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The final films heading to TIFF '18

Last, but not least: Discovery, plus a whole lot more

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Aug 21, 2018

The Toronto International Film Festival today revealed 46 breakout films from 50 international storytellers as part of its 2018 Discovery lineup, marking a record year for the programme. Hailing from 37 different countries, these promising new filmmakers present works that explore identity, complex portraits of women, and youth as they struggle to navigate a fragile world. Twenty-nine of the films will make their World Premieres at the Festival. The lineup stands out for the impressive number of Asian and Eastern European films — accounting for 26% of the Discovery programme — and the number of films directed by women (48% of its titles).

The World Premiere of Neil Jordan’s Greta and the North American Premiere of Brady Corbet’s Vox Lux will cap off the Festival’s Special Presentations and bring the total for the programme up to 24 titles.

TIFF will also celebrate the 25th anniversary of Wayne Wang’s The Joy Luck Club with a special event screening with its original cast and crew on Thursday, September 13 at the Elgin Theatre — exactly 25 years after its original Canadian premiere was held at the same venue.

The Joy Luck Club. Copyright 1993 Hollywood Pictures.

Greta

Film lovers of all ages and interests will find electric new voices, radical perspectives, and mesmerizing coming-of-age stories to enjoy all Festival long as part of the TIFF Kids and TIFF Next Wave selections.

The high energy of Festival will pour out from the theatres on to King Street and all the way up to the rooftop of TIFF Bell Lightbox with the fifth installment of Festival Street, featuring free events September 6 to 9. Events will include a special TTC Free Screening (just bring your Metropass or PRESTO card for entry!); a 30th-anniversary screening of Penny Marshall’s classic, Big; music from up-and-coming talent on the Slaight Music Stage; and the introduction of the Refinery29 Festival Rooftop.

Stand up for change with TIFF, ReFrame, TIME’S UP, and #AfterMeToo on the morning of Saturday, September 8 for the Share Her Journey Rally. All who want to see and be part of real change in the film industry are invited to join the action down on John Street at the Slaight Stage at 10am.

Rafiki

The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian)

Returning for its seventh year, the TIFF Speaker Series, which offers audiences the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions following each film’s second public screening, will include appearances by Randall Hansen, Janice Stein, Robert Austin, Joseph Wong, and Teresa Kramarz.

And finally: TIFF also announced today that Stéphane Bak, Ahmed Malek, Josh Wiggins, and Eleanor Worthington-Cox are TIFF 2018 Rising Stars. Already notable in their home countries of France, Egypt, the US, and England, the International Rising Stars stars join the four previously announced Canadian Rising Stars — Devery Jacobs, Lamar Johnson, Michaela Kurimsky, and Jess Salgueiro — to round out the popular talent programme that showcases and helps develop the skills of promising actors throughout the 2018 Festival.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. Individual tickets go on sale September 1 to TIFF Members, September 2 to Insiders, and September 3 to the public.

Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros)

Touch Me Not

The full list of films announced today:

Special Events

The Joy Luck Club | Wayne Wang, USA
Special Event

Special Presentations

Greta | Neil Jordan, USA, Ireland
World Premiere

Vox Lux | Brady Corbet, USA
North American Premiere)

Blind Spot (Blindsone)

Screwdriver

Discovery

aKasha | hajooj kuka, Sudan/South Africa/Qatar/Germany
North American Premiere

ANIARA | Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja, Sweden
World Premiere

Blind Spot (Blindsone) | Tuva Novotny, Norway
International Premiere

The Chambermaid (La Camarista) | Lila Avilés, Mexico
World Premiere

Complicity (Kazenoki Wa Koto No Youni) | Kei Chikaura, Japan/China
World Premiere

Consequences (Posledice) | Darko Štante, Slovenia/Austria
World Premiere

Discovery Opening Film
The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian) | Bai Xue, China
World Premiere

The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli) | Soudade Kaadan, Syria/France/Qatar/Lebanon
North American Premiere

Fig Tree

Float Like a Butterfly

The Dig | Andy Tohill, Ryan Tohill, United Kingdom
North American Premiere

An Elephant Sitting Still (Da Xiang Xi Di Er Zuo) | Hu Bo, China
Canadian Premiere

Emu Runner | Imogen Thomas, Australia
World Premiere

ENDZEIT – EVER AFTER (ENDZEIT) | Carolina Hellsgård, Germany
World Premiere

The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste García (El Viaje Extraordinario de Celeste García) | Arturo Infante, Cuba/Germany
World Premiere

Farming | Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Fig Tree | Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian, Israel/Germany/France/Ethiopia
World Premiere

Float Like a Butterfly | Carmel Winters, Ireland
World Premiere

Icebox

Jirga

Girl | Lukas Dhont, Belgium
Canadian Premiere

Gwen | William McGregor, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Helmet Heads (Cascos Indomables) | Neto Villalobos, Costa Rica/Chile
World Premiere

Her Job | Nikos Labôt, Greece/France/Serbia
World Premiere

Icebox | Daniel Sawka, USA
World Premiere

Jirga | Benjamin Gilmour, Australia
North American Premiere

Light as Feathers | Rosanne Pel, Netherlands
World Premiere

Lionheart | Genevieve Nnaji, Nigeria
World Premiere

The Load (Teret)

The Mercy of the Jungle

The Load (Teret) | Ognjen Glavonic, Serbia/France/Croatia/Iran/Qatar
North American Premiere

Manta Ray (Kraben Rahu) | Phuttiphong Aroonpheng, Thailand/France/China
North American Premiere

The Mercy of the Jungle | Joël Karekezi, Belgium/France/Germany
North American Premiere

Orange Days (Rooz-haye Narenji) | Arash Lahooti, Iran
World Premiere

Our Body (A-wol Ba-di) | Han Ka-ram, South Korea
World Premiere

Parade (Aglumi) | Nino Zhvania, Georgia/Russia
World Premiere

Phoenix (Føniks) | Camilla Strøm Henriksen, Norway/Sweden
World Premiere

Rafiki | Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa/France/Lebanon/Norway/Netherlands/Germany/USA
North American Premiere

The Third Wife

Parade (Aglumi)

Saf | Ali Vatansever, Turkey/Germany/Romania
World Premiere

Discovery Closing Film
Screwdriver (Mafak) | Bassam Jarbawi, Palestine/USA/Qatar
North American Premiere

Summer Survivors | Marija Kavtaradze, Lithuania
World Premiere

Tel Aviv on Fire | Sameh Zoabi, Luxembourg/France/Israel/Belgium
North American Premiere

The Third Wife | Ash Mayfair, Vietnam
World Premiere

Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) | Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto, Brazil
North American Premiere

Too Late to Die Young (Tarde para morir joven) | Dominga Sotomayor, Chile/Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar
North American Premiere

Touch Me Not | Adina Pintilie, Romania/Germany/Czech Republic/Bulgaria/France
North American Premiere

Twin Flower (Fiore Gemello) | Laura Luchetti, Italy
World Premiere

Woman at War (Kona fer í stríð) | Benedikt Erlingsson, Iceland/France/Ukraine
North American Premiere

Previously announced Canadian titles in the Discovery programme include Akash Sherman’s Clara, Gwaai Edenshaw and Helen Haig-Brown’s Edge of the Knife, Jasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers, and Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein’s Freaks.
TIFF Docs

Reason (Vivek) | Anand Patwardhan, India
World Premiere

The Elephant Queen

Diamantino

TIFF Kids

The Elephant Queen | Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble, United Kingdom/Kenya
World Premiere (TIFF Docs)
Recommended for ages 7+

Icebox | Daniel Sawka, USA
World Premiere (Discovery)
Recommended for ages 11+

Minuscule – Mandibles From Far Away (Minuscule – Les Mandibules du Bout du Monde) | Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud, France
World Premiere (Contemporary World Cinema)
Recommended for ages 6+

Tito and the Birds (Tito e os Pássaros) | Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto, Brazil
North American Premiere (Discovery)
Recommended for ages 8+


TIFF Next Wave

Diamantino | Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt, Portugal/France/Brazil
North American Premiere (Midnight Madness)

Fig Tree | Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian, Israel/Germany/France/Ethiopia
World Premiere (Discovery)

Firecrackers | Jasmin Mozaffari, Canada
World Premiere (Discovery)

Giant Little Ones | Keith Behrman, Canada
World Premiere (Special Presentations)

Girl | Lukas Dhont, Belgium
Canadian Premiere (Discovery)

The Grizzlies | Miranda de Pencier, Canada
World Premiere (Special Presentations)

The Hate U Give | George Tillman, Jr., USA
World Premiere (Gala Presentations)

Mid90s | Jonah Hill, USA
World Premiere (Special Presentations)

Phoenix (Føniks) | Camilla Strøm Henriksen, Norway/Sweden
World Premiere (Discovery)

Rafiki | Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa/France/Lebanon/Norway/Netherlands/Germany/USA
North American Premiere (Discovery)

Teen Spirit | Max Minghella, United Kingdom
World Premiere (Special Presentations)

TIFF '18 Trailer Mashup