Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave and Wikileaks drama The Fifth Estate are among a raft of world premieres set for the 38th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

Toronto will open on September 5 with Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Wikileaks founder Julian Assange.

The festival will close on September 15 with Daniel Schechter’s crime story Life of Crime, based on Elmore Leonard’s novel The Switch. The film stars Jennifer Aniston, John Hawkes, yasiin bey (aka Mos Def), Isla Fisher, Will Forte, Mark Boone Jr, and Tim Robbins.

In the first wave of programming to be announced for TIFF, there are also world premieres for Ralph Fiennes’ The Invisible Woman; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day; Devil’s Knot by Atom Egoyan; The Railway Man by Jonathan Teplitzky; August: Osage County starring Meryl Streep and Julia Roberts; Richard Ayoade’s The Double; and Starred Up from David Mackenzie.

Stephen Frears’ Philomena, Jonathan Glazer’s Under The Skin, David Gordon Green’s Joe, Rush by Ron Howard and Keanu Reeves’ Man Of Tai Chi receive North American premieres, suggesting some of these may be heading for world premieres in Venice.

The first wave line-up in full

WP = World premiere
IP = International premiere
NAP = North American premiere
CP = Canadian premiere


  • American Dreams in China Peter Ho-Sun Chan (HK/Chi) NAP
  • The Art of the Steal Jonathan Sobol (Can) WP
  • August: Osage County John Wells (US) WP
  • Cold Eyes Cho Ui-seok, Kim Byung-seo (S Kor) NAP
  • The Fifth Estate Bill Condon (US) WP
  • The Grand Seduction Don McKellar (Can) WP
  • Kill Your Darlings John Krokidas (US) IP
  • Life of Crime Daniel Schechter (US) WP
  • The Love Punch Joel Hopkins (Fra) WP
  • The Lunchbox Ritesh Batra (Ind/Fra/Ger) NAP
  • Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Justin Chadwick (S Afr) WP
  • Parkland Peter Landesman (US) NAP
  • The Railway Man Jonathan Teplitzky (Aus/UK) WP
  • The Right Kind of Wrong Jeremiah Chechik (Can) WP
  • Rush Ron Howard (UK/Ger) IP
  • Shuddh Desi Romance Maneesh Sharma (Ind) CP
  • Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon Mike Myers (US) WP


  • 12 Years a Slave Steve McQueen (US) WP
  • All Is By My Side John Ridley (UK) WP
  • Attila Marcel Sylvain Chomet (Fra) WP
  • Bad Words Jason Bateman (US) WP
  • Belle Amma Asante (UK) WP
  • Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2 Abdellatif Kechiche (Fra) NAP
  • Burning Bush Agnieszka Holland (Czech) NAP
  • Can a Song Save Your Life? John Carney (US) WP
  • Cannibal Manuel Martín Cuenca (Spa/Rom/Rus/Fra)WP
  • Dallas Buyers Club Jean-Marc Vallée (US) WP
  • Devil’s Knot Atom Egoyan (US) WP
  • The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her Ned Benson (US)
  • Dom Hemingway Richard Shepard (UK) WP
  • Don Jon Joseph Gordon-Levitt (US) CP
  • The Double Richard Ayoade (UK) WP
  • Enough Said Nicole Holofcener (US) WP
  • Exit Marrakech Caroline Link (Ger) IP
  • Felony Matthew Saville (Aus) WP
  • For Those Who Can Tell No Tales Jasmila Žbanić (B&H) WP
  • Gloria Sebastián Lelio (Chile/Spa) NAP
  • Going Away Nicole Garcia (Fra) WP
  • Gravity Alfonso Cuarón (US-UK) NAP
  • The Great Beauty Paolo Sorrentino (It) NAP
  • Half of a Yellow Sun Biyi Bandele (Nig/UK) WP
  • Hateship Loveship Liza Johnson (US) WP
  • Ida Pawel Pawlikowski (Pol) WP
  • L’intrepido Gianni Amelio (It) NAP
  • The Invisible Woman Ralph Fiennes (UK) WP
  • Joe David Gordon Green (US) NAP
  • Labor Day Jason Reitman (US) WP
  • Like Father, Like Son Hirokazu Kore-eda (Jap) NAP
  • Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves (US/Chi) NAP
  • MARY Queen of Scots Thomas Imbach (Fra/Swi) NAP
  • Mystery Road Ivan Sen (Aus) IP
  • Night Moves Kelly Reichardt (US) NAP
  • Omar Hany Abu-Assad (Pal) NAP
  • One Chance David Frankel (US) WP
  • Only Lovers Left Alive Jim Jarmusch (US) NAP
  • The Past Asghar Farhadi (Frae/It) NAP
  • Philomena Stephen Frears (UK) NAP
  • Pioneer Erik Skjoldbjærg (Nor/Ger/Swe/Fra/Fin) IP
  • Prisoners Denis Villeneuve (US) WP
  • Quai d’Orsay Bertrand Tavernier (Fra) WP
  • REAL Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Jap) NAP
  • Starred Up David Mackenzie (UK) WP
  • Third Person Paul Haggis (Bel) WP
  • Those Happy Years Daniele Luchetti (It) WP
  • Tracks John Curran (UK/Aus) NAP
  • Under the Skin Jonathan Glazer (US-UK) NAP
  • Violette Martin Provost (Fra/Bel) WP
  • Visitors Godfrey Reggio (US) WP
  • Walesa. Man of Hope. Andrzej Wajda (Pol) NAP
  • We are the Best! Lukas Moodysson (Swe) NAP
  • Le Week-End Roger Michell (UK) WP
  • You Are Here Matthew Weiner (US) WP
  • Young and Beautiful François Ozon (Fra/Bel) NAP