Toronto Film Festival 2012: First Selections A-Z
The Toronto International Film Festival announced the first 62 selections for the 2012 edition of the annual awards season kick-off Tuesday and critics are already salivating over the line up. With new films from Terrence Malick ("To The Wonder"), Neil Jordan ("Byzantium"), Noah Baumbach ("Frances Ha"), Ben Affleck ("Argo"), the Wachowskis ("Cloud Atlas"), Joss Whedon ("Much Ado About Nothing"), Joe Wright ("Anna Karenina"), David O. Russell ("Silver Lining Playbook"), Mike Newell ("Great Expectations"), Andrew Adamson ("Mr. Pip"), Derek Cianfrance ("The Place Beyond the Pines"), Dustin Hoffman ("Quartet") and Rian Johnson ("Looper") this edition of the festival already appears to be substantially improved over last year's snorefest. Of course, everyone needs to actually see the films in question, but in the meantime we have weeks to speculate (or pray).
While a number of the studio releases screening at Toronto have already released trailers, today marked the first time any imagery from some of these films were made public. And, for your enjoyment, we've collected them in the gallery embedded at the bottom of this post. Some quick notes however…
- Some films still haven't released any images such as Whedon's "Much Ado," "Everybody Has A Plan," and "Cloud Atlas."
- Make sure to take note of the black and white photo from Baumbach's "Frances Ha." All the available images today were black and white which seems to insinuate the entire movie is black and white. That's a gutsy move for a picture looking for distribution.
- The young man in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep" image? It's Shia LaBeouf. Most people don't recognize him at first glance.
- Have to be honest. The synopsis and images from Billy Bob Thornton's "Jayne Mansfield’s Car" scares the crap out of us - and not in a good way.
- In Mira Nair's "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" (which is also opening the Venice Film Festival), Kate Hudson is sporting dark brown hair and - surprise - it really looks good on her (truth!).
- Who knew we'd have an "Avengers" reunion in Stuart Blumberg's "Thanks for Sharing"?
- We are incredibly intrigued by Jordan's "Byzantium." The imagery for this non-Vampire Vampire tale is as gorgeous as you'd expect from "The Crying Game" director.
As more films are announced in the coming weeks we'll add them to this A-Z gallery. In the meantime, par use the photos and share your thoughts below.
The 2012 Toronto International Film Festival runs Sept. 6-16. Look for complete coverage on HitFix.