Toronto Film Festival Sets Contemporary World Cinema & Discovery Lineups; More Galas Added

The Toronto Film Festival on Wednesday unveiled its lineups for the Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery programs as it ramps up toward the kickoff of its 46th edition September 9-18. The festival also solidified additional Gala and Special Presentation titles and took the wraps off TIFF Rewind, a new block that highlights memorable films from previous TIFF editions along with conversations and Q&As with directors and casts.

This comes after the festival last week announced that Dear Evan Hansen will be the opening-night film, while Zhang Yimou’s One Second will close it. It also revealed a portion of the Gala and Special presentation titles that featured films from directors Edgar Wright, Melanie Laurent, Barry Levinson, Antoine Fuqua, Jacques Audiard and Ted Melfi.

Today, TIFF added world premieres for Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky’s The Good House and Camille Griffin’s Silent Night to its Gala lineup, and said it was shifting Joachim Trier’s Cannes title The Worst Person in the World to that section after originally announcing it as a Special Presentation.

Meanwhile, a total of eight films were added to the Special Presentation section including the world premiere of Stephen Karam’s The Humans and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog, which is premiering in Venice.

“TIFF Programmers continue discovering compelling and diverse stories from around the globe,” said Diana Sanchez, Senior Director, Film, TIFF. “With these two programmes, Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery, audiences can look forward to this stellar lineup to immerse themselves in. TIFF is dedicated to amplifying the voices of Black and Indigenous filmmakers and filmmakers of colour, emerging Canadian talent, and powerful storytellers who identify as women, and we are eager for Festival-goers to experience this lineup that showcases these unique perspectives.”

TIFF organizers continue to plan for a hybrid in-person/virtual festival after the Canadian government relaxed its restrictions for entry which had been in place since the pandemic took hold.

Here are the films announced today:

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Are You Lonesome Tonight?


Wen Shipei | China


North American Premiere

The Box (La Caja)


Lorenzo Vigas | USA/Mexico


North American Premiere

Costa Brava, Lebanon (Costa Brava)


Mounia Akl | Lebanon/Norway/Sweden/France/Spain/Denmark/Qatar


North American Premiere

The Daughter (La Hija)


Manuel Martín Cuenca | Spain


World Premiere

The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar (Luaneshat e kodrës)


Luàna Bajrami | Kosovo/France


North American Premiere

Întregalde


Radu Muntean | Romania


North American Premiere

Kicking Blood


Blaine Thurier | Canada


World Premiere

La Soga 2


Manny Perez | USA


World Premiere

Maria Chapdelaine


Sébastien Pilote | Canada


World Premiere

Medusa Anita


Rocha da Silveira | Brazil


North American Premiere

Murina Antoneta


Alamat Kusijanović | Croatia/Brazil/USA/Slovenia


North American Premiere

Nobody Has to Know


Bouli Lanners | France/Belgium/United Kingdom


World Premiere

The Odd-Job Men (Sis dies corrents)


Neus Ballús | Spain


North American Premiere

The Other Tom (El otro Tom)


Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo | Mexico/USA


North American Premiere

OUT OF SYNC (Tres)


Juanjo Giménez | Spain


North American Premiere

Terrorizers


Ho Wi Ding | Taiwan


World Premiere

Unclenching The Fists


Kira Kovalenko | Russia


North American Premiere

Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (Seperti Dendam, Rindu Harus Dibayar Tuntas)


Edwin | Indonesia/Singapore/Germany


North American Premiere

The Wheel


Steve Pink | USA


World Premiere

Whether the Weather is Fine (Kun Maupay Man It Panahon)


Carlo Francisco Manatad | Philippines/France/Singapore/Indonesia/Germany/Qatar


North American Premiere

DISCOVERY

Aloners


Hong Sung-eun | South Korea


International Premiere

Anatolian Leopard (Anadolu Leoparı)


Emre Kayış | Germany/Denmark/Turkey/Poland


World Premiere

As In Heaven (Du som er i himlen)


Tea Lindeburg | Denmark


World Premiere

A Banquet


Ruth Paxton | United Kingdom


World Premiere

Dug Dug


Ritwik Pareek | India


World Premiere

Farha


Darin J. Sallam | Jordan/Sweden/Saudi Arabia


World Premiere

The Game


Ana Lazarevic | Serbia/USA


World Premiere

Learn To Swim


Thyrone Tommy | Canada


World Premiere

Lo Invisible


Javier Andrade | France/Ecuador


World Premiere

Paka (River of Blood)


Nithin Lukose | India


World Premiere

Quickening


Haya Waseem | Canada


World Premiere

Scarborough


Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson | Canada


World Premiere

Snakehead


Evan Jackson Leong | USA


International Premiere

To Kill The Beast


Agustina San Martín | Argentina/Brazil/Chile


World Premiere

Tug of War (Vuta N’Kuvute)


Amil Shivji | Tanzania/South/Africa/Germany/Qatar


World Premiere

Wildhood


Bretten Hannam | Canada


World Premiere

GALA PRESENTATIONS

The Good House


Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky | USA


World Premiere

Silent Night


Camille Griffin | United Kingdom


World Premiere

The Worst Person In The World (Verdens Verste Menneske)


Joachim Trier | Norway/France/Sweden/Denmark


North American Premiere


(*Previously announced as a Special Presentation)

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

The Falls (Pu Bu)


Chung Mong-Hong | Taiwan


North American Premiere

The Humans


Stephen Karam | USA


World Premiere

Inu-Oh Masaaki


Yuasa | Japan/China


North American Premiere

Lingui, The Sacred Bonds (Lingui)


Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Chad/France/Germany/Belgium


North American Premiere

Mothering Sunday


Eva Husson | United Kingdom


North American Premiere

The Power of the Dog


Jane Campion | Australia/New Zealand


Canadian Premiere

Sundown


Michel Franco | Mexico


North American Premiere

Wolf


Nathalie Biancheri | United Kingdom/Ireland/Poland


World Premiere

TIFF Rewind presented by Bell

Antoine Fuqua on Training Day


Director Antoine Fuqua revisits his acclaimed police thriller about a rookie cop who spends 24 hours in Los Angeles gang territory with a corrupt senior narcotics officer, which marks the 20th anniversary of its North American premiere at the Festival in 2001. The film earned Denzel Washington his first Academy Award for Best Actor after two previous nominations (and an earlier Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor).

Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara on Best in Show


Director and co-writer Christopher Guest and stars Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy revisit the making of their cult classic about the competitive world of dog shows, which made its world premiere at the Festival in 2000.

Patricia Cardoso and America Ferrera on HBO’s Real Women Have Curves


Director Patricia Cardoso and star America Ferrera discuss their breakout hit about a young Mexican American woman coming of age in Los Angeles, which was helmed by a Latina creative team and had its international premiere at the Festival in 2002.

Viggo Mortensen on Eastern Promises


Viggo Mortensen revisits his second collaboration with David Cronenberg, a crime thriller set in the nebulous, cut-throat underworld of Russian organized crime in London, which made its world premiere at the Festival in 2007 and won the People’s Choice Award.

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