “It will be the perfect date movie, It’s got it all – lust, passion, romance and 14,000 jobs being eliminated every day. It’s a forbidden love, one that dare not speak its name. Heck, let’s just say it: It’s capitalism”.

A Serious Man, Joel Coen and Ethan Coen, USA
World Premiere

A Serious Man, the new black comedy [update]from Joel and Ethan Coen follows Larry Gopnik, a Jewish academic living in a middle class Jewish neighborhood in a Minneapolis suburb in 1967. The story follows Gopnik’s spiritual and existential struggle with his wife, children, students and friends leading him to seek advice from three different rabbis in an attempt to solve his problems and to become an austere and devoted man.

Check out the full line on the TIFF homepage here

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