Movie lovers in Toronto will be able to get an early look at new films by Spike Lee, Paul Thomas Anderson and Brian De Palma this year. Today, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced some new titles that it has acquired for 2012.
As reported by The Canadian Press, next month's TIFF (which runs from September 6 to 16) will include the North American premiere of Lee's Bad 25, a documentary celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of Michael Jackson's album Bad. The film includes rare behind-the-scenes footage of the late pop superstar recording the album, as well as interviews with Kanye West, Sheryl Crow and Mariah Carey.
Another highly anticipated Special Presentation is the North American premiere of the new film by Anderson, The Master, starring Joaquin Pheonix and Philip Seymour Hoffman. It's a drama about an unusual friendship between a World War II veteran and the inventor of a new religious movement. Anderson's previous films include Boogie Nights and the Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood.
And the long-awaited adaptation of Jack Kerouac's classic novel of the Beat generation, On the Road, is also coming to TIFF. Produced by cinema legend Francis Ford Coppola and directed by Walter Salles (known for acclaimed Brazilian films Central Station and The Motorcycle Diaries), it received mixed reviews at the Cannes Film Festival in May. Kirsten Dunst and Kristen Stewart have supporting roles.
Other high-profile titles at this year's TIFF include Passion, the new De Palma thriller with Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace; The Paperboy, a 1960s-set noir with Matthew McConaughey and Nicole Kidman, from Precious director Lee Daniels; and closing Gala Song for Marion, starring Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave and directed by Paul Andrew Williams.
Williams' film is reportedly a feel-good flick about a cranky senior who can't understand why his ailing wife is so taken up with a local choir. “Bring Kleenex, [and] prepare to sing along,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey tweeted about the movie.
According to Movieline, the group of films added to the TIFF lineup today includes three Gala openings and eighteen Special Presentations.
Other Special Presentations just announced include Susanne Bier's Love is All You Need, with Pierce Brosnan; Nick Cassavetes' Yellow; and Spring Breakers, with James Franco. Peter Webber's historical drama Emperor will be a red-carpet Gala event, as will the new adaptation of Henry James' What Maisie Knew.