Two of the most respected and long-running film festivals have announced their upcoming schedules:
The 69th annual Venice Film Festival has selected eighteen films to compete to win the coveted Golden Lion Award. They have honored a diverse collection of world cinema featuring recent work by Olivier Assayas ("Apres Mai"), Harmony Korine ("Spring Breakers"), Brian DePalma ("Passion") and Paul Thomas Anderson ("The Master").
Spike Lee will be honored with the Glory To The Filmmaker Award, a prize given to a person who has brought great innovation to contemporary cinema. Director, Michael Cimino will be presented with the Persol 2012 award, followed by a screening of his infamous 1980 film, "Heaven's Gate". The latest film by Mira Nair, "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" will open the festival on August 29th with the Italian event concluding on September 8th.
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The Toronto International Film Festival, now in it's thirty-sixth year, begins on September 6th through September 16th. The opening film is the sci-fi thriller, "Looper' by director, Rian Johnson and stars Bruce Willis and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
The TIFF is most famous for being the kick-off for some of the fall films that will most likely shape the upcoming awards season. Some of the world premieres include new films by David O. Russell ("Silver Linings Playbook"), Terrence Malick ("To The Wonder"), The Wachowski's ("Cloud Atlas") as well as filmmakers better known for acting such as Ben Affleck ("Argo"), Robert Redford ("The Company You Keep"), Billy Bob Thornton ("Jayne Mansfield's Car") and the directorial debut by Dustin Hoffman ("Quartet").
There will be sixty feature films and over seventy documentaries that will be screened over the Canadian festival's run.
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