TIFF 2018 – first batch of Galas and Special Presentations announced

First ManThe 2018 Toronto International Film Festival is around the corner and today, the first wave of Galas and Special Presentations were announced. Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, unveiled the first round of titles.

There will be 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations, which includes 21 World Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres and 11 Canadian Premieres.  Of these titles, 13 features are directed by women.

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

Some of the highly anticipated titles include Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, Damien Chazelle’s First Man, Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma and Steve McQueen’s Widows.

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

Check out the list of announced Galas and Special Presentations below. ~Marriska Fernandes

GALAS 
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
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

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