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Movies On Our Radar: TIFF 2013

Posted on July 26, 2013 by

Summer may be a time for epic summer music festivals like Osheaga, Coachella and Lollapalooza. But while you’re out in the sun chilling or rocking out to your favourite bands, Oscar season is slowly creeping up. From the wintry yet relaxed days of the Sundance Film Festival to the beautiful and glamourous springtime Cannes Film Festival, it isn’t until all the concert hooplah fades away when the film awards’ season starts to kick off in September.

But with announcements for the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival being revealed earlier this week, our excitement for the upcoming film season has come early. Here are three titles we’re excited to see coming to TIFF and are sure to create even more buzz as the festival nears.

The Fifth Estate

Benedict…who? That’s right, 2013 is officially the year of BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH.

In this film directed by Bill Condon, we see the Sherlock star taking on the role of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange through the rise and fall of his controversial whistleblower website as well as his relationship with his former business partner, Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl).

But that’s not all. While The Fifth Estate has been announced as the opening night gala at TIFF, fans can expect to see Cumberbatch in two other high profile films: Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and John Wells’ August: Osage County. Perhaps we can expect to hear Cumberbatch’s name during awards’ season?

The film officially comes out October 18th.


Don Jon

It’s gym, tan and laundry time, folks! Joseph Gordon-Levitt is channeling his inner Jersey Shore guido in his new film Don Jon, which he wrote, directed and stars alongside Scarlett Johansson, Julianne Moore and Tony Danza.

In the film, JGL plays a News Jersey womanizer who only cares about things that are important to him: his family, his car, his house, his women and wait for it…his porn. Hilarity ensues when his new girlfriend Barbara (Johansson) catches him watching porn. Thus realizing how harmful his addiction can be, he sets out to see the bigger picture and ultimately learns more about life and love.

Having premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah earlier this year, JGL’s directorial debut was positively received. We can’t wait to see how it fares across the border!

The film officially comes out September 27.



Looks like Thor is trading in his hammer for a race car.

Based on a true story, Daniel Brühl plays Austrian Formula 1 champion driver Niki Lauda as the film chronicles his career and the 1976 crash that almost claimed his life. But mere weeks after the accident, he returns to racing to face his rival James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth) in their pursuit of the 1976 World Championships in Fuji, Japan.

Rush marks Brühl’s second film at the festival. Also starring in The Fifth Estate, those who might remember him from Inglorious Bastards can certainly expect to see him making the rounds in and around Toronto. And while not all films have been announced yet, Brühl has another film coming out this year called A Most Wanted Man (which also stars Rachel McAdams and Phillip Seymour Hoffman). I don’t know about you, but sounds like Cumberbatch is going to have a bit of competition in terms of who’s going to rule the festival!

Rush officially comes out in theatres September 27.

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