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9 Things we learnt about TIFF 2014 from today’s press conference

Today’s Toronto International Film Festival conference went by in a jiffy leaving us with a universe of information. Don’t worry, we’ll break it down for you.

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You can all breathe now! The first wave of the 39th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) information was thrust upon the public this morning during the opening conference and it looks like this year is shaping up to be a good one for movies. Toronto had best prepare itself or barricade the entrance, because judging from today’s sampler, loads of movie lovers will be flocking down this September.

So, here is what we learned from today’s fast-talking (seriously, did they drink a litre of espresso and eat a block of sugar before starting the conference?) announcement about the wondrous things to come to TIFF 2014.

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1. Festival Street

OK, so this is a really cool bit of information. This year TIFF has a special permission from the City of Toronto to close down a portion of King Street — between University Avenue and Peter Street — to create a “Festival Street.” It’s going to be a pedestrian-friendly promenade with free programming, pop-up performances and an outdoor stage with live music. It’s meant to be a relaxing hangout spot for visitors to enjoy between screenings. Well, we’ll definitely be there.

2. Opening film

While the closing night film has been announced, the opening film is yet to be selected. So, we need to stay tuned for this one. The TIFF folks are not simply withholding information from us; they actually have not chosen one yet.

3. Era of premieres

This year, TIFF is test-driving a new policy and will be screening premieres (within varying degrees) during the first four days of the festival. We were assured that this would not affect the selection of films, but will simply determine the scheduling. Good to know.

4. What about Canadian films?

Some Canadian big-name films have been announced at the conference today, but the majority of them will be made public during the Canadian Press Conference on August 6. So, stay patient fellow Canucks.

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5. Who’s going to be at TIFF this year?

The guest list of stars expected to attend the festival this year is going to be announced later in August. Strangely enough, people are almost equally, if not more, interested in this aspect of the festival than in the actual movies.

6. Closing night party

If you’re super cool and are planning to hit up the closing night party, you should know that it has been moved to the gorgeous Arcadian Court. You are so welcome.

7. Closing Night Film

This is a big one! And it surprised us. This year, Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos has been selected as the closing night film. It stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra, who is competing to design a fountain at Versailles for Louis XIV (Alan Rickman).

8. The special presentation programming (first batch)

Now, on to the meat of the party. This is only the tip of the iceberg, or the first installment of films to be expected at TIFF this year.

The Good Lie — Directed by Philippe Falardeau

Phoenix — Directed by Christian Petzhold

Top Five — Directed by Chris Rock

While We’re Young — Noah Baumbach

99 Homes — Directed by Ramin Behrani

The Second Chance — Directed by Susanne Bier

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American Heist — Directed by Sarik Andreasyan

Before We Go — Directed by Chris Evans

Cake — Directed by Daniel Barnz

Coming Home — Directed by Zhang Yimou

Dearest — Directed by Peter Chan

The Dead Lands — Directed by Toa Fraser

The Drop — Directed by Michaël R. Roskam

Eden — Directed by Mia Hansen-Love

Far From Men — Directed by David Oelhoffen

Force Majeure — Directed by Reuben Asklund

The Gate — Directed by Régis Wargnier

Good Kill — Directed by Andrew Nicholls

Hector and the Search for Happiness — Directed by Peter Chelsom

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The Humbling — Directed by Barry Lenvinson

Hungry Hearts — Directed by Saverio Costanzo

The Imitation Game — Directed by Morten Tyldum

The Prophet — Various directors, based on the book by Kahlil Gibran

The Keeping Room — Directed by Daniel Barber

The Last 5 Years — Directed by Richard LaGravenese

Learning to Drive — Directed by Isabel Coixet

Love & Mercy — Directed by Bill Pohlad

Manglehorn — Directed by David Gordon Green

Mary Kom — Directed by Omung Kumar

Men, Women and Children — Directed by Jason Reitman

Miss Julie — Directed by Liv Ullman

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Mr. Turner — Directed by Mike Leigh

My Old Lady — Directed by Israel Horovitz

Ned Rifle — Directed by Hal Hartley

Nightcrawler — Directed by Dan Gilroy

Pasolini — Directed by Abel Ferrara

The Reach — Directed by Jean-Baptiste Léonetti

Return to Ithaca — Directed by Laurent Cantet

Rosewater — Directed by Jon Stewart

Still Alice — Directed by Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland

Theory of Everything — Directed by James Marsh

Tim Out of Mind — Directed by Oren Moverman

Whiplash — Directed by Damien Chazelle

Wild Tales — Directed by Damián Szifrón

9. The gala screenings

Here are some other wonderful films that are not special presentations, but can be caught at the Roy Thompson Hall during TIFF.

The Judge — Directed by David Dobkin

The New Girlfriend — Directed by François Ozon

The Riot Club — Directed by Lone Scherfig

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Black and White — Directed by Mike Binder

The Equalizer — Directed by Antoine Fuqua

Foxcatcher — Directed by Bennett Miller

Maps to the Stars — Directed by David Cronenberg

Pawn Sacrifice — Directed by Edward Zwick

Samba — Directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano

This Is Where I Leave You — Directed by Shawn Levy

Wild — Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée
The TIFF extravaganza will run from Sept. 4 to Sept. 14. The rest of the films, as well as the attendees will be announced in August. Do you see any movies that you may want to watch? Are you coming to TIFF?

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