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The TIFF Keeps Getting Better and Better As We Edge Closer To This Years Film Festival

As the 2016 Toronto International Film Festival edges it way closer to opening night, more films, stars and television programmes have been added to this year’s festival. Organisers announced on Tuesday morning that new films starring Oscar Isaac, Sigourney Weaver, Kristen Stewart and James Franco are on their way to this year’s festival. In addition to this, we have two more galas, 14 special presentations, 21 Masters films, and more joining this prestigious line-up. Although TIFF’s original line-up was announced back in July, revealing an arguably lacklustre slate, with the inclusion of a few Sundance and Cannes holdovers there and a few handful of Oscar potentials, the festival has committed itself in premiering the best and most abstracted works that the international cinema community has to off.

This year’s line up now includes new works from the likes of Terrence Malick- the Cate Blanchett-narrated documentary, Voyage of Time: Life’s JourneyEmmanuelle Bercot 150 MilligramsLee Tamahori The PatriarchTerence Davies the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion; and cult film icon Walter Hill the sure-to-be-controversial gender-reassignment thriller Assignment, previously titled Tomboy.

TIFF audience will also get the chance to see the first three episodes of the new season of Jill Soloway’s acclaimed Emmy-winning Amazon Studio series Transparent. TIFF unveiled its Primetime program lineup on Thursday, marking the TIFF’s second-ever television section. There are five shows premiering including series from around the globe, countries including the United Kingdom, Kenya, the Czech Republic and the U.S.

The five TV premiers chosen for this year’s line-up includes two new instalments of the U.K anthology series Black Mirror, which has gained quite the crowd in the United Kingdom, the third season of Soloway’s Transparent; an interactive crime thriller from Kenya called Tuko Macho, the Czech mystery miniseries Wasteland, the previously announced Nirvanna the band the show and the TV adaptation of Matt Johnson’s The Dirties. In addition to this, Primetime will also be including Q&A sessions with show creators following each screening.

If that isn’t enough, there will be highlights at the TIFF Industry Conference which are expected to include Mogul sessions with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Weinstein company president and COO David Glasser.

This year’s line up now includes new works from the likes of Terrence Malick- the Cate Blanchett-narrated documentary, Voyage of Time: Life’s Journey; Emmanuelle Bercot 150 Milligrams; Lee Tamahori The Patriarch; Terence Davies the Emily Dickinson biopic A Quiet Passion; and cult film icon Walter Hill the sure-to-be-controversial gender-reassignment thriller  Assignment, previously titled Tomboy.

TIFF audience will also get the chance to see the first three episodes of the new season of Jill Soloway’s acclaimed Emmy-winning Amazon Studio series Transparent. TIFF unveiled it’s Primetime program lineup on Thursday, marking the TIFF’s second-ever television section. There are five shows premiering including series from around the globe, countries including the United Kingdom, Kenya, the Czech Republic and the U.S.

The five TV premiers chosen for this years lineup includes two new instalments of the U.K anthology series Black Mirror, which has gained quite the crowd in the United Kingdom, the third season of Soloway’s Transparent; an interactive crime thriller from Kenya called Tuko Macho, the Czech mystery miniseries Wasteland, the previously announced Nirvanna the band the show and the TV adaptation of Matt Johnson’s The Dirties. In addition to this, Primetime will also be including Q&A sessions with show creators following each screening.

If that isn’t enough, there will be highlights at the TIFF Industry Conference which are expected to include Mogul sessions with Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs and the Weinstein company president and COO David Glasser.

Doug Liman will give a master class focusing on VR which is taking the world by storm at the moment, while panel discussions will cover the controversial topic and potential impact of the Brexit campaign on the UK film industry, East-West alliances, gender and conversations with Jonathan Demme and Steve James.

Lastly, there will be a divisive Cannes entry Personal Shopper, directed by Olivier Assayas starring Kirsten Stewart. Quebec director Philippe Falardeau’s The Bleeder starring real-life couple Liev Schreiber and Naomi Watts will be making an appearance also, plus many more.

The 41st edition of this year’s festival looks like a stellar one to say the least, promoting some of the best international cinema, which at times can be underrated, especially from the ‘un-expected’ countries. If you find your self in Toronto or your eager to see all the happenings unfold, the festival will be running from 8th to the 18th of September.

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