Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Gala And Special Presentation Titles For 2018

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TORONTO — Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentation programmes of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival

Of the 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 21 World
Premieres, 7 International Premieres, 8 North American Premieres and 11 Canadian Premieres. The selection announced today includes 13 features directed by women.
“We have an exceptional selection of films this year that will excite Festival audiences from all walks of life,” said Handling. “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.”

“Every September we invite the whole film world to Toronto, one of the most diverse, movie-madcities in the world. I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to put together a lineup of Galas and SpecialPresentations that reflects Toronto’s spirit of inclusive, passionate engagement with film. We can’twait to unveil these films for our audience.”

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

GALAS 2018
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)

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)

*Special Presentations Opening Film*
MOUTHPIECE Patricia Rozema, Canada (World Premiere)
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)

*Special Presentations Closing Film*
Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan (Canadian Premiere)
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)

For film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information see and
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