First Films of TIFF2014

Posted 9 years ago by myetvmedia

TIFF 2014 sets the bar high once again with an outstanding first slate of films announced for the 39th Toronto International Film Festival, September 4 – 14th. The Opening Night gala film is still shrouded in mystery, but the Closing Night Gala Film is ‘A Little Chaos’ from the multi-talented filmmaker, Alan Rickman. This period piece set in Versailles during the reign of the Sun King Louis XIV, stars Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Stanley Tucci and Alan Rickman, who also directs. 13 Galas and 46 Special Presentations including 37 World Premieres were announced. While all 60 films that were announced looked fantastic we’ve (painstakingly) narrowed down a list of 12 that you should know about ASAP. Below are film trailers and announcement highlights that immediately caught our attention:

1. ‘The Drop,’ starring the late James Gandolfini, Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace is a tense, dark thriller set in Brooklyn. Gangsters, Brooklyn’s dark underground and making money – no matter what the cost. What’s not to love?

2. ‘The Riot Club’, from acclaimed director Lone Scherfig (An Education), is based on the hit play Posh. Two first year students are inducted into one of Oxford University’s most exclusive and secret societies. Starring Natalie Dormer (Game of Thrones, Tudors), Sam Claflin (Hunger Games), Max Irons (The Host) and Douglas Booth.

3. ‘The Imitation Game’ is a WW2 spy thriller starring Benedict Cumberbatch as the real life Turing, a top British secret service code-breaker, leading his team (Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode) in a race against time.

4. ‘Rosewater’ is Jon Stewart’s (The Daily Show) directorial debut and is based on the true story of journalist and human right’s activist, Maziar Bahari’s five-month imprisonment by the Iranian government, following his appearance on The Daily Show. Starring Gael García Bernal, this one is sure to exemplify Stewart’s aptitude for razor sharp political wit and humor.

5. ‘Still Alice’ teams Kristen Stewart up with Kate Bosworth, Julianne Moore and Alec Baldwin to tell the story of a Harvard linguistics professor who suffers an early onslaught of Alzheimer’s disease. Based on Lisa Genova’s novel and NY Best Seller “Still Alice”, this is an inspiring, maddening tale about trying to stay connected to who you once were and the power of family.

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