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The Films That Have Us Buzzing: TIFF ‘13

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By Kaitlynn Smith The Toronto International Film Festival begins today and wraps the city in a whirl of celebrities, parties and of course the films. As the stars make the jaunt into the city for the festival that runs until September 15th, we list the movies we are most excited to see. sarahpreferstorun_01 Sarah Prefers to Run Dir. Chloé Robichaud Sarah is quiet and focused when she is accepted into an athletic training program, she is determined to go despite her mother's monetary and emotional support. The film explores the sacrifice of big dreams while dealing with bumps along the way. This directorial debut from Quebec's Robichaud is supposed to be charming and energetic with a great musical score. madeinamerica_01 Made In America Dir. Ron Howard The film is the must-see concert documentary. It follows Jay-Z's (also a producer) new music festival which took place in Philadelphia last year. It combines performance footage and interviews in a new subject matter and style for the Oscar winning director. If you are lucky enough to grab tickets for this Saturday, Howard will speak before the film which is sure to be a memorable experience. DF_02828.CR2 12 Years a Slave Dir. Steve McQueen This period piece portrays an African-American musicial who is kidnapped and sold into slavery. The touching story is backed with an incredible all-star cast including Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch. The film has a big buzz surrounding it as it is already being nabbed as an Oscar contender. prisoners_011 Prisoners Dir. Denis Villeneuve This Quebec director is making his Hollywood debut in a kidnapping dramatic thriller about a family's quest to find their two young daughters. This films all-star cast is certain to shine in this ensemble drama which is sure to keep you on the edge of your seat. findingvivian_03 Finding Vivian Maier Dir. John Maloof, Charlie Siskel This documentary investigates the life of Vivian Maier, a nanny who died at age 83 with boxes of street photographs that were eventually auctioned off by her family. The story follows her photographs that number 100,000 that documented the evens she encountered throughout her life. Her posthumous success not names her as one of America’s most successful street photographers.

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