2014 New York Film Festival Main Lineup

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We already knew that Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman was going to close the fest and David Fincher’s Gone Girl was opening, but the rest of the lineup is full of festival repeats, most of which either played at Sundance and Cannes, and will be playing at Venice and Toronto. They did not officially confirm an already confirmed Centerpiece Gala presentation of Paul Thomas Anderson’s Inherent Vice. Those three are enough to get any film lover excited.

The rest of the lineup includes Bennett Millers Foxcatcher, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner, The Dardennes Brothers Two Days, One Night, Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini, Olivier Assayas Clouds of Sils Maria and Sundance favorite Whiplash from Damien Chazelle. A really impressive, strong lineup, but I just cannot wait to see those first three big ones, as well as the Miller and Cronenber films. I am sure there will more titles announced, but this is a nice main lineup for the 2014 New York Film Festival.

  • Gone Girl (David Fincher) [OPENING NIGHT FILM]
  • Birdman or The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance (Alejandro Gonzalez Iñárritu) [CLOSING NIGHT FILM]
  • Beloved Sisters (Die geliebten Schwestern) (Dominik Graf)
  • The Blue Room (La chambre bleue) (Mathieu Amalric)
  • Clouds of Sils Maria (Olivier Assayas)
  • Eden (Mia Hansen-Løve)
  • Foxcatcher (Bennett Miller)
  • Goodbye to Language (Adieu au langage) (Jean-Luc Godard)
  • Heaven Knows What (Josh & Benny Safdie)
  • Hill of Freedom (Jayuui Eondeok) (Hong Sang-soo)
  • Horse Money (Cavalo Dinheiro) (Pedro Costa)
  • Jauja (Lisandro Alonso)
  • Life of Riley (Aimer, boire et chanter) (Alain Resnais)
  • Listen Up Philip (Alex Ross Perry)
  • Maps to the Stars (David Cronenberg)
  • Misunderstood (Incompresa) (Asia Argento)
  • Mr. Turner (Mike Leigh)
  • Pasolini (Abel Ferrara)
  • The Princess of France (La Princesa de Francia) (Matías Piñeiro)
  • Saint Laurent (Bertrand Bonello)
  • La Sapienza (Eugène Green)
  • ’71 (Yann Demange)
  • Tales of the Grim Sleeper (Nick Broomfield)
  • Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako)
  • Time Out of Mind (Oren Moverman)
  • Two Days, One Night (Deux jours, une nuit) (Jean-Pierre & Luc Dardenne)
  • Two Shots Fired (Dos Disparos (Martín Rejtman)
  • Whiplash (Damien Chazelle)
  • The Wonders (Le meraviglie) (Alice Rohrwacher)

Photo credit by IMDB and list by ropeofsilicon.com.

2014 Toronto Film Festival Lineup

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And so it begins. The fall films are so close to premiering you can taste it and the major film festivals are about to kick off the fall film season. They will kill dreams or push a film into notoriety and statuettes. Well, it is all about the films, and it is fun to follow and write about the award season, but it comes down to the work. A lot of films are going to get a huge push or just get pushed aside over the next few months and the biggest film festival will be premiering many films. This past Tuesday, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial lineup, they will announce more films before it begins, and there is a lot to be looking forward to. Some that played at Cannes, but many high-profile films will be shining or fading during the month of September in Canada.

The festival will include films from Noah Baumbach, Mike Leigh, Jason Reitman, Bennett Miller, Zhang Yimou, David Gordon Green, Andrew Niccol, Liv Ullman, Jon Stewart and David Cronenberg. Three of the more interesting films that will be showing at Toronto, and three I am really excited about, premiered earlier this year at Cannes: Miller’s Foxcatcher starring Steve Carell & Channing Tatum, Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars starring Julianne Moore & Robert Pattinson, and the breakout, raved about Argentinian film Wild Tales from Writer-Director Damián Szifron. Two other Cannes films that look very good are Mike Leigh’s Mr. Turner starring Timothy Spall, and Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash starring Miles Teller & J.K. Simmons, which will also be showing in Toronto. All intriguing selections.

The next tier of films that appear to be really interesting that will be showing in Toronto are Jean Marc-Vallée’s Wild starring Reese Witherspoon, Noah Baumbach’s While We’re Young starring Ben Stiller & Naomi Watts, Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater starring Gael García Bernal, Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Andrew Niccol’s Good Kill starring Ethan Hawke, Raman Bahrani’s 99 Homes starring Andrew Garfield & Laura Dern, and Jason Reitman’s Men, Women and Children starring Adam Sandler & Judy Greer.

And that is not all. Big premieres, although personally down a notch from all the aforementioned films, from Morten Tyldum’s The Imitation Game starring Benedict Cumberbatch & Keira Knightley, Ed Zwick’s Pawn Sacrifice starring Liev Schreiber & Peter Sarsgaard, James Marsh’s The Theory of Everything starring Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones, Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer starring Denzel Washington & Chloë Grace Moretz, David Gordon Green’s Manglehorn starring Al Pacino & Holly Hunter, Liv Ullmann’s Miss Julie starring Jessica Chastain & Colin Farrell, David Dobkin’s The Judge starring Robert Downey, Jr. & Robert Duvall, and Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini starring Willem Dafoe.

The biggest film to me is the already seen and premiered Foxcatcher. There will still be more films announces, including an opening night film. Although this looks like quite an impressive lineup, the New York Film Festival stole the big ones and who knows what Telluride will have in late August. This little battle between Toronto (Cameron Bailey) and the Telluride programmers about picking one or the other to have a specific films world/North Amercian premiere appears to be backfiring a little bit with TIFF. No Birdman. No Gone Girl. No Inherent Vice. No Interstellar (unlikely anyways). Cannot wait to see what will play in Telluride. I would not be surprised if some of those films that are not playing in Toronto play there.

There are many other films that will playing at the Toronto International Film Festival between September 4th to 14th. These are just a few that piqued my interest and ones I have had my eye for quite some time. Here we go. Full list of films (so far) after the jump.

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