TIFF 2018: First Wave of Titles Announced

43rd Toronto International Film Festival

The first wave of titles were unveiled this morning ahead of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), running September 6-16.

Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentation programming of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.

All in all, there were 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations in the first announcement.  This includes 21 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres and 11 Canadian Premieres.  Of the 47 films announced this morning, only 13 features were directed by women.

“We have an exceptional selection of films this year that will excite Festival audiences from all walks of life,” said Handling. “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.”

Ryan Gosling in First Man.
Ryan Gosling in First Man. Courtesy of TIFF

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, World Premiere
The Public, Emilio Estevez, USA, World Premiere
Red Joan, Sir 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

Hugh Jackman as Senator Gary Hart in Jason Reitman's The Front Runner.
Hugh Jackman as Senator Gary Hart in Jason Reitman’s The Front Runner. Courtesy of TIFF.

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, Paweł 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, 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 (Special Presentations Opening Film)
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 (Special Presentations Closing Film)
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

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) runs from September 6 to 16, 2018.

Danielle Solzman

Danielle Solzman is native of Louisville, KY, and holds a BA in Public Relations from Northern Kentucky University and a MA in Media Communications from Webster University. She roots for her beloved Kentucky Wildcats, St. Louis Cardinals, Indianapolis Colts, and Boston Celtics. Living less than a mile away from Wrigley Field in Chicago, she is an active reader (sports/entertainment/history/biographies/select fiction) and involved with the Chicago improv scene. She also sees many movies and reviews them. She has previously written for Redbird Rants, Wildcat Blue Nation, and Hidden Remote/Flicksided. From April 2016 through May 2017, her film reviews can be found on Creators.

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