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In pictures: 30 Toronto Film Festival movies to watch
4 September 2013
Last updated at 09:28
Pictures from 30 of the most eye-catching features set to screen at the Toronto International Film Festival, one of the world's largest, busiest and most influential cinema showcases.
The future's so bright one has to wear shades - especially if one is headed to the Toronto Film Festival. Potential awards candidates this year include August: Osage County, starring Meryl Streep (bottom left) as the matriarch of a crisis-hit Oklahoma family, and Dallas Buyers Club, in which Matthew McConaughey (right) plays an HIV positive man who takes drastic steps to obtain medication. Timothy Spall and Celia Imrie join Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan in romantic caper The Love Punch (top), while Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston bring their vampire romance Only Lovers Left Alive to Canada (bottom) following its debut at Cannes in May.
Facial hair is another recurring theme this year, be it sported by Clive Owen (pictured top left with Juliette Binoche) in teacher romance Words and Pictures, Nicolas Cage in the Mississippi-set drama Joe or Josh Brolin (pictured top right with Kate Winslet) in hostage tale Labor Day. The late James Gandolfini (pictured bottom left with Julia Louis-Dreyfus) appears no less hirsute in the romantic comedy Enough Said, though Kevin Kline (pictured bottom right with Dakota Fanning) limits himself to a moustache in his role as Errol Flynn in Hollywood biopic The Last of Robin Hood.
Stars in bars? Celebrities in eateries? Toronto has both of them covered. Pictured clockwise from top left are Woody Allen and John Turturro in male escort comedy Fading Gigolo, Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan in romantic comedy The F Word, Scarlett Johansson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the latter's self-directed Sundance hit Don Jon, and Owen Wilson and Zach Galifianakis in You Are Here. The latter film - a comedy about two friends facing a legal battle over a disputed inheritance - marks the feature directing debut of Matthew Weiner, creator of acclaimed TV drama Mad Men.
Scarlett Johansson (top right) makes another appearance in Under the Skin, a dark sci-fi about an alien who takes on human form that comes to Toronto fresh from its screenings at the Telluride and Venice film festivals. Paul Giamatti (bottom left) is another star doing double duty, combining his supporting role in period drama 12 Years a Slave with his appearance in Parkland as the man who filmed JFK's assassination. Jack Gyllenhaal, meanwhile, is all over the shop, appearing opposite Hugh Jackman in child abduction thriller Prisoners (top left) and opposite himself in doppelganger drama Enemy. What were we saying just now about facial hair?
Fresh from launching his Formula 1 drama Rush in London, director Ron Howard (top left) travels to Toronto to screen not just that film but also Made in America, a documentary about rapper Jay Z and the Philadelphia music festival that gives the movie its name. Other music-themed titles this year include Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is On My Side, starring OutKast's Andre Benjamin (right) as the legendary performer, and Sunshine on Leith, a Scotland-based musical that uses the classic songs of The Proclaimers to tell the story of two friends returning to ordinary life after military service in Afghanistan. Peter Mullan (bottom left) stars.
Love is in the air for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton (top left) in Half of a Yellow Sun, a 1960s drama set amidst the Nigerian-Biafran War. James McAvoy and Jessica Chastain (below left) also get intimate in The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby, a two-part film telling the same love story from two different viewpoints. Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Sam Reid may be considering it in Belle (top right), the story of an illegitimate, biracial woman brought up as an aristocrat in 18th Century Britain. Liam Neeson and Olivia Wilde, meanwhile, are merely getting acquainted in Third Person (bottom right), the latest ensemble drama from Crash director Paul Haggis.
This year's closing night movie is Life of Crime (top left), a tale of a botched kidnapping starring Mos Def and John Hawkes as characters created by the late Elmore Leonard. (We think that's Jennifer Aniston under the hood.) That is not the only criminal behaviour on show at the 2013 festival, which will also see David Morse take the late Cory Monteith to task in Canadian cop drama McCanick (right), Jude Law and Richard E Grant up to no good in Dom Hemingway (bottom) and Kurt Russell and Matt Dillon (seated bottom left in front of Jay Baruchel, centre, and two other cast members) play brothers plotting a heist caper in The Art of the Steal.
Performers of the four-legged variety play a part in two other films in the festival's well-stocked line-up. In Tracks, Mia Wasikowska (left) plays Robyn Davidson, a real-life travel writer who embarked on a 1,700-mile trek across the Australian Outback in 1977 with only a dog and four camels for company. In contrast, Ken Watanabe (right) saddles up to play an assassin for hire in Yurusarezarumono, a Japanese remake of Clint Eastwood's 1992 western Unforgiven. The Toronto International Film Festival opens on Thursday and runs to 15 September.
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