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Updated: Tue, 22 Jul 2014 11:58:00 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

TIFF unveils partial list of films to premiere at 39th festival



Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, talks to reporters at a news conference announcing some of the films slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. CBC News

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, talks to reporters at a news conference announcing some of the films slated to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on Tuesday, July 22, 2014. CBC News

Toronto International Film Festival organizers have released a partial list of the films slated to premiere at this year's festival.

TIFF CEO and director Piers Handling and TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey unveiled the titles for 13 galas and 46 special presentations Tuesday in Toronto.

They also revealed that Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos – starring Kate Winslet, Matthias Schoenaerts, Alan Rickman and Stanley Tucci – will close the festival with a world premiere at Roy Thomson Hall on Sept.13.

Opening night gala not nailed down

Festival goers will have to wait a little longer to find out which film will be honoured to open the festival.

Bailey admitted to reporters that festival programmers are still working on confirming the opening night gala.

Big films cans bring big stars

Last year's festival attracted 432,000 visitors and an array of stars, and this year promises to be no different.

Stars with films in this year's festival include RobertDowney Jr., Kate Winslet, Jennifer Aniston, Andrew Garfield, Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer, Denzel Washington, Anthony Michael Hall, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Vanessa Redgrave, Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo, Jason Bateman, Robert Duvall, Billy Bob Thornton, Vera Farmiga, Julianne Moore and Benedict Cumberbatch.

Reese Witherspoon is also likely to attend. The 38-year-old actress has two films in the festival, each directed by a Canadian – Wild directed by Jean-Marc Vallée and The Good Lie, directed by Philippe Falardeau.

Complete list of galas announced:

- Black and White – directed by Mike Binder, USA, world premiere.

- The Equalizer –  directed by Antoine Fuqua, USA, world premiere.

- Maps to the Stars –  directed by David Cronenberg, Canada/Germany, North American premiere.

- The New Girlfriend –  directed by  François Ozon, France, world premiere.

- Pawn Sacrifice –  directed by Ed Zwick, USA, world premiere.

- The Riot Club –  directed by Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom, world premiere.

- SambaOlivier –  directed by  Nakache and Eric Toledano, France, world premiere.

- This is Where I Leave You – directed by Shawn Levy, USA, world premiere.

More titles will be announced throughout the summer, with the Canadian lineup due to be released at a news conference on Aug. 6.

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival will be held Sept. 4 to 14.

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