TIFF Schedule by Movie

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OPENING NIGHT FILM

The Magnificent Seven
Antoine Fuqua, USA – World Premiere
With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople, led by Emma Cullen (Haley Bennett), employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns. As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.

Arrival
Denis Villeneuve, USA – Canadian Premiere
When mysterious spacecraft touch down across the globe, an elite team, led by expert linguist Louise Banks (Amy Adams), are brought together to investigate. As mankind teeters on the verge of global war, Banks and the team race against time for answers. To find them, she will take a chance that could threaten her life, and quite possibly humanity.

Deepwater Horizon
Peter Berg, USA – World Premiere
Inspired by the true story of the oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico that rocked the globe on April 20, 2010, comes this chronicle of the extreme moments of bravery and survival in the face of what would become one of the biggest man-made disasters in world history. Our heroes are Mike (Mark Wahlberg), Brendan (Kurt Russell), and Edward (John Malkovich).

The Edge of Seventeen (Closing Night Film)
Kelly Fremon Craig, USA – World Premiere
The directorial debut of writer-director Kelly Fremon Craig follows high school junior Nadine (Hailee Steinfeld), who is already at peak awkwardness when her all-star older brother Darian (Blake Jenner) starts dating her best friend Krista (Haley Lu Richardson). All at once, Nadine feels more alone than ever, until the unexpected friendship of a thoughtful boy gives her a glimmer of hope that things just might not be so terrible after all.

The Headhunter’s Calling
Mark Williams, Canada – World Premiere
A ruthless corporate headhunter (Gerard Butler) in Chicago battles his rival for control of their job placement firm, until a family tragedy brings his personal and professional lives into conflict.

The Journey is the Destination
Bronwen Hughes, United Kingdom/South Africa – World Premiere
The inspiring life story of late photojournalist, artist and activist Dan Eldon (Ben Schnetzer), who abandoned a comfortable life in London to document the struggle, heartbreak and hope of a war-torn and famine-ridden region of Africa. Inspiring and irreverent, the film follows a young man coming of age to realize his purpose, his place in the world, and his belief that we can all create positive change.

JT + The Tennessee Kids
Jonathan Demme, USA – World Premiere
In this thrilling concert documentary, Academy Award–winning director Jonathan Demme captures the charismatic and highly acclaimed artistry of Justin Timberlake and The Tennessee Kids’ spectacular closing performances from The 20/20 Experience World Tour at the legendary MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

LBJ
Rob Reiner, USA – World Premiere
On November 22, 1963, Lyndon B. Johnson (Woody Harrelson), who was at risk of fading into irrelevancy but, when John F. Kennedy (Jeffrey Donovan) was assassinated, had to rescue a nation and claim his place among the most influential U.S. presidents. LBJ is an intimate look into Johnson’s life from his youth in Texas to his days as President.

Lion
Garth Davis, Australia – World Premiere
After a wrong train takes a five-year-old Indian boy name Saroo thousands of kilometres from home and family, he survives many challenges before being adopted by an Australian couple (Nicole Kidman, David Wenham). Twenty-five years later, armed with only the scantest of clues, Saroo (Dev Patel) learns of a new technology called Google Earth, and sets out to find his lost family.

Loving
Jeff Nichols, USA – North American Premiere
This film celebrates the real-life courage and commitment of Richard (Joel Edgerton) and Mildred Loving (Ruth Negga), who waged a decade-long legal battle that led to the overturning of the state of Virginia’s law prohibiting interracial marriage. Their civil rights case went all the way to the Supreme Court, which in 1967 reaffirmed the very foundation of the right to marry.

Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Joseph Cedar, USA/Israel – International Premiere
Norman Oppenheimer (Richard Gere) lives a lonely life in the shadow of power and money. Determined to make an impression, he uses any angle to make a connection. He finally bets on the right horse, buying a pair of expensive shoes for Micha Eshel. When Micha becomes Israel’s Prime Minister, Norman finds himself in the center of a geopolitical drama beyond anything he could have imagined and the fallout could destroy the reputation he spent his life building.

A Monster Calls
J.A. Bayona, USA/Spain – World Premiere
This visually spectacular drama follows a lonely 12-year-old boy (Lewis MacDougall) struggling with his mother’s (Felicity Jones) illness, until an ancient, wild, and relentless monster appears, guiding him on a journey of courage, faith, and truth.

Planetarium
Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Belgium – North American Premiere
Kate (Lily-Rose Depp) and Laura Barlow (Natalie Portman), two young American spiritualists in 1930s Paris, finish their world tour. Fascinated by their gift, a powerful French film producer hires them to shoot a highly ambitious film. In the vortex of cinema, experiments, and feelings, this new family doesn’t yet see what Europe will soon go through.

The Promise
Terry George, USA/Spain – World Premiere
Michael (Oscar Isaac), a humble Armenian apothecary, leaves his village to study medicine in cosmopolitan Constantinople. Chris (Christian Bale), an American photojournalist who has come to the country to partly cover the geopolitics, is in a relationship with the talented Ana (Charlotte Le Bon), an Armenian artist who was educated in Paris. When Michael meets Ana, their shared heritage sparks an attraction that explodes into a romantic rivalry between the two men. After the Turks join the war on the German side, the Ottoman Empire turns violently against its own ethnic minorities. Despite their conflicts, everyone must find a way to survive — even as monumental events envelope their lives.

Queen of Katwe
Mira Nair, South Africa/Uganda – World Premiere
This vibrant true story follows a young girl (Madina Nalwanga) from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess. The support from her family and community instills her with confidence and determination, as she sets out to pursue her dream of becoming an international champion.

The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America
Paul Dugdale, United Kingdom – World Premiere
This documentary film follows The Rolling Stones on a cultural adventure across Latin America, as the band heads towards their historic tour finale — being the first ever rock band to play to a crowd of 1.2 million in Havana, Cuba.

The Secret Scripture
Jim Sheridan, Ireland – World Premiere
A once vibrant and lively beauty in her youth, Roseanne McNulty (Rooney Mara) has spent most of her adult life in a mental hospital in rural Ireland. She has been institutionalized for so long, no one seems to remember why she was hospitalized in the first place. When a new chief psychiatrist takes a keen interest in her, he finds a hidden memoir she has written over the course of decades. It unravels the mystery of her incarceration, telling the tale of her passionate, yet tortured, life.

Snowden
Oliver Stone, Germany/USA – World Premiere
The incredible story of Edward Snowden (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), who exposed shocking illegal surveillance activities by the NSA and became one of the most wanted men in the world — considered a hero by some, and a traitor by others.

Strange Weather
Katherine Dieckmann, USA – World Premiere
A lyrical, emotionally rich drama tracking Darcy Baylor (Holly Hunter) as she travels the Deep South with her friend in an effort to process her grief over the loss of her son. A story about forgiveness, redemption, grace, and how to be fully alive when facing death.

Their Finest
Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom – World Premiere
A group of filmmakers (Gemma Arterton, Sam Claflin, Bill Nighy) struggle to make an inspirational propaganda film to boost morale — and inspire America to join the war — during the London Blitz in World War II.

A United Kingdom
Amma Asante, United Kingdom – World Premiere
Prince Seretse Khama (David Oyelowo) of Botswana marries London office worker Ruth Williams (Rosamund Pike), in 1947 in the face of fierce opposition from their families and the British and South African governments.

Special Presentations

The Age of Shadows (Miljeong)
Kim Jee woon, South Korea North – American Premiere
A double agent sent to infiltrate a band of freedom fighters during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1920s.

All I See Is You
Marc Forster, Thailand – World Premiere
When a blind woman (Blake Lively) regains her sight, she and her husband (Jason Clarke) begin to discover previously unseen and disturbing details about themselves, their marriage, and their lives.

American Honey
Andrea Arnold, USA – North American Premiere
Star (Sasha Lane), an adolescent girl from a troubled home, runs away with a travelling group of teens who sell subscriptions door to door across the American Midwest. She soon gets into the group’s lifestyle of hard-partying nights, lawbending days, and young love.  Also starring Shia LaBeouf.

American Pastoral
Ewan McGregor, USA – World Premiere
A family's seemingly idyllic existence is shattered by the social and political turmoil of the 1960s. Ewan McGregor stars in his directorial debut as Seymour “Swede” Levov, a once legendary high school athlete who is now a successful businessman married to a former beauty queen (Jennifer Connelly). But turmoil brews beneath the polished veneer of Swede’s life, when his beloved daughter (Dakota Fanning) disappears after being accused of committing a violent act. Dedicated to finding her, what he discovers shakes him to the core, forcing him to look beneath the surface and confront the chaos that is shaping the world around him.

Asura: The City of Madness
Kim Sung-soo, South Korea – World Premiere
A shady cop finds himself in over his head when he gets caught between Internal Affairs and the city’s corrupt mayor, in this scintillating crime drama from Korean maestro Kim Sung-soo.

Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah)
Mahmoud Sabbagh, Saudi Arabia – North American Premiere
Saudi Arabia’s first rom-com features comedian and social-media superstar Hisham Fageeh as a mild-mannered civil servant who runs up against his society’s strict mores when he sets out to romance the outspoken daughter of a wealthy couple.

Barry
Vikram Gandhi, USA – World Premiere
New York City, 1981. Inspired by true events, a young Barack Obama tries to find his way as a college student in a new city as he is faced with questions about race, culture, and identity in this inspiring drama centered on a crucial year in the future President’s life. Starring Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, and Ellar Coltrane.

Birth of the Dragon
George Nolfi, USA/China/Canada – World Premiere
Set against the backdrop of San Francisco’s Chinatown in 1964, this cross-cultural biopic chronicles Bruce Lee’s emergence as a martial arts superstar after his legendary secret showdown with Shaolin master Wong Jack Man. While details of the fight are hotly disputed to this day, one thing is clear — out of that epic fight, Bruce Lee emerged as The Dragon, the man who brought Kung Fu to the world.

The Birth of a Nation
Nate Parker, USA – Premiere
In the antebellum South, Nat Turner (Nate Parker), a literate slave and preacher, whose financially strained owner accepts an offer to use his preaching to subdue unruly slaves. As he witnesses countless atrocities — against himself and his fellow slaves — Nat orchestrates an uprising in the hopes of leading his people to freedom.

Bleed for This
Ben Younger, USA – Canadian Premiere
Vinny “The Pazmanian Devil” Pazienza (Miles Teller), shoots to stardom after winning two world title fights before a near-fatal car accident leaves him with a broken neck, and he is told he may never walk again. Against all odds and doctor’s orders, renowned trainer Kevin Rooney agrees to help Vinny return to the ring just a year after the accident, for what could be the last fight of his life.

Blue Jay
Alex Lehmann, USA – World Premiere
Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts (Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson) reflect on their shared past through the lens of their differently dissatisfied presents.

Brimstone
Martin Koolhoven, Netherlands/Germany/France/Belgium/Sweden/United Kingdom – North American Premiere
A triumphant epic of survival set in the searing wilds of the Badlands, the menacing inferno of the old American West. This tale of powerful womanhood and resistance against the unforgiving cruelty of a hell on earth follows Liz (Dakota Fanning), a heroine carved from the beautiful wilderness, full of heart and grit, and accused of a crime she didn’t commit, hunted by a vengeful preacher (Guy Pearce).

BrOTHERHOOD
Noel Clarke, United Kingdom – International Premiere
Writer-director-star Noel Clarke completes the British crime-drama trilogy he began with KiDULTHOOD and AdULTHOOD, in this gritty tale of an ex-con (Noel Clarke) whose dreams of settling down and going straight run up against the long memories (and itchy trigger fingers) of a crew of old enemies.

Carrie Pilby
Susan Johnson, USA – World Premiere
Carrie (Bel Powley), a person of high intelligence who graduated Harvard at 18, struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her New York City apartment. Susan Johnson makes her feature directorial debut in this beautiful adaptation of the acclaimed novel.

Catfight
Onur Tukel, USA – World Premiere
A reunion between two old school friends sparks a no-holds-barred war of attrition, in this outrageously madcap black comedy.  Stars Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone, Craig Bierko, and Dylan Baker.

City of Tiny Lights
Pete Travis, United Kingdom – World Premiere
Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) — cricket fan, devoted son and deadbeat private eye — is just emerging from another hangover when his next case walks through the door. Hooker Melody (Cush Jumbo) wants him to find her friend who has gone missing. As he delves deeper into the case, Tommy’s journey to uncover the truth leads him into the hidden layers of modern London, unlocking shocking secrets about past loves, friendships, and family.

The Commune (Kollektivet)
Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands – North American Premiere
A middle-aged professional couple in 1970s Denmark decide to experiment with communal living by inviting a group of friends and random eccentrics to cohabit with them in a sprawling house.

Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa, France/Japan/Belgium – World Premiere
Kiyoshi Kurosawa makes his first film outside Japan with this French-language ghost romance fantasy, about an aging photographer whose obsession with an archaic technique draws his young assistant and beautiful daughter into a dark and mysterious world.

A Death in the Gunj
Konkona Sensharma – India World Premiere
Set in 1979, this coming of age story follows a shy young Indian student who quietly and fatefully unravels during a family road trip to McCluskiegunj.

Denial
Mick Jackson, USA/United Kingdom – World Premiere
In 1996, Brit David Irving (Timothy Spall) sued American historian Deborah Lipstadt (Rachel Weisz) as well as Penguin Books, which published her book, because she criticized some of his anti-Semitic writings and public statements, in which he claimed to be able to prove there had been no gas chambers at Auschwitz.

Elle
Paul Verhoeven, France – North American Premiere
When successful businesswoman Michèle Leblanc (Isabelle Huppert) is attacked in her home by an unknown assailant, it changes her life forever. When Michèle, who is the daughter of a notorious serial killer in prison for his crimes, decides to track the man down, they are both drawn into a curious and thrilling game — a game that may, at any moment, spiral out of control.

Foreign Body (Jassad gharib, Corps etranger)
Raja Amari, Tunisia/France – World Premiere
Samia immigrates to France illegally. Obsessed by the idea her radical islamist brother might be stalking her, she first finds refuge with Imed, an acquaintance from her village, then with Leila, her employer. Desire and fear heightens the tension between the three protagonists.

Frantz
François Ozon, France/Germany – Canadian Premiere
In a small German town in the aftermath of World War I, this elegiac tale of love and remembrance follows a young woman mourning the death of her fiancé, Frantz, who was killed in battle in France. She forms a bond with a mysterious Frenchman who has arrived to lay flowers on her beloved’s grave.

The Handmaiden (Agassi)
Park Chan-wook, South Korea – North American Premiere
A crook-turned-servant falls for the vulnerable heiress she had originally schemed to swindle, in this audacious, visually sumptuous, and highly erotic period piece from writer-director Park Chan-wook.

Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu)
Kôji Fukada, Japan/France – North American Premiere
A Japanese family’s humdrum daily routine is fatefully upset by the arrival of a stranger from the father’s past, in this slow-burning dramatic thriller.

I Am Not Madame Bovary
Feng Xiaogang, China – World Premiere
A café proprietor spends a decade petitioning the Chinese legal system after being swindled by her ex-husband, in this caustically comic contemporary fable.

The Journey
Nick Hamm, United Kingdom – North American Premiere
A dramatization of the events preceding the historic 2006 St. Andrews Agreement, which brought peace to Northern Ireland after years of violent strife between Unionist and Republican factions.
Stars Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Toby Stephens and Freddie Highmore.

King of the Dancehall
Nick Cannon, USA/Jamaica – World Premiere
Nick Cannon directs and stars in this high-energy musical about a young man from Brooklyn who gets caught up in the vibrant Kingston music scene during a visit to Jamaica.

La La Land
Damien Chazelle, USA – Canadian Premiere
The story of Mia (Emma Stone), an aspiring actress, and Sebastian (Ryan Gosling), a dedicated jazz musician, who are struggling to make ends meet in a city known for destroying hopes and breaking hearts. Set in modern day Los Angeles, this original musical about everyday life explores the joy and pain of pursuing your dreams.

The Limehouse Golem
Juan Carlos Medina, United Kingdom – World Premiere
In the notorious Limehouse district of 19th-century London, a series of murders have shaken the city. The crimes are so monstrous that the press claim they’re the work of The Golem — a mythic creature from European legend. With no leads and in a desperate attempt to avoid the mobs wrath, Scotland Yard promote the seemingly inexperienced Detective Kildare (Bill Nighy) to stop the slaughtering.

Manchester by the Sea
Kenneth Lonergan, USA – Canadian Premiere
A reclusive handyman must face his painful past when he returns to his Massachusetts hometown after the sudden death of his beloved older brother, in this emotionally overwhelming and critically acclaimed drama from writer-director Kenneth Lonergan.
Stars Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Casey Affleck, Lucas Hedges, Gretchen Mol, and Matthew Broderick.

Mascots
Christopher Guest, USA – World Premiere
Starring many of his regular troupe of actors, Christopher Guest’s new comedy takes place in the ultra-competitive world of sports mascots where they compete for the most prestigious award in their field, the Gold Fluffy. Cast includes Jennifer Coolidge, Jane Lynch, Fred Willard, Parker Posey, Bob Balaban, Harry Shearer and Ed Begley Jr.

Maudie
Aisling Walsh, Canada/Ireland – Canadian Premiere
Maudie tells the true story of Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

Neruda
Pablo Larraín, Chile/Argentina/Spain/France – Canadian Premiere
About the 1948 manhunt for celebrated poet and politician Pablo Neruda (Luis Gnecco), who goes underground when Chile outlaws communism and is pursued by an ambitious police inspector hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the famous fugitive.
Also starring Gael García Bernal and  Alfredo Castro.

Nocturnal Animals
Tom Ford, USA/United Kingdom – North American Premiere
A woman is forced to confront the demons of her past as she is drawn into the world of a thriller novel written by her ex-husband. This romantic thriller of shocking intimacy and gripping tension explores the thin lines between love and cruelty, and revenge and redemption.
Stars Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Karl Glusman, Armie Hammer, Laura Linney, Andrea Riseborough, and Michael Sheen.

The Oath
Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland – World Premiere
Icelandic action ace Baltasar Kormákur directs and stars in this psychological thriller about a father who tries to pull his daughter out of her world of drugs and petty crime, only to find that danger can be found in unexpected places.

Orphan (Orpheline)
Arnaud des Pallières, France – World Premiere
Four moments in the lives of four female characters. Sandra’s youth as she moves to Paris and has a brush with disaster. Karine’s teenage years, an endless succession of runaways, men and mishaps, because anything is better than her desolate family home. The childhood of a little girl called Kiki, captured as a game of hide and seek turns to tragedy. And finally the grown-up life of Renée, a woman who thought she was safe from her own past. Gradually, we come to understand that these four characters are actually different sides of the same woman.

Paris Can Wait
Eleanor Coppola, USA – World Premiere
An American woman (Diane Lane) in a tired marriage finds herself on an unforeseen road trip from Cannes to Paris with a dashing Frenchman. What should be a seven-hour drive unexpectedly takes two days with many diversions: picturesque sites, fine food and wine, humor, fun, wisdom — and romance.

Paterson
Jim Jarmusch, USA – North American Premiere
Paterson (Adam Driver) is a bus driver in the city of Paterson, New Jersey. He adheres to a simple routine, writing poetry and observing the city on his route. His wife, Laura (Golshifteh Farahani), lives in an ever-changing world. He supports her newfound ambitions; she champions his secret gift for poetry. The film channels the history and energy of the City of Paterson.

The Salesman (Forushande)
Asghar Farhadi, Iran/France – North American Premiere
A sudden eruption of violence creates an atmosphere of simmering tension between a husband and wife, in this work of slow-burning domestic suspense from Iranian director Asghar Farhadi.

Salt and Fire
Werner Herzog, Germany/USA/France/Mexico – North American Premiere
Shot in Bolivia, Salt and Fire follows a mysterious hostage-taking where the leader of a small scientific delegation is deliberately stranded with two blind boys in an area of gigantic salt flats.
Starring Michael Shannon, Gael García Bernal and Veronica Ferres.

Sing
Garth Jennings, USA/France – World Premiere
A show-biz impresario (Matthew McConaughey) who happens to be a koala attracts a menagerie of musical hopefuls when he holds a singing contest to try and save his theatre. Written and directed by Garth Jennings, this animated musical comedy features more than 85 hit songs.

Souvenir
Bavo Defurne, Belgium/Luxembourg/France – North American Premiere
Liliane was once "Laura," a rising star in the singing world, who had her moment of glory when she finished second behind Abba in the 1974 European Song Contest. Now working in a meat factory, Liliane’s brush with fame has been all but forgotten. But when she meets Jean, a 21-year-old boxer, her dreary life is suddenly turned upside down.

Things to Come (L’Avenir)
Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany – Canadian Premiere
A delicate and affecting tale about a middle-aged professor whose carefully structured life is thrown into disarray when her husband leaves her for another woman, and who finds an unlikely new companion in a former student and radical young communist.

Toni Erdmann
Maren Ade, Germany – Canadian Premiere
An alternately hilarious and mortifying comedy about the fraught relationship between a repressed corporate consultant and her incessantly prank-playing dad.

Trespass Against Us
Adam Smith, United Kingdom – World Premiere
Three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws among some of the wealthiest lands in Britain. They spend their time hunting, raiding large estates, and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad Cutler (Michael Fassbender) finds himself torn between respect for his father and a desire for a better life for his children. The law is cracking down on his clan, and the decision might not be his to make.

Una
Benedict Andrews, United Kingdom – Canadian Premiere
When a young woman (Rooney Mara) unexpectedly arrives at an older man’s (Ben Mendelsohn) workplace looking for answers, the secrets of the past threaten to unravel his new life. Their confrontation will uncover buried memories and unspeakable desires shaking them both to the core.

Unless
Alan Gilsenan, Canada/Ireland – World Premiere
Reta Winters (Catherine Keener) has many reasons to be happy, but all the quiet satisfactions of her well-lived life suddenly disappear when her eldest daughter Norah (Hannah Gross - daughter of Paul Gross) inexplicably drops out of college and is found on a Toronto street corner, panhandling and refusing to speak. An adaptation of the final novel by the late, great Canadian novelist Carol Shields.

The Wasted Times (Luo Man Di Ke Xiao Wang Shi)
Cheng Er, China – World Premiere
During the chaotic, war-torn 1930s in Shanghai, Mr. Lu is ambushed during an important meeting with the Japanese army, but his sister’s husband, Watabe, sacrifices himself to save Mr. Lu. Worse still, the Japanese brutally murder Mr. Lu’s children and sister. To avenge their deaths, Mr. Lu’s mistress attempts to kill the culprit but ends up dead. Years later as the SinoJapanese war comes to a close, Mr. Lu visits Mrs. Wang, the abandoned wife of his former boss who reveals an astonishing truth about the tragedy.