Strong showing for local films at North America's renowned film festival.
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SBS Film

24 Jul 2013 - 1:25 PM  UPDATED 24 Jul 2013 - 1:25 PM

Jonathan Teplitzky's WWII-era drama The Railway Man and the Joel Edgerton-scripted thriller Felony have been announced as part of the Toronto International Film Festival line up

The Railway Man, Aussie filmmaker Jonathan Teplitzky's eagerly anticipated fourth feature, and first since Burning Man, will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.

The true WWII drama, which is based on the bestselling novel, stars Colin Firth as Eric Lomax, the British Army officer who was captured and tortured by the Japanese and then forced to work on the construction of the Thai/Burma railway. Nicole Kidman plays the woman who encourages him to meet his tormentor, played by Hiroyuki Sanada (The Last Samurai, Sunshine), in order to overcome his demons. The film also stars Stellan Skarsgard and Jeremy Irvine (War Horse), who plays the young Lomax.

Another Australia feature to premiere at TIFF will be the dramatic thriller Felony, directed by Matthew Saville (his first film since Noise) and starring Joel Edgerton, who also wrote the screenplay.

Felony centres on a recently decorated police officer (Edgerton) who becomes embroiled in a cover up, after a drink driving traffic accident leaves a child in critical condition. British actor Tom Wilkinson and fellow Aussie actors Melissa George and Jai Courtney also feature.

Also screening will be John Curran's Australian frontier drama Tracks, (which opens the Adelaide Film Festival in October). The true story follows camel wrangler Robyn Davidson, (played by Mia Wasikowska) who embarks on a 2,000 mile cross-country quest with four camels and a canine through the Australian desert to reach the Indian Ocean.

Ivan Sen's outback western Mystery Road will also have its international premiere at Toronto, off the back of its screenings at the Sydney film Festival and Melbourne International Film Festival.

The Toronto International Film Festival will take place in Canada from September 5 - 15.

The full line-up of films announced to date is as follows:

OPENING NIGHT FILM
The Fifth Estate, Dir: Bill Condon, USA

CLOSING NIGHT FILM
Life of Crime, Dir: Daniel Schechter, USA

WORLD PREMIERES
12 Years a Slave, Dir: Steve McQueen, USA

All Is By My Side, Dir: John Ridley, United Kingdom

The Art of the Steal, Dir: Jonathan Sobol, Canada

Attila Marcel, Dir: Sylvain Chomet, France

August: Osage County, Dir: John Wells, USA

Bad Words, Dir: Jason Bateman, USA

Belle, Dir: Amma Asante, United Kingdom

Can a Song Save Your Life? Dir: John Carney, USA

Cannibal (Caníbal), Dir: Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain/Romania/Russia/France

Dallas Buyers Club, Dir: Jean-Marc Vallée, USA

Devil's Knot, Dir: Atom Egoyan, USA

Dom Hemingway, Dir: Richard Shepard, United Kingdom

The Double, Dir: Richard Ayoade, United Kingdom

Felony, Dir: Matthew Saville, Australia

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Dir: Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Going Away (Il est parti dimanche), Dir: Nicole Garcia, France

The Grand Seduction, Dir: Don McKellar, Canada

Half of a Yellow Sun, Dir: Biyi Bandele Nigeria/United Kingdom

Hateship Loveship, Dir: Liza Johnson, USA

Ida, Dir: Pawel Pawlikowski, Poland

The Invisible Woman, Dir: Ralph Fiennes, United Kingdom

Labor Day, Dir: Jason Reitman, USA

The Love Punch, Dir: Joel Hopkins, France

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, Dir: Justin Chadwick, South Africa

One Chance, Dir: David Frankel, USA

Prisoners, Dir: Denis Villeneuve, USA

Quai d'Orsay, Dir: Bertrand Tavernier, France

The Railway Man, Dir: Jonathan Teplitzky, Australia/United Kingdom

The Right Kind of Wrong, Dir: Jeremiah Chechik, Canada

Starred Up, Dir: David Mackenzie, United Kingdom

Supermensch The Legend of Shep Gordon, Dir: Mike Myers, USA

Third Person, Dir: Paul Haggis, Belgium

Those Happy Years (Anni Felici), Dir: Daniele Luchetti, Italy

Violette, Dir: Martin Provost, France/Belgium

Visitors, Dir: Godfrey Reggio, USA

Le Week-End, Dir: Roger Michell, United Kingdom

You Are Here, Dir: Matthew Weiner, USA

NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERES
American Dreams in China, Dir: Peter Ho-Sun Chan, Hong Kong/China

Cold Eyes, Dir: Cho Ui-seok and Kim Byung-seo, Korea

The Lunchbox, Dir: Ritesh Batra, India/France/Germany

Rush, Dir: Ron Howard, United Kingdom/Germany

Blue Is The Warmest Colour (La Vie d'Adèle: Chapters 1 & 2), Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche, France

Burning Bush, Dir: Agnieszka Holland, Czech Republic

Gloria, Dir: Sebastián Lelio, Chile/Spain

Gravity, Dir: Alfonso Cuarón, USA/United Kingdom

The Great Beauty (La Grande Bellezza), Dir: Paolo Sorrentino, Italy

L'intrepido, Dir: Gianni Amelio, Italy

Joe, Dir: David Gordon Green, USA

Like Father, Like Son, Dir: Hirokazu Kore-Eda, Japan

Man of Tai Chi Keanu Reeves, USA/China

Mary, Queen of Scots, Dir: Thomas Imbach, France/Switzerland

Night Moves, Dir: Kelly Reichardt, USA

Omar, Dir: Hany Abu-Assad, Palestine

Only Lovers Left Alive, Dir: Jim Jarmusch, USA

Parkland, Dir: Peter Landesman, USA

The Past
(Le Passé), Dir: Asghar Farhadi, France/Italy

Philomena, Dir: Stephen Frears, United Kingdom

Real, Dir: Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Japan

Tracks, Dir: John Curran, United Kingdom/Australia

Under the Skin, Dir: Jonathan Glazer, USA/United Kingdom

Walesa. Man of Hope (Walesa. Czlowiek z nadziei), Dir: Andrzej Wajda, Poland

We are the Best! Dir: Lukas Moodysson, Sweden

Young and Beautiful, (Jeune & jolie), Dir: François Ozon, France/Belgium

INTERNATIONAL PREMIERES
Kill Your Darlings, Dir: John Krokidas, USA

Exit Marrakech, Dir: Caroline Link, Germany

Mystery Road, Dir: Ivan Sen, Australia

Pioneer, Dir: Erik Skjoldbjærg, Norway
Other

Don Jon, Dir: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, USA (Canadian Premiere)

Shuddh Desi, Dir: Romance Maneesh Sharma, India (Canadian Premiere)

The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and Her, Dir: Ned Benson, USA (Work in Progress)