As the Venice International Film Festival draws to a close, the Toronto International Film Festival's just getting started. Launching today with Rian Johnson's highly anticipated Looper, TIFF 2012 boasts the most exciting range of films and stars that you could ask for of a world class festival. Yesterday I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Dano (There Will Be Blood) who stars alongside Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Looper. He ensures that Looper is 'a bad ass movie that everybody ought to see.' Other films also having their world premieres at the event incude Cloud Atlas which comes from The Matrix directors, The Wachowskis and stars Hugh Grant and Halle Berry. I also had the pleasure of sitting down with Grant earlier in the year where he told us what to expect from the movie. You can watch that here. Another eagerly awaited movie to premiere at TIFF is Ben Affleck's Argo which charts the experience of US diplomats from Iran back in 1979.
As per the BBC, Anna Karenina, Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing and a new version of Dickens's Great Expectations will also feature in the line-up. Mira Nair's film of 2007 novel The Reluctant Fundamentalist which launched the Venice Film Festival will also screen at TIFF. What's more our very own Neil Jordan, Robert Redford, David O'Russell, Costa-Gavras and the always awesome Dustin Hoffman will all present films at the festival. Hoffman flexes the directorial side of his brain with his first ever film, Quartet.
And if all that wasn't enough to steam up your movie-geek glasses, there's also documentaries about Marilyn Monroe and the late Monty Python member Graham Chapman to look forward to as well.
There's also plenty of celebrity spotting to be enjoyed with the news that Ben Affleck, Ryan Gosling, Robert Redford, Johnny Depp, Susan Sarandon, Joaquin Phoenix, Keira Knightley, Tom Hanks, Kristen Stewart and Gwyneth Paltrow are all confirmed to attend. Another interesting bit of TIFF news for you is that this year the slate includes 91 female directors, six of whom come with prestigious gala slots - a welcome change given the lashing suffered by Cannes when it failed to include any female director in its line-up.
That's it for now, stay tuned right here for exciting news on the festival, a round up of how films are being receieved and celebrity photos.