By Steve Pond
LOS ANGELES (TheWrap.com) - David Geffen will discuss his life and career, Johnny Depp will appear to support a documentary about the West Memphis 3 and Michael Haneke's "Amour" has joined the extensive lineup of films at the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.
In a series of releases that completed programming at the 11-day September festival, TIFF unveiled a lineup of guest speakers that will also include actors Javier Bardem and Jackie Chan, director Ken Burns and HBO documentary chief Sheila Nevins.
And the festival added an extensive lineup of new films from acclaimed international directors, including Haneke, as well as two dozen features from up-and-coming filmmakers.
The announcement of TIFF's Masters, Discovery and Mavericks programs completes the festival's programming, which includes 146 world premieres and films from 72 different countries, seven more than last year.
The totals, according to a TIFF fact sheet: 372 films, 289 features and 83 shorts, drawn from 4,143 submissions.
Mavericks, TIFF's annual series of conversations with filmmakers and entertainment industry figures, will include conversations with mogul David Geffen, actor Jackie Chan and Canadian filmmakers and humorists Graydon Sheppard and Kyle Humphrey.
Javier Bardem, Johnny Depp and Danny Glover will also participate in post-screening discussions - Bardem on behalf of the documentary "Sons of the Clouds: The Last Colony," Depp with the West Memphis 3 doc "West of Memphis" and Glover with "Casting By," a film about casting directors in Hollywood.
The Masters program has added a dozen films from notable international auteurs, including the Cannes Palme d'Or winner, "Amour." Also in the program are films from Michael Winterbottom ("Everyday"), Abbas Kiarostami ("Like Someone in Love"), Bernardo Bertolucci ("Me and You"), Olivier Assayas ("Something in the Air") and Hong Sang-soo ("In Another Country").
The Discovery section has added 24 more films to its lineup of first- and second-time features. The section, which in the past presented directors like Steve McQueen and Athina Rachel Tsangari, will include world premieres of Pablo Berger's' "Blancanieves," Ramaa Mosley's "The Brass Teapot," Emil Christov's "The Color of the Chameleon," Michiel ten Horn's "The Deflowering of Eva van End" and Rola Nashef's "Detroit Unleaded."
The festival also announced its fourth TIFF Docs Conference, a two-day series of documentary-themed panels, conversations and screenings that will for the first time be open to the public. It will include a keynote conversation with HBO's Sheila Nevins, a panel with filmmakers Ken Burns and Shola Lynch, and screenings of "The Last White Knight" and the works-in-progress "The Fruit Hunters" and "Fight Like Soldiers, Die Like Children."
TIFF also announced a list of directors and actors who are expected to attend the festival. The list includes actors Bruce Willis, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Jackie Chan, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Bill Murray, Robert Redford, Riz Ahmed, Ryan Gosling, Robert De Niro, Stephen Dorff, Dennis Quaid, Jennifer Connelly, Billy Bob Thornton, Bradley Cooper, Penelope Cruz, Marion Cotillard, Colin Firth, Kate Hudson, Kiefer Sutherland, Gwyneth Paltrow, Viggo Mortensen, James Franco, Javier Bardem, Hiroshi Abe, Elle Fanning, Adam Sandler, Andy Samberg, Zhang Ziyi, Greta Gerwig, Helen Hunt, Laura Linney, Logan Lerman, Keira Knightley, Mads Mikkelsen, Jake Gyllenhaal, Zhang Ziyi, Jennifer Lawrence, Julianne Moore, Greg Kinnear, Gael García Bernal, Sridevi, Saoirse Ronan, Selena Gomez, Salman Rushdie, Sam Rockwell, Naomi Watts, Will Smith, Johnny Depp, Terence Stamp and Vanessa Redgrave.
Filmmakers presenting world premieres at the festival include Rian Johnson, Noah Baumbach, Deepa Mehta, Derek Cianfrance, Sion Sono, Joss Whedon, Neil Jordan, Lu Chuan, Shola Lynch, Barry Levinson, Yvan Attal, Ben Affleck, Marina Zenovich, Costa-Gavras, Laurent Cantet, Sally Potter, Dustin Hoffman, Francois Ozon, David O. Russell, David Ayer, Pelin Esmer, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski, Andrew Adamson, Michael McGowan, Bahman Ghobadi, Ziad Doueiri, Alex Gibney, Stephen Chbosky, Eran Riklis, Edward Burns, Bernard Émond, Zhang Yuan, Michael Winterbottom, Mike Newell, Miwa Nishikawa, Margarethe Von Trotta, David Siegel, Scott McGehee, Gauri Shinde, Goran Paskaljevic, Baltasar Kormákur, J.A. Bayona, Rob Zombie, Peaches and Paul Andrew Williams.
The full festival schedule is now online at the TIFF website.