Source: Pathé


Stephen Frears’ drama The Lost King starring Sally Hawkins and Steve Coogan, Shekhar Kapur’s comedy What’s Love Got to Do With It? with Lily James and Emma Thompson and Apple’s Jennifer Lawrence drama Causeway from Lila Neugebauer are among this year’s gala and special presentations for the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF, September 8-18).

Further previously unannounced world premiere selections include Richard Eyre’s hospital drama Allelujah (pictured) from Pathé with Jennifer Saunders and Judi Dench, Oscar-winner Jessica Chastain in Tobias Lindholm’s Netflix true-life crime drama The Good Nurse, Hong Sang-soo’s Walk Up, JD Dillard’s Korean War film Devotion, HanWay Films’ Australian eco-drama Blueback from Robert Connolly starring Mia Wasikowska, and Netflix’s English and German-language war film All Quiet On The Western Front from Edward Berger.

There are Canadian premieres for Searchlight Pictures’ love letter to cinema Empire Of Light from Sam Mendes, starring Olivia Colman and Colin Firth, Sarah Polley’s anticipated religious colony drama Women Talking with Jessie Buckley, Claire Foy, Frances McDormand and Ben Whishaw, and Sebastian Lelio’s mystery The Wonder from Element Pictures, House Productions and Netflix starring Florence Pugh. None of these were announced in the Venice line-up, suggesting possible world premiere berths at Telluride, which takes place in Colorado from September 2-6.

Among the world premieres announced on Thursday (July 28) are Searchlight Pictures’ period drama Chevalier from Stephen Williams and The Menu from Mark Mylod, Netflix’s Tyler Perry drama A Jazzman’s Blues, Catherine Hardwicke crime drama Prisoner’s Daughter with Brian Cox and Kate Beckinsale, and Diego Lerman’s Argentinian drama El Suplente. Christian Carion’s French drama Driving Madeleine gets an international premiere.

As previously announced the world premiere of Sally El Hosaini’s refugee drama The Swimmers from Netflix will open the festival on September 8 and others announced in the past couple of weeks include Steven Spielberg’s The Fabelmans, Rian Johnson’s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery, Michael Grandage’s My Policeman, and Clement Virgo’s Brother.

Darren Aronofsky’s The Whale and Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees Of Inisherin are among Venice selections to get their North America premieres in Toronto. 

“We’re excited to welcome some of the most celebrated figures in movies back to Toronto to present their Gala and Special Presentation films,” said TIFF CEO Cameron Bailey. “With stories that span six continents and feature performances you just have to see, this line-up delivers the rich experiences we wait all year for. Cinema is alive. Red carpets are back. And the best audience in the world awaits them in Toronto.”

The 18 galas and 45 special presentations appear below. All are world premieres unless stated otherwise. Films with an asterisk have been previously announced.

Gala Presentations

Alice, Darling (Can-US)
Dir. Mary Nighy

Black Ice (Can)
Dir. Hubert Davis

Butcher’s Crossing (US)
Dir. Gabe Polsky

The Greatest Beer Run Ever (US)
Dir. Peter Farrelly

The Hummingbird (It-Fr)
Dir. Francesca Archibugi

Hunt (S Kor)
Dir. Lee Jung-jae 
North American premiere

A Jazzman’s Blues (US)
Dir. Tyler Perry

Kacchey Limbu (Ind)
Dir. Shubham Yogi

Moving On (US)
Dir. Paul Weitz

Paris Memories (Fr)
Dir. Alice Winocour
North American premiere

Prisoner’s Daughter (US)
Dir. Catherine Hardwicke

Raymond & Ray (US)
Dir. Rodrigo García

Roost (US)
Dir. Amy Redford

Sidney (US)
Dir. Reginald Hudlin

The Son (UK)
Dir. Florian Zeller
North American premiere

*The Swimmers (UK)
Dir. Sally El Hosaini
Opening night film 

What’s Love Got To Do With It? (US-UK)
Dir. Shekhar Kapur

*The Woman King (US)
Dir. Gina Prince-Bythewood


Allelujah (UK)
Dir. Richard Eyre

All Quiet On The Western Front (US-Ger)
Dir. Edward Berger

The Banshees Of Inisherin (UK-Ire-US)
Dir. Martin McDonagh
North American premiere

Blueback (Aus)
Dir. Robert Connolly

The Blue Caftan (Mor-Fr-Bel-Den)
Dir. Maryam Touzani
North American premiere

Broker (S Kor)
Dir. Hirokazu Kore-eda 
Canadian premiere

Brother (Can)
Dir. Clement Virgo

*Bros (US)
Dir. Nicholas Stoller 

*Catherine Called Birdy (UK-US)
Dir. Lena Dunham

Causeway (US)
Dir. Lila Neugebauer

Chevalier (US-Ire)
Dir. Stephen Williams

Corsage (Aus-Fr-Ger)
Dir. Marie Kreutzer
North American premiere

Decision To Leave (S Kor)
Dir. Park Chan-wook
North American premiere

Devotion (US)
Dir. JD Dillard

Driving Madeleine (Fr)
Dir. Christian Carion
International premiere

El Suplente (Arg-It-Mex-Sp-Fr)
Dir. Diego Lerman

Empire Of Light (UK-US)
Dir. Sam Mendes
Canadian premiere

The Eternal Daughter (UK-US-Ire)
Dir. Joanna Hogg
North American premiere

*The Fabelmans (US)
Dir. Steven Spielberg

*Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery (US)
Dir. Rian Johnson

Good Night Oppy (US)
Dir. Ryan White
International premiere

The Good Nurse (US)
Dir. Tobias Lindholm

Holy Spider (Den-Ger-Swe-Fr)
Dir. Ali Abbasi
Canadian premiere

Joyland (Pak)
Dir. Saim Sadiq
North American premiere

The King’s Horseman (Nig)
Dir. Biyi Bandele

The Lost King (UK)
Dir. Stephen Frears 

A Man of Reason (SK)
Dir. Jung Woo-sung 

The Menu (US)
Dir. Mark Mylod

*On the Come Up (US)
Dir. Sanaa Lathan

One Fine Morning (Fr)
Dir. Mia Hansen-Løve
Canadian premiere

Other People’s Children (Fr)
Dir. Rebecca Zlotowski
North American premiere

Moonage Daydream (US)
Dir. Brett Morgen
North American premiere

*My Policeman (UK-US)
Dir. Michael Grandage 

Nanny (US)
Dir. Nikyatu Jusu
International premiere

No Bears (Iran)
Dir. Jafar Panahi
North American premiere

The Return Of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile (US)
Dir. Kathlyn Horan
International premiere

Saint Omer (Fr)
Dir. Alice Diop
North American [remiere

Sanctuary (US)
Dir. Zachary Wigon

Stories Not to be Told (Sp)
Dir. Cesc Gay

Triangle Of Sadness (Swe-UK-US-Fr-Ger)
Dir. Ruben Östlund
North American premiere

Walk Up (S Kor)
Dir. Hong Sangsoo 

Wendell & Wild (US)
Dir. Henry Selick 

The Whale (US)
Dir. Darren Aronofsky
North American premiere

Women Talking (US)
Dir. Sarah Polley
International premiere

The Wonder (UK-Ire)
Dir. Sebastián Lelio
Canadian premiere.