Fest unveils first pics in slate

Cannes pics, including Laurent Cantet’s Palme d’Or-winning “The Class,” dominate the first major programming announcement from the 33rd edition of the Toronto Film Festival.

Most of the 27 films unveiled Thursday will receive their North American or international preems at the event, which runs Sept. 4-13.

The Special Presentations program will see the North American preem of Canadian Atom Egoyan’s “Adoration,” winner of Cannes’ Ecumenical Jury Prize; Arnaud Desplechin’s Special Prize winner “Un conte de Noel,” starring Catherine Deneuve; and Matteo Garrone’s Grand Prix winner “Gomorrah.”

The sole Gala announced is Kim Jee-woon’s Western “The Good the Bad the Weird,” the biggest-budget South Korean pic to date. Set in 1930s Japanese-controlled Korea, the film is inspired by Sergio Leone classic “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.”

The Dardenne brothers’ Cannes screenplay nod winner “Le Silence de Lorna” receives its North American preem in the Masters program, as do Cannes director winner Nuri Bilge Ceylan’s “Three Monkeys,” Jia Zhangke’s “24 City,” Brit director Terence Davies’ “Of Time and the City” and Jerzy Skolimowski’s “Four Nights With Anna.”

Slovakian documentarian Juraj Lehotsky’s “Blind Loves” is the first title announced in the Real to Reel program.

Brazilian Walter Salles’ Palme d’Or nominee “Linha de Passe,” co-directed with Daniela Thomas and starring Cannes actress winner Sandra Corveloni, lands in Contemporary World Cinema.

Program also includes North American preems of Frederica Veiroj’s “Acne,” Bent Hamer’s “O’Horten,” Pablo Trapero’s “Lion’s Den,” Amos Kollek’s “Restless” and Gotz Spielmann’s “Revanche.”

Un Certain Regard winner “Tulpan,” directed by Sergey Dvortsevoy, and Camera d’Or winner “Hunger,” directed by Steve McQueen, highlight Discovery.

Program also features Barry Jenkins’ “Medicine for Melancholy,” Gabriel Medina’s “The Paranoids,” Pablo Aguero’s “Salamandra,” Matthew Newton’s “Three Blind Mice” and Pablo Larrain’s “Tony Manero,” about a young Chilean obsessed with John Travolta’s “Saturday Night Fever” character.

The avant-garde Visions program includes the North American preem of Lisandro Alonso’s “Liverpool” and Brillante Mendoza’s “Service,” while the similarly edgy Vanguard will unspool Ari Folman’s “Waltz With Bashir.”

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