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TIFF 2013's Most Buzzworthy Films

Following yesterday's announcement of almost one quarter of the films that will be presented at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival, we enlisted CBC film critic Eli Glasner to decipher the programming for those seeking the festival's highly coveted tickets

Overall, Eli says this year's lineup is "impressive, no doubt about that. With competition from Telluride and Venice, TIFF has still been able to attract major talent and some big scores such as the world premier of 12 Years a Slave and the star studded August: Osage County." (Watch the trailers)

The films he's most excited about?


Sandra Bullock and George Clooney star in Alfonso Cuarón's Gravity.

From the international offering, Eli's pick "has to be Gravity. Alfonso Cuarón's film set the San Diego Comic-Con ablaze with its stunning footage."
"Cuarón has reportedly spent years trying to make this sfx-spectacular work. George Clooney and Sandra Bullock in space?  Yes." 

Looks terrifying. 

The film supposedly has an opening take that is over 17 minutes long, which reminds us of this incredible one-take scene from the climax of Cuarón's 2006 film, Children of Men

The Grand Seduction

Taylor Kitsch stars in Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction. 

From this year's Canadian lineup, Eli's pick so far is Don McKellar's The Grand Seduction

"Everyone adores Don McKellar and with good reason. Funny, whip smart and just too damn charming. This year he's back at TIFF with The Grand Seduction, an adaptation of a French comedy. He directed the film, starring Taylor Kitsch, Brendan Gleeson, Gordon Pinsent and our own Mark Critch."

The film is set on the East Coast and tells the story of a village trying to seduce a big city doctor, played by Kitsch, into sticking around. 22 Minutes' Mark Critch is indeed one of the stars of the film, alongside long time CBC castmates Cathy Jones and Mary Walsh. 

The Grand Seduction will also open the 2013 Atlantic Film Festival.

The Benedict Cumberbatch films

As for the interview that Eli's most interested in this year: Benedict Cumberbatch. He stars in three of the most-anticipated films of the festival - August: Osage County, alongside Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Ewan McGregor; Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave, also starring Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt; and the festival's opening night film, The Fifth Estate, where Cumberbatch plays WikiLeaks creator Julian Assange. 

"It is the year of the Cumberbatch," Eli says. "I, like many, admire the actor's professionalism and exactitude on screen.  But I'd love to see what he's like when the camera stops rolling and where that ambition comes from."

Clockwise from top left: Benedict Cumberbatch stars in The Fifth Estate as Julian Assange, in August: Ossage County alongside Ewan McGregor and in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave.

You can follow Eli on Twitter for his up-to-date festival predictions and insights as he continues to geek out on the recently announced titles. 

Get the full TIFF program listings here and tell us what films you're most excited to see in the comments below. 

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