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TIFF 2013 Adds Hayao Miyazaki’s ‘The Wind Rises,’ ‘Unforgiven’ Remake, ‘Blood Ties’ & More

Written by on August 13, 2013 

With Toronto International Film Festival kicking off in just over three weeks, they are wrapping up their eclectic slate with what looks to be the final batch of premieres. Those that were hoping CoensInside Llewyn Davis or Alexander Payne‘s Nebraska would stop there will be disappointed, but they’ve added some excellent-looking options, including Hayao Miyazaki‘s The Wind Rises, Sean Durkin‘s four-part Southcliffe, two Clive Owen-led features, including the Cannes premiere Blood Ties and Words and Pictures with Juliette Binoche. Check out the newly announced films below and more on the official TIFF site, also including Ben Wheatley’s A Field In England, and return for our reviews from the festival.

GALAS

Blood Ties Guillaume Canet, France/USA
New York, 1974. 50-year-old Chris has just been released on good behavior after spending several years in prison. Waiting for him reluctantly outside the prison gates is his younger brother, Frank, a cop with a bright future. Chris and Frank have always been different, yet blood ties are the ones that bind. Starring Clive Owen, Billy Crudup, Marion Cotillard, Mila Kunis, Zoe Saldana, Matthias Schoenaerts and James Caan.

Bright Days Ahead (Les Beaux jours) Marion Vernoux, France North American Premiere César–winning French cinema icon Fanny Ardant stars in this sophisticated and sexy drama about a married woman in her 60s tumbling into an affair with a much younger man.

Words and Pictures Fred Schepisi, USA World Premiere A writer (Clive Owen) whose talent has dried up and an artist (Juliette Binoche) struggling to paint, clash at the school where they teach, sparking both an unlikely romance and a school-wide war: which is more powerful, the word or the picture?

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

A Promise (Une Promesse) Patrice Leconte, Belgium/France North American Premiere Germany, 1912. A youth of humble origins takes up a clerical post in a steel factory. Impressed by his work, the elderly owner takes him on as his private secretary and sets him up in his home. While there, the young man meets the owner’s beautiful and reserved wife — and falls helplessly in love with her, unbeknownst to the couple. But just as his employer announces that he is sending him to oversee his mines in Mexico, the wife makes him a startling promise. Starring Rebecca Hall, Alan Rickman and Richard Madden.

The Armstrong Lie Alex Gibney, USA North American Premiere In 2009, Alex Gibney was hired to make a film about Lance Armstrong’s comeback to cycling. The project was shelved when the doping scandal erupted, and re-opened after Armstrong’s confession. The Armstrong Lie picks up in 2013 and presents a riveting, insider’s view of the unraveling of one of the most extraordinary stories in the history of sports. As Lance Armstrong says himself, “I didn’t live a lot of lies, but I lived one big one.”

Blind Detective Johnnie To, Hong Kong North American Premiere Forced to leave service after he was afflicted with blindness, a former detective ekes out his living by solving cold cases for police rewards. When an attractive, young hit-team inspector enlists his help in a personal case, he decides to take a stab at it with his own personal agenda. Starring Andy Lau and Sammi Cheng.

Child of God James Franco, USA North American Premiere Set in mountainous Sevier County, Tennessee in the 1960s, Child of God tells the story of Lester Ballard, a dispossessed, violent man whom the narrator describes as “a child of God much like yourself perhaps.” Ballard’s life is a disastrous attempt to exist outside the social order. Deprived of both his parents and a home, and with few other ties, Ballard descends to the level of a cave dweller, falling deeper into crime and degradation. Starring James Franco, Scott Haze, Tim Blake Nelson and Jim Parrack.

The Face of Love Arie Posin, USA World Premiere Five years after losing the love of her life, Nikki falls in love again — at first sight. The object of her affection is Tom, an art teacher with a kind heart and a great zest for life, and also a near perfect double for Nikki’s deceased husband. Seduced by the chance to live as if her husband was never lost, Nikki spirals into a fantasy of the present as past, while Tom must unravel the mystery behind her immediate and unconditional love. Starring Annette Bening, Ed Harris, Robin Williams and Amy Brenneman.

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