TIFF Galas and Special Presentations

Galas

Opening Film:

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, Canada - World Premiere
Daniel Roher
Cast: Robbie Robertson, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Bruce Springsteen
This documentary tells the story of lead singer/songwriter Robbie Robertson and The Band, which went from backing up Bob Dylan to become one of the most influential groups of its era.

Other Galas

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, USA - World Premiere
Marielle Heller
Cast: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Susan Kelechi Watson, Chris Cooper
Tom Hanks plays Fred Rogers in this biopic about the beloved host and creator of the popular and groundbreaking television show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood.

Abominable, USA - World Premiere
Jill Culton
Cast: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Sarah Paulson
A magical Yeti must return to his family.

American Woman, Canada - Canadian Premiere
Semi Chellas
Cast: Hong Chau, Ellen Burstyn, David Cubitt
A fictionalized re-imagining of kidnapped heiress Patty Heart's time in hiding, from the perspective of Jenny, a political activist assigned to take care of her.

The Aeronauts, United Kingdom - Canadian Premiere
Tom Hooper
Cast: Eddie Redmayne, Felicity Jones, Phoebe Fox, Himesh Patel, Vincent Perez
A pilot and a scientist find themselves in an epic fight for survival while attempting to make discoveries in a gas balloon.

Blackbird, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Roger Michell
Cast: Kate Winslet, Sam Neill, Diane Keaton
A terminally ill mother arranges to bring her family together one last time before she dies.

The Burnt Orange Heresy, USA/United Kingdom - North American Premiere
Giuseppe Capotondi
Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Donald Sutherland, Mick Jagger
Hired to steal a rare painting, an ambitious art dealer becomes consumed by his own greed as the operation spins out of control.

Clemency, USA - International Premiere
Chinonye Chukwu
Cast: Alfre Woodard, Aldis Hodge, LaMonica Garrett
After years of carrying out death row executions, prison warden Bernadine Williams realizes how much they have taken a toll on her. Faced with her 12th execution, she struggles with the thought of putting a gentle and possibly innocent man to death.

Ford v Ferrari, USA - Canadian Premiere
James Mangold
Cast: Matt Damon, Christian Bale, Jon Bernthal, Tracy Letts
In order to finally defeat perennial champion Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France, Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca give automotive visionary Carroll Shelby an important assignment.

The Goldfinch, USA - World Premiere
John Crowley
Cast: Ansel Elgort, Oakes Fegley, Nicole Kidman
When Theo Decker loses his mother during a terrorist attack, it changes the course of his entire life.

Harriet, USA - World Premiere
Kasi Lemmons
Cast: Cynthia Erivo, Janelle Monáe, Joe Alwyn
The story of Harriet Tubman's daring escape from slavery and her numerous dangerous missions to free dozens of other slaves through the Underground Railroad.

Hustlers, USA - World Premiere
Lorene Scafaria
Cast: Constance Wu, Jennifer Lopez, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart
A crew of savvy strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.

Joker, USA - North American Premiere
Todd Phillips
Cast: Joaquin Phoenix, Robert De Niro
Failed stand-up comedian Arthur Fleck is driven insane and becomes the psychopathic murderer Joker.

Just Mercy, USA - World Premiere
Destin Daniel Cretton
Cast: Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson
Civil Rights defense attorney Bryan Stevenson takes on the case of Walter McMillian, who is on death row for killing a young white woman.

Ordinary Love, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn
Cast: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot
An extraordinary look at ordinary love.

The Sky Is Pink, India - World Premiere
Shonali Bose
Cast: Priyanka Chopra, Zaira Wasim, Farhan Akhtar
Twenty-five years in the relationship of a mother (Priyanka Chopra) and father (Farhan Akhtar) is told from the perspective of their recently deceased teenage daughter.

The Song of Names, Canada - World Premiere
François Girard
Cast: Tim Roth, Clive Owen, Catherine McCormack
A man searches for his childhood best friend — a Polish violin prodigy orphaned in the Holocaust — who vanished decades before, on the night of his first public performance.

True History of the Kelly Gang, Australia - World Premiere
Justin Kurzel
Cast: Russell Crowe, Charlie Hunnam, George MacKay
The story of the infamous 19th-century Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and his gang as they fled from authorities during the 1870s.

Western Stars, USA - World Premiere
Thom Zimny
Cast: Bruce Springsteen
Bruce Springsteen performs his latest album on film.

Closing Film:

Radioactive, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Marjane Satrapi
Cast: Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Aneurin Barnard
The story of Marie and Pierre Curie, and the reverberation of their scientific discoveries throughout the 20th century.

Special Presentations

Opening Film:

I Am Woman, Australia - World Premiere
Unjoo Moon

Other Special Presentations

A Herdade, Portugal - North American Premiere
Tiago Guedes

Bad Education, USA - World Premiere
Cory Finley

Coming Home Again, USA/South Korea - World Premiere
Wayne Wang

Dolemite Is My Name, USA - World Premiere
Craig Brewer

Ema, Chile - North American Premiere
Pablo Larraín

Endings, Beginnings, USA - World Premiere
Drake Doremus

Frankie, France/Portugal - North American Premiere
Ira Sachs

The Friend, USA - World Premiere
Gabriela Cowperthwaite

Greed, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Michael Winterbottom

Guest of Honour, Canada - North American Premiere
Atom Egoyan

Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles), Argentina/Spain - International Premiere
Sebastian Borensztein

Honey Boy, USA - International Premiere
Alma Har’el

Hope Gap, United Kingdom - World Premiere
William Nicholson

How to Build a Girl, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Coky Giedroyc

Jojo Rabbit, USA - World Premiere
Taika Waititi

Judy, United Kingdom - Canadian Premiere
Rupert Goold

Knives Out, USA - World Premiere
Rian Johnson

La Belle Époque, France - North American Premiere
Nicolas Bedos

The Laundromat, USA - North American Premiere
Steven Soderbergh

The Lighthouse, USA - North American Premiere
Robert Eggers

Marriage Story, USA - Canadian Premiere
Noah Baumbach

Military Wives, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Peter Cattaneo

Motherless Brooklyn, USA - International Premiere
Edward Norton

No.7 Cherry Lane, Hong Kong - North American Premiere
Yonfan

The Other Lamb, Belgium/Ireland/USA - World Premiere
Malgorzata Szumowska

Pain and Glory, Spain - Canadian Premiere
Pedro Almodóvar

The Painted Bird, Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovakia - North American Premiere
Václav Marhoul

Parasite (Gisaengchung), South Korea - Canadian Premiere
Bong Joon-ho

Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut), Germany/Bulgaria - North American Premiere
Katrin Gebbe

The Personal History of David Copperfield, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Armando Iannucci

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu), France - Canadian Premiere
Céline Sciamma

The Report, USA - International Premiere
Scott Z. Burns

Saturday Fiction (Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan), China - North American Premiere
Lou Ye

The Two Popes, USA/United Kingdom/Italy/Argentina - Canadian Premiere
Fernando Meirelles

Uncut Gems, USA - International Premiere
Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie

Weathering With You, Japan - North American Premiere
Makoto Shinkai

While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra), Spain/Argentina - World Premiere
Alejandro Amenábar

American Son, USA - World Premiere
Kenny Leon

Deerskin (Le Daim), France - International Premiere
Quentin Dupieux

Dirt Music, United Kingdom/Australia - World Premiere
Gregor Jordan

The Elder One (Moothon), India - World Premiere
Geetu Mohandas

Guns Akimbo, Germany/New Zealand - World Premiere
Jason Lei Howden

Human Capital, USA - World Premiere
Marc Meyers

Jungleland, USA - World Premiere
Max Winkler

Lucy in the Sky, USA - World Premiere
Noah Hawley

Lyrebird, USA - International Premiere
Dan Friedkin

Mosul, USA - North American Premiere
Matthew Michael Carnahan

Seberg, USA/United Kingdom - North American Premiere
Benedict Andrews

Sibyl, France/Belgium - North American Premiere
Justine Triet

SYNCHRONIC, USA - World Premiere
Aaron Moorhead, Justin Benson

The Truth (La vérité), France/Japan - North American Premiere
Hirokazu Kore-eda

Wasp Network, France, Brazil, Spain, Belgium - North American Premiere
Olivier Assayas

Waves, USA - International Premiere
Trey Edward Shults