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Toronto Film Fest adds more titles: 'Tusk,' 'The Guest,' documentaries

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The Toronto International Film Festival announced its selections for the 2014 Masters, Vanguard, Midnight Madness, and documentaries programs on Tuesday.

The festival, in its 39th year, kicks off Sept. 4 with David Dobkin’s The Judge, a drama starring Robert Downey, Jr. as a big-time lawyer who returns home to defend his father (Robert Duvall) in court. While The Judge is an American film, the movie selections unveiled hail from all over the world—Japan, New Zealand, and Spain are just a few of the countries represented—and involve a number of well-known actors and filmmakers.

The Face of an Angel, which stars Daniel Brühl, Kate Beckinsale, and Cara Delevingne, will make its world premiere at the Masters Program, and Jean-Luc Godard’s latest, Goodbye to Language 3D, will make its North American debut at the Masters Program. The Guest, starring Dan Stevens of Downton Abbey as a man who arrives on a grieving family’s doorstep claiming to be their dead son’s friend, will make its Canadian premiere in the Midnight Madness program, as part of a lineup which also boasts Kevin Smith’s upcoming horror film Tuskstarring Justin Long. Takashi Miike’s Over Your Dead Body will make its international debut in the Vanguard program.

The festival runs September 4-14.

The Masters program includes films by “the most inspiring, audacious, and original filmmakers working in cinema today.” Oscar-winning French drama Amour was included in the 2012 program.

1001 Grams
Bent Hamer, Norway/Germany/France
World Premiere

A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence (En duva satt på en gren och funderade på tillvaron)
Roy Andersson, Sweden/Norway/France/Germany
North American Premiere

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

The Golden Era (Huang jin shi dai)
Ann Hui, China/Hong Kong
North American Premiere

Goodbye to Language 3D (Adieu au langage 3D)
Jean-Luc Godard, France
North American Premiere

Hill of Freedom (Ja-yu-ui eon-deok)
Hong Sang-soo, South Korea
North American Premiere

Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia
Canadian Premiere

Revivre (Hwajang)
Im Kwon-taek, South Korea
North American Premiere

Abderrahmane Sissako, France/Mauritania/Mali
North American Premiere

The Midnight Madness program puts all of the strangest, scariest films in one place – as TIFF claims, the selections bring “thrills, chills, and all sorts of kills to Festival audiences once again.” 

[REC] 4: Apocalypse
Jaume Balagueró, Spain
World Premiere

Big Game
Jalmari Heleander, Finland/United Kingdom/Germany
World Premiere

Jonas Govaerts, Belgium
World Premiere

The Guest
Adam Wingard, USA
Canadian Premiere

It Follows
David Robert Mitchell, USA
North American Premiere

Tokyo Tribe
Sion Sono, Japan
International Premiere

Kevin Smith, USA
World Premiere

What We Do in the Shadows
Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, New Zealand/USA
Canadian Premiere

The Vanguard program presents ”bold international films that walk the razor’s edge.” 

Fabrice Du Welz, France/Belgium
North American Premiere

The Duke of Burgundy
Peter Strickland, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Goodnight Mommy (Ich seh, Ich seh)
Veronika Franz and Severin Fiala, Austria
North American Premiere

Gerard Johnson, United Kingdom
International Premiere

Dave McKean, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Over Your Dead Body
Takashi Miike, Japan
International Premiere

Shrew’s Nest (Musarañas)
Juanfer Andrés and Esteban Roel, Spain
World Premiere

Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead, USA
World Premiere

They Have Escaped
JP Valkeapää, Finland
North American Premiere

Waste Land
Pieter Van Hees, Belgium
World Premiere

The World of Kanako (Kawaki)
Tetsuya Nakashima, Japan
International Premiere

The TIFF documentary selection features nonfiction films on topics ranging from concert pianists to war. The Oscar-nominated The Act of Killing was a 2012 documentary selection.

Beats Of The Antonov
Hajooj Kuka, Sudan/South Africa
World Premiere

I Am Here (Wo Jiu Shi Wo)
Lixin Fan, China
International Premiere

Iraqi Odyssey
Samir, Iraq/Switzerland/Germany/United Arab Emirates
World Premiere

Merchants Of Doubt
Robert Kenner, USA
Canadian Premiere

National Diploma (Examen d’Etat)
Dieudo Hamadi, France/Congo
North American Premiere

National Gallery
Frederick Wiseman, France/USA
North American Premiere

Natural Resistance
Jonathan Nossiter, Italy/France
North American Premiere

Red Army
Gabe Polsky, USA/Russia
Canadian Premiere

Seymour: An Introduction
Ethan Hawke, USA
International Premiere

Silvered Water, Syria Self-Portrait (Ma’a al Fidda)
Ossama Mohammed and Wiam Simav Bedirxan, Syria/France
North American Premiere

Roger & Me
Michael Moore, USA