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The Toronto International Film Festival Is Coming: Here Are The First Two Big Parties
July 25, 2013
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Paul Haggis in Hollywood, February 2013 (Photo: Getty)

The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival gets started on September 5, and the buzz has already begun.

TIFF has released a preliminary list of movies that are playing the Fest, and as usual there's lots of great stuff coming, with movies from Canada, South Africa, France, South Korea, Australia, Germany, the U.S. and the UK.

But we'll get to the movies in a second. The bigger question: what about the parties?

Well, two major events have already been announced, and George will be co-hosting one of them. Here's the deal:

Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) Festival Lunch

apj-lunch.jpgOnce again, APJ is hosting a charity gala lunch to coincide with TIFF, and the guest list is already looking good: Mila Kunis, James Franco, Olivia Wilde, Adrien Brody, and Liam Neeson will all be in attendance (subject to availability), as well as Paul Haggis, the writer-director who founded the organization.

The event is happening at the home of Roots founder Michael Budman and his wife, Roots design director Diane Bald, both of whom will co-host alongside Haggis, Pascal Raffy and George.

You can read more about it, buy tickets, and donate to the cause at APJNow.org.

amfAR Inspiration Gala

amfar-gala.jpgamfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research, is holding its Inspiration Gala again this year on Sunday, September 8.

According to Shinan Govani at the National Post, Alan Cumming will be hosting the event, Hilary Swank is the honorary co-chair, and American indie-rockers The Gossip will be performing.

The event is being produced by planner Josh Wood, and the AIDS Committee of Toronto (ACT) will be honoured for 30 years of dedicated service to the Toronto community. You can read more about it and get tickets at the amfAR site.

Now about those movies: here's the list of what's been announced so far.

People are getting pretty excited about the films on offer. As a headline on AV Club put it, the lineup includes "every movie you'll want to see for the rest of 2013."

To read more about the fest, and keep on top of any further announcements, check out the TIFF website.

The Art Of The Steal (Canada) dir Jonathan Sobol
World premiere

August: Osage County (US), dir John Wells
World premiere

Cold Eyes (South Korea), dirs Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo
North American premiere

The Grand Seduction (Canada), dir Don McKellar
World premiere

Kill Your Darlings (US), dir John Krokidas
International premiere

The Love Punch (France), dir Joel Hopkins
World premiere

The Lunchbox (India-France-Germany), dir Ritesh Batra
North American premiere

The Railway Man (Australia-UK), dir Jonathan Teplitzky
World Premiere

The Right Kind Of Wrong (Canada) dir Jeremiah Chechik
World Premiere

Rush (UK-Germany), dir Ron Howard
North American Premiere

Shuddh Desi Romance (India), dir Maneesh Sharma
Canadian premiere

Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon (US), dir Mike Myers
World premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

All Is By My Side (UK), dir John Ridley
World premiere

Attila Marcel (France), dir Sylvain Chomet
World premiere

Bad Words (US) dir Jason Bateman
World premiere

Belle (UK), dirs Amma Asante
World Premiere

Adele: Chapters 1 & 2 (France), Abdellatif Kechiche
North American premiere

Burning Bush (Czech Republic), dir Agnieszka Holland
North American premiere

Can A Song Save Your Life? (US), dir John Carney
World Premiere

Cannibal (Spain-Romania-Russia-France), dir Manuel Martín Cuenca
World premiere

Dallas Buyers Club (US), dir Jean-Marc Vallée
World Premiere

Devil's Knot (US), dir Atom Egoyan
World premiere

The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her (US), dir Ned Benson
Work in progress

Dom Hemingway (UK), dir Richard Shepard
World premiere

Don Jon (US), dir Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Canadian premiere

The Double (UK), dir Richard Ayoade
World premiere

Exit Marrakech (Germany), dir Caroline Link
International premiere

Felony (Australia), dir Matthew Saville
World premiere

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales (Bosnia and Herzegovina) dir Jasmila Žbanić
World premiere

Gloria (Chile-Spain), dir Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain
North American premiere

Going Away (France), dir Nicole Garcia
World premiere

Gravity (US-UK), dir Alfonso Cuarón,
North American Premiere

The Great Beauty (Italy), dir Paolo Sorrentino,
North American premiere

Half Of A (Nigeria-UK), dir Ivi Bandele
World premiere

Hateship Loveship (US), dir Liza Johnson
World premiere

L'intrepido (Italy), dir Gianni Amelio
North American premiere

Ida (Poland), dir Pawel Pawlikowski
World premiere

The Invisible Woman (UK), dir Ralph Fiennes
World premiere

Joe (US), dir David Gordon Green
North American premiere

Labor Day (US), dir Jason Reitman
World premiere

Like Father, Like Son (Japan) dir Hirokazu Kore-Eda
North American premiere

Man Of Tai Chi (US-China), dir Keanu Reeves
North American premiere

Mary, Queen Of Scots (France-Switzerland), dir Thomas Imbach
North American premiere

Mystery Road (Australia), dir Ivan Sen
International premiere

Night Moves (US), dir Kelly Reichardt
North American premiere

Omar (Palestine), dir Hany Abu-Assad
North American premiere

One Chance (US), dir David Frankel
World premiere

Only Lovers Left Alive (US), dir Jim Jarmusch
North American premiere

The Past (France-Italy), dir Asghar Farhadi
North American premiere

Philomena (UK), dir Stephen Frears
North American premiere

Pioneer (Norway), dir Erik Skjoldbjærg
International premiere

Prisoners (US) Denis Villeneuve
World premiere

Quai d'Orsay (France), dir Bertrand Tavernier
World premiere

REAL (Japan), dir Kiyoshi Kurasawa
North American premiere

Starred Up (UK), dir David Mackenzie
World premiere

Those Happy Years (Italy), dir Daniele Luchetti
World premiere

Tracks (UK, Australia), dir John Curran
North American premiere

Under The Skin (US-UK), dir Jonathan Glazer
North American premiere

Violette (France/Belgium), dir Martin Provost
World premiere

Visitors (US) dir Godfrey Reggio
World premiere

Walesa. Man Of Hope (Poland), dir Andrzej Wajda
North American premiere

We Are The Best! (Sweden), dir Lukas Moodysson
North American premiere

Le Weekend (UK), dir Roger Michell
World premiere

You Are Here (US), dir Matthew Weiner
World premiere

Young and Beautiful (France-Belgium), dir Francois Ozon
North American premiere.

Related:

TIFF Salutes Canada's Top Ten: Their Picks For The Best Canadian Films Of The Year

George's TIFF Picks

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