A Massive Preview of the 2005 Toronto Film Festival


Coming up on September 8-17 is The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), a festival ranked by Variety and film industry members as second only to Cannes. It is the discriminating and sophisticated Toronto filmgoers who make the Toronto International Film Festival a must-attend event for the public, industry, and press alike. Over the last 30 years, the movie-going public has supported and shaped the Festival into what it is today, one of the largest public film festivals in the world. Every September, the city opens its doors and experiences the best cinema in the world, and boasts approximately 250,000 admissions annually.

Lucky for us RopeofSilicon has received pics for eight of the films that will be showing at the festival this year and we hope to receive several more considering films such as Edison, Where the Truth Lies, Revolver and Pride and Prejudice will be screening, but for now we have other high profile features to brag about, so check them out below and click on any of the teaser images to browse the galleries as we have new pics for each and every film featured, 63 new pics in total.



Part fable, part horror story, Beowulf & Grendel is an adaptation of the epic poem “Beowulf,” about a Norse warrior’s battle against Grendel the murderous troll. The poem is said to have inspired J.R.R. Tolkien to write “The Lord of the Rings.”

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From Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ang Lee comes an epic American love story, based on the short story by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Annie Proulx and adapted for the screen by the team of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Larry McMurtry and Diana Ossana. Set against the sweeping vistas of Wyoming and Texas, the film tells the story of two young men — a ranch-hand and a rodeo cowboy — who meet in the summer of 1963, and unexpectedly forge a lifelong connection, one whose complications, joys, and tragedies provide a testament to the endurance and power of love.

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Corpse Bride carries on in the dark, romantic tradition of Tim Burton’s classic films Edward Scissorhands and The Nightmare Before Christmas. Set in a 19th century European village, this stop-motion, animated feature follows the story of Victor (Johnny Depp), a young man who is whisked away to the underworld and wed to a mysterious Corpse Bride (Helena Bonham-Carter), while his real bride, Victoria (Emily Watson), waits bereft in the land of the living. Though life in the Land of the Dead proves to be a lot more colorful than his strict Victorian upbringing, Victor learns that there is nothing in this world, or the next, that can keep him away from his one true love. It’s a tale of optimism, romance and a very lively afterlife, told in classic Tim Burton style.

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Harsh Times is a dark urban comedy of a Marine who comes home from Iraq to start a marriage and civilian life but quickly becomes entangled with an old friend from South Central whose layabout ways have begun to catch up with him.

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In Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang, a breezy take on Shane Black’s trademark buddy action/comedy oeuvre, a petty thief (Robert Downey Jr.) is brought to Los Angeles for an unlikely audition and finds himself in the middle of a murder investigation along with his high school dream girl (Michelle Monaghan) and a detective (Val Kilmer) who has been training him for his upcoming role.

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In Mary Juliette Binoche plays an actress who becomes fascinated by Mary Magdalene after playing her in a film. Thesp’s obsession takes her from New York on a voyage of discovery to Rome and Jerusalem.

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North Country is a story based on a woman (Theron) who has been abused by men all her life until she becomes fed up and does something radical about it. Her remedy is to become the key plaintiff in the first successful sexual harassment prosecution in the U.S.

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Romance & Cigarettes is a down-and-dirty musical love story set in the world of the working class. Nick (Gandolfini) is an ironworker who builds and repairs bridges. He’s married to Kitty (Sarandon), a dressmaker, a strong and gentle woman with whom he has three daughters. He is carrying on a torrid affair with a redheaded woman named Tula (Winslet). Nick is basically a good, hardworking man driven forward by will and blinded by his urges. Like Oedipus at Colonus, he is sent into exile and searches to find his way back through the damage he has done. In an imaginative, humorous, and touching way, “Romance & Cigarettes” explores the cost and value of a relationship through life and death. When the characters can no longer express themselves with language, they break into song, lip-synching the tunes lodged in their subconscious. It is their way to escape the harsh reality of their world – to dream, to remember, and to connect to another human being.

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Click the teaser above to check out a hi-res version of the TIFF Poster.

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