Movie stars Daniel Radcliffe, Keira Knightley, Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman and Keanu Reeves will share the spotlight with filmmakers Robert Lepage, Jason Reitman, Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner and many more at the upcoming Toronto International Film Festival next month.
Organizers unveiled the full 2013 film schedule today, including the remaining batch of titles joining the official lineup and issuing a lengthy list of stars expected to walk its red carpets.
Filmmakers, industry figures and celebrity guests expected to descend on Toronto range from A-list actors such as Michael Fassbender, Julia Roberts, Jake Gyllenhaal and Scarlett Johansson to Bollywood up-and-comer Parineeti Chopra, British filmmaker Steve McQueen, artist Marcel Dzama and former Canadian ambassador Ken Taylor.
"Unquestionably, Toronto is now positioned as one of the key — if not the key — festivals for awards-season launch, so of course many of the stars will come to the festival as well as the major directors," festival director Piers Handling told reporters on a conference call Tuesday.
"They've looked at the track record of Toronto over the last 15-20 years, which is very impressive. Many films go on to multiple nominations and we've had a track record of picking best picture as well as many of the best actors over the years."
New titles by noted cinematic auteurs were among Tuesday's additions, including the latest from dissident Iranian filmmaker Jafar Panahi (the drama Closed Curtain, co-directed by Kambozia Partovi) and French filmmaker and writer Catherine Breillat (autobiographical tale Abuse of Weakness starring Isabelle Huppert).
Also joining the program are two films spotlighting major music events: Amir Bar-Lev's 12.12.12, a film about the star-studded concert that saw acts like Bruce Springsteen, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney and Alicia Keys take the stage to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy relief, and Ron Howard's Made in America, which examines rap mogul Jay Z's debut as a curator for a music festival in Philadelphia.
Both films are also part of Mavericks program, which offers onstage chats with the creative minds behind several high-profile TIFF titles. Taylor, one of the main architects of The Canadian Caper, will also take part to discuss his new documentary Our Man in Tehran.
TIFF also announced the addition of CBC's Glenn Gould Studio as its newest venue, with the auditorium to host the Mavericks screenings and talks as well as a host of industry conferences and sessions.
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The Toronto International Film Festival opens Sept. 5 with the premiere of the WikiLeaks drama The Fifth Estate. It runs through Sept. 15.