OPENING NIGHT FILM
Jean-Marc Vallée, USA - World Premiere
A successful investment banker, Davis (Jake Gyllenhaal), begins to unravel after his wife is killed in a tragic car crash. What starts as a complaint letter to a vending machine company turns into a series of letters revealing startling personal admissions. Davis’ letters catch the attention of customer service rep Karen (Naomi Watts) and, amidst emotional and financial burdens of her own, the two strangers form an unlikely connection. With the help of Karen and her son, Davis starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.
Deepa Mehta, Canada - World Premiere
An adrenaline-charged violent Indo-Canadian gang war mixes guns, bhangra beats, bespoke suits, cocaine, and betrayal. Gang boss Jeet Johar and his loyal, young crew are audaciously taking over the Vancouver drug and arms scene from an old-style crime syndicate. Hearts are broken and family bonds shattered when the Beeba Boys (known as the "nice boys") do anything "to be seen and to be feared" — in a white world.
Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia - World Premiere
In early 1950s Australia, after working for many years as a dressmaker in exclusive Parisian fashion houses, Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet), a beautiful and talented misfit, returns home to the tiny town of Dungatar to right the wrongs of the past. Not only does she reconcile with her ailing, eccentric mother Molly (Judy Davis), and unexpectedly falls in love with the pure-hearted Teddy (Liam Hemsworth), but armed with her sewing machine and incredible sense of style, Tilly sets out to right the wrongs of the past and transforms the women of the town.
Gavin Hood, UK - World Premiere
Just as he's given orders to shoot to kill a group of dangerous terrorists at their safe-house in Nairobi, Kenya, American drone pilot Steve Watts (Aaron Paul) spots a nine-year-old girl entering the kill zone just outside the walls of the house.
Jon Cassar, Canada - World Premiere
Tormented by a dark secret, an aging gunfighter (Kiefer Sutherland) abandons a life of killing and returns home, only to discover his mother has died. He’s forced to confront his estranged father and the life he left behind.
Peter Sollett, USA - World Premiere
New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester (Julianne Moore) has been on the force for 25 years. When she's diagnosed with terminal cancer, she faces obstacles trying to secure her pension benefits. The issue is that Hester wants to ensure her benefits will be passed onto her mechanic girlfriend, Stacie Andree (Ellen Page). A battle ensues and the pair must now fight for life and their beliefs.
Paul Gross, Canada - World Premiere
A sniper who doesn't let himself think of his targets as humans becomes implicated in the life of one such target. An intelligence officer who has never contemplated killing becomes the engine of a plot to kill. And a legendary Mujahideen warrior who had put war behind him is now the centre of the battle zone. Three men, three worlds, three conflicts — all stand at the intersection of modern warfare, a murky world in which all is not as it seems.
Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom - World Premiere
The true story of the rise and fall of Ronald and Reginald Kray—notorious identical twin gangsters, both portrayed by Tom Hardy, who terrorized London during the 1950s and 1960s and the extraordinary events that secured their infamy.
Julie Delpy, France - North American Premiere
Parisian sophisticate Violette (Julie Delpy) meets and falls in love with carefree Jean-René while on holiday in the south of France. When she returns to Paris, Jean-René travels there to spend more time with her but finds her possessive teenage son Lolo is determined to sabotage their relationship no matter what it takes.
Matthew Brown, United Kingdom - World Premiere
In 1913, Srinivasa Ramanujan (Dev Patel), a self-taught mathematics genius from India, travelled to Trinity College, Cambridge, where he forged a bond with his mentor, the eccentric professor G.H. Hardy (Jeremy Irons), and fought to show the world the magic of his mind.
Ridley Scott, USA - World Premiere
During a manned mission to Mars, astronaut Mark Watney (Matt Damon) is presumed dead after a fierce storm and left behind by his crew. But Watney has survived and finds himself stranded and alone. With only meager supplies, he must find a way to signal to Earth that he is alive. Millions of miles away, NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home while his crewmates plot a daring rescue mission.
Stephen Frears, United Kingdom - World Premiere
The meteoric rise and fall of one of the most celebrated and controversial men in recent history, bicyclist Lance Armstrong.
Atom Egoyan, Canada - North American Premiere
Zev (Christopher Plummer) is sent on a mission to avenge a horror from the darkest chapter of modern history after it's discovered that the Nazi guard who murdered his family some 70 years ago is now living in America under an assumed identity.
Wayne Blair, USA - World Premiere
When a secular Jewish family is caught in the 1979 Iranian revolution, they have to overcome and ultimately escape from the deadly tyranny that is sweeping their country and threatening to extinguish their lives at every turn.
Roland Emmerich, USA - World Premiere
Danny Winters (Jeremy Irvine) a homeless and destitute young man in Greenwich Village befriends a group of street kids who introduce him to the local watering hole, The Stonewall Inn, a shady, mafia-run club. As Danny and his friends experience discrimination, endure atrocities and are repeatedly harassed by the police, the entire community of young gays, lesbians and drag queens who populate Stonewall erupts in a storm of anger.
Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA - Canadian Premiere
A stop-motion animated film about a man who is struggling with his inability to connect with other people and the mundanity of his life.
Cary Fukunaga, USA/Ghana - Canadian Premiere
Child soldier Agu (Abraham Attah) is torn from his family to fight in the civil war of an African country. Commandant (Idris Elba), a warlord, takes Agu in and instructs him in the ways of war.
Scott Cooper, USA - Canadian Premiere
In 1970s South Boston, FBI Agent John Connolly (Joel Edgerton) persuades Irish-American gangster Whitey Bulger (Johnny Depp) to act as an informant for the FBI in order to eliminate their common enemy: the Italian mob. This unholy alliance, which spiraled out of control, allowed Whitey to evade law enforcement while becoming one of the most ruthless and dangerous gangsters in Boston history.
John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada - Canadian Premiere
Lured by the promise of America, a young Irish woman named Eilis Lacey (Saoirse Ronan) departs her country and the comfort of her mother’s home for the shores of New York City. The initial shackles of homesickness quickly diminish as a fresh romance sweeps Eilis into the intoxicating charm of love. But soon, her new vivacity is disrupted by her past, and Eilis must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.
Pablo Larraín, Chile -North American Premiere
Four men live in a secluded house in a seaside town. Sent to purge sins of the past, they live under a strict regime and the watchful eye of a caretaker. Their fragile stability is disrupted by the arrival of a fifth man who brings with him their darkest secrets.
Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France - World Premiere
Young couple Lena (Emma Watson) and Daniel (Daniel Brühl) become entangled in the Chilean military coup of 1973. Daniel is abducted by Pinochet’s secret police and Lena tracks him to a sealed off area in the south of the country called Colonia Dignidad. The Colonia presents itself as a charitable mission run by lay preacher Paul Schäfer but, in fact, is a place nobody ever escapes from. Lena joins the cult in order to find Daniel.
Tom Hooper, United Kingdom - North American Premiere
In Copenhagen in the early 1920s, Gerda Wegener (Alicia Vikander), a Danish artist, painted a portrait of her husband, Einar Wegener (Eddie Redmayne), as a woman. When the painting gained popularity, Einar started to slowly change his appearance to reflect a female appearance and renamed himself Lili Elbe. With Gerda's support, Einar underwent male to female sex reassignment surgery. Gerda slowly comes to the realization that her husband is not only no longer a man, but not the person she married.
Simon Stone, Australia - North American Premiere
A man returns to his hometown and unearths a long-buried family secret. As he tries to right the wrongs of the past, his actions threaten to shatter the lives of those he left behind years before.
Jonás Cuarón, Mexico - World Premiere
Moises (Gael García Bernal) is traveling by foot with a group of undocumented workers across a desolate strip of the border between Mexico and the United States, seeking a new life in the north. They are discovered by a lone American vigilante, Sam (Jeffrey Dean Morgan), and a frantic chase begins. Set against the stunningly brutal landscape, Moises and Sam engage in a lethal match of wits, each desperate to survive and escape the desert that threatens to consume them.
Jacques Audiard, France - North American Premiere
To escape the civil war in Sri Lanka, a former Tamil Tiger soldier, a young woman and a little girl pose as a family. These strangers try to build a life together in a Parisian suburb.
Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France - World Premiere
When Shanghai-based businessman Jérome Varenne learns that his childhood home in the village of Ambray is at the center of a local conflict, he heads there to straighten things out and finds himself in the middle of familial and romantic complications.
Jason Bateman, USA - World Premiere
Annie and Baxter Fang have spent most of their adult lives trying to distance themselves from their famous artist parents. But when both siblings find themselves stalled in life, they return home for the first time in a decade where they become entangled in a dark mystery surrounding their parents’ disappearance.
Meghna Gulzar, India - World Premiere
A dramatization of the 2008 investigation into the deaths of 13-year-old Aarushi Talwar and 45-year-old Hemraj Banjade, a cook employed by Aarushi’s family, in Noida, India. The controversial case lives on in the minds of the public, despite a guilty verdict that sentenced the parents of the murdered girl to life in prison.
Adam Salky, USA - Canadian Premiere
Laney (Sarah Silverman) is a devoted wife and mother who seems to have it all — a perfect husband, pristine house and shiny SUV. However, beneath the façade lies depression and disillusionment that catapult her into a secret world of reckless compulsion. Only very real danger will force her to face the painful root of her destructiveness and its effect on those she loves.
Hany Abu-Assad, United Kingdom/Palestine/Qatar - World Premiere
A young boy in Gaza, Mohammad Assaf, dreams of one day singing in the Cairo Opera House with his sister and best friend, Nour. One day, Nour collapses and is rushed to the hospital where it is discovered she needs a kidney transplant. Nour leaves Mohammad with a dying wish that someday, he will become a famous singer in Cairo. Escaping from Gaza to Egypt against unbelievable odds, Mohammad makes the journey of a lifetime.
Nicholas Hytner, USA/United Kingdom - World Premiere
Miss Shepherd (Maggie Smith), a woman of uncertain origins, "temporarily" parked her van in writer Alan Bennett’s London driveway and proceeded to live there for 15 years. What begins as a begrudged favor becomes a relationship that will change
both their lives.
Tim Godsall, USA - North American Premiere
A successful music producer (Rhys Ifans) quits the industry and exiles himself in upstate New York, but the solitude he seeks is shattered when both his estranged son (Jack Kilmer) and the pop-star (Juno Temple) he's created come looking for answers.
Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands - North American Premiere
In a dystopian near future, single people are obliged to find a matching mate in 45 days or are transformed into animals and released into the woods.
Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark - North American Premiere
An upcoming exhibition celebrating photographer Isabelle Reed three years after her untimely death brings her eldest son Jonah back to the family house, forcing him to spend more time with his father Gene and withdrawn younger brother Conrad than he has in years. With the three men under the same roof, Gene tries desperately to connect with his two sons as they struggle to reconcile their feelings about the woman they remember so differently.
Rebecca Miller, USA - World Premiere
Maggie’s plan to have a baby on her own is derailed when she falls in love with John, a married man, destroying his volatile marriage to the brilliant Georgette. But one daughter and three years later, Maggie is out of love and in a quandary: what do you do when you suspect your man and his ex-wife are actually perfect for each other?
Jia Zhang-ke, China/France/Japan - North American Premiere
The new film from master filmmaker Jia Zhang-ke (A Touch of Sin) jumps from the recent past to the speculative near-future as it examines how China's economic boom has affected the bonds of family, tradition, and love.
Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong - International Premiere
Billion-dollar company Jones & Sunn is going public. Chairman Ho Chung-ping has promised CEO Chang, who has been his mistress for more than 20 years, to become a major shareholder of the company. As the IPO team enters the company to audit its accounts, a series of inside stories start to be revealed.
Leena Yadav, India/USA - World Premiere
Three ordinary women dare to break free from the century old patriarchal ways of their village in the desert heartland of rural India.
Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada - Canadian Premiere
To five-year-old-Jack, the Room is the world... it's where he was born, where he and his Ma eat and sleep and play and learn. But while it's home to Jack, to Ma it's a prison. Through her fierce love for her son, Ma has managed to create a childhood for him in their 10-by-10-foot space. But as Jack's curiosity is building alongside Ma's own desperation — she knows that Room cannot contain either indefinitely.
Denis Villeneuve, USA - North American Premiere
In the lawless border area stretching between the U.S. and Mexico, an idealistic FBI agent (Emily Blunt) is enlisted by an elite government task force official (Josh Brolin) to aid in the escalating war against drugs. Led by an enigmatic consultant with a questionable past (Benicio Del Toro), the team sets out on a clandestine journey that forces Kate to question everything that she believes.
László Nemes, Hungary - Canadian Premiere
October 1944, Auschwitz-Birkenau. Saul Ausländer is a Hungarian member of the Sonderkommando, the group of Jewish prisoners isolated from the camp and forced to assist the Nazis in carrying out large-scale exterminations. While working in one of the crematoriums, Saul discovers the body of a boy he believes to be his son. As the Sonderkommando plans a rebellion, Saul decides to carry out an impossible task: save the child's body from the flames, find a rabbi to recite the mourner’s Kaddish and offer the boy a proper
Tom McCarthy, USA - International Premiere
When the Boston Globe's tenacious "Spotlight" team of reporters delves into allegations of abuse in the Catholic Church, their year-long investigation uncovers a decades-long cover-up at the highest levels of Boston's religious, legal, and government establishment, touching off a wave of revelations around the world.
Catherine Corsini, France - North American Premiere
Delphine, the daughter of farmers, moves to Paris in 1971 to break free from the shackles of her family and to gain her financial independence. Carole is a Parisian, living with Manuel, actively involved in the stirrings of the feminist movement. The meeting of the two women changes their lives forever.
Terence Davies, United Kingdom/Luxembourg - World Premiere
A young woman’s tale of endurance against the hardships of rural Scottish farm life at the dawning of the Great War.
Jay Roach, USA - World Premiere
The successful career of 1940s screenwriter Dalton Trumbo (Bryan Cranston) comes to a crushing end when he and other Hollywood figures are blacklisted for their political beliefs. Trumbo tells the story of his fight against the U.S. government and studio bosses in a war over words and freedom, which entangled everyone in Hollywood from Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren) and John Wayne to Kirk Douglas and Otto Preminger.
Claude Lelouch, France - World Premiere
Charming, successful Antoine (Jean Dujardin) could be the hero of one of those films he composes the music for. When he leaves for a job in India, he meets Anna (Elsa Zylberstein), a woman who isn’t like him at all, but who attracts him more than anything. Together, they are going to experience an incredible journey.
Sebastian Schipper, Germany - Canadian Premiere
On a night out in Berlin, Victoria meets four young local guys. After joining their group, she becomes their getaway driver when they rob a bank. Finally, as dawn breaks, everyone meets their destiny.
Michael Moore, USA - World Premiere
Michael Moore returns with what may be his most provocative and hilarious movie yet. Moore tells the Pentagon to “stand down”— he will do the invading for America from now on. Discretely shot in several countries and under the radar of the global media.
Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/United Kingdom/Switzerland - North American Premiere
Fred (Michael Caine), an acclaimed composer and conductor and his best friend Mick (Harvey Keitel), a renowned filmmaker, go on a vacation in the Swiss Alps with Fred's daughter (Rachel Weisz). While Mick scrambles to finish the screenplay for what he believes will be his last important film, Fred relaxes, with no intention of going back to his musical career. The two men reflect on their past, and together they realize that some of the most important experiences can come later in life.