First look at films coming to TIFF 2017

George Clooney's film Suburbicon.TIFF CEO Piers Handling and Artistic Director Cameron Bailey have revealed the list of first-round films premiering at the 42nd Toronto International Film Festival.

The star-studded and industry-respected film festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017, and will see Hollywood A-listers such as George Clooney (Suburbicon), Angelina Jolie (First They Killed My Father) and Andy Serkis (Breathe) premiering their own self-directed films.

So far 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, including 25 World Premieres, have been announced to screen at TIFF.

While the opening film for the festival has yet to be announced, we know the closing film will be the World Premiere of C'est la vie! Written and directed by award-winning filmmakers Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, it tells the story of a catering company boss and the mishaps he runs into working a wedding gone awry.

Cameron Bailey highlights the importance of the festival and what he hopes to achieve with this year's list premiering films, saying in a press release: "Every year we set the stage for film lovers of all ages and cultural backgrounds to come together and embrace the universal power of cinema. As the Festival enters its fifth decade, we’ve challenged ourselves to adapt and build on our strengths, and we look forward to championing a new selection of films that will captivate and inspire global film audiences."

You can check out the full list of recently announced first-round films below.

What films and which stars are you excited to see at this year's TIFF?  ~Alexa Caruso

GALAS 2017

Breathe Andy Serkis, United Kingdom World Premiere

The Catcher Was A Spy Ben Lewin, USA World Premiere

*Closing Night Film* C'est la vie! Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France World Premiere

Darkest Hour Joe Wright, United Kingdom Canadian Premiere

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom Canadian Premiere

Kings Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium World Premiere

Long Time Running Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Canada World Premiere

Mary Shelley Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA World Premiere

The Mountain Between Us Hany Abu-Assad, USA World Premiere

Mudbound Dee Rees, USA International Premiere

Stronger David Gordon Green, USA World Premiere

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film Neil Burger, USA World Premiere

The Wife Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden World Premiere

Woman Walks Ahead Susanna White, USA World Premiere



Battle of the Sexes Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA International Premiere

BPM (Beats Per Minute) Robin Campillo, France North American Premiere

The Brawler Anurag Kashyap, India World Premiere

The Breadwinner Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg World Premiere

Call Me By Your Name Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France Canadian Premiere

Catch the Wind Gaël Morel, France International Premiere

The Children Act Richard Eyre, United Kingdom World Premiere

The Current War Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA World Premiere

Disobedience Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom World Premiere

Downsizing Alexander Payne, USA Canadian Premiere

A Fantastic Woman Sebastián Lelio, Chile Canadian Premiere

First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie, Cambodia Canadian Premiere

The Guardians Xavier Beauvois, France World Premiere

Hostiles Scott Cooper, USA International Premiere

The Hungry Bornila Chatterjee, India World Premiere

I, Tonya Craig Gillespie, USA World Premiere

*Special Presentations Opening Film* Lady Bird Greta Gerwig, USA International Premiere

mother! Darren Aronofsky, USA North American Premiere

Novitiate Maggie Betts, USA International Premiere

Omerta Hansal Mehta, India World Premiere

Plonger Mélanie Laurent, France World Premiere

The Price of Success Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France International Premiere

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Angela Robinson, USA World Premiere

The Rider Chloé Zhao, USA Canadian Premiere

A Season in France Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France World Premiere

The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro, USA Canadian Premiere

*Special Presentations Closing Film* Sheikh Jackson Amr Salama, Egypt World Premiere

The Square Ruben Östlund, Sweden North American Premiere

Submergence Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain World Premiere

Suburbicon George Clooney, USA North American Premiere

Thelma Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark International Premiere

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh, USA North American Premiere

Victoria and Abdul Stephen Frears, United Kingdom North American Premiere


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