2018 Toronto International Film Festival: Midnight Madness movies announced

August 9, 2018

"The Predator"
A scene from “The Predator” (Photo by Kimberley French)

The following is a press release from the Toronto International Film Festival:

Midnight Madness has just announced its explosive lineup of films for the 43rd Toronto  International Film Festival ® . Screening to an audience of die-hard film fans every evening at 11:59pm, this  year’s programme features 10 quintessential genre movies that are guaranteed to either terrorize or  mesmerize.

“This year’s Midnight Madness slate promises another idiosyncratic confluence of established and emerging  genre filmmakers,” said Peter Kuplowsky, Midnight Madness Programmer. “To complement some of the  buzziest provocations on the festival circuit, I have sought to curate an eccentric array of World Premieres that  demonstrate the dexterity of genre cinema as a canvas for both sublime satisfaction and stunning subversion.  That includes the section’s two much-anticipated sequels, “The Predator” and “Halloween,” each of which boldly  and brilliantly builds upon its mythic iconography to thrilling and surprising effect.”

Kuplowsky continues to put his fearless stamp on the programme, starting with the opening film: the World  Premiere of Shane Black’s “The Predator,” the director’s reinvention of the iconic film series. The lineup will also  feature the highly anticipated World Premiere of “Halloween,” directed by David Gordon Green and starring  Jamie Lee Curtis. The programme closes with the North American Premiere of “Diamantino,” Gabriel Abrantes  and Daniel Schmidt’s bizarre, genre-bending film that fascinated audiences at Cannes earlier this year.  Midnight Madness will also present the North American Premiere of the electrifying Gaspar Noé ’s “Climax.”

The films in this year’s lineup will feature strong performances by actors such as legendary Italian star Monica  Bellucci, who plays the queen of a demonic underworld in the World Premiere of “Nekrotronic,” directed by Kiah  Roache-Turner. Other films include Peter Strickland’s highly anticipated “In Fabric,” which follows the life of a  cursed dress, and the International Premiere of “Assassination Nation,” directed by Sam Levinson.

Additional World Premieres from this year’s selection will include Emma Tammi’s “The Wind”; “The Standoff at  Sparrow Creek,” directed by Henry Dunham; and Vasan Bala’s “The Man Who Feels No Pain,” the first Indian film  ever selected for the Midnight Madness programme.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.

Films screening as part of the Midnight Madness programme include:

Assassination Nation
Sam Levinson  |  USA
International Premiere

Climax
Gaspar Noé   |  France
North American Premiere

* Midnight Madness Closing Film *
Diamantino
Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt  | Portugal/France/Brazil
North American Premiere

Halloween
David Gordon Green  |  USA
World Premiere

In Fabric
Peter Strickland | UK
World Premiere

The Man Who Feels No Pain
Vasan Bala  | India
World Premiere

Nekrotronic
Kiah Roache-Turner | Australia
World Premiere

* Midnight Madness Opening Film *
The Predator
Shane Black | USA
World Premiere

The Standoff at Sparrow Creek
Henry Dunham | USA
World Premiere

The Wind
Emma Tammi | USA
World Premiere

For film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see  tiff.net/midnightmadness.     Festival ticket packages start at $105. Purchase packages online at  tiff.net/tickets, or by phone (416.599.TIFF)

2018 Toronto International Film Festival: documentaries announced

August 9, 2018

Quincy Jones in "Quincy"
Quincy Jones in “Quincy” (Photo courtesy of Netflix)

The following is a press release from the Toronto International Film Festival:

The Toronto International Film Festival’s ® 2018 documentary programme presents its lineup of 27  feature-length non-fiction films, representing 19 countries. The TIFF Docs selection will open with the World  Premiere of Michael Moore’s “Fahrenheit 11/9,” a radical and humorous look at the United States under Donald  Trump. Other World Premieres include Rashida Jones and Alan Hicks’ “Quincy,” profiling musical icon Quincy  Jones; Victoria Stone and Mark Deeble’s “The Elephant Queen,” narrated by Chiwetel Ejiofor, tracing the epic  journey of an elephant herd; Billy Corben’s “Screwball,” a true-crime comedy on doping in Major League Baseball;  and Maxim Pozdorovkin’s “The Truth About Killer Robots,” investigating the lethal consequences of automation.  The TIFF Docs programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of A&E IndieFilms.

“TIFF Docs contains multiple titles poised to become the next non-fiction hits after a summer of box-office  breakouts,” said TIFF Docs Programmer Thom Powers. “Beyond the well-known directors in the lineup, look out  for newer talents that will take audiences by surprise.”

One-third of this year’s doc features are directed or co-directed by female filmmakers including TIFF Docs  closing film, Margarethe von Trotta’s Searching for Ingmar Bergman , which offers a multi-faceted look at the  Swedish auteur’s life 100 years after his birth. Women creators, trailblazers, and the #MeToo movement are  also examined within the lineup: Naziha Arebi’s “Freedom Fields,” about a Libyan women’s football team; Alex  Holmes’ “Maiden” recounts the story of the first all-women sailing crew in the “Whitbread Round the World Race”  (now the Volvo Ocean Race), skippered by Tracy Edwards; and Tom Volf’s “Maria by Callas,” narrated by Joyce DiDonato, profiles one of the major icons of the 20th century.

Grand adventures are at the heart of several docs in the selection. E. Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s “Free Solo” captures Alex Honnold’s unprecedented climb of El Capitan without safety ropes; Andrey Paounov’s “Walking on Water” documents the artist Christo’s project The Floating Piers ; John Chester’s “The Biggest Little  Farm” chronicles an eight-year struggle to run a family farm; and Shannon Service and Jeffrey Waldron’s “Ghost  Fleet”  captures a nail-biting rescue of fishermen enslaved at sea.

After directing last year’s Festival opener “Borg vs McEnroe,”  Janus Metz teams with Sine Plambech for the World Premiere of  “Heartbound,” a longitudinal study 10 years in the making about the trend of Thai women  marrying Danish men. And several documentaries represent eclectic perspectives told from around the world,  including: Rithy Panh’s “Graves Without a Name,” on the legacy of Cambodia’s genocide; Jawad  Rhalib’s  “When Arabs Danced,” on Muslim performers pushing boundaries; James Longley’s  “Angels Are Made of Light,” about a  group of Afghan children and their teachers; and Frederick Wiseman’s “Monrovia, Indiana,” about a small town in America’s Midwest.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.

Films screening as part of the TIFF Docs programme include:

American Dharma
Errol Morris | USA/United Kingdom
North American Premiere

Angels Are Made of Light
James Longley | USA/Denmark/Norway
Canadian Premiere

The Biggest Little Farm
John Chester | USA
International Premiere

Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes
Alexis Bloom | USA
World Premiere

The Elephant Queen
Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble | United Kingdom/Kenya
World Premiere

* TIFF Docs Opening Film *
Fahrenheit 11/9
Michael Moore | USA
World Premiere

Free Solo
E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA
International Premiere

2018 Toronto International Film Festival: Platform film slate announced

August 8, 2018

"Jessica Forever" (Photo courtesy of TIFF)
“Jessica Forever” (Photo courtesy of TIFF)

The following is a press release from the Toronto International Film Festival:

The Toronto International Film Festival ® unveiled today the 12 feature films that comprise the Platform lineup for 2018, marking a year rich in distinct voices and assured directorial efforts that address difficult subject matters unflinchingly. Ranging from period pieces to police dramas, and even incorporating elements of sci-fi, the films in this year’s lineup also stand out for the variety of genres they explore and the number of complex contemporary anxieties they consider.

“This year’s Platform selection stands out for the assured and precise directing on display,” said TIFF Director & CEO Piers Handling. “We are thrilled to present a slate that perfectly embodies the essence of the programme with so many risk-taking, challenging, and, at times, formally inventive titles that are the result of audacious directors making bold choices.”

The programme’s lineup for 2018 includes four features (30%) directed or co-directed by women, and seven titles that feature strong women in leading roles. Hailing from the Americas, Europe, and Asia, all but two of the titles will be making their World Premiere at the Festival. Caroline Poggi & Jonathan Vinel’s “Jessica Forever” is the standout feature directorial debut in the programme.

Now in its fourth year, Platform is the Toronto International Film Festival’s juried programme that champions risk-taking, with a lineup of up to 12 works with high artistic merit and a bold directorial vision. A three-person jury selects the winner of the Toronto Platform Prize, an award of $25,000 CAD made possible by Air France, which will be presented to the best film in the lineup at the Awards Ceremony on the last day of the Festival.

Previous titles that have screened as part of the programme include Armando Iannucci’s “The Death of Stalin” (2017), Warwick Thornton’s “Sweet Country” (2017), Pablo Larraín’s “Jackie” (2016), Barry Jenkins’ “Moonlight” (2016), and Eva Husson’s “Bang Gang” (2015).

The Platform programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Air France.

Films screening as part of the Platform programme include:

“Angelo”
Markus Schleinzer | Austria/Luxembourg
World Premiere

“Cities of Last Things”
Ho Wi Ding | Taiwan/China/USA/France
World Premiere

“Destroyer”
Karyn Kusama | USA
International Premiere

Platform Opening Film
“Donnybrook”
Tim Sutton | USA
World Premiere

“The Good Girls ( Las niñas bien)”
Alejandra Márquez Abella | Mexico
World Premiere

“Her Smell”
Alex Ross Perry | USA
World Premiere

“The Innocent”
Simon Jaquemet | Switzerland/Germany
World Premiere

Platform Closing Film
“Jessica Forever”
Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel | France
World Premiere

“Mademoiselle de Joncquières”
Emmanuel Mouret | France
World Premiere

“Out of Blue”
Carol Morley | UK
World Premiere

“The River”
Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan/Poland/Norway
North American Premiere

“Rojo”
Benjamín Naishtat | Argentina/Brazil/France/Netherlands/Germany
World Premiere

For film synopses, cast lists, images and more information see tiff.net/platform Festival ticket packages start at $105. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 13 while quantities last. TIFF prefers Visa. Social Media: @TIFF_NET #TIFF18 Facebook.com/TIFF

About TIFF

TIFF is a charitable cultural organization whose mission is to transform the way people see the world through film. An international leader in film culture, TIFF projects include the annual Toronto International Film Festival in September; TIFF Bell Lightbox, which features five cinemas, major exhibitions, and learning and entertainment facilities; and innovative national distribution program Film Circuit. The organization generates an annual economic impact of $189 million CAD.

TIFF Bell Lightbox is generously supported by contributors including Founding Sponsor Bell, the Province of Ontario, the Government of Canada, the City of Toronto, the Reitman family (Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels), The Daniels Corporation and RBC. For more information, visit tiff.net.

The Toronto International Film Festival is supported by Lead Sponsor Bell, Major Sponsors, RBC, L’Oréal Paris, and Visa, and Major Supporters the Government of Ontario, Telefilm Canada, and the City of Toronto.

The Platform programme is made possible through the generous sponsorship of Air France.

2018 Toronto International Film Festival: Xavier Dolan’s ‘The Death and Life of John F. Donovan’ gets world premiere

August 1, 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival ® today revealed Xavier Dolan’s “The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will have its World Premiere at the Festival this September. The surprise announcement was made at TIFF’s Canadian press conference, held at the Fairmont Royal York Hotel in Toronto. The Death and Life of John F. Donovan follows the story of a young actor (Jacob Tremblay) as he reminisces on the letters he once shared with an American TV star (Kit Harington), who passed away a decade earlier, and the impact those letters had on both their lives. The film also stars Natalie Portman, Ben Schnetzer, Susan Sarandon, Jared Keeso, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Emily Hampshire, and former TIFF Rising Star Sarah Gadon.

“In only a few short years, Xavier Dolan has drawn film lovers all over the world into his personal vision,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “That vision and his remarkable skill as a filmmaker are on full display in his English-language debut. We are honoured to premiere it in Toronto.”

“The Death and Life of John F. Donovan” will screen as part of the Special Presentations programme. The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. For film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tiff.net/tiff. Festival ticket packages start at $105. Purchase packages online at tiff.net/tickets, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 13, while quantities last. TIFF prefers Visa.

2018 Toronto International Film Festival: gala and special presentation movies announced

July 24, 2018

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The following is a press release from the Toronto International Film Festival:

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, today unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentation programmes of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.

Of the 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 21 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres and 11 Canadian Premieres. The selection announced today includes 13 features directed by women.

“We have an exceptional selection of films this year that will excite Festival audiences from all walks of life,” said Handling. “Today’s lineup showcases beloved auteurs alongside fresh voices in filmmaking, including numerous female powerhouses. The sweeping range in cinematic storytelling from around the world is a testament to the uniqueness of the films that are being made.”

“Every September we invite the whole film world to Toronto, one of the most diverse, movie-mad cities in the world. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to put together a lineup of Galas and Special Presentations that reflects Toronto’s spirit of inclusive, passionate engagement with film. We can’t wait to unveil these films for our audience.”

This year, the Gala and Special Presentations programmes will include films by Claire Denis, Steve McQueen, Alfonso Cuarón, Barry Jenkins, Nicole Holofcener, Patricia Rozema, Damien Chazelle, Elizabeth Chomko, Zhang Yimou, Bradley Cooper, Nadine Labaki, Anurag Kashyap, Amma Asante, Matteo Garrone, Eva Husson, Jason Reitman, Lee Chang-dong, Keith Behrman, George Tillman, Jr., Olivier Assayas, and Jiang Wen.

More Festival films, including additional Gala and Special Presentations selections, will be announced in the coming weeks. Next up: the Canadian lineup, which will be unveiled on August 1 at 10am ET.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.Ticket packages are now on sale.

GALAS

Beautiful Boy | Felix van Groeningen, USA
World Premiere

Everybody Knows | Asghar Farhadi, Spain/France/Italy
North American Premiere

First Man | Damien Chazelle, USA
Canadian Premiere

Galveston | Mélanie Laurent, USA
Canadian Premiere

The Hate U Give | George Tillman, Jr., USA
World Premiere

Hidden Man | Jiang Wen, China
International Premiere

High Life | Claire Denis, Germany/France/Poland/United Kingdom
World Premiere

Husband Material | Anurag Kashyap, India
World Premiere

The Kindergarten Teacher | Sara Colangelo, USA
Canadian Premiere

The Land of Steady Habits | Nicole Holofcener, USA
World Premiere

Life Itself | Dan Fogelman, USA
World Premiere

The Public | Emilio Estevez, USA
World Premiere

Red Joan | Sir Trevor Nunn, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Shadow | Zhang Yimou , China
North American Premiere

A Star is Born | Bradley Cooper, USA
North American Premiere

What They Had | Elizabeth Chomko, USA
International Premiere

Widows | Steve McQueen, United Kingdom/USA
World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Ben is Back | Peter Hedges, USA
World Premiere

Burning | Lee Chang-dong, South Korea
North American Premiere

Can You Ever Forgive Me? | Marielle Heller, USA
International Premiere

Capernaum | Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
North American Premiere

Cold War | Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland/United Kingdom/France
Canadian Premiere

Colette | Wash Westmoreland, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Dogman | Matteo Garrone, Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

The Front Runner | Jason Reitman, USA
International Premiere

Giant Little Ones | Keith Behrman, Canada
World Premiere

Girls of the Sun | Eva Husson, France
International Premiere

Hotel Mumbai | Anthony Maras, Australia
World Premiere

The Hummingbird Project | Kim Nguyen, Canada
World Premiere

If Beale Street Could Talk | Barry Jenkins, USA
World Premiere

Manto | Nandita Das, India
North American Premiere

Maya | Mia Hansen-Løve, France
World Premiere

Monsters and Men | Reinaldo Marcus Green, USA
Canadian Premiere

Special Presentations Opening Film
MOUTHPIECE | Patricia Rozema, Canada
World Premiere

Non-Fiction | Olivier Assayas, France
Canadian Premiere

Old Man & the Gun | David Lowery, USA
International Premiere

Papi Chulo | John Butler, Ireland
World Premiere

Roma | Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico/USA
Canadian Premiere

Special Presentations Closing Film


Shoplifters | Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
Canadian Premiere

The Sisters Brothers | Jacques Audiard, USA/France/Romania/Spain
North American Premiere

Sunset | László Nemes, Hungary/France
North American Premiere

Through Black Spruce | Don McKellar, Canada
World Premiere

The Wedding Guest | Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Weekend | Stella Meghie, USA
World Premiere

Where Hands Touch | Amma Asante, United Kingdom
World Premiere

White Boy Rick | Yann Demange, USA
International Premiere

Wildlife | Paul Dano, USA
Canadian Premiere

2017 Toronto International Film Festival: Event Photos and Videos

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The 42nd Annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes place at various locations in Toronto from September 7 to September 17, 2017. Here are some photos and videos from the event:

“Suburbicon”

“mother!”

“Battle of the Sexes”

Fox Searchlight’s TIFF Party

“Mudbound”

“The Mountain Between Us”

 

Grey Goose Vodka events

2017 Toronto International Film Festival: Masters, World Cinema, Wavelengths, and more Gala and Special Presentations announced

August 15, 2017

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The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from September 7 to September 17, 2017. Festival ticket packages can be purchased online, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Here are the latest movies and programming to be announced for TIFF 2017:

Gala Presentations

55 Steps | Bille August, Germany/Belgium
World Premiere

Chappaquiddick | John Curran, USA
World Premiere

Hochelaga, Terre des âmes | François Girard, Canada
World Premiere

My Days of Mercy | Tali Shalom-Ezer, USA
World Premiere

The Leisure Seeker | Paolo Virzì, Italy
International Premiere

Three Christs | Jon Avnet, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations

The Captain (Der Hauptmann) | Robert Schwentke, Germany/France/Poland
World Premiere

The Conformist (冰之下) | Cai Shangjun, China
North American Premiere

The Cured | David Freyne, Ireland/United Kingdom/France
World Premiere

The Escape | Dominic Savage, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Florida Project | Sean Baker, USA
North America Premiere

Foxtrot | Samuel Maoz, Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland
Canadian Premiere

I Love You, Daddy | Louis C.K., USA
World Premiere

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts) | Fatih Akin, Germany/France
North American Premiere

Journey’s End | Saul Dibb, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Killing of a Sacred Deer | Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/United Kingdom
North American Premiere

Kodachrome | Mark Raso, Canada/USA
World Premiere

Lean On Pete | Andrew Haigh, USA/United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Loving Pablo | Fernando León de Aranoa, Spain
North American Premiere

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D | John Landis, USA
North American Premiere

Preceded By
Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller | Jerry Kramer, USA
North American Premiere

Manhunt | John Woo, Hong Kong/China
North American Premiere

Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House | Peter Landesman, USA
World Premiere

Marrowbone | Sergio G. Sánchez, Spain
World Premiere

Motorrad | Vicente Amorim, Brazil
World Premiere

Molly’s Game | Aaron Sorkin, USA
World Premiere

The Motive (El Autor) | Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain
World Premiere

Samui Song (Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter) | Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand/Germany/Norway
North American Premiere

Number One (Numéro Une) | Tonie Marshall, France
World Premiere

On Chesil Beach | Dominic Cooke, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Outside In | Lynn Shelton, USA
World Premiere

Papillon | Michael Noer, Serbia/Montenegro/Malta
World Premiere

Racer and the Jailbird | Michaël R. Roskam, Belgium/France
North American Premiere

Radiance (Hikari) | Naomi Kawase, Japan/France
North America Premiere

Redoubtable | Michel Hazanavicius, France
North America Premiere

Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen) | Jan Zabeil, Germany/Italy
North American Premiere

Unicorn Store | Brie Larson, USA
World Premiere

Who We Are Now | Matthew Newton, USA
World Premiere

You Disappear (Du Forsvinder) | Peter Schønau Fog, Denmark/Sweden
International Premiere

Youth (Fāng Huá) | Feng Xiaogang, China
World Premiere

Primetime

Dark | Germany, 2 episodes | Showrunners: Baran bo Odar, Jantje Friese
Director: Baran bo Odar
World Premiere

The Deuce | USA, 2 episodes | Showrunners: David Simon, George Pelecanos
Directors: Michelle MacLaren, Ernest Dickerson
Episode 1, Canadian Premiere
Episode 2, World Premiere

The Girlfriend Experience | Season 2, USA, 4 episodes | Showrunners and directors: Amy Seimetz, Lodge Kerrigan
World Premiere

Under Pressure | Brazil, 2 episodes | Showrunners: Andrucha Waddington, Jorge Furtado
Directors: Andrucha Waddington, Mini Kerti
International Premiere

Alias Grace | Canada/USA, 2 episodes | Showrunner: Sarah Polley
Director: Mary Harron
World Premiere
*Previously announced with the Canadian lineup

Masters

The Day After (Geu-hu) | Hong Sangsoo, South Korea
North American Premiere

Faces Places (Visages Villages) | Agnès Varda, JR, France
Canadian Premiere

First Reformed | Paul Schrader, USA
Canadian Premiere

Happy End | Michael Haneke, France/Austria/Germany
North American Premiere

The House by the Sea (La Villa) | Robert Guédiguian, France
North American Premiere

Loveless (Nelyubov) | Andrey Zvyagintsev, Russia/France/Belgium/Germany
Canadian Premiere

The Other Side of Hope (Toivon tuolla puolen) | Aki Kaurismäki, Finland/Germany
Canadian Premiere

Our People Will Be Healed | Alanis Obomsawin, Canada
World Premiere
*Previously announced with the Canadian feature lineup

Rainbow – A Private Affair (Una questione privata) | Paolo Taviani, Vittorio Taviani, Italy/France
World Premiere

The Third Murder (Sandome no Satsujin) | Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
North American Premiere

Zama | Lucrecia Martel, Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Portugal/USA
North American Premiere

Contemporary World Cinema

A Ciambra | Jonas Carpignano, Italy/France/USA/Germany
International Premiere

A Sort of Family (Una Especie de Familia) | Diego Lerman, Argentina/Brazil/France/Poland
World Premiere

Alanis | Anahí Berneri, Argentina
World Premiere

Ana, mon amour | Călin Peter Netzer, Romania/Germany/France
North American Premiere

Angels Wear White (Jia Nian Hua) | Vivian Qu, China/France
North American Premiere

April’s Daughter (Las Hijas de Abril) | Michel Franco, Mexico
North American Premiere

Arrhythmia | Boris Khlebnikov, Russia/Finland/Germany
North American Premiere

Beyond Words | Urszula Antoniak, Netherlands/Poland
World Premiere

Birds Without Names (Kanojo ga Sono Na wo Shiranai Toritachi) | Kazuya Shiraishi, Japan
World Premiere

Breath | Simon Baker, Australia
World Premiere

Dark is the Night (Madilim ang Gabi) | Adolfo Alix Jr., Philippines
World Premiere

Directions (Posoki) | Stephan Komandarev, Bulgaria/Germany/Macedonia
North American Premiere

Disappearance (Verdwijnen) | Boudewijn Koole, Netherlands/Norway
International Premiere

Euthanizer (Armomurhaaja) | Teemu Nikki, Finland
World Premiere

Félicité | Alain Gomis, France/Senegal/Belgium/Germany/Lebanon
North American Premiere

Good Favour | Rebecca Daly, Ireland/Belgium/Denmark/Netherlands
World Premiere

Hannah | Andrea Pallaoro, Italy/Belgium/France
North American Premiere

Insyriated | Philippe Van Leeuw, Belgium/France/Lebanon
Canadian Premiere

Life and nothing more | Antonio Méndez Esparza, Spain/USA
World Premiere

Longing (Gaagua) | Savi Gabizon, Israel
North American Premiere

Looking for Oum Kulthum | Shirin Neshat, Germany/Austria/Italy/Lebanon/Qatar
North American Premiere

Marlina the Murderer in Four Acts (Marlina si Pembunuh dalam Empat Babak) | Mouly Surya, Indonesia/France/Malaysia/Thailand
North American Premiere

Miami | Zaida Bergroth, Finland
International Premiere

Motorrad | Vicente Amorim, Brazil
World Premiere

Nina | Juraj Lehotský, Slovakia/Czech Republic
North American Premiere

On Body and Soul | Ildikó Enyedi, Hungary
North American Premiere

Samui Song (Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter) | Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand/Germany/Norway
North American Premiere

Sergio & Sergei (Sergio & Serguéi) | Ernesto Daranas Serrano, Spain/Cuba
World Premiere

The Big Bad Fox & Other Tales (Le Grand Méchant Renard et autres contes) | Benjamin Renner, Patrick Imbert, France
North American Premiere

The Insult (L’Insulte) | Ziad Doueiri, France/Lebanon
Canadian Premiere

The Journey (Al Rahal) | Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji, Iraq/United Kingdom/France/Qatar/Netherlands
World Premiere

The Lodgers | Brian O’Malley, Ireland
World Premiere

The Number | Khalo Matabane, South Africa
World Premiere

The Royal Hibiscus Hotel | Ishaya Bako, Nigeria
World Premiere

The Summit (La Cordillera) | Santiago Mitre, Argentina/Spain/France
North American Premiere

Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle | Mike van Diem, Netherlands/Italy/Canada
World Premiere

Under the Tree (Undir Trénu) | Hafsteinn Gunnar Sigurðsson, Iceland/Denmark/Poland/Germany
International Premiere

Veronica (Verónica) | Paco Plaza, Spain
International Premiere

Wajib | Annemarie Jacir, Palestine/France/Germany/Colombia/Norway/Qatar/United Arab Emirates
North American Premiere

Western | Valeska Grisebach, Germany/Bulgaria/Austria
North American Premiere

2017 Toronto International Film Festival: first wave of programming announced

July 25, 2017

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The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from September 7 to September 17, 2017. Festival ticket packages can be purchased online, by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox.

Here are the first movies and programming to be announced for TIFF 2017:

Galas

Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom
World Premiere

C’est la vie! | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France
World Premiere

Darkest Hour | Joe Wright, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool | Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium
World Premiere

Long Time Running | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Canada
World Premiere

Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA
World Premiere

The Mountain Between Us | Hany Abu-Assad, USA
World Premiere

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA
International Premiere

Stronger | David Gordon Green, USA
World Premiere

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film | Neil Burger, USA
World Premiere

The Wife | Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden
World Premiere

Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations

Battle of the Sexes | Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA
International Premiere

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo, France
North American Premiere

The Brawler | Anurag Kashyap, India
World Premiere

The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg
World Premiere

Call Me By Your Name | Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

Catch the Wind | Gaël Morel, France
International Premiere

The Children Act | Richard Eyre, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Current War | Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA
World Premiere

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Downsizing | Alexander Payne, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Fantastic Woman | Sebastián Lelio, Chile
Canadian Premiere

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia
Canadian Premiere

The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois, France
World Premiere

Hostiles | Scott Cooper, USA
International Premiere

The Hungry | Bornila Chatterjee, India
World Premiere

I, Tonya | Craig Gillespie, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations Opening Film
Lady Bird | Greta Gerwig, USA
International Premiere

mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA
International Premiere

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India
World Premiere

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France
World Premiere

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France
International Premiere

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman | Angela Robinson, USA
World Premiere

The Rider | Chloé Zhao, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Season in France | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France
World Premiere

The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro, USA
Canadian Premiere

Special Presentations Closing Film
Sheikh Jackson | Amr Salama, Egypt
World Premiere

The Square | Ruben Östlund, Sweden
North American Premiere

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain
World Premiere

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA
North American Premiere

Thelma | Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark
International Premiere

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