TIFF announces a series of galas and special presentations


Sarah Polley’s sexual assault drama ‘Women Talking’, Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or winner ‘Triangle of Sadness’ and dramatic works by comedy directors Peter Farrelly and Tyler Perry are among dozens of films announced Thursday for the 47th Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF has unveiled 18 gala films and 45 special presentations for two of the most popular programs at the festival, which runs September 8-18 this year. » and the opening of the Gala of Sally El Hosaini « The swimmers ».)

This represents 63 feature films so far out of the 200 expected, compared to 260 in the pre-pandemic period of 2019. There will also be around 40 short films, compared to 70 to 80 in normal times.

And there will be fewer cinemas showing the films, including newcomer the Royal Alexandra Theatre. But the movie and theater cuts are in part because TIFF aims to become a more walkable event in downtown Toronto.

Otherwise, it’s full speed ahead for a festival that feels COVID-19 is finally in the rearview mirror and can return to fully in-person screenings, with plenty of celebrities in attendance and without masks or other COVID restrictions — with the warning that the relentless variant of Omicron could change the situation in September. (TIFF’s digital platform remains, but it will only show about 20 films.)

« I’m really optimistic about where we are in terms of handling COVID, » TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey said in an interview.

« I’m very confident in the lineup…I think we have everything we need to put on a great festival. »

A major “get” for TIFF is Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking,” one of the long-awaited gems of festival and awards seasons. Filmed in Ontario during TIFF last year, it is based on a bestselling novel by Canadian author Miriam Toews. It is also based on a true story, about Mennonite women from a Bolivian religious colony who unite against the men who drug and rape them. Frances McDormand, Rooney Mara, Claire Foy and Jessie Buckley star.

« It’s a beautiful film…it’s both true to Miriam Toews’ novel but also deviates from it in very interesting ways, » Bailey said.

(The TIFF screening is billed as an international premiere, which likely means rival festival Telluride will have the world premiere just days before the TIFF screening.)

Steven Spielberg’s world premiere of « The Fabelmans » marks the Oscar-winning director’s first time bringing a film he directed to TIFF. This one is a world first based on his childhood in Arizona as an aspiring filmmaker. Starring Michelle Williams, Paul Dano and Seth Rogen, it’s Spielberg’s most personal film to date, Bailey said.

« It’s a compelling story, but also a real family story with heartbreak at its core…It’s a movie that audiences will fall in love with. »

TIFF will also bring Toronto moviegoers the North American premieres of May’s Cannes Film Festival winners: Ruben Östlund’s Palme d’Or-winning shipwreck satire « Triangle of Sadness » and Hitchcock’s Park Chan-wook’s « Decision to Leave, » which won Best Director.

TIFF regulars will have surprises from Peter Farrelly (« Green Book ») and Tyler Perry (the « Madea » franchise), two directors known for their comedic films who turned to drama for their latest, both world premiere at TIFF.

Farrelly’s « The Greatest Beer Run Ever » stars Zac Efron, Russell Crowe and Bill Murray in the strange but mostly true story of a New Yorker who conspires to bring beer to his fighting army buddies. during the Vietnam War.

Perry’s « A Jazzman’s Blues, » a musical drama he wrote, directed and produced, stars Joshua Boone, Solea Pfeiffer and Brent Antonello.

« They’re mostly pretty serious emotional dramas, » Bailey said of the Farrelly and Perry films. « It’s great to see them working those muscles too. »

This will be the first film directed by Perry to premiere at TIFF.

And Bailey notes that this year’s festival also includes a notable reunion of sorts: new films from veteran Canadian directors Stephen Williams (« Knight ») and Clement Virgo (« Brother »), who didn’t have films premiering. at TIFF the same year. since 1995.

Films announced for TIFF ’22 to date, hailing from six continents and many of which are world, international or North American premieres, are:

Gala presentations

« Alice, darling » (Mary Nighy), Canada, United States

« Black Ice » (Hubert Davis), Canada

« The Greatest Beer Race Ever » (Peter Farrelly), USA

Butcher’s Crossing (Gabe Polsky), USA

« The Hummingbird » (Francesca Archibugi), Italy, France

« Hunt » (Lee Jung-jae), South Korea

« A Jazzman’s Blues » (Tyler Perry), USA

« Kacchey Limbu » (Shubham Yogi), India

« Moving On » (Paul Weitz), USA

“Memories of Paris” (Alice Winocour), France

« The Prisoner’s Daughter » (Catherine Hardwicke), USA

« Raymond & Ray » (Rodrigo García), United States

“Roost” (Amy Redford), USA

“Sidney” (Reginald Hudlin), USA

“The Son” (Florian Zeller), UK

« The Swimmers » (Sally El Hosaini), UK

« What’s love got to do with it? » (Shekhar Kapur), UK

« The Woman King » (Gina Prince-Bythewood), USA

Special presentations

“Hallelujah” (Sir Richard Eyre), UK

« All is quiet on the Western Front » (Edward Berger), Germany

“The Banshees of Inisherin” (Martin McDonagh), UK, Ireland, USA

“Blueback” (Robert Connolly), Australia

“The Blue Caftan” (Maryam Touzani), Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark

“Broker” (Hirokazu Kore-eda), South Korea

« Brother » (Clement Virgo), Canada

« Brothers » (Nicholas Stoller), USA

« Catherine, Called Birdy » (Lena Dunham), UK

“Causeway” (Lila Neugebauer), USA

“Knight” (Stephen Williams), USA

“Corsage” (Marie Kreutzer), Austria, France, Germany

« Decision to Leave » (Park Chan-wook), South Korea

“Devotion” (JD Dillard), USA

“Madeleine at the wheel” (Christian Carion), France

“El Suplente” (Diego Lerman), Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France

“Empire of Light” (Sam Mendes), UK, USA

« The Eternal Daughter » (Joanna Hogg), UK

“The Fabelmans” (Steven Spielberg), USA

« Glass Onion: A Mystery at Daggers Drawn » (Rian Johnson), USA

« Good Night Oppy » (Ryan White), USA

« The Good Nurse » (Tobias Lindholm), USA

« Holy Spider » (Ali Abbasi), Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France

« Joyland » (Saim Sadiq), Pakistan

« The King’s Rider » (Biyi Bandele), Nigeria

« The Lost King » (Stephen Frears), UK

« A Man of Reason » (Jung Woo-sung), South Korea

“The Menu” (Mark Mylod), USA

« On the Come Up » (Sanaa Lathan), USA

“A beautiful morning” (Mia Hansen-Løve), France

« Other people’s children » (Rebecca Zlotowski), France

« Moonage Daydream » (Brett Morgen), USA

« My Policeman » (Michael Grandage), UK

“Nanny” (Nikyatu Jusu), USA

« No Bear » (Jafar Panahi), Iran

« The Return of Tanya Tucker: With Brandi Carlile » (Kathlyn Horan), USA

“Saint Omer” (Alice Diop), France

« Sanctuary » (Zachary Wigon), USA

“Stories not to be told” (Cesc Gay), Spain

“Triangle of Sadness” (Ruben Östlund), Sweden, United Kingdom, United States, France, Greece

« Walk Up » (Hong Sang-soo), South Korea

“Wendell & Wild” (Henry Selick), USA

« Women who speak » (Sarah Polley), United States

« The Whale » (Darren Aronofsky), USA

“The Wonder” (Sebastián Lelio), United Kingdom, Ireland

Peter Howell is a film critic in Toronto. Twitter: @peterhowellfilm


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