TIFF 18 announces 47 films including The Hate U Give, A Star is Born, First Man, Mouthpiece & more

The Hate U Give

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs this year from September 6 to 16, and so far TIFF has revealed 47 films that will screen at the festival, including 21 World Premieres, and 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 Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF. “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.”

Filmmakers tapped to debut their films at this year’s festival include 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.

Mouthpiece
Director Patricia Rozema’s Moutpiece will open the Special Presentations programme, which makes it’s World Debut at TIFF.

Moutpiece is a powerful and amusing look into the female psyche that harnesses the essence of Nostbakken and Sadava’s award-winning play, from which it was loosely adapted,” TIFF said in the statement. “Cassandra Haywood [played by both co-writers Amy Nostbakken, and Norah Sadava] is a strong, single woman, a writer who lives by her own rules. She is also a bit of a disaster. Following the sudden death of her mother, Elaine (Beaty), Cassandra begins to recognize the resemblances between her more traditional mother and herself, and the frightening similarities between the struggles of past generations of women and the realities of today.”

“We are thrilled to be opening the Special Presentations programme with Patricia Rozema, an iconic Canadian filmmaker,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “Based on the play of the same name, Moutpiece is one of Rozema’s most vibrant films, an honest and heart-wrenching portrayal of a young woman finding her voice after the passing of her mother.”

“I can’t thank the TIFF programmers enough for the special spotlight on Moutpiece,” said Rozema. “I’m thrilled to introduce Amy Nostbakken, Norah Sadava, and Maev Beaty to cinema audiences. That this movie was written, directed, shot, designed, edited, produced, and costume designed by women shouldn’t feel special, but it is–and makes it all the more sweet.”

Shoplifters
Closing out this year’s Special Presentations programme is the Canadian Premiere of Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Shoplifters.

Shoplifters is about connections, family, and what keeps us together,” said Handling “We’ve been fortunate to present many films by Kore-eda at TIFF, including After Life (1998), Like Father, Like Son (2013), and Our Little Sister (2015). We’re delighted to share his Palme d’Or–winning film with Toronto audiences.”

“Equal parts incisive social critique and nuanced family portrait, Shoplifters follows a small band of marginalized misfits struggling to make ends meet in a merciless urban environment,” the festival announcement said.

First Man
A few notable films and major productions include Damien Chazelle’s First Man, George Tillman Jr.’s The Hate U Give, Emilio Estevez’s The Public, Steve McQueen’s Widows, and Elizabeth Chomko’s What They Had.

Follow our ongoing TIFF 2018 coverage.

GALAS 2018

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/Spain
World Premiere

The Public
Emilio Estevez, USA
World Premiere

Red Joan
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 2018

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
Pawe? 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 (Les filles du soleil)
Eva Husson, France
International Premiere

Hotel Mumbai
Anthony Maras, Australia
World Premiere

The Hummingbird Project
Kim Nguyen, Canada/Belgium
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

Mouthpiece
Patricia Rozema, Canada
World Premiere

Non-Fiction
Olivier Assayas, France
Canadian Premiere

The Old Man & The Gun
David Lowery, USA
International Premiere

Papi Chulo
John Butler, Ireland
World Premiere

Roma
Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico/USA
Canadian Premiere

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

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