Monday, September 05, 2011

Toronto International Film Festival features 123 world premieres

It's on my cultural bucket list, and one of these Septembers I'll make my way to Ontario for the Toronto International Film Festival. Now in its 36th year, the festival runs Sept. 8-18, 2011 and features 123 world premieres. Canada is among 65 countries whose films will be shown on 33 screens throughout the city. There are 21 Canadian feature world premieres (20 co-productions), with 49 Canadian shorts (44 co-productions).

I'm looking forward to The Ides of March, starring Ryan Gosling and George Clooney (who also directed the film). But I'll have to wait until Oct. 7 when it comes to Seattle. Both Gosling and Clooney will be attending the festival, along with a slew of other actors: Catherine Deneuve, Charlotte Rampling, Brad Pitt, Clive Owen, Gerard Butler, Jon Hamm, Jeon Do-Yeon, Shahid Kapoor, Michael Fassbender, Michelle Yeoh, Freida Pinto, Glenn Close, Matthew Goode, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel Weisz, Salma Hayek, Viggo Mortensen and Woody Harrelson. Musicians include U2, Pearl Jam and Neil Young.

Filmmakers expected to present their world premieres in Toronto include David Guggenheim, Francis Ford Coppola, Alexander Payne, Agnieszka Holland, Guy Maddin, Luc Besson, Bill Duke, Oren Moverman, Malgoska Szumowska, Bennett Miller, Darrell Roodt, Sarah Polley, Jessica Yu, Michael Winterbottom and Werner Herzo.

Festival ticket packages are available online, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 888.599.8433) and in person at the Festival Box Office at 225 St. West. Single tickets went on sale Sept. 3, 2011.

Ryan Gosling and George Clooney in The Ides of March
Photo courtesy TIFF