The Toronto International Film Festival added more than 100 features to its 2014 slate today, with pics starring Dustin Hoffman, Kristen Wiig, Benicio del Toro, Diane Keaton, John Travolta, Keira Knightley, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Connelly and Arnold Schwarzenegger among the two-dozen titles joining the Gala and Special Presentations programs.
Contemporary World Cinema adds 51 (22 world preems), City to City shines the spotlight on Seoul with eight pics (two world preems), and Wavelengths delivers 46 titles, including 13 features.
Boychoir," which marks the return of Quebec helmer Francois Girard ("Silk") to the big screen and stars Hoffman as the tough conductor of a world-class music school, as well as Italian multi-hyphenate Andrea Di Stefano's feature bow "Escobar: Paradise Lost," starring del Toro as the notorious Colombian drug lord.
Philip Martin's "The Forger," starring Travolta and Christopher Plummer in a tale of an artistically gifted petty thief who must aid his ailing father in one last job, and fellow Brit Richard Loncraine's "Ruth & Alex," starring Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton in an adaptation of Jill Ciment's novel about a couple maybe selling their Brooklyn walkup, also world preem in Gala, as does French helmer Cedric Jimenez' "The Connection," a '70s-set thriller about one cop's campaign against a crime kingpin, starring Jean Dujardin.
The seven U.S. titles world preeming in Special Presentations include Thomas McCarthy's magic-fuelled adventure about a man able to step into people's lives "The Cobbler" (Sandler), Shira Piven's dark comedy about a meds-quitting lottery-winner who buys herself a talk show "Welcome To Me" (Wiig), Henry Hobson's rural-set zombie heartwarmer "Maggie" (Schwarzenegger), Gina Prince-Bythewood's tale of a singing superstar struggling with fame and finding love "Beyond The Lights," Paul Bettany's feature bow about two homeless people bonding in 1970s New York "Shelter" (Connelly), Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo's Gotham-set Chinatown gang saga "Revenge of the Green Dragons," and "Human Highway (Director's Cut)," which rewires Neil Young's infamous 1982 bomb.
The program world preems two (make that, deux) films inspired by 19th-century French novelist Gustave Flaubert -- "Madame Bovary," starring Mia Wasikowska, is Sophie Barthes' adaptation of his most famous novel, and "Gemma Bovery" is Anne Fontaine's modern story a Flaubert-loving ex-hipster's intriguing new village life -- as well as Chinese helmer Johnnie To's love triangle tangle "Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2" and Mikael Marcimain's homage to post-WWII life through the story of flamboyant brothers "Gentlemen."
"The Artist" helmer Michel Hazanavicius' "The Search," Olivier Assayas' "Clouds of Sils Maria," Matthew Warchus' "Pride," BenoÃ®t Jacquot's "Three Hearts" and Stefano Sollima's "Gomorrah" receive their North American preems in Special Presentations.
Contemporary World Cinema touches down with pics from 42 countries, including the world preems of Nino Kirtadze's "Don't Breathe," Mijke de Jong's "Frailer," Dome Karukoski's "The Grump," Jyoti Mistry's "Impunity," Ole Christian Madsen's "Itsi Bitsi," Ryuichi Hiroki's "Kabukicho Love Hotel," Kriv Stenders' "Kill Me Three Times" (starring Simon Pegg), Giulio Ricciarelli's "Labyrinth Of Lies," Kristina Grozeva's "The Lesson," Bruno Dumont's "Li'l Quinquin," Luis Ortega's "Lulu," Shonali Bose's "Margarita, with a Straw," Alex Holdridge and Linnea Saasen's "Meet Me in Montenegro," Szabolcs Hajdu's "Mirage," Juris Kursietis' "Modris," Ole Giaever's "Out of Nature," Sepideh Farsi's "Red Rose," Laura Amelia Guzman's "Sand Dollars," Stefan Liberski's "Tokyo Fiancee," Ghassan Salhab's "The Valley," Cristian Jimenez's "Voice Over," and Baran bo Odar's "Who Am I - No System is Safe."
Wavelength's international offering of cinema art spans artist-made works, hybrid and essay docus, and daring approaches to storytelling, and includes 13 features among its 46 titles. The program world preems Sariama Sylla and Khady Sylla's "A Single Word," which explores the tradition of oral histories, and "Episode of the Sea" directed by Lonnie van Brummelen, Siebren de Haan, and the inhabitants of Urk, and screens new films by Joshua and Benny Safdie, Pedro Costa, Shinya Tsukamoto, and Soon-Mi Yoo among others.
City to City's slate of eight new pics from cinema hotbed Seoul includes the world preems of Boo Ji-Young's "Cart" and Yim Pil-sung's "Scarlet Innocence."
Future Projections presents installations by internationally renowned moving-image artists Lynne Marsh (Canada), Seoul-based art collective Heavy Industries, Laurent Montaron (France), Shaun Gladwell (Australia), and Amie Siegel (U.S.).
TIFF Cinematheque, screening classic films from around the world, adds the Film Foundation-restored "The Colour of Pomegranates" by Armenian master Sergei Parajanov, the digital restorations of Nagisa Oshima's "Cruel Story of Youth" and Wu Yonggang's 1934 silent "The Goddess," a tribute screening of the late Harun Farocki's "In Comparison," and the 4K restoration of John Ford's "My Darling Clementine," with audio restored from the source element.
The inaugural Short Cuts International program unspools 36 shorts from from 29 countries.
The Toronto film festival runs Sept. 4 to 14, 2014.
A full list of TIFF's new additions is below.
Boychoir FranÃ§ois Girard, USA World Premiere
An orphaned 12-year-old boy is sent to prestigious music school where he struggles to join an elite group of world-class singers. No one expects this rebellious loner to succeed, least of all the school's relentlessly-tough conductor who wages a battle of wills to bring out the boy's extraordinary musical gift. Starring Dustin Hoffman, Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Kevin McHale, Eddie Izzard, Debra Winger and Garrett Wareing.
The Connection (La French) CÃ©dric Jimenez, France/Belgium World Premiere