TIFF Schedule by Movie

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OPENING NIGHT FILM

Borg/McEnroe Sweden, Denmark, Finland - World Premiere
Janus Metz
Sweden's Björn Borg (Sverrir Gudnason) has won Wimbledon four times. Just 24 years old, he's adored, wealthy, and engaged to be married. His opponent, mouthy, temperamental New Yorker John McEnroe (Shia LaBeouf), is a whirlwind of fury and precision on the court. The public loves to loathe McEnroe, who on the court can explode at any moment into tantrums of expletive-laden insults. Both men will bring their immense talents — and inner demons — with them when they face off in one of the most suspenseful events in tennis history.

55 Steps, Germany/Belgium - World Premiere
Bille August
Patients' rights lawyer Colette Hughes (Hilary Swank) has no idea when she goes to meet her new client, Eleanor Riese (Helena Bonham Carter), a patient in the psychiatric unit of a San Francisco hospital, that she'll be facing a difficult legal battle to improve treatment not only for Eleanor, but for all mental patients.

Breathe, United Kingdom - World Premiere
Andy Serkis
When Robin Cavendish (Andrew Garfield), 28, is paralyzed by polio, confined to a hospital bed with only a few months to live, he and his wife Diana (Claire Foy) refuse to give up and live life to the fullest as they raise their son and help other polio patients.

The Catcher Was A Spy, USA - World Premiere
Ben Lewin
Major League Baseball player and Ivy League graduate Morris "Moe" Berg (Paul Rudd) becomes a top-secret spy who helps the U.S. defeat Nazi Germany in the race to build the atomic bomb.

Chappaquiddick, USA - World Premiere
John Curran
As the younger brother of JFK and Bobby Kennedy, Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) seems to be the family's next hope for President. Those hopes are crushed when he has a car accident in 1969 that causes the death of a young woman, Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara).

Darkest Hour, United Kingdom - Canadian Premiere
Joe Wright
In the early days of World War II, Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman) is made Prime Minister of the United Kingdom when the former prime minister steps down. He wins the hearts of the British people as he vows to never surrender, fighting Hitler's Nazi army no matter what they do to try to take over Britain.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, United Kingdom - Canadian Premiere
Paul McGuigan
Oscar-winning actress Gloria Grahame (Annette Bening) moves to England when she can no longer find work in Hollywood. To support her four children, she gets work in dinner theater, where she meets a young actor (Jamie Bell), and despite the difference in their ages, a romance develops between the two.

Hochelaga, Land of Souls, Canada - World Premiere
François Girard
Mohawk archaeologist Baptiste Asigny (Samian) goes on a search for his ancestors following a tragic terrain slump in the Percival Molson Stadium.

Kings, France/Belgium - World Premiere
Deniz Gamze Ergüven
Millie (Halle Berry) is trying to raise a family of foster children in South Central as tensions rise in Los Angeles during the Rodney King trial in 1992. She befriends Ollie (Daniel Craig), a loner who is one of South Central's only white residents. When the riots break out in the city following the verdict, Ollie tries to help Millie find the kids and get them out of the worst of the violence.

The Leisure Seeker, Italy - International Premiere
Paolo Virzì
An elderly couple (Helen Mirren, Donald Sutherland) look for adventure on one last hilarious and bittersweet road trip in the RV they've dubbed "The Leisure Seeker."

Long Time Running, Canada - World Premiere
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier
Following lead singer Gord Downie's announcement that he was battling incurable brain cancer, iconic Canadian band The Tragically Hip went on a now-legendary 2016 tour that captured the heart of Canadians. The film goes backstage to give a unique and exclusive perspective into world of The Tragically Hip.

Mary Shelley, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA - World Premiere
Haifaa Al Mansour
Teenager Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Elle Fanning) meets married poet Percy Bysshe Shelley (Douglas Booth) in the early 1800s and falls in love. The two have an affair, which leads to Mary writing the classic novel Frankenstein.

The Mountain Between Us, USA - World Premiere
Hany Abu-Assad
Surgeon Ben Payne (Idris Elba) and successful writer Ashley Knox (Kate Winslet) are forced to band together when they survive a devastating plane crash in the mountains. Ben, with broken ribs, and Ashley, with a terrible leg fracture, must work together to weather the elements and escape the unforgiving wilderness.

Mudbound, USA - International Premiere
Dee Rees
Jamie McAllan (Garrett Hedlund) and Ronsel Jackson (Jason Mitchell) return home to the United States after WWII. They go back to work on their family farms in rural Mississippi, but struggle to deal with racism and adjusting to life after war.

My Days of Mercy, USA - World Premiere
Tali Shalom-Ezer
Lucy Morrow (Ellen Page) regularly attends demonstrations to have the death penalty abolished. Her father, Simon (Elias Koteas), is currently on death row. At a protest, Lucy meets Mercy (Kate Mara), the daughter of a police officer whose partner was killed by a man about to receive a lethal injection. She believes the death penalty is justice rightly served. However, the two women see through their differences and fall deeply in love.

Stronger, USA - World Premiere
David Gordon Green
Jeff Bauman (Jake Gyllenhaal) was at the finish line of the Boston Marathon in 2013 to cheer on his girlfriend, Erin Hurley (Tatiana Maslany), when bombs went off. This is his story of recovery.

Three Christs, USA - World Premiere
Jon Avnet
Dr. Alan Stone (Richard Gere) breaks new ground through an experiment on three paranoid schizophrenic patients (Peter Dinklage, Bradley Whitford, Walton Goggins), who believe they are Jesus Christ.

The Wife, United Kingdom/Sweden - World Premiere
Björn Runge
When her author husband, Joe Castleman (Jonathan Pryce), is awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature, Joan (Glenn Close) is thrilled for him. But when they travel to Stockholm so Joe can accept the prize, Joan, who's a shy woman, finds herself being pushed reluctantly into the spotlight, where long-kept secrets might be exposed.

Woman Walks Ahead, USA - World Premiere
Susanna White
In the 1890s, Catherine Weldon (Jessica Chastain), a portrait painter from Brooklyn, travels to Dakota Territory to paint a portrait of Chief Sitting Bull (Michael Greyeyes). While there, she becomes embroiled in the Lakota peoples' struggle to retain the rights to their land.

CLOSING NIGHT FILM

C'est la vie! France - World Premiere
Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano
Max (Jean-Pierre Bacri) has been planning weddings for years and is getting weary of the task. He's hired by a vain, extremely sensitive singer with a huge ego to stage a fancy wedding in an 18th century castle. The party involves having the caterers wearing period costumes and an aerial serenade by the groom. But what makes everything unbearable is when Max's colleague Joisette (Suzanne Clément), who's also supposed to be his girlfriend, gives him the cold shoulder while flirting with a much younger server.