The festival will run through Sept. 18 and includes film adaptations of Farragut North by Beau Willimon, The Deep Blue Sea by Terence Rattigan, Shakespeare's Coriolanus and Killer Joe by Tracy Letts.
"The Ides of March," co-written and directed by George Clooney, will be among the Festival's Gala presentations and is based on Willimon's Farragut Noth. The film, according to press notes, "takes place during the frantic last days before a heavily contested Ohio presidential primary, when an up-and-coming campaign press secretary (Ryan Gosling) finds himself involved in a political scandal that threatens to upend his candidate's shot at the presidency." The film also stars Clooney, Paul Giamatti (The Iceman Cometh, The Three Sisters) and Philip Seymour Hoffman (Long Day's Journey Into Night, True West).
"The Deep Blue Sea," directed by Terence Davies, stars Rachel Weisz as the beautiful wife of high-court judge Sir William Collyer (Simon Russell Beale). To the shock of those around her, she walks out on her marriage to move in with young ex-RAF pilot, Freddie Page (Tom Hiddleston), with whom she has fallen passionately in love.
Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes, stars Fiennes in the title role, a great soldier who despises the people. In the film, his extreme views ignite a mass riot, and he is banished from Rome. Coriolanus allies with a sworn enemy (Gerard Butler) to take his revenge on the city.
"Killer Joe," directed by William Friedkin, stars Emile Hirsch, Matthew McConaughey and Gina Gershon. According to press notes, "When 22-year-old drug dealer Chris (Hirsch) has his stash stolen by his mother, he has to come up with six thousand dollars quick or he's dead. Desperate, he turns to 'Killer Joe' (McConaughey) when he finds out that his mother's life insurance policy is worth $50,000. Although Joe usually demands cash up front, he finds himself willing to bend the rules in exchange for Chris' attractive younger sister, Dottie, who will serve as sexual collateral until the money comes in… if it ever does." Among the other films included in the Festival are "360," starring Jude Law, Rachel Weisz and Anthony Hopkins; "Albert Nobbs," starring and co-written by Glenn Close; Roland Emmerich's "Anonymous," about the true authorship of Shakespeare's plays; "A Dangerous Method," David Cronenberg's adaptation of Christopher Hampton's play about the relationship between Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud; Pedro Almodovar's "The Skin I Live In," starring Antonio Banderas; and "W.E.," about the relationships between the Duke of Windsor and Wallis Simpson and an American woman and a Russian security guard, co-written and directed by Madonna and starring Abbie Cornish and Oscar Isaac.
For more information and a complete list of films, visit www.tiff.net.