Toronto International Film Festival 2013 trailers

The 36th Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday with the premiere of dramatic thriller “The Fifth Estate.” Here are a few of the films that will be presented at the 10-day festival, which concludes Sept. 15.

'12 Years a Slave'

A based-on-fact story of a 19th-century freeman kidnapped and sold into slavery in the Deep South. Directed by Steve McQueen. With Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Alfre Woodard and Benedict Cumberbatch.

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'August: Osage County'

An adaptation of Tracy Letts’ Pulitzer Prize-winning play centered on a sharp-tongued dying woman as she deals with a drug addiction and visiting family. Directed by John Wells. With Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts and Abigail Breslin.

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A true story about hard-driving Formula One rivals James Hunt and Niki Lauda, whose clashes both on and off the racetrack made the 1976 season one of the most thrilling and memorable in the sport’s history. Directed by Ron Howard. With Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl and Olivia Wilde.

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'Man of Tai Chi'

Set in modern Beijing, the film is Keanu Reeves’ directorial debut. The picture, also starring Reeves, follows the spiritual journey of a young martial artist whose unparalleled tai chi skills land him in a highly lucrative underworld fight club. With Tiger Chen and Karen Mok.

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'The Fifth Estate'

A dramatization of the rise and fall of WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. Directed by Bill Condon. With Benedict Cumberbatch, Daniel Brühl and Carice van Houten.

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A thriller that follows an investigation into the shocking disappearance of two young girls — and the act of vigilantism that could either accelerate or derail the wheels of justice. Directed by Denis Villeneuve. With Hugh Jackman, Jake Gyllenhaal, Viola Davis and Terrence Howard.

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'Enough Said'

A romantic comedy following the misadventures of a divorcée who finds herself making a new friend — and dating that new friend’s ex-husband at the same time. Directed by Nicole Holofcener. With Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Catherine Keener and the late James Gandolfini.

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'Closed Curtain'

Politically persecuted Iranian director Jafar Panahi — still under house arrest and banned from filmmaking for 20 years for engaging in "propaganda" against the Islamic Republic — follows with a story about a troubled filmmaker and his dog. With Kambuzia Partovi and Maryam Moqadam.

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'The Strange Little Cat'

Loosely inspired by Kafka's "The Metamorphosis," this minimalist film by first-time feature director Ramon Zurcher centers on the sequence of family scenes over the course of a day in Berlin. With Leon Alan Beiersdorf, Matthias Dittmer and Lea Draeger.

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