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This morning the lineup for the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival was announced, and it’s the best lineup in recent film festival memory.

The opening night gala film is Rian Johnson’s time travel thriller Looper, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, and Emily Blunt. Ben Affleck’s historical thriller Argo will also appear, as will the Wachowskis’ Cloud Atlas, starring Tom Hanks, Ben Whishaw, Hugo Weaving, Susan Sarandon, Jim Broadbent, Jim Sturgess, Hugh Grant, James D’Arcy, and Halle Berry. David O. Russell’s Silver Linings Playbook, starring Jennifer Lawrence, Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro will premiere; Blue Valentine duo Derek Cianfrance and Ryan Gosling will premiere The Place Beyond the Pines; Hyde Park on Hudson starring Bill Murray as FDR will appear. Lastly Mike Newell’s Great Expectations will premiere at the fest.

Also premiering at the festival are Neil Jordan’s Byzantium, starring Saoirse Ronan; The Perks of Being a Wallflower starring Emma Watson; Juan Antonio Bayona’s The Impossible with Ewan McGregor and Naomi Watts will also premiere. Joss Whedon will also bring his self-produced Much Ado About Nothing to the festival, and the Kristen Wiig feature Imogene will appear.

Of note elsewhere, though likely not premiering at the festival, are Terrence Malick’s To the Wonder and Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina.

Hypable is hoping to bring coverage from the festival, as it’s more than likely to feature several Oscar contenders.

Without further ado, here’s the full list. Note: We’ve highlighted the more important films on the list.


– A Royal Affair (dir. Nikolai Arcel) – Denmark/Sweden/Czech Republic/Germany
Argo (dir. Ben Affleck) – USA
The Company You Keep (dir. Robert Redford) – USA
– Dangerous Liaisons (dir. Hur Jin-ho) – China
– English Vinglish (dir. Gauri Shinde) – India
– Free Angela and All Political Prisoners (dir. Shola Lynch) – USA/France
Great Expectations (dir. Mike Newell) – United Kingdom
Hyde Park on Hudson (dir. Roger Michell) – United Kingdom
– Inescapable (dir. Ruba Nadda) – Canada
– Jayne Mansfield’s Car (dir. Billy Bob Thornton) – USA/Russia
Looper (dir. Rian Johnson) – USA [Opening Film]
– Love, Marilyn (dir. Liz Garbus) – USA
– Midnight’s Children (dir. Deepa Mehta) – Canada/ United Kingdom
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (dir. Mira Nair) – USA
Silver Linings Playbook (dir. David O. Russell) – USA
– Thermae Romae (dir. Hideki Takeuchi) – Japan
– Twice Born (dir. Sergio Castellitto) – Italy/Spain/Croatia


– A Few Hours of Spring (dir. Stephane Brize) – France
Anna Karenina (dir. Joe Wright) – United Kingdom
– At Any Price (dir. Ramin Bahrani) – United Kingdom/USA
– The Attack (dir. Ziad Doueiri) – France
Byzantium (dir. Neil Jordan) – United Kingdom
– Capital (dir. Costa-Gavras) – France
– Caught in the Web (dir. Chen Kaige) – Japan/China
Cloud Atlas (dir. Tom Tykwer, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski) – USA
– The Deep (dir. Baltasar Kormakur) – Iceland/Norway
– Dormant Beauty (dir. Marco Bellocchio) – Italy/France
– Dreams for Sale (dir. Nishikawa Miwa) – Japan
– End Of Watch (dir. David Ayer) – USA
– Everybody Has A Plan (dir. Ana Piterbarg) – Argentina
– Foxfire (dir. Laurent Cantet) – France/Canada
– Frances Ha (dir. Noah Baumbach) – USA
– Ginger and Rosa (dir. Sally Potter) – United Kingdom
– Hannah Arendt (dir. Margarethe von Trotta) – Germany
– The Hunt (dir. Thomas Vinterberg) – Denmark
– The Iceman (dir. Ariel Vromen) – USA
Imogene (dir. Robert Pulcini, Shari Springer Berman) – USA
The Impossible (dir. J.A. Bayona) – Spain/USA
– In the House (dir. Francois Ozon) – France
– Kon-Tiki (dir. Joachim Roenning and Espen Sandberg) – United Kingdom/Norway/Denmark
– The Last Supper (dir. Lu Chuan) – China
– A Late Quartet (dir. Yaron Zilberman) – USA
– A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman
Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, Jeff Simpson) – United Kingdom
– Lore (dir. Cate Shortland) – Australia/United Kingdom/Germany
– Mr. Pip (dir. Andrew Adamson) – New Zealand
Much Ado About Nothing (dir. Joss Whedon) – USA
– No (dir. Pablo Larrain) – Chile/USA
– Outrage Beyond (dir. Takeshi Kitano) – Japan
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (dir. Stephen Chbosky) – USA
The Place Beyond the Pines (dir. Derek Cianfrance) – USA
Quartet (dir. Dustin Hoffman) – United Kingdom
– Reality (dir. Matteo Garrone) – Italy/France
Rust and Bone (dir. Jacques Audiard) – France/Belgium
– The Sapphires (dir. Wayne Blair) – Australia
The Sessions (dir. Ben Lewin) – USA
– Tai Chi 0 (dir. Stephen Fung) – China
– Thanks for Sharing (dir. Stuart Blumberg) – USA
– The Time Being (dir. Nenad Cicin-Sain) – USA
To The Wonder (dir. Terrence Malick) – USA
– Venus and Serena (dir. Maiken Baird) – USA
– Writers (dir. Josh Boone) – USA
– Zaytoun (dir. Eran Riklis) – United Kingdom/Israel

What do you think of the list?

  • http://clayton11ify.webs.com/ clayton10ify

    Sounds exciting, Perks of being a wallflower sounds most interesting to me.

  • Pixie

    ‘The Perks of Being a Wallflower’ at TIFF???? Shit, that is huge!! I mean, if you get your film to screen at TIFF, it means your Oscar potential is quite strong (historically, that is a proven fact). A rough idea about the earliest Oscar contenders is known starting from TIFF. However, it does not mean that if you do not get screened at TIFF, your Oscar chances are zero. It only means that the attention of the world media gets focused on you a lot at TIFF (TIFF is one of the biggest film festivals and is considered by many as THE precursor to the awards season), so greater exposure to the film, and your own performance.

  • Hal

    YEAH! I worked on ‘The Time Being’!

  • Luigi_barraza

    I’d kill someone to be there at the screenings.

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

    I am soooo happy I live 30 minutes from Toronto! So many great films to pick from! 

  • http://twitter.com/ceilidh_brenzzz Ceilidh Brennan

    I live an hour from Toronto and I’m not going to this because none of my friends would be interested :( wish I could go see Perks though

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=607519910 Catherine Lai

    I’m going!

  • Kat

    Wow, I may need to drag the friends to the festival this year. Never been, even though I live in the burbs of Toronto…

  • http://www.eigakanthemovietheater.blogspot.com Jenny Leigh

    Wow. Looper and Cloud Atlas??! Sounds awesome.

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