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TIFF Announces First Films

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TIFF Announces First Films
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(July 24, 2018 – Toronto, ON) The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its first round of film selections. The announcement came in a media release following a wise decision by the festival to cancel a live event for the media, a decision prompted by a deadly attack in the city over the weekend which claimed two lives plus the self-inflicted gunshot death of the perpetrator.

Of the 17 Galas and 30 planned Special Presentations, the first announcement includes 21 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres and 11 Canadian Premieres. The selection announced today includes 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. “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.”

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

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 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 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

*Special Presentations Opening Film*
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

*Special Presentations Closing Film*
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

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 6 to 16, 2018. Festival ticket packages start at $105 and can be purchased online, or by phone (416.599.TIFF or 1.888.599.8433), or in person at TIFF Bell Lightbox until August 13, while quantities last.