TIFF Galas and Special Presentations

Special Event

Sharkwater Extinction, Canada - World Premiere
Rob Stewart
Sharkwater Extinction is an action-packed journey that follows filmmaker Rob Stewart’s hard-nosed exposé of the massive illegal shark fin industry and the political corruption behind it, a conspiracy that is leading to the extinction of sharks. A sequel to Sharkwater, Stewart's first award-winning film that debuted at TIFF in 2006, this film goes a step further, as Stewart discovers endangered sharks are routinely added to our everyday products, many intended for human consumption.


Opening Film:

Outlaw King, USA/United Kingdom - World Premiere
David Mackenzie
Cast: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Stephen Dillane 
Scottish hero Robert the Bruce (Chris Pine) transforms from defeated nobleman to defiant freedom fighter.

Other Galas:

Beautiful BoyUSA - World Premiere
Felix van Groeningen
Cast: Steve CarellTimothée ChalametMaura TierneyAmy Ryan
Dave Sheff (Steve Carrell) loves his son Nic (Timothée Chalamet) more than anything, but when the boy develops a meth addiction, Dave can't understand how he went wrong as a father.

Everybody Knows, Spain/France/Italy - North American Premiere
Asghar Farhadi

First Man, USA - Canadian Premiere
Damien Chazelle
Cast: Ryan GoslingClaire FoyJon BernthalKyle ChandlerJason ClarkeCorey StollLukas Haas
The story of astronaut Neil Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) and the legendary space mission that led him to become the first man to walk on the Moon on July 20, 1969.

Green Book, USA - World Premiere
Peter Farrelly
Cast: Viggo MortensenMahershala AliLinda Cardellini
Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), an uneducated Italian-American bouncer, is hired to drive world-class pianist Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) on a concert tour from Manhattan to the Deep South. Confronted with racism, danger — as well as unexpected humanity and humor — they are forced to set aside their differences to survive and thrive.

Galveston, USA - Canadian Premiere
Mélanie Laurent

The Hate U Give, USA - World Premiere
George Tillman, Jr.
Cast: Amandla StenbergKJ ApaAnthony MackieRegina HallCommon
Starr (Amandla Stenberg) attends a private prep school. Her best friend Khalil drives her home from a party and they're stopped by police. Khalil is told to get out of the car and when he does, a cop shoots him dead. Although the police have no interest in investigating what happened, Starr is interviewed by the media. Finally, the fate of the policeman comes down to Starr's testimony.

Hidden Man, China - International Premiere
Jiang Wen

High Life, Germany/France/Poland/United Kingdom - World Premiere
Anurag Kashyap

Husband Material, India - World Premiere
François Girard

The Kindergarten Teacher, USA - Canadian Premiere
Sara Colangelo

The Land of Steady Habits, USA - World Premiere
Nicole Holofcener

The Lie, Canada - World Premiere
Veena Sud

Life Itself, USA - World Premiere
Dan Fogelman
Cast: Oscar IsaacOlivia WildeAntonio BanderasAnnette BeningOlivia CookeMandy Patinkin
As a young New York couple (Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde) fall in love and move from college romance to marriage and the birth of their first child, the unexpected twists of their journey create reverberations that echo over continents and through lifetimes.

The Public, USA - World Premiere
Emilio Estevez

Red Joan, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Sir Trevor Nunn

ShadowChina - North American Premiere
Zhang Yimou

A Star is Born, USA - North American Premiere
Bradley Cooper
Cast: Bradley CooperLady GagaSam ElliottDave Chappelle
A country music star named Jackson Maine (Bradley Cooper) manages to discover an unknown talent in a young singer named Ally (Lady Gaga) just as his career is about to fade out.

What They Had, USA - International Premiere
Elizabeth Chomko
Cast: Hilary SwankMichael ShannonBlythe DannerRobert ForsterTaissa FarmigaJosh Lucas
Bridget (Hilary Swank) returns home to see her mother Ruth (Blythe Danner), who is suffering from Alzheimer's. Bridget's brother Nicky (Michael Shannon) thinks she should be put in a nursing home. Bridget, whose own marriage is falling apart, learns about commitment and love from her father's (Robert Forster) unending devotion to his wife, whom he calls "my girl."

Widows, United Kingdom/USA - World Premiere
Steve McQueen
Cast: Viola DavisElizabeth DebickiCynthia ErivoMichelle Rodriguez
Four widows in Chicago whose husbands were killed while committing a robbery get together to complete the job.

Closing Film:

Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy,  Canada/USA/United Kingdom - World Premiere
Justin Kelly
Savannah Knoop (Kristen Stewart) spends six years pretending to be the celebrated gay author JT LeRoy, the made-up literary persona of her sister-in-law (Laura Dern).

Special Presentations

Opening Film:

MOUTHPIECE, Canada -  World Premiere
Patricia Rozema

22 July, Norway/Iceland - North American Premiere
Paul Greengrass

American Woman, USA - World Premiere
Jake Scott

Baby (Bao Bei Er), China - World Premiere
Liu Jie

Ben is Back, USA - World Premiere
Peter Hedges

Boy Erased, USA - International Premiere
Joel Edgerton

Burning, South Korea - North American Premiere
Lee Chang-dong

Can You Ever Forgive Me?, USA - International Premiere
Marielle Heller

Capernaum, Lebanon  - North American Premiere
Nadine Labaki

Cold War, Poland/United Kingdom/France - Canadian Premiere
Pawel Pawlikowski

Colette, United Kingdom - Canadian Premiere
Wash Westmoreland

Dogman, Italy/France - Canadian Premiere
Matteo Garrone

Driven, Puerto Rico/United Kingdom/USA - North American Premiere
Nick Hamm

Duelles (Mothers' Instinct), Belgium/France - World Premiere
Olivier Masset-Depasse

A Faithful Man (L'homme fidèle), France - World Premiere
Louis Garrel

The Front Runner, USA - International Premiere
Jason Reitman

Gloria Bell, USA/Chile - World Premiere
Sebastián Lelio

Hold the Dark, USA - World Premiere
Jeremy Saulnier

Giant Little Ones, Canada - World Premiere
Keith Behrman

Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil), France - International Premiere
Eva Husson

Hotel Mumbai, Australia - World Premiere
Anthony Maras

The Hummingbird Project, Canada - World Premiere
Kim Nguyen

If Beale Street Could Talk, USA - World Premiere
Barry Jenkins

Kursk, Belgium/Luxembourg - World Premiere
Thomas Vinterberg

Legend of the Demon Cat – Director’s Cut, China/Japan - World Premiere
Chen Kaige

Manto, India - North American Premiere
Nandita Das

Maya, France - World Premiere
Mia Hansen-Løve

Mid90s, USA - World Premiere
Jonah Hill

A Million Little Pieces, USA - World Premiere
Sam Taylor-Johnson

Monsters and Men, USA - Canadian Premiere
Reinaldo Marcus Green

Never Look Away (Werk ohne Autor), Germany - North American Premiere
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck

Non-Fiction, France - Canadian Premiere
Olivier Assayas

The Old Man & The Gun, USA - International Premiere
David Lowery

Papi Chulo, Ireland - World Premiere
John Butler

The Quietude (La Quietud), Argentina - North American Premiere
Pablo Trapero

Roma, Mexico/USA - Canadian Premiere
Alfonso Cuarón

The Sisters Brothers, USA/France/Romania/Spain - North American Premiere
Jacques Audiard

Skin, USA - World Premiere
Guy Nattiv

Sunset, Hungary/France - North American Premiere
László Nemes

Teen Spirit, USA - World Premiere
Max Minghella

Tell It To The Bees, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Annabel Jankel

Through Black Spruce, Canada - World Premiere
Don McKellar

Viper Club, USA - World Premiere
Maryam Keshavarz

Vision, Japan/France - International Premiere
Naomi Kawase

Vita & Virginia, United Kingdom/Ireland - World Premiere
Chanya Button

The Wedding Guest, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Michael Winterbottom

The Weekend, USA - World Premiere
Stella Meghie

Where Hands Touch, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Amma Asante

White Boy Rick, USA - International Premiere
Yann Demange

Wildlife, USA - Canadian Premiere
Paul Dano

Wild Rose, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Tom Harper

Closing Film:

Shoplifters, Japan - Canadian Premiere
Hirokazu Kore-eda