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TIFF unveils partial 2014 film list

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) revealed some of the movies that will be featured during the annual 11-day event in September.

The first wave of titles – 60 out of 300 – to screen at the 39th annual festival were announced at a news conference on Tuesday morning by TIFF CEO Piers Handling and artistic director Cameron Bailey.

Actress Reese Witherspoon has two films to debut at TIFF, both from Quebec directors.

Oscar-nominated Quebec director Philippe Falardeau’s The Good Lie will have its world premiere, starring Witherspoon who helps four Sudanese refugees. She also stars in Quebec director Jean-Marc Vallee’s Wild, based on a memoir by Cheryl Strayed.

The TIFF galas announced so far:

  • Black and White, starring Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer
  • The Equalizer, starring Denzel Washington and Melissa Leo
  • Foxcatcher, starring Anthony Michael Hall, Channing Tatum, and Sienna Miller, to name a few
  • Haemoo, starring Kim Yoon-seok and Park Yoo-chun
  • The Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall and Vera Farmiga, to name a few

Some of the special presentations include Dan Gilroy’s Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, Abel Ferrara’s Pasolini starring Willem Dafoe, Chris Rock’s Top Five, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, The Keeping Room and Eden.

Toronto director David Cronenberg will have the North American premiere of his film Maps to the Stars, with Julianne Moore, Olivia Williams, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson.

Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, starring Rickman, Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts and Stanley Tucci, will close the film festival on Sept. 13. It will be screened at Roy Thomson Hall.

“It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” said Rickman in a statement.

“I have filmed in the city, visited often and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”

TIFF 2014 runs from Sept. 4-14.

The full list of Canadian films appearing at TIFF will be revealed in early August. The opening night movie will be announced at a later day.

TIFF officials said King Street will be closed to motorists from University Avenue to Peter Street the first weekend of the festival.

Click here for a list of the first slate of galas and special presentations.

With files from The Canadian Press