Source: Toronto International Film Festival


Kate Winslet as war photographer Lee Miller, Dakota Johnson and Sean Penn in a taxi cab, and Ewan McGregor in the story of estranged siblings trying to coax their mother out of a furniture store sofa are just some of the storylines of acquisition titles screening at 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF).

This year’s selection boasts a number of feature directorial debuts from Anna Kendrick, Kristin Scott Thomas, Chris Pine, and Finn Wolfhard, as well as sophomore outings by Michael Keaton and Viggo Mortensen.

The first public screenings in Toronto and P&I screenings are listed for each film in Eastern Time. Check the TIFF website for the full schedule. World premieres are denoted a WP, North American premieres as NAP, and international premieres as IP. TIFF runs September 7-17.

Gala Presentations

Lee (UK)
Dir. Ellen Kuras
Kate Winslet stars in the true story about American model-turned war photographer Lee Miller, one of the first to enter the Nazi concentration camps after the Allied Liberation. Alexander Skarsgård and Andy Samberg also star.
Screenings: WP Sept. 9, 6pm, Roy Thomson Hall; P&I Sept. 10, 8:45am, TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Sales: US – CAA Media FinanceUTA Independent Film Group; international – Rocket Science

Special Presentations

The Critic (UK)
Dir. Anand Tucker
Tucker (Leap YearShopgirl) directs from a screenplay by British playwright Patrick Marber based on the novel Curtain Call by Anthony Quinn. The story tells of a theatre critic’s risky plan to keep his job in 1930s Britain, where the Blackshirts are on the march and police conduct anti-queer raids. Ian McKellen, Gemma Arterton, Mark Strong, and Ben Barnes star.
Screenings: P&I Sept. 7, 12noon, Tiff Bell Lightbox 1; WP Sept. 11, 12noon, Princess Of Wales Theatre
Sales: US – CAA Media FinanceUTA Independent Film Group; international – Culmination, 

The Dead Don’t Hurt (Can-Mex-Den)
Viggo Mortensen
Mortensen directs his second feature (after TIFF 2020 selection Falling) himself opposite Vicky Krieps in the western about a flower seller and a in a touch Nevada town.
Screenings: WP Sept. 8, 6.15pm, Princess Of Wales Theatre; P&I Sept. 9, 11am, Scotiabank Theatres
Sales: Hanway Films

Daddio (USA)
Dir. Christy Hall
Fresh from Telluride where it earned mostly positive reviews, Daddio and sees Dakota Johnson and Sean Penn play passenger and driver in a two-hander about strangers who make a profound connection during a cab ride from New York’s JFK airport. First-time feature director Hall is the co-creator of Netflix show I Am Not Okay With This.
Screenings: IP Sept. 10, 3pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox; P&I Sept. 11, 8.10pm, Scotiabank Theatre
Sales: US – CAA Media Finance /WME Independent; international – WME Independent

Ezra (US)
Dir. Tony Goldwyn
Comedy drama about a beleaguered divorcee who takes his autistic son on a road trip. Bobby Cannavale stars alongside Rose Byrne, Robert De Niro, Vera Farmiga, Rainn Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, and newcomer William Fitzgerald.
Screenings: WP Sept. 9, 6.30pm, Princess Of Wales Theatre; P&I Sept. 10, 9.45am, Scotiabank Theatre.
Sales: US – CAA Media Finance; international – Mister Smith Entertainment

Hit Man (USA)
Dir. Richard Linklater
Linklater’s dark comedy arrives on a wave of strong reviews from Venice and stars co-writer Glen Powell (Top Gun: Maverick) as a university lecturer who moonlights as an assassin in a sting operation for the police and falls for his intended victim.
Screenings: NAP Sept. 11, 5.30pm, Royal Alexandra Theatre; P&I, Sept. 12, 9am, Tiff Bell Lightbox
Sales: US – CAA Media; international – AGC Studios

Knox Goes Away (USA)
Dir. Michael Keaton
A rare directing foray from Keaton after his 2008 debut The Merry Gentleman stars himself as an assassin with dementia on a journey of redemption. Keaton is staying away from Toronto in solidarity with striking actors and writers. The cast includes James Marsden, Marcia Gay Harden, and Al Pacino.
Screenings: WP Sept. 10, 9.45pm, Princess of Wales; P&I Sept. 11, 11.30am, Scotiabank.
Sales: US – CAA Media Finance,; international – FilmNation Entertainment

Mother, Couch (USA)
Niclas Larsson
Ewan McGregor, Rhys Ifans, Lara Flynn Boyle and Ellen Burstyn star in the comedy about three estranged children who must deal with their mother who has installed herself in a sofa in a furniture store.
Screenings: WP Sept. 9, 2.30pm, Royal Alexandra; P&I Sept. 10, 11.30am, Scotiabank Theatre 2
Sales: US – UTA Independent Film Group; international – Charades

North Star (UK)
Dir. Kristin Scott Thomas
Scarlett Johansson, Sienna Miller, Emily Beecham and Freida Pinto star in Scott Thomas’s feature directing debut about a trio of dysfunctional sisters who reunite for their mother’s third wedding. The cast includes Scott Thomas, while Indian Paintbrush founder Steven Rales is among the producers.
Screenings: WP Sept. 7, 9.30pm, Princess of Wales Theatre; P&I Sept. 8, 9.30am, TIFF Bell Lightbox
Sales: CAA Media Finance

One Life (UK)
Dir. James Hawes
Anthony Hopkins stars as Nicholas Winton, the British stockbroker who helped rescue hundreds of children from the Nazis. Johnny Flynn plays the younger Winton and the cast includes Helena Bonham Carter and Jonathan Pryce.
Screenings: WP Sept. 9, 3.15pm, Princess Of Wales Theatre; P&I Sept. 10, 11.45am, Scotiabank Theatre
Sales: US – CAA Media Finance; international – FilmNation

Unicorns (UK-USA-Swe)
Dir. Sally El Hosaini, James Krishna Floyd
Sparks fly when a queer South Asian nightclub performer living a double life meets a young, single father working as a mechanic. Ben Hardy and Jason Patel star. El Hosaini’s The Swimmers at Netflix opened TIFF last year.
Screenings: WP Sept. 8, 12noon, TIFF Bell Lightbox; P&I Sept. 10, 9.15am, Scotiabank Theatre
Sales: US – CAA Media Finance; international – Protagonist Pictures

Wildcat (USA)
Dir. Ethan Hawke
Hawke’s fifth turn as director gets its international premiere after the first public screening in Telluride and charts the life and art of American author Flannery O’Connor, played by Hawke’s daughter Maya Hawke. The cast includes Laura Linney and Cooper Hoffman.
Screenings: IP Sept. 11, 8.45pm, Royal Alexandra Theatre; P&I Sept. 12, 11.45am, TIFF Bell Lightbox 3
Sales: CAA Media Finance; UTA Independent Film Group

Woman Of The Hour (USA)
Dir. Anna Kendrick
Kendrick’s first time as feature director takes on the bizarre true story of Rodney Alcala, who appeared on the TV show The Dating Game in the 1970s while he was an active serial killer. Kendrick and Daniel Zovatto star.
Screenings: WP Sept. 8, 3pm, Princess Of Wales Theatre; P&I Sept. 9, 11.45am, Scotiabank Theatre
Sales: AGC InternationalCAA Media Finance; Range Media Partners

Midnight Madness

Boy Kills World (Ger-SA-USA)
Dir. Moritz Mohr
A buff Bill Skarsgard (It franchise) is a deaf warrior trained by a shaman to overthrow a dystopian dynasty. Michelle Dockery and Famke Janssen also star and horror aces Sam Raimi and Roy Lee are among the producers
Screenings: WP Sept. 9, 11.59pm, Royal Alexandra Theatre; P&I Sept. 10, 9.30am, Scotiabank Theatre
Sales: US – CAA Media FinanceCapstone Global; international – Capstone Global

Hell Of A Summer (USA-Can)
Dirs. Finn Wolfhard, Billy Bryk
Tongue-in-cheek slasher comedy about a masked killer who terrorises the counsellors of a summer camp. Stranger Things star Wolfhard and Bryk (When You Finish Saving The World) make their feature directing debuts.
Screenings: WP Sept. 10, 11.59pm, Royal Alexandra Theatre; P&I Sept 11, 3.40pm, Scotiabank Theatre
Sales: US – CAA Media Finance, 30West; international – Altitude Film Sales

Kill (India)
Nikhil Nagesh Bhat
Martial arts thriller about two commandos who confront a 40-strong army of thugs on a passenger train bound for New Delhi.
Screenings: WP Sept. 7, 9.30pm, Scotiabank Theatre; P&I Sept. 13, 6.20pm, Scotiabank Theatre
Sales: WME Independent

Industry Selects

Queen Of Bones (Can-USA)
Dir. Robert Budreau
Canadian filmmaker Budreau’s (Stockholm, Born To Be Blue) latest film centres on two siblings who fear their father is hiding a secret about their late mother’s connection to the supernatural. Martin Freeman, Jacob Tremblay, Julia Butters and Taylor Schilling star. Rai
Screening: Sept. 10, 6.30pm, TIFF Bell Lightbox 7
Sales: CAA Media Finance, Radiant Films International


The Beast (USA)
Dir. James Madigan
WME Independent will kick off pre-sales talks on the thriller with Samuel Jackson in talks alongside Joel Kinnaman. Jackson would play the US president stuck inside a high-tech limousine during an attempted coup in the project from Unified Pictures, Fifth Season and Film 44 which was packaged before the SAG-AFTRA strike and, with an interim agreement in place, is in pre-production.
Sales: WME Independent