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TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL 2011 SELECTED FILMS

Putting a humorous spin on a tragic situation, 50/50 tells the story of Adam, a 27 year old nice-guy, who is diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and his struggle to beat the terminal illness. Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Bryce Dallas Howard and Angelica Houston. Written by Will Reiser. Directed by Jonathan Levine.


In order to escape her life of poverty, a woman defies Victorian Dublin’s rigid gender roles by disguising herself as a man named Albert Nobbs and working as a butler in a posh hotel. Albert’s (Glenn Close) double life takes a strange turn when she meets a handsome painter who has a secret of his own. Starring Glenn Close, Mia Wasikowska, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, Brendan Gleeson and Aaron Johnson. Directed by Rodrigo Garcia.


With the advent of sound, silent film veteran George Valentin (Jean Dujardin) fears his Hollywood stardom is in jeopardy, while Peppy Miller, a young extra, becomes a major movie star. Staying true to the period and the subject of the film, director Michel Hazanavicius filmed The Artist in black and white and entirely without sound. Starring Jean Dujardin, Berenice Bejo, Malcolm McDowell, John Goodman, James Cromwell, Penelope Ann Miller and Missi Pyle. Directed by Michel Hazanavicius.



What if William Shakespeare never wrote a single word of any of his plays? Set amid the tumultuous political climate surrounding Elizabeth the First’s succession to the throne, Anonymous explores the theory that the Earl of Oxford, Edward De Vere, was the true mastermind behind Shakespeare’s prolific literary career. Starring Rhys Ifans, David Thewlis, Rafe Spall, Joely Richardson and Vanessa Redgrave. Written by John Orloff. Directed by Roland Emmerich.


A Dangerous Method, the latest from director David Cronenberg, examines the complex relationship between the fathers of psychoanalysis, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung. Based on the book “A Most Dangerous Method” by John Kerr and adapted from the play “The Talking Cure” by Christopher Hampton. Starring Viggo Mortensen, Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightly, Vincent Cassel and Sarah Gadon. Directed by David Cronenberg.


When Matt King’s wife dies in a boating accident, the Hawaiian land heir and apathetic father of two girls learns that his wife had been having an affair. King (George Clooney) sets out to confront his wife’s lover, and in the process, is forced to reassess his life as he faces an uncertain future. Based on the novel by Kaui Hart Hemmings. Starring George Clooney, Judy Greer, Shaliene Woodley, Matthew Lillard, Beau Bridges and Amara Miller. Directed by Alexander Payne.


Nicolas Winding Refn’s genre-defying thriller stars Ryan Gosling as a hollywood stunt car driver who moonlights as a getaway car driver for criminals. Things get complicated when a heist goes wrong and Driver becomes entangled with his beautiful but married next door neighbor. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Starring Ryan Gosling, Carey Mulligan, Bryan Cranston. Based on the novel Drive by James Sallis. Written by Hossein Amini. Directed by Nicolas Winding Refn.


In the final days before the heavily contested Ohio Democratic presidential primary, a hot shot campaign staffer finds himself involved in a political scandal that could cost his candidate a shot at the presidency. Based on the play “Farragut North” by Beau Willimon. Starring George Clooney, Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Marissa Tomei and Evan Rachel Wood. Directed by George Clooney.



The only thing standing in the way of college sweethearts Jacob (a handsome Californian boy) and Anna (a striking British exchange student) is Anna’s expired student visa. Director Drake Doremus draws upon personal experiences to chronicle this complicated long distance relationship as it evolves over the course of 8 years. Starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. Written and directed by Drake Dormeus.

 

The true story of Sam Childers, former drug-dealer turned born-again Christian, who became the savior to countless orphans and child soldiers in civil war torn Sudan.

Starring Gerard Butler, Michelle Monaghan, Michael Shannon, Kathy Baker and Souleymane Sy Savane. Directed by Marc Forster.



After escaping from an abusive cult, a young woman struggles to come to grips with what happened to her inside the cult and re-adjust to life on the outside. Starring Elizabeth Olsen, Sarah Paulson, John Hawkes, and Hugh Dancy. Written and directed by Sean Durkin.





Part sci-fi apocalypse drama, part character study exploration of despair, depression and anxiety, Lars von Trier continues to push boundaries with his latest film, Melancholia. With a previously undiscovered planet hurtling towards Earth on a collision course, a new bride, her sister and their families are forced to cope with the imminent apocalypse in their own way. Starring Kirsten Dunst, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Alexander Skarsgard and Kiefer Sutherland. Written and directed by Lars von Trier.


Constrained by a tight budget and armed with loads of carefully compiled statistical data, Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane took a novel approach to the MLB draft, changing Major League Baseball forever. Based on the book “Moneyball” by Michael Lewis. Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, Philip Seymour Hoffman and Robin Wright. Written by Aaron Sorkin and Steve Zaillian. Directed by Bennett Miller.



Cameron Crowe directs this documentary commemorating the 20th anniversary of Pearl Jam, undeniably one of the greatest rock bands on Earth. Featuring rare and never before seen footage of the rock icons (much of which was filmed by the band themselves over the last 20 years), as well as interviews with Pearl Jam members Eddie Vedder, Stone Gossard, Jeff Ament, Mike McCready, and Matt Cameron. Directed by Cameron Crowe.


In this twisted revenge thriller, a plastic surgeon hunts down the man who raped his daughter and exacts his own disturbing form of retribution. Nominated for the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Based on the novel by Thierry Jonquet. Starring Antonio Banderas, Elena Anaya and Jan Cornet. Written and directed by Pedro Almodovar. From Spain. Spanish with English subtitles.



Writer/director Jeff Nichols’ extraordinary follow up to 2007’s Shotgun Stories stars Michael Shannon as a man haunted by visions of the apocalypse. Curtis LaFourche (Shannon) becomes obsessed with building a storm shelter for his family. But are his premonitions real, or is he losing his mind? Starring Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain. Written and directed by Jeff Nichols.




When a sociopathic teenager goes on a spree killing at his high school, his mother struggles to come to terms with the horrific act committed by her son and contemplates her own culpability for his shocking actions. Based on the novel We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver. Starring Tilda Swinton, John C. Reilly, Ezra Miller. Directed by Lynne Ramsay.



In Paddy Considine’s stunning directorial debut, a rage-filled man hellbent on self-destruction sees an opportunity for redemption when he meets a woman trapped in an abusive relationship. Starring Peter Mullen, Olivia Colman and Eddie Marsan. Written and directed by Paddy Considine.

 

2011 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL LINE UP ANNOUNCED:


GALA PRESENTATIONS

Albert Nobbs

Butter

A Dangerous Method

A Happy Event

The Ides of March

The Lady

Money Ball

Peace, Love & Misunderstanding

Take This Waltz

W.E.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

11 Flowers

50/50

360

The Artist

Americano

Anonymous

A Better Life

Burning Man

Chicken with Plums

Coriolanus

Countdown

Dark Horse

The Deep Blue Sea

The Descendants

Drive

Elles

The Eye of the Storm

Friends with Kids

Habemus Papam

Head Hunters

Hick

The Hunter

Jeff, Who Lives at Home

Killer Joe

Like Crazy

Machine Gun Preacher

Martha Marcy May Marlene

Melancholia

The Oranges

Pearl Jam Twenty

Rampart

Salmon Fishing in the Yemen

Shame

A Simple Life

The Skin I Live In

Take Shelter

Ten Year

Trishna

Twixt

Tyrannosaur

We Need to Talk About Kevin

Where Do We Go Now?

Woman in the Fifth

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