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The Toronto International Film Festival 2017

27 Jul 2017

THE 2017 TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL SEPT 7 -17, 2017  (by Gilbert Seah)

The 2017 version of TIFF will be held from the 7th to the 17th of September from Thursday to Sunday that will mark another 11 days of marathon film watching.  The first press conference was held this morning (July 25th) with announcements  of the first batch of films to be screened.

This site will provide you updates to the festival (so keep checking) as well as capsuled reviews of selected from the festival starting as early as three weeks before the festival actually begins.  Capsule reviews will be provided as this reviewer watches the films up to the very last Sunday.  This reviewer usually reviews around 80 films each year at TIFF.

Announced are 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, of which are 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres and eight Canadian Premieres.

Festival-goers from around the world can anticipate a remarkable lineup of extraordinary stories, voices and cinematic visions from emerging talent and some of our favourite masters. 

The announcements were made by TIFF CEO Piers Handling and TIFF Artistic Director Cameron Bailey.  One of the key questions asked by the press concerned the travel ban from the U.S.  They responded with the information that TIFF has special staff to deal with filmmakers and their travel arrangements with embassies and government bodies.

THE MOVIES:

GALAS 2017

Breathe Andy Serkis, United Kingdom

World Premiere

The Catcher Was A Spy Ben Lewin, USA

World Premiere

*Closing Night Film*

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 2017

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 Women 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

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh, USA

North American Premiere

Victoria and Abdul Stephen Frears, United Kingdom

North American Premiere

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