THE LUNCHBOX and SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE in Toronto International Film Festival


Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Toronto International Film Festival, unveiled the first round of titles set to premiere in the Galas and Special Presentations programmes at the 38th Toronto International Film Festival. The gala line up includes two Indian films, THE LUNCHBOX by Ritesh Batra (A North American Premiere) and SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE by Maneesh Sharma (India Canadian Premiere).


Of the 16 Galas and 55 Special Presentations revealed, this first slate of films includes 40 world premieres from filmmakers including: Bill Condon, Steve McQueen, Sylvain Chomet, John Carney, Jean-Marc Vallee, Atom Egoyan, Amma Asante, Godfrey Reggio, Jason Reitman, John Wells, Denis Villeneuve, Don McKellar, Jasmila Zbanic, Justin Chadwick, Mike Myers, Liza Johnson, Richard Ayoade, David Gordon Green, Ralph Fiennes, Paul Haggis, Manuel Martin Cuenca, Jason Bateman, Bertrand Tavernier and Matthew Weiner.

‘This first round of films offers a taste of the powerhouse lineup at this year’s Festival,” said Handling. ”These are the works that will have everyone talking because they capture the mood of the times. They will captivate, excite and entertain the global film community and audiences alike.”

”An unparalleled calibre of international talent will illuminate the city for 11 spectacular days, to descend on the hottest red carpets representing productions from across the globe including South Africa, France, Canada, South Korea, Australia, Germany, USA, and the United Kingdom,” said Bailey. The 38th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 to 15, 2013.

Here is the complete line up of Galas and Special Presentations: –


AMERICAN DREAMS IN CHINA Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong/China North American Premiere

THE ART OF THE STEAL Jonathan Sobol, Canada World Premiere

AUGUST: OSAGE COUNTY John Wells, USA World Premiere

COLD EYES Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo, South Korea North American Premiere Opening Night Film

THE FIFTH ESTATE Bill Condon, USA World Premiere

THE GRAND SEDUCTION Don McKellar, Canada World Premiere

KILL YOUR DARLINGS John Krokidas, USA International Premiere Closing Night Film

LIFE OF CRIME Daniel Schechter, USA World Premiere

THE LOVE PUNCH Joel Hopkins, France World Premiere

THE LUNCHBOX Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany North American Premiere

MANDELA: LONG WALK TO FREEDOM Justin Chadwick, South Africa World Premiere

PARKLAND Peter Landesman, USA North American Premiere

THE RAILWAY MAN Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia/United Kingdom World Premiere

THE RIGHT KIND OF WRONG Jeremiah Chechik, Canada World Premiere

RUSH Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany International Premiere

SHUDDH DESI ROMANCE Maneesh Sharma, India Canadian Premiere



12 YEARS A SLAVE Steve McQueen, USA World Premiere

ALL IS BY MY SIDE John Ridley, United Kingdom World Premiere

ATTILA MARCEL Sylvain Chomet, France World Premiere

BAD WORDS Jason Bateman, USA World Premiere

BELLE Amma Asante, United Kingdom World Premiere


ADELE: CHAPTERS 1 & 2 Abdellatif Kechiche, France North American Premiere

BURNING BUSH Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic North American Premiere

CAN A SONG SAVE YOUR LIFE? John Carney, USA World Premiere

CANNIBAL (CANIBAL) Manuel Martin Cuenca,
Spain/Romania/Russia/France World Premiere

DALLAS BUYERS CLUB Jean-Marc Vallee, USA World Premiere

DEVIL’S KNOT Atom Egoyan, USA World Premiere


DOM HEMINGWAY Richard Shepard, United Kingdom World Premiere

DON JON Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA Canadian Premiere

THE DOUBLE Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom World Premiere

ENOUGH SAID Nicole Holofcener, USA World Premiere

EXIT MARRAKECH Caroline Link, Germany International Premiere
FELONY Matthew Saville, Australia World Premiere

FOR THOSE WHO CAN TELL NO TALES Jasmila Zbanic, Bosnia and Herzegovina World Premiere

GLORIA Sebastian Lelio, Chile/Spain North American Premiere

GOING AWAY (Il est parti dimanche) Nicole Garcia, France World Premiere

GRAVITY Alfonso Cuaron, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere

THE GREAT BEAUTY (LA GRANDE BELLEZZA) Paolo Sorrentino, Italy North American Premiere

HALF OF A YELLOW SUN Biyi Bandele, Nigeria/United Kingdom World Premiere

HATESHIP LOVESHIP Liza Johnson, USA World Premiere

IDA Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland World Premiere

L’INTREPIDO Gianni Amelio, Italy North American Premiere

THE INVISIBLE WOMAN Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom World Premiere

JOE David Gordon Green, USA North American Premiere

LABOR DAY Jason Reitman, USA World Premiere

LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan North American Premiere

MAN OF TAI CHI Keanu Reeves, USA/China North American Premiere

MARY QUEEN OF SCOTS Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland North American Premiere

MYSTERY ROAD Ivan Sen, Australia International Premiere

NIGHT MOVES Kelly Reichardt, USA North American Premiere

OMAR Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine North American Premiere

ONE CHANCE David Frankel, USA World Premiere

ONLY LOVERS LEFT ALIVE Jim Jarmusch, USA North American Premiere

THE PAST (Le Passe) Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy North American Premiere
PHILOMENA Stephen Frears, United Kingdom North American Premiere

PIONEER (Pioner) Erik Skjoldbjaerg, Norway/Germany/Sweden/France/Finland International Premiere

PRISONERS Denis Villeneuve, USA World Premiere

QUAI D’ORSAY Bertrand Tavernier, France World Premiere

REAL Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan North American Premiere

STARRED UP David Mackenzie, United Kingdom World Premiere

THIRD PERSON Paul Haggis, Belgium World Premiere

THOSE HAPPY YEARS (ANNI FELICI) Daniele Luchetti, Italy World Premiere

TRACKS John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia North American Premiere

UNDER THE SKIN Jonathan Glazer, USA/United Kingdom North American Premiere

VIOLETTE Martin Provost, France/Belgium World Premiere

VISITORS Godfrey Reggio, USA World Premiere

WALESA. MAN OF HOPE.(Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei.) Andrzej Wajda, Poland North American Premiere

WE ARE THE BEST! (Vi ar bast!) Lukas Moodysson, Sweden North American Premiere

LE WEEK-END Roger Michell, United Kingdom World Premiere

(Rajesh Kumar Singh is Editorial Consultant for Festivals and Markets for He is a filmmaker, critic and market analyst)