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TORONTO 2014

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Ozon, Petzold, Hansen-Love and Ullman go to Toronto

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- The Toronto International Film Festival announced its first batch of titles earlier this week, and, as every year, some very high-profile films have been selected

Ozon, Petzold, Hansen-Love and Ullman go to Toronto
Phoenix by Christian Petzold

Though the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off on 4 September, has not yet set its opening film, it was announced that the second directorial outing of actor Alan Rickman, A Little Chaos [+see also:
trailer
interview: Alan Rickman
film profile
]
, will close the event.

Major world premieres in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes include several French films, including the latest feature by the prolific François Ozon, The New Girlfriend [+see also:
trailer
film focus
interview: François Ozon
film profile
]
, with Romain Duris and Anaïs Demoustier; Samba [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
, the highly anticipated new film by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, the directors behind mega-hit The Intouchables [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
; the Algerian war drama The Gate by director Régis Wargnier; and Eden [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Charles Gillibert
interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile
]
, the latest feature by Mia Hansen-Love, which is set in the DJ scene of the early 1990s.

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Other European films presented as world premieres include Phoenix [+see also:
film review
trailer
making of
film focus
interview: Christian Petzold
film profile
]
, the highly anticipated follow-up to Barbara [+see also:
film review
trailer
film focus
interview: Christian Petzold
festival scope
film profile
]
, from German director Christian Petzold, and A Second Chance [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
by Denmark’s most famous female filmmaker, Oscar-winner Susanne Bier.

Several high-profile English-language titles from the UK and elsewhere are also part of the line-up: Lone Scherfig will present her British production The Riot Club, starring Max Irons and Sam Clafin; director James Marsh will be in town with his film The Theory of Everything [+see also:
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film profile
]
, in which Eddie Redmayne plays the brilliant scientist Stephen Hawking; and venerable Norwegian actress and occasional director Liv Ullmann will accompany her Strindberg adaptation Miss Julie, which stars Jessica Chastain and Colin Farrell.

Quite a few of the films that will be having their world premieres at Venice the week before TIFF will also make the trek to Canada, including David Oelhoffen’s Far From Men, Saverio Costanzo’s Hungry Hearts [+see also:
trailer
film focus
interview: Saverio Costanzo
film profile
]
, Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini (all three in competition at Venice), and Laurent Cantet’s Return to Ithaca, a Venice Days title.

Last but not least, it is worth noting that the US-produced films by two European directors will also be celebrating their world premieres during the ten-day event: Belgian director Michael R Roskam’s The Drop, starring James Gandolfini and Tom Hardy, and Learning to Drive, the latest English-language film by Catalan director Isabel Coixet, which stars Ben Kingsley and Patricia Clarkson, her stars from 2008’s Elegy [+see also:
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film profile
]
.

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