Rian Johnson's LOOPER To Open Toronto Film Festival. Malick, Affleck, Kitano, Wachowski's Topline Premiere Heavy Lineup.

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Rian Johnson's LOOPER To Open Toronto Film Festival. Malick, Affleck, Kitano, Wachowski's Topline Premiere Heavy Lineup.
Though the official Toronto International Film Festival press conference is not slated to begin for another hour, the folks at Variety may have just rendered the entire affair moot by leaking the massive first announcement of titles for the festival early.

And it's a huge list, both in terms of sheer number of titles and the scale of the filmmakers involved.

Rian Johnson's Looper is poised to kick things off along with new films by Terrence Malick, Ben Affleck, Takeshi Kitano, the Wachowski's and more. And for the geeky among you wondering whether Stephen Fung's Tai Chi 0 could possibly maintain the level of fun presented in that first trailer, well, that's in there too.

Here's the complete list:

World Premieres
"Looper" (Rian Johnson) (Opening Film)
"Cloud Atlas" (The Wachowskis & Tom Tykwer)
"Argo" (Ben Affleck)
"The Silver Linings Playbook" (David O. Russell)
"Love, Marilyn" (Liz Garbus)
"Free Angela And All Political Prisoners" (Shola Lynch)
"The Place Beyond The Pines" (Derek Cianfrance)
"Midnight's Children" (Deepa Mehta)
"Hyde Park On Hudson" (Roger Michell)
"Great Expectations" (Mike Newell)
"Inescapable" (Rubba Nadda)
"Twice Born" (Sergio Castellitto)
"English Vinglish" (Gauri Shinde)
"The Perks Of Being A Wallflower" (Stephen Chbosky)
"Thanks For Sharing" (Stuart Blumberg)
"End Of Watch" (David Ayer)
"Imogene" (Robert Puccini and Shari Springer Berman)
"A Late Quartet" (Yaron Zilberman)
"Much Ado About Nothing" (Joss Whedon)
"Frances Ha" (Noah Baumbach)
"The Time Being" (Nenad Cicin-Sain)
"Writers" (Josh Boone)
"At Any Price" (Ramin Bahrani)
"Venus And Serena" (Maiken Baird)
"Byzantium" (Neil Jordan)
"Quartet" (Dustin Hoffman)
"Ginger And Rosa" (Sally Potter)
"A Liar's Autobiography" (Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson)
"Foxfire" (Laurnet Cantet)
"In The House" (Francois Ozon)
"The Impossible" (JA Bayona)
"Hannah Arendt (Margarethe Von Trotta)
"Mr. Pip" (Andrew Adamson)
"Capital" (Costa-Gavras)
"The Attack" (Ziad Doueriri)
"Zaytoun" (Eran Riklis)
"The Deep" (Baltasar Kormakur)
"Dreams For Sale" (Nishikawa Miwa)
"The Last Supper" (Lu Chuan)

International/North American Premieres
"To The Wonder" (Terrence Malick)
"Anna Karenina" (Joe Wright)
"The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (Mira Nair)
"The Company You Keep" (Robert Redford)
"Jayne Mansfield's Car" (Billy Bob Thornton)
"A Royal Affair" (Nikolai Arcel)
"Dangerous Liasons" (Hur Ji-Ho)
"Thermae Romae" (Hideki Takeuchi)
"Caught In The Web" (Chen Kaige)
"Dormant Beauty" (Marco Belloccchio)
"Everybody Has A Plan" (Ana Piterbarg) w/Viggo Mortensen
"Kon-Tiki" (Espen Sandberg)
"Reality" (Matteo Garrone)
"A Few Hours Of Spring" (Stephan Brize)
"The Hunt" (Thomas Vintenberg)
"The Iceman" (Ariel Vromen)
"Lore" (Cate Shortland)
"No" (Pablo Larrain)
"Ourage Beyond" (Takeshi Kitano)
"Rust And Bone" (Jacques Audiard)
"The Sapphires" (Wayne Blair)
"Tai Chi O" (Stephen Fung)

Canadian Premiere
"The Sessions" (Ben Lewis)
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BlackJohnDoeJuly 24, 2012 9:28 AM

LOOPER is the opening film?!?!?!?!?!

What is going on at TIFF? #disappointed

Todd BrownJuly 24, 2012 9:34 AM

You'd prefer another Score: A Hockey Musical? After pandering to local politics for years and picking shitty openers as a result what's happened is they actually picked a movie people want to see.

2BitJuly 24, 2012 11:47 AM

This is not worth complaining about. Looper looks to be one of the more exciting films of the year. On top of that you're getting the first look of Cloud Atlas! Sure, the secrecy behind this project makes me skeptical, but I'm still very eager to see what it's all about.

Also, the new films from Malick & Kitano, plus over a dozen other amazing directors? I would freaking love to attend this fest. I hope AFI in L.A. can mimic most of this.

Ryland AldrichJuly 24, 2012 12:15 PM

Whoa! Uhh, N.A. premiere for Malick? I guess that means Venice. This is so, so, so strong. A fantastic lineup with many of the most exciting films yet to launch this year. Notably excluded: Paul Thomas Anderson's THE MASTER, the N.A. premiere of Leos Carax's HOLY MOTORS,

BlackJohnDoeJuly 24, 2012 5:54 PM

I do want to see Looper. Just not as the opening film. How about a movie that might need a push? Or something that isn't opening 2 days later at the local theatres?
Capital would have been my choice or Cloud Atlas.

I totally agree with your Score: A Hockey Musical comment. I shook my head at that choice as well.

Todd BrownJuly 24, 2012 7:05 PM

You've got a point there, though, honestly I find the opening night to be a big press fluff up more than a serious push, with the actual film largely overwhelmed by the fact that it's the first night of the fest. There aren't very many films in the gala and special presentations areas that I think really need a real push but I think the one that are programmed deeper in the fest - particularly the Friday, Saturday, Sunday - actually get more of that than the opening night. All that to say I'm totally good with the opening night going to an easy, PR friendly crowd pleaser. Assuming that, yes, the ones you mention - particularly Cloud Atlas - get good slots.

Todd BrownJuly 24, 2012 7:07 PM

My gut reaction is that Carax isn't enough of a name to justify a Special Presentations or Gala spot (certainly not Gala) and it's weird enough that if it's in the festival it'll probably be in Vanguard, which hasn't announced yet.

But, yes, The Master is interesting.