Festival announces a whopping 104 further titles today; Mavericks speakers to include Bruce Springsteen and Bill Gates.

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced 104 new titles, including 37 world premieres, and a number of entertainment heavyweights in its Mavericks programme (Bruce Springsteen, Bill Gates, and Philip Seymour Hoffman). A long list of stars scheduled to attend the 11-day bonanza (Sept. 9-19) include Nicole Kidman, Matt Damon, Colin Firth, Clive Owen, Helen Mirren, Javier Bardem, Edward Norton, Catherine Deneuve, Kevin Spacey and Clint Eastwood.

The world premiere of Larysa Kondracki’s harrowing political thriller, The Whistleblower, has been added to the red carpet Special Presentation category, along with titles in five other programmes: Contemporary World Cinema, Visions, Vanguard, Discovery and Masters.

In CWC — a snapshot of trends in global cinema — 45 titles include 16 world premieres such as Africa United (Debs Gardner-Paterson, UK) about three Rwandan children who take part in the opening ceremony World Cup in Johannesburg; Jucy (Louise Alston, Australia) about two female best friends whose “womance” ruffles feathers; and White Irish Drinkers (John Gray, US) a coming-of-age story set in 1975 working-class Brooklyn.

This year’s Discovery programme — showcasing new and emerging directors — presents 27 films, with 15 world premieres, including As If I Am Not There (Juanita Wilson, Ireland/Macedonia/Sweden) which explores one woman’s experience of the horrors that took place at the beginning of the Bosnian War in the former Yugoslavia.

Visions is dedicated to filmmakers who push the boundaries and challenge notions of mainstream cinema and its 10 new titles including one world premiere: Brownian Movement from acclaimed Dutch filmmaker Nanouk Leopold, who explores a young mother’s desires and needs.

The Vanguard films are irreverent and cutting edge and its 11 films offer three world premiers, including Egypt’s Microphone (dir. Ahmad Abdalla), billed as “a bold example of new North African cinema” which “mixes fiction and cinema verité as it follows an Egyptian expatriate’s return to Alexandria, where he dives into a thriving underground music and arts scene.”

The Masters programme is earmarked for the latest projects from the “world’s greatest filmmakers” and its 10 new titles include one worldpremiere: director Amos Gitai’s Roses à Crédit (France) follows a young couple for 10 years after they marry in France in the 1940s.

New lineups announced today:

CWC and Discovery

Masters, Visions, Vanguard and Mavericks