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Benedict Cumberbatch is TIFF’s triple threat

The Toronto International Film Festival has a head start on its competition. Today, they unveiled their roster, which includes talented actors like Sandra Bullock, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Tuesday morning, the Toronto International Film Festival announced part of their highly anticipated lineup. The Galas, Special Presentations and World Premieres are filled with heavy hitters. One person who seems to be all over the list is British actor Benedict Cumberbatch.

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Cumberbatch stars in not one, but three films screening at the festival. He headlines the biopic The Fifth Estate, which centers on the real-life WikiLeaks scandal, and co-stars in the ensembles 12 Years a Slave and August: Osage County.

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Other big-name films making an appearance include Sandra Bullock and George Clooney‘s Gravity as well as the Idris Elba drama Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. The lineup boasts filmmakers from all over the world who cover a variety of topics. Check out the eclectic mix below (via Collider).


  • American Dreams in China Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong/China North American Premiere
  • The Art of the Steal Jonathan Sobol, Canada World Premiere
  • August: Osage County John Wells, USA World Premiere
  • Cold Eyes Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo, South Korea North American Premiere

Opening Night Film:

  • The Fifth Estate Bill Condon, USA World Premiere
  • The Grand Seduction Don McKellar, Canada World Premiere
  • Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas, USA International Premiere

Closing Night Film:

  • Life of Crime Daniel Schechter, USA World Premiere
  • The Love Punch Joel Hopkins, France World Premiere
  • The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany North American Premiere
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Justin Chadwick, South Africa World Premiere
  • Parkland Peter Landesman, USA North American Premiere
  • The Railway Man Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia/United Kingdom World Premiere
  • The Right Kind of Wrong Jeremiah Chechik, Canada World Premiere
  • Rush Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany International Premiere
  • Shuddh Desi Romance Maneesh Sharma, India Canadian Premiere
  • Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Mike Myers, USA World Premiere

Special Presentations: 

  • 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen, USA World Premiere
  • All Is By My Side John Ridley, United Kingdom World Premiere
  • Attila Marcel Sylvain Chomet, France World Premiere
  • Bad Words Jason Bateman, USA World Premiere
  • Belle Amma Asante, United Kingdom World Premiere
  • Blue Is the Warmest Color, Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2  Abdellatif Kechiche, France North American Premiere
  • Burning Bush Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic North American Premiere
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? John Carney, USA World Premiere
  • Cannibal (Caníbal) Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France World Premiere
  • Dallas Buyers Club Jean-Marc Vallée, USA World Premiere
  • Devil’s Knot Atom Egoyan, USA World Premiere
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her Ned Benson, USA
  • Dom Hemingway Richard Shepard, United Kingdom World Premiere
  • Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA Canadian Premiere
  • The Double Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom World Premiere
  • Enough Said Nicole Holofcener, USA World Premiere
  • Exit Marrakech Caroline Link, Germany International Premiere
  • Felony Matthew Saville, Australia World Premiere
  • For Those Who Can Tell No Tales Jasmila Žbani?, Bosnia and Herzegovina World Premiere
  • Gloria Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain North American Premiere
  • Going Away (Il est parti dimanche) Nicole Garcia, France World Premiere
  • Gravity Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere
  • The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy North American Premiere
  • Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/United Kingdom World Premiere
  • Hateship Loveship Liza Johnson, USA World Premiere
  • Ida Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland World Premiere
  • L’intrepido Gianni Amelio, Italy North American Premiere
  • The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom World Premiere
  • Joe David Gordon Green, USA North American Premiere
  • Labor Day Jason Reitman, USA World Premiere
  • Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan North American Premiere
  • Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves, USA/China North American Premiere
  • Mary Queen of Scots Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland North American Premiere
  • Mystery Road Ivan Sen, Australia International Premiere
  • Night Moves Kelly Reichardt, USA North American Premiere
  • Omar Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine North American Premiere
  • One Chance David Frankel, USA World Premiere
  • Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch, USA North American Premiere
  • The Past (Le Passé) Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy North American Premiere
  • Philomena Stephen Frears, United Kingdom North American Premiere
  • Pioneer (Pionér) Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway/Germany/Sweden/France/Finland International Premiere
  • Prisoners Denis Villeneuve, USA World Premiere
  • Quai d’Orsay Bertrand Tavernier, France World Premiere
  • Real Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan North American Premiere
  • Starred Up David Mackenzie, United Kingdom World Premiere
  • Third Person Paul Haggis, Belgium World Premiere
  • Those Happy Years (Anni Felici) Daniele Luchetti, Italy World Premiere
  • Tracks John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia North American Premiere
  • Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere
  • Violette Martin Provost, France/Belgium World Premiere
  • Visitors Godfrey Reggio, USA World Premiere
  • Walesa. Man of Hope. (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.) Andrzej Wajda, Poland North American Premiere
  • We are the Best! (Vi är bäst!) Lukas Moodysson, Sweden North American Premiere
  • Le Week-End Roger Michell, United Kingdom World Premiere
  • You Are Here Matthew Weiner, USA World Premiere
  • Young and Beautiful (Jeune & jolie) François Ozon, France/Belgium North American Premiere

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival will run from Sept. 5 – 15.

Photo credit: DreamWorks

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