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Toronto Film Fest to Premiere ‘Tusk,’ Amanda Knox-Inspired ‘Face of an Angel’

Latest features from the Yes Men, Nick Broomfield to bow in TIFF Docs

Kevin Smith’s horror comedy-drama “Tusk,” Michael Winterbottom’s hot commodity “The Face of an Angel,” and doc-comedy “The Yes Men Are Revolting” are among the titles set to world preem at the 2014 Toronto Film Festival, which unveiled its auteur-driven Midnight Madness, Masters, TIFF Docs and Vanguard slates this morning.

Midnight Madness, a reliably lively zone for genre-pic launches and pickups, opens with Japanese helmer Sion Sono’s “Tokyo Tribe,” an adaptation of a popular hip-hop-inspired manga comic. The pic receives its international preem, as does Mark Hartley’s “Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films” (Drafthouse), the second documentary this year about the rise and fall of that filmmaking empire, after the Cannes-premiered “The Go-Go Boys.”

Aside from Smith’s labor of love “Tusk,” which stars Justin Long and will be released by A24, Midnight will unspool world preems of Jaume Balaguero’s “[REC] 4: Apocalypse” (the fourth and final installment of the series); the Samuel Jackson-starring survival thriller “Big Game,” the English-language bow of “Rare Exports” helmer Jalmari Helander; and the slasher chiller “Cub,” the feature debut of Belgium’s Jonas Govaerts.

Midnight will also present the North American preem of David Robert Mitchell’s “It Follows” (Radius-TWC), which bowed at Cannes, and the Canadian preems of two Sundance-launched titles: Adam Wingard’s “The Guest” (Picturehouse) and “What We Do in the Shadows,” a vampire comedy from Kiwi funnymen Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement.

Winterbottom’s “Face of an Angel” (pictured), a psychological thriller starring Daniel Bruhl and Kate Beckinsale and inspired by the media circus surrounding the Amanda Knox case, will world preem in Masters, as will Bent Hamer’s “1,001 Grams,” about a Norwegian scientist who falls in love with a colleague while delivering a seminar in Paris.

Masters will also deliver the North American preems of four Venice-bound titles Roy Andersson’s “A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence,” Hong Sang-soo’s “Hill of Freedom,” Im Kwon-taek’s “Revivre” and Ann Hui’s “The Golden Era” and of two well-received Cannes entries: Jean-Luc Godard’s “Goodbye to Language 3D” (which Kino Lorber is distributing Stateside) and Abderrahmane Sissako’s “Timbuktu.” The section will also host the Canadian preem of Andrei Zvyagintsev’s “Leviathan,” which won a screenplay prize at Cannes and was acquired there by Sony Classics; based on the film’s premiere status, it will likely make its North American premiere at Telluride.

In addition to the latest Yes Men hijinks, TIFF Docs will world preem Nick Broomfield’s murder-trial pic “Tales of the Grim Sleeper”; Tamara Erde’s timely “This Is My Land,” about how Israeli and Palestinian educators teach national history; Marah Strauch’s “Sunshine Superman,” the story of BASE jumping; Hajooj Kuka’s “Beats of the Antonov,” the inspiration for new music from war-torn regions of Sudan; and veteran helmer Samir’s story of his now-scattered middle-class family “Iraqi Odyssey.”

Ethan Hawke’s “Seymour: An Introduction,” about 86-year-old piano teacher Seymour Bernstein, will screen in TIFF Docs as an international premiere (a clue that the film could be headed to Telluride first), as will Montreal-based helmer Lixin Fan’s portrait of Chinese youth, “I Am Here.”

Jonathan Nossiter’s “Natural Resistance,” Frederick Wiseman’s “National Gallery,” Dieudo Hamadi’s “National Diploma,” and Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan’s “Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait” will receive their North American preems in TIFF Docs, which is also screening “The Look of Silence,” Joshua Oppenheimer’s follow-up to “The Act of Killing”; Robert Kenner’s “Merchants of Doubt”; and Gabe Polsky’s likely Telluride-bound “Red Army.”

Vanguard, which serves up art films with a genre edge, will offer the world preems of “The Duke of Burgundy” (IFC), from “Berberian Sound Studio” helmer Peter Strickland; Brit comicbook art star David McKean’s “Luna”; Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead’s “Spring”; Juanfer Andres and Esteban Roel’s “Shrew’s Nest”; and Pieter Van Hees’ “Waste Land.”

The Toronto Film Festival runs Sept. 4-14.

Full list of TIFF Midnight Madness, Masters, TIFF Docs and Vanguard lineups below:


“[REC] 4: Apocalypse.” Jaume Balaguero, Spain, World Premiere

Big Game.” Jalmari Heleander, Finland-U.K.-Germany, World Premiere

“Cub.” Jonas Govaerts, Belgium, World Premiere

“Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films.” Mark Hartley, Australia, International Premiere

“It Follows.” David Robert Mitchell, U.S., North American Premiere

“The Guest.” Adam Wingard, U.S., Canadian Premiere

“Tokyo Tribe.” Sion Sono, Japan, International Premiere

“Tusk.” Kevin Smith, U.S., World Premiere

“What We Do in the Shadows.” Taika Waititi, Jemaine Clement, New Zealand-U.S., Canadian Premiere


“1,001 Grams.” Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France World Premiere

“A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence.” Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany, North American Premiere

“The Face of an Angel.” Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom, World Premiere

“The Golden Era.” Ann Hui, China-Hong Kong, North American Premiere

“Goodbye to Language 3D.” Jean-Luc Godard, France, North American Premiere

“Hill of Freedom.” Hong Sang-soo, South Korea, North American Premiere

“Leviathan.” Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia, Canadian Premiere

“Revivre.” Im Kwon-taek, South Korea, North American Premiere

“Timbuktu.” Abderrahmane Sissako, France-Mauritania-Mali, North American Premiere


“Beats of the Antonov.” Hajooj Kuka, Sudan-South Africa, World Premiere

“I Am Here.” Fan Lixin, China, International Premiere

“Iraqi Odyssey.” Samir, Iraq-Switzerland-Germany-United Arab Emirates, World Premiere

“Merchants of Doubt.” Robert Kenner, U.S., Canadian Premiere

“National Diploma.” Dieudo Hamadi, France-Congo, North American Premiere

“National Gallery.” Frederick Wiseman, France-U.S., North American Premiere

“Natural Resistance.” Jonathan Nossiter, Italy-France, North American Premiere

“Red Army.” Gabe Polsky, U.S.-Russia, Canadian Premiere

“Seymour: An Introduction.” Ethan Hawke, U.S., International Premiere

“Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait.” Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syria/France, North American Premiere

“Sunshine Superman.” Marah Strauch, U.S.-Norway-U.K., World Premiere

“Tales of the Grim Sleeper.” Nick Broomfield, U.S.-United Kingdom, World Premiere

“The Look of Silence.” Joshua Oppenheimer, Denmark-Indonesia-Norway-Finland-U.K., Canadian Premiere

“This Is My Land.” Tamara Erde, France, World Premiere

“The Yes Men Are Revolting.” Laura Nix and the Yes Men, U.S., World Premiere

Documentaries featured in other Festival programs are still to be announced. Canadian documentaries will be announced in coming weeks.


“Alleluia.” Fabrice Du Welz, France/Belgium, North American Premiere

“The Duke of Burgundy.” Peter Strickland, U.K., World Premiere

“Goodnight Mommy.” Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Austria, North American Premiere

“Hyena.” Gerard Johnson, U.K., International Premiere

“Luna.” Dave McKean, U.K., World Premiere

“Over Your Dead Body.” Takashi Miike, Japan, International Premiere

“Shrew’s Nest.” Juanfer Andres and Esteban Roel, Spain, World Premiere

“Spring.” Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, U.S., World Premiere

“They Have Escaped.” JP Valkeapaa, Finland, North American Premiere

“Waste Land.” Pieter Van Hees, Belgium, World Premiere

“The World of Kanako.” Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan, International Premiere

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