2013 Toronto Festival: 90 New Titles Added Including New Miyazaki, Turturro, Durkin, Gibney, MacDonald and Wheatley


2013 Toronto Film Festival LineupThe titles just keep coming as we are now just over three weeks away from the start of the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival and they have gone and added 90 new feature length titles to the program and it’s not as if they are titles you haven’t heard of.

New to the Galas selection is Guillaume Canet‘s Blood Ties which premiered at Cannes earlier this year (read my review here) and Words and Pictures starring Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche.

In the Special Presentations selection you find the bulk of the more noted titles including Alex Gibney‘s new documentary The Armstrong Lie about cyclist Lance Armstrong, Johnnie To‘s Blind Detective which also premiered at Cannes, James Franco‘s Child of God based on the Cormac McCarthy novel, John Turturro‘s Fading Gigolo which features Woody Allen in one of the roles, Kevin Macdonald‘s How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan (watch the trailer here), Southcliffe from Martha Marcy May Marlene director Sean Durkin, Lee Sang-il‘s Japanese Unforgiven remake Yurusarezarumono and Hayao Miyazaki‘s newest movie The Wind Rises.

Finally, in the Contemporary World Cinema selection is The Dinner (Het Diner) from Menno Meyjes, director of Martian Child and screenwriter on The Color Purple and the Wavelengths selection adds Ben Wheatley‘s A Field in England.

I have listed all the new titles added directly below, or you could click here to check out the entire line-up.

The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 to 15, 2013 and I will be there through the 13th covering as many of these films as possible, but clearly it’s going to be tough.


  • Blood Ties (dir. Guillaume Canet) – France/USA
  • Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux jours) (dir. Marion Vernoux) – France
  • Words and Pictures (dir. Fred Schepisi) – USA

Special Presentations

  • A Promise (Une Promesse) (dir. Patrice Leconte) – Belgium/France
  • The Armstrong Lie (dir. Alex Gibney) – USA
  • Blind Detective (dir. Johnnie To) – Hong Kong
  • Child of God (dir. James Franco) – USA
  • The Face of Love (dir. Arie Posin) – USA
  • Fading Gigolo (dir. John Turturro) – USA
  • The Finishers (dir. Nils Tavernier) – Belgium/France
  • How I Live Now (dir. Kevin Macdonald) – United Kingdom
  • The Last of Robin Hood (dir. Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland) – USA
  • The Liberator (Libertador) (dir. Alberto Arvelo) – Venezuela/Spain
  • Love is the Perfect Crime (Amour Crime Parfait) (dir. Arnaud Larrieu and Jean-Marie Larrieu) – France/Switzerland
  • Lucky Them (dir. Megan Griffiths) – USA
  • Rock the Casbah (dir. Laïla Marrakchi) – France/Morocco
  • Singing Women (Sarki Söyleyen Kadinlar) (dir. Reha Erdem) – France/Germany/Turkey
  • Southcliffe (dir. Sean Durkin) – United Kingdom
  • Sunshine on Leith (dir. Dexter Fletcher) – United Kingdo
  • Therese (dir. Charlie Stratton) – USA
  • Unforgiven (Yurusarezarumono) (dir. Lee Sang-il) – Japan
  • The Wind Rises (Kaze Tachinu) (dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Japan

Contemporary World Cinema

  • A Place in Heaven (Makom be-gan eden) (dir. Yossi Madmony) – Israel
  • A Wolf at the Door (O Lobo atrás da Porta) (dir. Fernando Coimbra) – Brazil
  • An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker (Epizoda u životu beraca željeza) (dir. Danis Tanović) – Bosnia-Herzegovina/France/Slovenia
  • Bad Hair (Pelo Malo) (dir. Mariana Rondón) – Venezuela
  • Bastardo (dir. Nejib Belkadhi) – Tunisia/France/Qatar
  • The Bit Player (Ekstra) (dir. Jeffrey Jeturian) – Philippines
  • Blind Dates (Brma Paemnebi) (dir. Levan Koguashvili) – Georgia
  • Brazilian Western (Faroeste Caboclo) (dir. René Sampaio) – Brazil
  • Break Loose (Vosmerka) (dir. Alexey Uchitel) – Russia
  • Child’s Pose (Pozitia Copilului) (dir. Calin Peter Netzer) – Romania
  • Club Sandwich (Club Sándwich) (dir. Fernando Eimbcke) – Mexico
  • Cristo Rey (dir. Leticia Tonos Paniagua) – Dominican Republic/France/Haiti
  • The Dinner (Het Diner) (dir. Menno Meyjes) – The Netherlands
  • Eastern Boys (dir. Robin Campillo) – France
  • El Mudo (dir. Diego Vega and Daniel Vega) – Peru/France/Mexico
  • Friends from France (Les Interdits) (dir. Anne Weil and Philippe Kotlarski) – France/Germany/Canada/Russia
  • Giselle (dir. Toa Fraser) – New Zealand
  • Heart of a Lion (Leijonasydän) (dir. Dome Karukoski) – Finland/Sweden
  • Honeymoon (Líbanky) (dir. Jan Hrebejk) – Czech Republic/Slovakia
  • Hotell (dir. Lisa Langseth) – Sweden/Denmark
  • The Immoral (De Umoralske) (dir. Lars Daniel Krutzkoff Jacobsen) – Norway
  • Intruders (Jo Nan-ja-deul) (dir. Noh Young-Seok) – South Korea
  • The Kids from the Port (Los Chicos del Puerto) (dir. Alberto Morais) – Spain
  • iNumber Number (dir. Donovan Marsh) – South Africa
  • Ladder to Damascus (Soullam iIa Dimashq) (dir. Mohamad Malas) – Syria/Lebanon/Qatar
  • Le Grand Cahier (A Nagy Füzet) (dir. János Szász) – Germany/Hungary/Austria/France
  • Life’s a Breeze (dir. Lance Daly) – Ireland/Sweden
  • Little Feet (dir. Alexandre Rockwell) – United States of America
  • The Major (dir. Yuri Bykov) – Russia
  • Manuscripts Don’t Burn (Dast-neveshtehaa nemisoozand) (dir. Mohammad Rasoulof) – Iran
  • McCanick (dir. Josh C. Waller) – USA
  • Metalhead (Málmhaus) (dir. Ragnar Bragason) – Iceland
  • October November (Oktober November) (dir. Götz Spielmann) – Austria
  • Old Moon (Luna Vieja) (dir. Raisa Bonnet) – Puerto Rico
  • Palestine Stereo (Falastine Stereo) (dir. Rashid Masharawi)
  • Paradise: Hope (Paradies: Hoffnung) (dir. Ulrich Seidl) – Austria/France/Germany
  • Qissa (dir. Anup Singh) – Germany/India/The Netherlands/France
  • Rags and Tatters (Farsh wa ghata) (dir. Ahmad Abdalla) – Egypt
  • The Sea (dir. Stephen Brown) – Ireland
  • The Selfish Giant (dir. Clio Barnard) – United Kingdom
  • Something Necessary (dir. Judy Kibinge) – Kenya/Germany
  • Stop the Pounding Heart (dir. Roberto Minervini) – Belgium/Italy/USA
  • Stranger by the Lake (dir. Alain Guiraudie) – France
  • Unbeatable (dir. Dante Lam) – China/Hong Kong
  • Under the Starry Sky (Des Etoiles) (dir. Dyana Gaye) – France/Senegal
  • When Evening Falls on Bucharest or Metabolism (Cand se lasa seara peste Bucuresti sau Metabolism) (dir. Corneliu Porumboiu) – Romania
  • White Lies (Tuakiri Huna) (dir. Dana Rotberg) New Zealand
  • The Wonders (Plaot) (dir. Avi Nesher) – Israel
  • Homecoming (African Metropolis) (dir. Jim Chuchu) – Kenya
  • Berea (African Metropolis) (dir. Vincent Moloi) – South Africa
  • To Repel Ghosts (African Metropolis) (dir. Philippe Lacôte) – Ivory Coast
  • Kwaku Ananse Akosua (dir. Adoma Owusu) – Ghana/Mexico/USA
  • Noah’s Flood (Unogumbe, Noye’s Fludde) (dir. Mark Dornford-May) – South Africa


  • A Field in England (dir.Ben Wheatley) – United Kingdom
  • I’m the same, I’m an other (dir. Caroline Strubbe) – Belgium
  • La ultíma película (dir. Raya Martin and Mark Peranson) – Canada/Denmark/Mexico/Philippines
  • RP31 (dir. Lucy Raven) – USA
  • MANAKAMANA (dir. Stephanie Spray and Pacho Velez) – USA/Nepal
  • Pays Barbare (dir. Yvervant Gianikian and Angela Ricci Lucchi) – France
  • Story of My Death (dir. Albert Serra) – Spain/France
  • Stray Dogs (Jiao You) (dir. Tsai Ming-Liang) – Taiwan/France
  • The Battle of Tabatô (dir. Joao Viana) – Portugal/Guinea-Bissau
  • The Disquiet (dir. Ali Cherri)
  • The Missing Picture (L’image manquante) (dir. Rithy Panh) – Cambodia/France
  • The Police Officer’s Wife (dir. Philip Gröning) – Germany
  • The Strange Little Cat (dir. Ramon Zürcher) – Germany
  • ‘Til Madness Do Us Apart (dir. Wang Bing) – France/Hong Kong/Japan
  • Three Interpretation Exercises (Trois Exercises d’Interprétation) (dir. Cristi Puiu) – Romania/France