TIFF 2012 Line-up

This post will be updated with each new announcement.


16mm, 35mm, 70mm - this movie will be screened from a film print (as per the festival website programme guide)
★ - I have seen this film.
C - this film is Canadian. If it's any good, Torontonians can catch it in Canada's Top Ten in January.
FS - this film is available for me to watch on Festival Scope.

[the following colors trump each other hierarchically, so e.g. a film that plays both Cannes and NYFF will be purple, unless e.g. it is set for a limited US release on December 14 in which case it will be gray]

COMING SOON TO A THEATRE NEAR YOU - Firm US and/or non-Québécois Canadian theatrical release date set for 2012.
NYFF - Titles from the Main Selection only (sans Opening, Closing, Centerpiece films).
SUNDANCE - I'm not entirely sure what this festival did to earn its own category.
BERLINALE - Where the jury chose differently this year than the "intelligent critics."
CANNES - Films that worked at the Pyramid.
LOCARNO - Poor Quinzaine.
VENICE - Finally cutting back on all those pesky Italian films. 
BIGGIES - Anticipated titles by name directors; films with raves from smaller festivals (Rotterdam, BAFICI, SxSW, Tribeca, etc.).

Special Presentations (70)
Anna Karenina (Joe Wright) – International Premiere
Antiviral (Brandon Cronenberg) – North American Premiere C
Arthur Newman (Dante Ariola) World Premiere
At Any Price (Ramin Bahrani) – North American Premiere
The Attack (Ziad Doueiri) – World Premiere
Bad 25 (Spike Lee) – North American Premiere
Byzantium (Neil Jordan) – World Premiere
Capital (Costa-Gavras) – World Premiere
Caught in the Web (Chen Kaige) – International Premiere 35mm
Cloud Atlas (Tom Tykwer and Andy & Lana Wachowski) – World Premiere
The Deep (Baltasar Kormákur) – World Premiere
Disconnect (Henry Alex Rubin) North American Premiere
Do Not Disturb (Yvan Attal) – World Premiere
Dormant Beauty (Marco Bellocchio) – International Premiere
Dreams for Sale (Nishikawa Miwa) – World Premiere 35mm
End of Watch (David Ayer) – World Premiere
Everybody Has A Plan (Ana Piterbarg) – International Premiere 35mm
A Few Hours of Spring (Stéphane Brizé) – North American Premiere
Foxfire: Confessions of a Girl Gang (Laurent Cantet) – World Premiere
Frances Ha (Noah Baumbach) – World Premiere
Ginger and Rosa (Sally Potter) – World Premiere
Greetings from Tim Buckley (Dan Algrant) World Premiere 35mm
Hannah Arendt (Margarethe von Trotta) – World Premiere
The Hunt (Thomas Vinterberg) – North American Premiere
The Iceman (Ariel Vromen) – North American Premiere
Imogene (Robert Pulcini & Shari Springer Berman) – World Premiere
The Impossible (J.A. Bayona) – World Premiere
In the House (François Ozon) – World Premiere
Inch’Allah (Anaïs Barbeau-Lavalette) – World Premiere C
It Was the Son (Daniele Ciprì) – North American Premiere
Kon-Tiki (Joachim Roenning & Espen Sandberg) – International Premiere
The Last Supper (Lu Chuan) – World Premiere
A Late Quartet (Yaron Zilberman) – World Premiere 35mm
Laurence Anyways (Xavier Dolan) – Toronto Premiere C 35mm
A Liar’s Autobiography – The Untrue Story of Monty Python’s Graham Chapman (Ben Timlett, Bill Jones, & Jeff Simpson) – World Premiere ★
Lines of Wellington (Valeria Sarmiento) North American Premiere
Liverpool (Manon Briand) – Toronto Premiere C
Lore (Cate Shortland) – North American Premiere
Love is All You Need (Susanne Bier) North American Premiere
The Master (Paul Thomas Anderson) – North American Premiere 70mm
Mr. Pip (Andrew Adamson) – World Premiere
Much Ado About Nothing (Joss Whedon) – World Premiere
No (Pablo Larraín) – North American Premiere
On The Road (Walter Salles) North American Premiere
Outrage Beyond (Takeshi Kitano) – North American Premiere 35mm
The Paperboy (Lee Daniels) – North American Premiere
Passion (Brian De Palma) – North American Premiere
The Perks of Being a Wallflower (Stephen Chbosky) – World Premiere
The Place Beyond the Pines (Derek Cianfrance) – World Premiere
Quartet (Dustin Hoffman) – World Premiere
Reality (Matteo Garrone) – North American Premiere
Rhino Season (Bahman Ghobadi) – World Premiere
Rust and Bone (Jacques Audiard) – North American Premiere
The Sapphires (Wayne Blair) – North American Premiere
The Sessions (Ben Lewin) – International Premiere
Spring Breakers (Harmony Korine) – North American Premiere
Still (Michael McGowan) – World Premiere C
Stories We Tell (Sarah Polley) – North American Premiere C 35mm
The Suicide Shop (Patrice Leconte) – International Premiere
Tai Chi 0 (Stephen Fung) – North American Premiere
Thanks for Sharing (Stuart Blumberg) – World Premiere
Thérèse Desqueyroux (Claude Miller) – International Premiere
The Time Being Nenad (Cicin-Sain) – World Premiere
To the Wonder (Terrence Malick) – North American Premiere
Venus & Serena (Maiken Baird) – World Premiere
War Witch (Kim Nguyen) – Toronto Premiere C
White Elephant (Pablo Trapero) – North American Premiere
Writers (Josh Boone) – World Premiere
Yellow (Nick Cassavetes) – World Premiere
Zaytoun (Eran Riklis) – World Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema (61)
After the Battle (Yousry Nasrallah) – North American Premiere
All That Matters is Past (Sara Johnsen) – World Premiere
Baby Blues (Kasia Rosłaniec) – World Premiere
Barbara (Christian Petzold) – North American Premiere 35mm
Bwakaw (Jun Robles Lana) – International Premiere
Camion (Rafaël Ouellet) – Toronto Premiere C
Children of Sarajevo (Aida Begic) – North American Premiere 35mm
Clandestine Childhood (Benjamín Ávila) – North American Premiere FS
Comrade Kim Goes Flying (Anja Daelemans, Nicholas Bonner & Gwang Hun Kim) – World Premiere
The Cowards Who Looked to the Sky (Yuki Tanada) – World Premiere
The Cremator (Peng Tao) – World Premiere
The Crimes of Mike Recket (Bruce Sweeney) – World Premiere C
Dead Europe (Tony Krawitz) – International Premiere
Dust (Julio Hernández Cordón) – North American Premiere FS
Eagles (Dror Sabo) – World Premiere
The End (Jorge Torregrossa) – World Premiere 35mm
The Fitzgerald Family Christmas {Edward Burns) – World Premiere
Fly With the Crane (Li Ruijun) – North American Premiere
Ghost Graduation (Javier Ruiz Caldera) – International Premiere 35mm
God Loves Caviar (Iannis Smaragdis) World Premiere
Gone Fishing (Carlos Sorin) – World Premiere ★
The Great Kilapy (Zézé Gamboa) – World Premiere
A Hijacking (Tobias Lindholm) – North American Premiere
Him, Here, After (Asoka Handagama) – North American Premiere
The Holy Quaternity (Jan Hřebejk) – World Premiere
Home Again (Sudz Sutherland) – World Premiere C
Imagine (Andrzej Jakimowski) – World Premiere 35mm
In the Fog (Sergei Loznitsa) – North American Premiere 35mm
In the Name of Love (Luu Huynh) – World Premiere 35mm
Jackie (Antoinette Beumer) – International Premiere ★
Jump (Kieron J. Walsh) – International Premiere ★
Just the Wind (Bence Fliegauf) – North American Premiere 35mm
Juvenile Offender (Yikwan Kang) – World Premiere
Key of Life (Kenji Uchida) – North American Premiere
Kinshasa Kids (Marc-Henri Wajnberg) – North American Premiere
The Land of Hope (Sion Sono) – World Premiere
The Lesser Blessed (Anita Doron) – World Premiere
Middle of Nowhere (Ava DuVernay) – International Premiere
Museum Hours (Jem Cohen) – North American Premiere
My Awkward Sexual Adventure (Sean Garrity) – World Premiere C
Once Upon a Time Was I, Verônica (Marcelo Gomes) – World Premiere 35mm
Paradise: Love (Ulrich Seidl) – North American Premiere
The Patience Stone (Atiq Rahimi) – World Premiere
Penance (Kioshi Kurosawa) – North American Premiere
Road North (Mika Kaurismäki) – International Premiere
Shores of Hope (Toke Constantin Hebbeln) – International Premiere
Sleeper’s Wake (Barry Berk) -International Premiere
Smashed (James Ponsoldt) – International Premiere
The Thieves (Choi Dong-hoon) – North American Premiere
3 (Pablo Stoll Ward) – North American Premiere FS 35mm
Three Kids (Jonas d’Adesky) – World Premiere + Peripeteia (John Akomfrah) – World Premiere [short]
Three Worlds (Catherine Corsini) – North American Premiere 35mm
Thy Womb (Brillante Mendoza) – North American Premiere
The Tortoise, An Incarnation (Girish Kasaravalli) – International Premiere 35mm
Underground (Robert Connolly) World Premiere
Virgin Margarida (Licinio Azevedo) – World Premiere
Watchtower (Pelin Esmer) – World Premiere
A Werewolf Boy (Jo Sung-hee) – World Premiere
What Richard Did (Lenny Abrahamson) – World Premiere
When I Saw You (Annemarie Jacir) – World Premiere 35mm
Zabana! (Saïd Ould-Khelifa) – World Premiere

TIFF Docs (29)
The Act of Killing (Joshua Oppenheimer) – World Premiere
Artifact (Bartholomew Cubbins) – World Premiere
As if We Were Catching a Cobra (Hala Alabdalla) – World Premiere
Camp 14: Total Control Zone (Marc Wiese) – North American Premiere
The Central Park Five (Ken Burns, David McMahon, & Sarah Burns) – North American Premiere
Far Out Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Ungerer Story (Brad Bernstein) – North American Premiere
Fidaï (Damien Ounouri) – World Premiere
The Gatekeepers (Dror Moreh) – International Premiere
First Comes Love (Nina Davenport) – World Premiere
The Girl from the South (José Luis García) – International Premiere
How to Make Money Selling Drugs (Matthew Cooke) – World Premiere
Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp (Jorge Hinojosa) – World Premiere
The Last White Knight (Paul Saltzman) – World Premiere
London – The Modern Babylon (Julien Temple) – International Premiere ★
Lunarcy! (Simon Ennis) – World Premiere C
Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God (Alex Gibney) – World Premiere
Men At Lunch (Seán Ó Cualáin) – International Premiere
More Than Honey (Markus Imhoof) – North American Premiere 35mm
9.79* (Daniel Gordon) – World Premiere
No Place on Earth (Janet Tobias) – World Premiere
Reincarnated (Andrew Capper) – World Premiere
Revolution (Rob Stewart) – World Premiere C
Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out (Marina Zenovich) – World Premiere
The Secret Disco Revolution (Jamie Kastner) – World Premiere C 35mm
Shepard & Dark (Treva Wurmfeld) – World Premiere
Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky (Barry Avrich) – World Premiere C
State 194 (Dan Setton) – World Premiere
Storm Surfers 3D (Christopher Nelius & Justin McMillan) – World Premiere
The Walls of Dakar (Abdoul Aziz Cissé) – International Premiere
A World Not Ours (Mahdi Fleifel) – World Premiere

Discovery (27)
Augustine (Alice Winocour) – International Premiere
Blackbird (Jason Buxton) – World Premiere C
Blancanieves (Pablo Berger) – World Premiere 35mm
Boy Eating the Bird’s Food (Ektoras Lygizos) – North American Premiere
The Brass Teapot (Ramaa Mosley) – World Premiere
Burn It Up Djassa (Lonesome Solo) – World Premiere
Call Girl (Mikael Marcimain) – World Premiere
Clip (Maja Milos) – North American Premiere FS
The Color of the Chameleon (Emil Christov) – World Premiere 35mm
The Deflowering of Eva van End (Michiel ten Horn) – World Premiere
Detroit Unleaded (Rola Nashef) – World Premiere
Eat Sleep Die (Gabriela Pichler) – North American Premiere
Fill the Void (Rama Burshtein) – North American Premiere
The Interval (Leonardo Di Costanzo) – North American Premiere 35mm
Janeane from Des Moines (Grace Lee) – World Premiere
Krivina (Igor Drljaca) – World Premiere C
La Sirga (William Vega) – North American Premiere
The Land of Eb (Andrew Williamson) – World Premiere
Nights with Theodore (Sébastien Betbeder) – World Premiere
Mushrooming (Toomas Hussar) – North American Premiere
Our Little Differences (Sylvie Michel) – International Premiere 35mm
Out in the Dark (Michael Mayer) – World Premiere
Picture Day (Kate Mellville) – World Premiere C
Satellite Boy (Catriona McKenzie) – World Premiere
7 Boxes (Juan Carlos Maneglia & Tana Schémbori) – International Premiere
Tower (Kazik Radwanski) – North American Premiere C FS
Wasteland (Rowan Athale) – World Premiere

Gala Presentations (20)
Argo (Ben Affleck) – World Premiere
The Company You Keep (Robert Redford) – North American Premiere
Dangerous Liaisons (Hur Jin-ho) – North American Premiere
Emperor (Peter Webber) – World Premiere
English Vinglish (Gauri Shinde) – World Premiere
Free Angela & All Political Prisoners (Shola Lynch) – World Premiere
Great Expectations (Mike Newell) – World Premiere
Hyde Park on Hudson (Roger Michell) – World Premiere
Inescapable (Ruba Nadda) – World Premiere C
Jayne Mansfield’s Car (Billy Bob Thornton) – North American Premiere
Looper (Rian Johnson) – World Premiere [Opening Night Film]
Love, Marilyn (Liz Garbus) – World Premiere
Midnight’s Children (Deepa Mehta) – World Premiere C
The Reluctant Fundamentalist (Mira Nair) – North American Premiere
A Royal Affair (Nikolai Arcel) – North American Premiere
Silver Linings Playbook (David O. Russell) – World Premiere
Song for Marion (Paul Andrew Williams) – World Premiere
Thermae Romae (Hideki Takeuchi) – North American Premiere
Twice Born (Sergio Castellitto) – World Premiere
What Maisie Knew (Scott McGehee & David Siegel) – World Premiere

Wavelengths (19)
Bestiaire (Denis Côté) – Toronto Premiere C FS
Big in Vietnam (Mati Diop) [short] FS ★ + Mekong Hotel (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Birds Aristophanes Play (Gabriel Abrantes) [short] + Viola (Matías Piñeiro)
The Capsule (Athina Rachel Tsangari) [short] + Walker (Tsai-Ming Liang) [short]
differently, Molussia (Nicolas Rey) – Canadian Premiere 16mm
Far from Afghanistan (John Gianvito, Jon Jost, Minda Martin, Soon-mi Yoo, & Travis Wilkerson)
The Fifth Season (Peter Brosens & Jessica Woodworth) – North American Premiere
The Last Time I Saw Macao (João Pedro Rodrigues & João Rui Guerra Da Mata) – North American Premiere
The Lebanese Rocket Society (Joana Hadji Thomas & Khalil Joreige) – World Premiere
Leviathan (Véréna Paravel & Lucien Castaing-Taylor) – North American Premiere FS
Perret in France and Algeria (Heinz Emigholz) – North American Premiere
Post Tenebras Lux (Carlos Reygadas) – North American Premiere
Tabu (Miguel Gomes) – North American Premiere 35mm
Three Sisters (Wang Bing) – North American Premiere
When Night Falls (Ying Liang) – North American Premiere FS
Wavelengths 1: Under a Pacific Sun:
  – Pacific Sun (Thomas Demand)
  – 21 Chitrakoot (Shambhavi Kaul)
  – Many a Swan (Blake Williams)
  – Concrete Parlay (Fern Silva) 16mm
  – Departure (Ernie Gehr)
  – Auto-Collider XV (Ernie Gehr)
Wavelengths 2: Documenta:
  – Handmade 35mm Glass Slides (Luther Price) 35mm
  – Phantoms of a Libertine (Ben Rivers) 16mm
  – A Minimal Difference (Jean-Paul Kelly)
  – Shoot Don’t Shoot (William E. Jones)
  – Sorry-Horns (Luther Price) 16mm
  – Orpheus (Outtakes) (Mary Helena Clark) 16mm
  – Pipe Dreams (Ali Cherri)
  – UFOs (Lillian Schwartz) 16mm
Wavelengths 3: I am micro:
  – I Am Micro (Shumona Goel & Shai Heredia) 35mm
  – Class Picture (Tito & Tito) 35mm
  – Francesca Woodman: Selected Video Works (Francesca Woodman)
  – Me too, too, me too (Friedl vom Gröller) 16mm
  – Waiting Room (Vincent Grenier)
  – Transit of Venus I (Nicky Hamlyn) 16mm
  – Transit of Venus II (Nicky Hamlyn) 16mm
  – August and After (Nathaniel Dorsky) 16mm
Wavelengths 4: From the Inside Out:
  – Black TV (Aldo Tambellini) 16mm
  – Burning Star (Josh Solondz)
  – When Bodies Touch (Paolo Gioli) 16mm
  – Ritournelle (Peter Miller & Christopher Becks) 16mm
  – Watch the Closing Doors (Jim Jennings)
  – View from the Acropolis (Lonnie van Brummelen & Siebran de Haan) 35mm
  – The mutability of all things and the possibility of changing some (Anna Marziano)
  – Reconnaissance (Johann Lurf)

Vanguard (15)
Beijing Flickers (Zhang Yuan) – World Premiere
Berberian Sound Studio (Peter Strickland) – North American Premiere 35mm
Blondie (Jesper Ganslandt) – North American Premiere
Here Comes the Devil (Adrian Garcia Bogliano) – World Premiere
I Declare War (Jason Lapeyre & Robert Wilson) – World Premiere C
iLL Manors (Ben Drew) – International Premiere
Motorway (Soi Cheang) – North American Premiere 35mm
90 Minutes (Eva Sørhaug) – World Premiere
Painless (Juan Carlos Medina) – World Premiere
Peaches Does Herself (Peaches) – World Premiere
Pusher (Luis Prieto) – North American Premiere
Room 237 (Rodney Ascher) – Canadian Premiere
Sightseers (Ben Wheatley) – North American Premiere
Thale (Aleksander Nordaas) – Canadian Premiere
The We and the I (Michel Gondry) – North American Premiere

Masters (14)
All That You Possess (Bernard Émond) – World Premiere C
Amour (Michael Haneke) – North American Premiere
Beyond the Hills (Cristian Mungiu) – North American Premiere
The End of Time (Peter Mettler) – International Premiere C
Everyday (Michael Winterbottom) – World Premiere
Gebo and the Shadow (Manoel de Oliveira) – North American Premiere
In Another Country (Hong Sang-soo) – North American Premiere 35mm
Like Someone in Love (Abbas Kiarostami) – North American Premiere
Me and You (Bernardo Bertolucci) – North American Premiere 35mm
Night Across the Street (Raúl Ruiz) – Toronto Premiere FS
Pieta (Kim Ki-duk) – North American Premiere
Something in the Air (Olivier Assayas) – North American Premiere
Student (Darezhan Omirbaev) – North American Premiere
When Day Breaks (Goran Paskaljevic) – World Premiere 35mm

City to City: Mumbai (10)
The Bright Day (Mohit Takalkar) – World Premiere
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part One (Anurag Kashyap) – North American Premiere 35mm
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part Two (Anurag Kashyap) – North American Premiere 35mm
Ishaqzaade (Habib Faisal) – Canadian Premiere
Miss Lovely (Ashim Ahluwalia) – North American Premiere
Mumbai’s King (Manjeet Singh) – World Premiere
Peddlers (Vasan Bala) – North American Premiere
Shahid (Hansal Mehta) – World Premiere
Shanghai (Dibakar Banerjee) – North American Premiere
Ship of Theseus (Anand Gandhi) – World Premiere ★

Midnight Madness (10)
The ABCs of Death (Kaare Andrews, Angela Bettis, Adrián García Bogliano, Bruno Forzani & Hélène Cattet, Ernesto Díaz Espinoza, Jason Eisener, Xavier Gens, Jorge Michel Grau, Lee Hardcastle, Noboru Iguchi, Thomas Cappelen Malling, Anders Morgenthaler, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Banjong Pisanthanakun, Simon Rumley, Marcel Sarmiento, Jon Schnepp, Srdjan Spasojevic, Timo Tjahjanto, Andrew Traucki, Nacho Vigalondo, Jake West, Ti West, Ben Wheatley, Adam Wingard, & Yûdai Yamaguchi) – World Premiere
Aftershock (Nicolás López) – World Premiere
The Bay (Barry Levinson) – World Premiere
Come Out and Play (Makinov) – World Premiere
Dredd 3D (Pete Travis) – World Premiere
Hellbenders (JT Petty) – World Premiere
John Dies at the End (Don Coscarelli) – Canadian Premiere
The Lords of Salem (Rob Zombie) – World Premiere
No One Lives (Ryuhei Kitamura) – World Premiere
Seven Psychopaths (Martin McDonagh) – World Festival Premiere

Future Projections (8)
1. Ming Wong: Making Chinatown – September 6 to 16
2. Kelly Richardson: Mariner 9 – September 6 to 16
3. Jeroen Eisinga: Springtime – August 24 to September 16
4. Callum Cooper: The Constant and the Flux – September 6 to 16
5. Luther Price: Number 9 and Number 9 II – September 6 to October 6
6. Liang Yue: The Quiet Room – September 6 to 16
7. Sook-Yin Lee: We Are Light Rays – September 6 to 16
8. Peaches, in collaboration with Vice Cooler: Peaches Does the Drake – September 6 to 16

Mavericks (7)
Casting By (Tom Donahue) – World Premiere
Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey (Shit Girls Say)
In Conversation With… Jackie Chan
Inventing David Geffen (Susan Lacy) – World Premiere
Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony (Álvaro Longoria) – North American Premiere
The Pervert’s Guide to Ideology (Sophie Fiennes) – World Premiere
West of Memphis (Amy Berg) – Canadian Premiere

Cinematheque (7)
The Bitter Ash (1963, Larry Kent)
The Cloud-Capped Star (1960, Ritwik Ghatak) ★
Dial M for Murder [3D] (1954, Alfred Hitchcock)
Loin du Viêtnam [Far from Vietnam] (1967, Joris Ivens, William Klein, Claude Lelouch, Agnès Varda, Jean-Luc Godard, Chris Marker & Alain Resnais) 35mm
Sans Soleil (1983, Chris Marker) ★
Stromboli (1950, Roberto Rossellini)
Tess (1979, Roman Polanski)

TIFF Kids (5)
Ernest & Célestine (Benjamin Renner, Vincent Patar, & Stéphane Aubier) – North American Premiere
Finding Nemo 3D (Andrew Stanton & Lee Unkrich) – World Premiere
Hotel Transylvania (Genndy Tartakovsky) – World Premiere
Igor & the Cranes’ Journey (Evgeny Ruman) – World Premiere
Nono, The Zigzag Kid (Vincent Bal) – World Premiere

Short Cuts Canada
I’m not even going to list these this year. Go to the festival website if you want to know what’s playing in this section.

1 comment

  1. Tom Donahue’s avatar

    Hey guys-

    FYI – My doc, CASTING BY will have its US premiere at NYFF.


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