Thursday, July 24, 2014

Toronto International Film Festival- Initial Press Conference July 22, 2014

The Toronto International Film Festival held a press conference to announce the first 59 films in the Gala and Special Presentation sections for the 39th edition of the event.   The titles were announced by TIFF CEO and Director Piers Handling and Artistic Director Cameron Bailey. The 2014 campaign created in house will remind people that this is their Festival, that TIFF is the peoples festival and will focus on the unscripted moments real moments that make the festival special. This year with the cooperation of the City, TTC and the Entertainment district BIA the heart of the festival village on King Street a portion of King Street from University Avenue to Peter Street will b  for the first weekend from September 4 to 7 to create Become Festival Street. Pedestrian friendly with pop up performances. The pair also discussed the new policy of not screening any non World Premiers in the first four days of the Festival and the bidding war with Telluride. TIFF are speaking to the rights owners of the films to make them aware of the policy.

The biggest announcement was of the closing night gala film A LITTLE CHAOS by Alan Richman as a World Premier. Reese Witherspoon will feature prominently this year as she is in two headlining Feature Special Presentations WILD by Canadian director Jean-Marc Vallee playing a recovering heroine addict on a 1100 mile solo hike after her destructive behaviour lead to the break up of her marriage and Philippe Falardeau's THE GOOD LIE championing a group of Sudanese young adults that have come to America to escape their war torn country.

Among the other highlights were three films that were hits at Cannes  Festival regular Mike Leigh's MR. TURNER starring Timothy Spall, Bennett Miller's FOXCATCHER set in the world of amateur wrestling and David Cronenberg's MAP OF THE STARS will be a Gala Presentation at this years festival.

Two Festival favourites Francois Ozon and Suzanne Bier return with THE NEW GIRLFRIEND and A SECOND CHANCE. The Ozon explores the relationship between two people after someone close to both of them dies.  The Bier film looks at how well meant intentions can go terribly wrong.

Lastly, the world premier of James Gandolfini's last film THE DROP by Michael R. Roskam and also starring Tom Hardy will be a Special Presentation at this years film festival.

TIFF will hold a second press conference to announce their Canadian line up on August 6th. Other titles will be announced through press releases in the days and weeks ahead.

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