Toronto Film Festival Announces Lineup, Defends Choosing 'Looper' as Opener

Toronto Film Festival Announces Lineup, Defends Choosing 'Looper' as Opener

Ben Affleck's 'Argo', Halle Berry's 'Cloud Atlas', and Jennifer Lawrence's 'Silver Linings Playbook' are among the much-talked-about indie films which will throw their world premiere at the event.
The lineup for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival has been revealed, showcasing a number of much-talked-about indie movies from various notable filmmakers. Among those which are included in the World Premiere list are Ben Affleck's political thriller "Argo", as well as Tom Hanks and Halle Berry-starring actioner "Cloud Atlas".

David O Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook", which stars Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper, is also set to hold its world premiere at the September event. Also highlighted in the lineup are Joss Whedon's passion project "Much Ado About Nothing", and Dustin Hoffman's directorial debut "Quartet".

In the International Premiere lineup, meanwhile, Terrence Malick's star-studded drama "To the Wonder" becomes the highlight. Jake Gyllenhaal-starring actioner "End of Watch", and Keira Knightley-starring period drama "Anna Karenina" will also hold their international premiere at the event.

Slated as the festival's opener is Rian Johnson's sci-fi flick "Looper", which stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Defending the decision to pick an American movie instead of a Canadian one for the opener, TIFF director Piers Handling says, "A couple of years ago we decided to change the policy of not necessarily having to open with a Canadian film."

"We were certainly looking around for Canadian films. For the last three years, I guess, we have actually opened with an international film," he explains. The festival artistic director Cameron Bailer adds, "Looper is original, its edgy, you cant take your eyes off it and I think it perfectly sets the tone for this year's festival."

This year's TIFF will take place from September 6 to 16. There will be 17 galas, 38 world premieres and 45 special presentations to be held throughout the prestigious film festival.

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