Our Most Anticipated Films of TIFF 2013

Oliver Lunn

This year's TIFF is just around the corner and, we're not going to lie, we're shaking at the knees in excitement. Why? Because this year's jaw-dropping line-up looks set to offer more cinematic treats than ever before. Think we're lying? Take a look for yourself, guys...

12 Years A Slave 

Director: Steve McQueen
Genre: Drama
Starring: Michael Fassbender, Solomon Northup, Brad Pitt
What's it about?: A free black man (Northup) is abducted and sold into slavery in a pre-Civil War United States.
Why we need to see it: Because, duh, it's directed by Steve McQueen, aka the mastermind behind 2008's Hunger and 2011's Shame. Plus it's based on an incredible true story. 

Only Lovers Left Alive 

Director: Jim Jarmusch
Genre: Drama/Horror/Romance
Starring: Tom Hiddleston, Tilda Swinton, Mia Wasikowska
What's it about?: A story about two loved-up vampires and their centuries-spanning relationship.
Why we need to see it: Because it's a unique blend of genres and, as we know, no one can pull this off better than indie auteur Jim Jarmusch. Hell, he directed Down By Law, Mystery Train and Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai. Need we say any more? 

Devil’s Knot 

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Director: Atom Egoyan
Genre: Crime/Drama/Biopic
Starring: Mireille Enos, Reese Witherspoon, Stephen Moyer
What's it about?: Based on the true story of three teenagers (later known as the West Memphis Three) who were put on trial and charged with the savage, ritualistic murder of three young boys. But did they do it? 
Why we need to see it: After the Paradise Lost documentaries and the recent West of Memphis documentary, we're intrigued to see Egoyan's feature on the subject. It was only a matter of time. 

Labor Day

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Director: Jason Reitman
Genre: Drama 
Starring: Kate Winslet, Josh Brolin, Tobey Maguire, James Van Der Beek
What's it about?: A depressed single mom and her son offer a wounded, shady man a ride. As cops search town for the escaped convict, the mother and son begin to learn his true story as their options become increasingly limited.
Why we need to see it: JAMES VAN DER BEEK, OH MY GOD. 

Night Moves

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Director: Kelly Reichardt
Genre: Drama
Starring: Jesse Eisenberg, Alia Shawkat, Dakota Fanning
What's it about?: Three environmentalists plan to blow up a dam. 
Why we need to see it: Reichardt (Meek's Cutoff, Wendy and Lucy) is one of the most exciting American independent filmmakers on the planet.

Enough Said 

Director: Nicole Holofcener
Genre: Comedy
Starring: James Gandolfini, Toni Collette, Catherine Keener
What's it about?: A divorced woman who decides to pursue the man she's interested in learns he's her new friend's ex-husband. 
Why we need to see it: It was the late James 'Tony Soprano' Gandolfini's last film.

Finding Vivian Maier

Directors: John Maloof, Charlie Siskel
Genre: Documentary 
What's it about?: One of the greatest photographers of the 20th century was discovered recently by chance...
Why we need to see it: Vivian Maier's street photography is stark, dramatic, witty and was, for some reason, completely unknown until recently. This documentary sheds light on the mysteries surrounding this enigmatic woman. 

The Double

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Director: Richard Ayoade
Genre: Comedy
Starring: Mia Wasikowska, Jesse Eisenberg 
What's it about?: Based on a Dostoyevsky novel, the film follows a man who is driven insane by the appearance of his doppleganger.
Why we need to see it: Not to be confused with the 2011 Richard Gere film, Ayoade's follow-up to his sensational debut Submarine looks to be in an interesting new direction for the young director. 

Jodorowsky’s Dune

Director: Frank Pavich
Genre: Documentary
Starring: Alejandro Jodorowsky, Michel Seydoux
What's it about?: The film follows legendary Chilean-French director Alejandro Jodorowsky's attempt to adapt Frank Herbert's science fiction novel 'Dune' (previously made into a film by David Lynch).
Why we need to see it: Classic sci-fi. Crazy, eccentric director. This is a story we need to hear.


Director: David Gordon Green
Genre: Drama
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Tye Sheridan, Sue Rock
What's it about?: An ex-con, who is the unlikeliest of role models, meets a 15-year-old boy and is faced with the choice of redemption or ruin.
Why we need to see it: Because indie director David Gordon Green (All The Real Girls, Prince Avalanche) has teamed up with Nic Cage. And that's just bizarre, isn't it? 

The Unknown Known

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Director: Errol Morris
Genre: Documentary 
Starring: Errol Morris, Donald Rumsfeld, Kenn Medeiros 
What's it about?: Former United States Secretary of Defense, Donald Rumsfeld, discusses his career in Washington D.C. from his days as a congressman in the early 1960s to planning the invasion of Iraq in 2003.
Why we need to see it: Quite simply because nobody makes documentaries like Errol Morris (The Thin Blue Line).

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