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Women in the Director's Chair at TIFF '18

The future is female-identifying

by Staff
Aug 27, 2018

This year, 121 films selected for the Toronto International Film Festival are directed or co-directed by women, accounting for 35% of this year’s titles — an increase over 2017’s 33.6%.

Forty percent of the Canadian feature films this year are directed by women, with even more female-identifying filmmakers representing the Short Cuts (54%) and Discovery (48%) programmes. Films by women at Festival this year include new work from Nandita Das (Manto), Claire Denis (High Life), Mia Hansen-Løve (Maya), 2011 People’s Choice Award winner Nadine Labaki (Capernaum), Karyn Kusama (Destroyer), Patricia Rozema (Special Presentations Opening Film MOUTHPIECE), and Margarethe von Trotta (TIFF Docs Closing Film Searching for Ingmar Bergman); as well as the directorial debuts of Genevieve Nnaji (Lionheart) and Bai Xue (The Crossing); and this year’s Golden Bear winner, Adina Pinitile’s Touch Me Not.

Edge of the Knife

MOUTHPIECE

TIFF has made a five-year commitment — Share Her Journey — to increase participation, skills, and opportunities for women behind and in front of the camera. Stand up for change with TIFF, ReFrame, TIME’S UP, and #AfterMeToo on the morning of Saturday, September 8 at 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 crowd on John Street at 10am.

Now until "Single Ticket Day," TIFF and its programmers are profiling a filmmaker a day on The Review. Read the first four interviews — featuring Wanuri Kahiu, Pella Kågerman, Alejandra Márquez Abella, and Imogen Thomas — now, and keep your Twitter, Instagram, or Facebook notifications on for more reads throughout the week.

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.

Girls of the Sun

Maya

The full list of Festival films directed or co-directed by women:

A Million Little Pieces dir. Sam Taylor-Johnson | USA
Ada Kaleh dir. Helena Wittmann | Germany
Alice dir. Maria Lassnig | USA
All Inclusive dir. Corina Schwingruber Ilic | Switzerland
ALTIPLANO dir. Malena Szlam | Chile/Argentina/Canada
ANIARA (ANIARA) dir. Pella Kågerman, Hugo Lilja | Sweden
Animal Behaviour dir. Alison Snowden, David Fine | Canada
ante mis ojos dir. Lina Rodriguez | Colombia/Canada
ANTHROPOCENE: The Human Epoch dir. Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky | Canada
Biidaaban (The Dawn Comes) dir. Amanda Strong | Canada
Birdie dir. Shelly Lauman | Australia
Birds of Passage (Pájaros de verano) dir. Cristina Gallego, Ciro Guerra | Colombia/Denmark/Mexico/France
Blind Spot (Blindsone) dir. Tuva Novotny | Norway
Brotherhood (Ikhwène) dir. Meryam Joobeur | Tunisia/Canada/Qatar/Sweden

Destroyer

The Land of Steady Habits

Bulbul Can Sing (Bulbul Can Sing) dir. Rima Das | India
Can You Ever Forgive Me? dir. Marielle Heller | USA
Capernaum dir. Nadine Labaki | Lebanon
Chocolat (Chocolat) dir. Claire Denis | France
Circle dir. Jayisha Patel | United Kingdom/Canada/India
Core of the World dir. Natalia Meshchaninova | Russia/Lithuania
Destroyer dir. Karyn Kusama | USA
Divide and Conquer: The Story of Roger Ailes dir. Alexis Bloom | USA
Dodgy Dave dir. Charlotte Regan | United Kingdom
Edge of the Knife dir. Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown | Canada
Emptying the Tank dir. Caroline Monnet | Canada
Emu Runner dir. Imogen Thomas | Australia
ENDZEIT - EVER AFTER (ENDZEIT) dir. Carolina Hellsgård | Germany
Everything calms down (Todo se calma) dir. Virginia Scaro | Argentina
EXIT dir. Claire Edmondson | Canada/USA

The Grizzlies

Veslemøy's Song

Falls Around Her dir. Darlene Naponse | Canada
Fausto dir. Andrea Bussmann | Canada/Mexico
Feathers dir. A.V. Rockwell | USA
Fig Tree dir. Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian | Israel/Germany/France/Ethiopia
Firecrackers dir. Jasmin Mozaffari | Canada
Float Like a Butterfly dir. Carmel Winters | Ireland
Florianópolis Dream (Sueño Florianópolis) dir. Ana Katz | Argentina/Brazil/France
Free Solo dir. E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA
Freedom Fields dir. Naziha Arebi | Libya/United Kingdom/Netherlands/USA/Qatar/Lebanon/Canada
Fuck You dir. Anette Sidor | Sweden
Ghost Fleet dir. Shannon Service, Jeffrey Waldron | USA
Girl Pack dir. Lisa Baumgardner | USA
GIRLFRIENDS (AMIES) dir. Marie Davignon | Canada
Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) dir. Eva Husson | France

Searching for Ingmar Bergman

High Life

Glitter's Wild Women dir. Roney | Canada
Guaxuma dir. Nara Normande | France/Brazil
Heartbound (Hjertelandet) dir. Janus Metz, Sine Plambech | Denmark/Netherlands/Sweden
Hector Malot: The Last Day of the Year (Ektoras Malo: I Teleftea Mera Tis Chronias) dir. Jacqueline Lentzou | Greece
High Life dir. Claire Denis | Germany/France/USA/United Kingdom/Poland
Hoarders Without Borders dir. Jodie Mack | USA
I Hope I'm Loud When I'm Dead dir. Beatrice Gibson | USA/Italy/United Kingdom
If This Isn't Love (Si ce n'est pas de l'amour) dir. Luiza Cocora | Canada
Jessica Forever (Jessica Forever) dir. Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel | France
Julio Iglesias's House (La casa de Julio Iglesias) dir. Natalia Marín | Spain
Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin (Les salopes ou le sucre naturel de la peau) dir. Renée Beaulieu | Canada
Light as Feathers dir. Rosanne Pel | Netherlands
Lionheart dir. Genevieve Nnaji | Nigeria
Little Waves (Les petites vagues) dir. Ariane Louis-Seize | Canada
Lou dir. Clara Balzary | USA

Bulbul Can Sing

Manto

Manto dir. Nandita Das | India
Maya dir. Mia Hansen-Løve | France
Minuscule - Mandibles From Far Away (Minuscule - Les Mandibules du Bout du Monde) dir. Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud | France
MOUTHPIECE dir. Patricia Rozema | Canada
My Boy (Mon Boy) dir. Sarah Pellerin | Canada
Norman Norman dir. Sophy Romvari | Canada
Old Thing (Ha'Alte-Zachen) dir. Roni Bahat | Israel
Our Body (A-wol Ba-di) dir. Ka-ram Han | South Korea
Out of Blue dir. Carol Morley | United Kingdom
PARADE (AGLUMI) dir. Nino Zhvania | Georgia/Russia
Phoenix (Føniks) dir. Camilla Strøm Henriksen | Norway/Sweden
Please step out of the frame. dir. Karissa Hahn | USA
Prologue to the Tarot: Glenna dir. Brittany Gravely, Ken Linehan | USA
Quincy dir. Rashida Jones, Alan Hicks | USA
Rafiki dir. Wanuri Kahiu | Kenya/South Africa/France/Lebanon/Norway/Netherlands/Germany/USA

The Weekend

The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian)

Reneepoptosis dir. Renee Zhan | Japan/USA
Retrospekt (Retrospekt) dir. Esther Rots | Netherlands/Belgium
Roads in February (Les routes en février) dir. Katherine Jerkovic | Canada/Uruguay
Searching for Ingmar Bergman dir. Margarethe von Trotta | Germany/France
Shadow Cut dir. Lucy Suess | New Zealand
Sibel dir. Çagla Zencirci, Guillaume Giovanetti | France/Germany/Luxembourg/Turkey
Sira dir. Rolla Tahir | Canada
Slip dir. Celia Perrin Sidarous | Canada
Sorry For Your Loss (Sorry For Your Loss) dir. James Ponsoldt, Jessica Yu, Allison Anders | USA
Stupid Young Heart (Hölmö nuori sydän) dir. Selma Vilhunen | Finland/Netherlands/Sweden
Summer Survivors dir. Marija Kavtaradze | Lithuania
Tell It To The Bees dir. Annabel Jankel | United Kingdom
That Time of Year (Den Tid På Året) dir. Paprika Steen | Denmark
The Ambassador's Wife dir. Theresa Traore Dahlberg | Burkina Faso/Sweden
The Black Book dir. Valeria Sarmiento | Portugal/France

Hazel Doupe in Float Like A Butterfly

Vision

The Call (Telefonul) dir. Anca Damian | Romania
The Chambermaid (La Camarista) dir. Lila Avilés | Mexico
The Crossing (Guo Chun Tian) dir. Xue Bai | China
The Day I Lost My Shadow (Yom Adaatou Zouli) dir. Soudade Kaadan | Syria/France/Qatar/Lebanon
The Elephant Queen dir. Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble | United Kingdom/Kenya
The Field dir. Sandhya Suri | France/United Kingdom/India
The Glass Note dir. Mary Helena Clark | USA
The Good Girls (Las niñas bien) dir. Alejandra Márquez Abella | Mexico
The Grand Bizarre dir. Jodie Mack | USA
The Grizzlies dir. Miranda de Pencier | Canada
The Kindergarten Teacher dir. Sara Colangelo | USA
The Labyrinth (El Laberinto) dir. Laura Huertas Millán | Colombia/France
The Land of Steady Habits dir. Nicole Holofcener | USA
The Lie dir. Veena Sud | Canada/USA
The Orphan (O Órfão) dir. Carolina Markowicz | Brazil

Rafiki

Capernaum

The Sweet Requiem (Kyoyang Ngarmo) dir. Ritu Sarin, Tenzing Sonam | India/USA
The Third Wife dir. Ash Mayfair | Vietnam
The Weekend dir. Stella Meghie | USA
The Wind dir. Emma Tammi | USA
This Magnificent Cake! (Ce Magnifique Gâteau!) dir. Emma de Swaef, Marc James Roels | Belgium/France/Netherlands
Those Who Desire (Los que desean) dir. Elena López Riera | Switzerland/Spain
Too late to die young (Tarde para morir joven) dir. Dominga Sotomayor | Chile/Brazil/Argentina/Netherlands/Qatar
Touch Me Not dir. Adina Pintilie | Romania/Germany/Czech Republic/Bulgaria/France
Twin Flower (Fiore Gemello) dir. Laura Luchetti | Italy
Veslemøy's Song dir. Sofia Bohdanowicz | Canada
Viper Club dir. Maryam Keshavarz | USA

The Good Girls (Las niñas bien)

Lionheart

Vision dir. Naomi Kawase | Japan/France
Vita & Virginia dir. Chanya Button | United Kingdom/Ireland
What is Democracy? dir. Astra Taylor | Canada
What They Had dir. Elizabeth Chomko | USA
Where Hands Touch dir. Amma Asante | United Kingdom
Winners Bitch dir. Sam Gurry | USA
Words, Planets dir. Laida Lertxundi | Spain/USA
Working Woman (Isha Ovedet) dir. Michal Aviad | Israel

Touch Me Not

ANIARA


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