More Titles Announced for This Year's Toronto International Film Festival
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More Titles Announced for This Year’s Toronto International Film Festival

Premiering at this year's TIFF: a follow-up to In Bruges, a 3D sequel to Judge Dredd, and a movie that takes an alphabetical approach to death—among other things.

Still from Seven Psychopaths, the follow-up to 2008's In Bruges that will premiere at TIFF '12.

Having announced a star-studded slate of premium presentations in its opening press conference last week, the Toronto International Film Festival yesterday unveiled a further 74 TIFF ’12 selections, including lineups for TIFF Docs and Midnight Madness—two of the fest’s most popular programs. Festival organizers also revealed this year’s crop of boundary-pushing Vanguard selections, lineups for TIFF Kids, and the City to City spotlight on Mumbai, as well as a new initiative featuring free presentations of restored classics, courtesy of the TIFF Cinematheque.

Our rundown, with trailers, is below.

TIFF Docs is the new moniker for the festival’s Real to Reel program, and though the generic label isn’t as catchy as its clever, alliterative predecessor, non-fiction fans are sure to appreciate what is, once again, a diverse showcase of documentary filmmaking.

High-profile premieres in this year’s lineup include Alex Gibney’s Catholic Church exposé, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God; Marina Zenovich’s Roman Polanski: Odd Man Out, a follow-up to 2008’s acclaimed Wanted and Desired; and The Central Park Five, from veteran documentarian Ken Burns. Selections from directors Daniel Gordon and Julien Temple form a timely pairing, as Gordon’s 9.79* looks at the legacy of Ben Johnson’s doping disgrace at the 1988 Seoul Olympics, while punk archivist Temple pays tribute to the vibrant host city of this year’s games in London – The Modern Babylon. TIFF ’12’s doc lineup also features a surprising abundance of Snoop Dogg. The rapper will appear in both Iceberg Slim: Portrait of a Pimp, and Reincarnated, which chronicles the chronic-fuelled creation of his forthcoming reggae album.

Still from The Secret Disco Revolution.

While there’s still no sign of Sarah Polley’s new Venice-bound doc, yesterday’s announcements weren’t lacking for non-fiction offerings from local filmmakers. Four films from Toronto-based directors will make their world premieres, inlcuding Jamie Kastner’s docu-hybrid The Secret Disco Revolution; Lunarcy, Simon Ennis’s look at folks who are mad about the moon; Barry Avrich’s Show Stopper: The Theatrical Life of Garth Drabinsky, about the Cineplex Odeon founder and convicted fraudster; and the portentous-sounding The End of Time, from award-winning experimental filmmaker Peter Mettler, which even TIFF doesn’t seem to be able to synopsize.

For the late-night crowd, this year’s Midnight Madness sidebar will feature the world premiere of the Karl Urban-starring Dredd 3D, as well as new films from Rob Zombie (The Lords of Salem), Bubba Ho-Tep director Don Coscarelli (John Dies at the End), Versus‘ Ryhuhei Kitamura (No One Lives), and, bizarrely, Barry Levinson (The Bay). The program highlight, however, has to be Seven Psychopaths, from Martin McDonaugh, director of 2008’s brilliant buddy-hitman flick In Bruges. The long-awaited follow-up sees McDonaugh reunite with In Bruges star Colin Farrell, and, while there’s sadly no place this time for Brendan Gleeson, the director’s new collaborators include Christopher Walken, Sam Rockwell, Woody Harrelson, and Tom Waits.

Of course, that’s not to say we’re not also plenty curious about the intriguing The ABC’s of Death. Featuring no fewer than 26 of the hottest directors in contemporary genre cinema, this hugely ambitious, alphabet-themed anthology project sees each filmmaker contribute one brief, bloody segment. A veritable up-and-coming horror who’s who, the roster includes Ti West (The House of the Devil), Adam Wingard (You’re Next), Xavier Gens (Frontiers), and Jason Eisner (Hobo With A Shotgun).

Also contributing to the project is Ben Wheatley, director of last year’s superb, utterly savage Kill List, who directed a film that will make its North American premiere in TIFF ’12’s Vanguard program: the pitch-black comedy Sightseers. Other notable Vanguard selections include The We and the I, from the ever-imaginative Michel Gondry; Rodney Ascher’s Sundance sensation Room 237 (a must-see doc for fans of The Shining); and Peaches Does Herself, from everyone’s favourite gender-bending electro-popstress.

For full program lineups, including City to City, TIFF Kids, and TIFF Cinematheque presentations, visit tiff.net/programmes.

Images courtesy of TIFF.

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