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Gala Presentations

Movie stars. Red-carpet premieres. Major audience interest.

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Black and White

Black and White

Mike Binder | USA

An attorney (Kevin Costner) struggling to raise his biracial granddaughter after the deaths of his wife and daughter becomes embroiled in a custody battle with the child’s paternal grandmother (Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer).

Boychoir

Boychoir

François Girard | USA

A troubled eleven-year-old boy at a prestigious East Coast music school clashes with the school's demanding choir master (Dustin Hoffman), in this inspiring drama co-starring Kathy Bates, Josh Lucas, Debra Winger and Glee's Kevin McHale.

The Connection

The Connection

Cédric Jimenez | France/Belgium

Academy Award winner Jean Dujardin (The Artist) stars as French police magistrate Pierre Michel, who waged an obsessive six-year battle to bring down Marseilles' infamous "French Connection" drug ring.

The Equalizer

The Equalizer

Antoine Fuqua | USA

An ex-CIA agent (Denzel Washington) uses his lethal skills to protect an imperilled young woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) from the Russian mob, in this hard-edged big-screen adaptation of the cult ’80s TV show from director Antoine Fuqua (Training Day).

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Escobar: Paradise Lost

Andrea Di Stefano | France/Spain/Belgium

An American surfer (Josh Hutcherson, The Hunger Games) meets the girl of his dreams — but gets a brutal (sur)reality check when he meets her uncle, Colombian drug kingpin Pablo Escobar (Benicio del Toro).

The Forger

The Forger

Philip Martin | USA

Released from prison so that he can spend time with his dying son (Tye Sheridan, Mud), an expert art forger (John Travolta) is coerced into participating in a major museum heist, in this dramatic thriller co-starring Christopher Plummer, Abigail Spencer and Jennifer Ehle.

Foxcatcher

Foxcatcher

Bennett Miller | USA

Two brothers, both former Olympic wrestling champions (Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo) become involved in a fateful and fatal friendship with a neurotic millionaire (Steve Carell), in this true-life drama from director Bennett Miller (Capote, Moneyball) that is already one of the year’s most buzzed-about films.

Haemoo

Haemoo

Shim Sung-Bo | South Korea

The ragtag crew of a fishing boat takes on a dangerous commission to smuggle a group of illegal immigrants from China to Korea, in this tense high-seas adventure co-scripted by South Korean genre-movie guru Bong Joon-ho (The Host, Snowpiercer).

Infinitely Polar Bear

Infinitely Polar Bear

Maya Forbes | USA

A loving husband and father struggling with manic depression (Mark Ruffalo) is forced to raise his two young daughters on his own, in this moving and inspirational drama based on writer-director Maya Forbes' own childhood experiences.

The Judge

The Judge

David Dobkin | USA

A big-city lawyer (Robert Downey, Jr.) returns home when his estranged father, a small-town judge (Robert Duvall), is accused of murder.

PLEASE NOTE: The Judge will have an additional screening on Thursday, September 4 at 10pm (Winter Garden Theatre). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 3 at 9am.

Laggies

Laggies

Lynn Shelton | USA

Following a dismal high school reunion and a disastrous proposal of marriage, a going-nowhere twentysomething (Keira Knightley) falls in with a carefree teenager (Chloë Grace Moretz) and takes a week off to reassess her life.

A Little Chaos

A Little Chaos

Alan Rickman | United Kingdom

Commissioned to construct King Louis XIV’s garden at Versailles, a landscape designer (Academy Award winner Kate Winslet) battles professionally and romantically with the king’s chief architect (Matthias Schoenaerts, Rust and Bone), in this sumptuous historical drama from actor-director Alan Rickman.

Maps to the Stars

Maps to the Stars

David Cronenberg | Canada / Germany

Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska and Robert Pattinson star in this acidulous vision of Tinseltown from Canadian master David Cronenberg.

The New Girlfriend

The New Girlfriend

François Ozon | France

A young woman (rising French star Anaïs Demoustier) makes a surprising discovery about the husband (Romain Duris) of her late best friend, in acclaimed director François Ozon’s witty and moving follow-up to last year’s Festival hit Young & Beautiful.

Pawn Sacrifice

Pawn Sacrifice

Edward Zwick | USA

American chess phenomenon Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) squares off against his Russian rival Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber) in the 1972 "Match of the Century" in Reykjavik, in this gripping docudrama from director Edward Zwick (Glory) and screenwriter Steven Knight (Eastern Promises).

The Riot Club

The Riot Club

Lone Scherfig | United Kingdom

Two young men are inducted into the exclusive, debaucherous company of Oxford’s elite "Riot Club," in this scathing dissection of the British class system from Danish director Lone Scherfig (An Education).

Ruth & Alex

Ruth & Alex

Richard Loncraine | USA

A long-married couple (Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton) have an eventful weekend after they are forced to contemplate selling their beloved Brooklyn apartment.

Samba

Samba

Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano | France

A recent migrant to France (Omar Sy) fights to stay in his adopted country with the help of a rookie immigration worker (Charlotte Gainsbourg), in this winning drama from the directors of the breakout hit Les Intouchables.

This is Where I Leave You

This is Where I Leave You

Shawn Levy | USA

An all-star cast — including Jane Fonda, Tina Fey, Jason Bateman, Rose Byrne, Timothy Olyphant, Adam Driver and many more — headlines this adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Tropper, about a death in the family that brings together an expansive, far-flung clan for a weekend of mourning, bonding and healing.

Wild

Wild

Jean-Marc Vallée | USA

A self-destructive woman (Reese Witherspoon) attempts to leave behind her years of drug abuse and reckless sex with a solo, 1,000-mile hike along the Pacific Crest Trail, in this adaptation of Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling memoir from director Jean-Marc Vallée (Dallas Buyers Club).