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Toronto Festival lineup: Follow the Looper!

The 2012 Toronto Film Festival is starting off with a bang. Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s action flick Looper will open this year’s event. It’s just one of many anticipated debuts, which will include Ben Affleck’s Argo and The Wachowski’s Cloud Atlas.


The Toronto International Film Festival is coming. Tuesday, they released the lineup for this year’s edition, which will feature some major premieres. On opening night, director Rian Johnson’s sci-fi epic Looper will kick things off.

Looper stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Bruce Willis as the younger and older versions of the same character. Does that sound confusing? The story centers on an assassin who’s commissioned to kill himself. Willis is Older Joe and lives in a future where criminals use time travel to “dispose” of their victims.

The mob hires loopers (hit men), such as Younger Joe, who live in the past to kill targets transported through time. Unfortunately, that’s hard to do when your target is yourself!

Here are the TIFF films that have been announced so far:


  • A Royal Affair (dir. Nikolaj Arcel), Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany
  • Argo (dir. Ben Affleck), USA
  • The Company You Keep (dir. Robert Redford), USA
  • Dangerous Liaisons (dir. Jin-ho Hur), China
  • English Vinglish (dir. Gauri Shinde), India
  • Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (dir. Shola Lynch), USA/France
  • Great Expectations (dir. Mike Newell), United Kingdom
  • Hyde Park on Hudson (dir. Roger Michell), United Kingdom
  • Inescapable (dir. Ruba Nadda), Canada
  • Jayne Mansfield’s Car (dir. Billy Bob Thornton), USA/Russia
  • Looper (dir. Rian Johnson), USA [Opening Film]
  • Love, Marilyn (dir. Liz Garbus), USA
  • Midnight’s Children (dir. Deepa Mehta), Canada/ United Kingdom
  • The Reluctant Fundamentalist (dir. Mira Nair), USA
  • Silver Linings Playbook (dir. David O. Russell), USA
  • Thermae Romae (dir. Hideki Takeuchi), Japan
  • Twice Born (dir. Sergio Castellitto), Italy/Spain/Croatia

Special Presentations

  • A Few Hours of Spring (dir. Stephane Brize), France
  • Anna Karenina (dir. Joe Wright), United Kingdom
  • At Any Price (dir. Ramin Bahrani), United Kingdom/USA
  • The Attack (dir. Ziad Doueiri), France
  • Byzantium (dir. Neil Jordan), United Kingdom
  • Capital (dir. Costa-Gavras), France
  • Caught in the Web (dir. Chen Kaige), Japan/China
  • Cloud Atlas (dir. Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski), USA
  • The Deep (dir. Baltasar Kormakur), Iceland/Norway
  • Dormant Beauty (dir. Marco Bellocchio), Italy/France
  • Dreams for Sale (dir. Miwa Nishikawa), Japan
  • End Of Watch (dir. David Ayer), USA
  • Everybody Has A Plan (dir. Ana Piterbarg), Argentina
  • Foxfire (dir. Laurent Cantet), France/Canada
  • Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach), USA
  • Ginger and Rosa (dir. Sally Potter), United Kingdom
  • Hannah Arendt (dir. Margarethe von Trotta), Germany
  • The Hunt (dir. Thomas Vinterberg), Denmark
  • The Iceman (dir. Ariel Vromen), USA
  • Imogene (dir. Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman), USA
  • The Impossible (dir. J.A. Bayona), Spain/USA
  • In the House (dir. Francois Ozon), France
  • Kon-Tiki (dir. Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg), United Kingdom/Norway/Denmark
  • The Last Supper (dir. Chuan Lu), China
  • A Late Quartet (dir. Yaron Zilberman), USA
  • A Liar’s Autobiography — The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (dir. ?Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson), United Kingdom
  • Lore (dir. Cate Shortland), Australia/United Kingdom/Germany
  • Mr. Pip (dir. Andrew Adamson), New Zealand
  • Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon), USA
  • No (dir. Pablo Larrain), Chile/USA
  • Outrage Beyond (dir. Takeshi Kitano), Japan
  • The Perks of Being a Wallflower (dir. Stephen Chbosky), USA
  • The Place Beyond the Pines (dir. Derek Cianfrance), USA
  • Quartet (dir. Dustin Hoffman), United Kingdom
  • Reality (dir. Matteo Garrone), Italy/France
  • Rust and Bone (dir. Jacques Audiard), France/Belgium
  • The Sapphires (dir. Wayne Blair), Australia
  • The Sessions (dir. Ben Lewin), USA
  • Tai Chi 0 (dir. Stephen Fung), China
  • Thanks for Sharing (dir. Stuart Blumberg), USA
  • The Time Being (dir. Nenad Cicin-Sain), USA
  • To The Wonder (dir. Terrence Malick), USA
  • Venus and Serena (dir. Maiken Baird), USA
  • Writers (dir. Josh Boone), USA
  • Zaytoun (dir. Eran Riklis), United Kingdom/Israel

The Toronto International Film Festival runs from Sept. 6-16.

Photo credit: Sony Pictures Entertainment

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