Organisers unleashed their latest volley of programming, an embarrassment of riches featuring new non-fiction work about education activist Malala Yousafzai, Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre, the immediate aftermath of the Charlie Hebdo attacks and the iconic tango pairing of María Nieves and Juan Carlos Copes.

Bolshoi Babylon

Midnight Madness brings a Turkish glimpse of hell, new work from the directors of Almost Human and The Loved Ones, a cyborg POV story and Jeremy Saulnier’s Green Room, which premiered in Cannes and backer Broad Green Pictures recently made available for US distribution after electing not to self-release.

Vanguard entries include Gaspar Noé’s Love, Alex de la Iglesia’s My Big Night and Ryoo Seung-wan’s South Korean cop thriller Veteran.

The Masters Of Cinema programme features Jafar Panahi’s Taxi, Alexander Sokurov’s Francofonia and Hirokazu Kore-eda’s Our Little Sister, while the TIFF Cinematheque selection of restored classics includes Luchino Viconti’s Rocco And His Brothers and Marcel Ophüls’s The Memory Of Justice.

All synopses provided by the festival. Progamming subject to change.

Key: WP = world premiere; NAP = North American premiere; IP = international premiere; CP = Canadian premiere.


“Emotions run high in this year’s documentaries from passionate performers to angry protestors,” said TIFF Docs programmer Thom Powers. “These films truly command the big screen with their artistry across many forms of documentary – observational, essayistic, historical and investigative.”

Amazing Grace (US) Sydney Pollack IP

A Flickering Truth (New Zealand-Afghanistan), Pietra Brettkelly NAP

A Journey Of A Thousand Miles: Peacekeepers (US-Pakistan), Geeta Gandbhir and Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy WP

A Young Patriot (Shao Nian * Xiao Zhao) (China-US-France), Du Haibin CP

Being AP (UK-Ireland), Anthony Wonke WP

Bolshoi Babylon (UK), Nick Read WP

Dark Horse (UK), Louise Osmond CP

He Named Me Malala (US), Davis Guggenheim, USA IP

Heart Of A Dog (US), Laurie Anderson CP

Hitchcock/Truffaut (US-France), Kent Jones CP

Horizon (Iceland-Denmark), Bergur Bernburg and Fridrik Thor Fridriksson WP

In Jackson Heights (US), Frederick Wiseman NAP

It All Started At The End (Todo Comenzó Por El Fin) (Colombia), Luis Ospina WP

Janis: Little Girl (US), Blue Amy Berg NAP

Je Suis Charlie (France), Emmanuel Leconte and Daniel Leconte WP

Miss Sharon Jones! (US), Barbara Kopple WP

The Music of Strangers: Yo-Yo Ma And The Silk Road Ensemble (US), Morgan Neville WP

Nasser (France-South Africa), Jihan El-Tahri IP

Our Last Tango (Un Tango Más) (Germany-Argentina), German Kral WP

P.S. Jerusalem (Canada-Israel), Danae Elo WP

The Reflektor Tapes (UK), Kahlil Joseph WP

Return Of The Atom (Atomin Paluu) (Finland-Germany), Mika Taanila and Jussi Eerola WP

Sherpa (Australia-UK), Jennifer Peedom CP

Thru You Princess (Israel), Ido Haar IP

Winter On Fire: Ukraine’s Fight For Freedom (Ukraine-US-UK), Evgeny Afineevsky CP

Women He’s Undressed (Australia) Gillian Armstrong IP


“Midnight Madness winds up festival audiences as the days are winding down and they are hungry for more,” says Colin Geddes, international programmer for the festival. “From adrenaline-filled action and untamed horror to twisted comedy and darkly blurred lines of reality, this year’s line-up welcomes back celebrated masters and fresh visionaries of renegade genre cinema.”

Baskin (Turkey), Can Evrenol WP

The Devil’s Candy (US), Sean Byrne WP

The Final Girls (US), Todd Strauss-Schulson

The Girl In The Photographs (US), Nick Simon WP

Green Room (US) Jeremy Saulnier NAP
Green Room is preceded by the previously announced short film The Chickening from directors Nick DenBoer and Davy Force.

Hardcore (Russia-US), Ilya Naishuller WP

The Mind’s Eye (US), Joe Begos WP

Southbound (US), Roxanne Benjamin, David Bruckner, Patrick Horvath and Radio Silence WP

SPL 2 - A Time For Consequences (Hong Kong), Soi Cheang IP

Yakuza Apocalypse (Gokudo Daisenso) (Japan), Takashi Miike NAP


“Delving into the dark side of humanity and dangerously sexy, this year’s Vanguard lineup has something unique for everyone,” said international programmer Colin Geddes. “We’re leading audiences into a wild world of emotional sensations, demons and strange sea creatures - delivered with Vanguard’s distinctive twist on storytelling.”

Collective Invention (Dolyeon Byeoni) (South Korea), Kwon Oh-kwang WP

Demon (Poland-Israel), Marcin Wrona WP

Der Nachtmahr (Germany), AKIZ NAP

Evolution (France), Lucile Hadžihalilović WP

February (US-Canada), Osgood Perkins WP

Lace Crater (US), Harrison Atkins WP

Love (France), Gaspar Noé NAP

Men & Chicken (Mænd Og Høns) (Denmark), Anders Thomas Jensen NAP

My Big Night (Mi Gran Noche) (Spain), Álex de la Iglesia WP

The Missing Girl (US), A.D. Calvo WP

Veteran (South Korea), Ryoo Seung-wan NAP

Previously announced Canadian titles in the Vanguard programme include André Turpin’s Endorphine, Bruce McDonald’s Hellions and Mark Sawers’ No Men Beyond This Point.


11 Minutes (11 Minut) (Poland-Ireland), Jerzy Skolimowski, NAP

The Assassin (Nie Yinniang) (Taiwan) Hou Hsiao-hsien NAP

Bleak Street (La Calle De La Amargura) (Mexico-Spain), Arturo Ripstein NAP

Blood Of My Blood (Sangue Del Mil Sangue) (Italy) Marco Bellocchio IP

Cemetery Of Splendour (Rak Ti Khon Kaen) (Thailand-UK-France-Germany-Malaysia), Apichatpong Weerasethakul NAP

Every Thing Will Be Fine (Germany-Canada-France-Sweden-Norway) NAP

Francofoni (Germany-France-Netherlands), Alexander Sokurov NAP

In The Shadow Of Women (France), Philippe Garrel NAP

Jafar Panahi’s Taxi (Iran), Jafar Panahi CP

Our Little Sister (Umimachi Diary) (Japan), Hirokazu Kore-eda NAP

The Pearl Button (El Botón De Nácar) (Chile-France-Spain), Patricio Guzmán NAP

Rabin, The Last Day (Israel-France), Amos Gitaï NAP

Right Now, Wrong Then (South Korea), Hong Sang-soo NAP


“We believe that cinema has a rich heritage that must be protected, celebrated and preserved for current and future generations. This year’s TIFF Cinematheque line-up highlights our commitment to both preservation and restoration,” said TIFF programmer Brad Deane. “We’re thrilled to present some of the best new digital restorations along with some beautiful new 35mm prints, embracing both the future of the medium as well as the past.”

Adieu Philippine (France-Italy), Jacques Rozier

Harlan County (US), Barbara Kopple

The Mask (Eyes Of Hell) (Canada), Julian Roffman

The Memory Of Justice (UK-US-Germany), Marcel Ophüls

River Of Grass (US), Kelly Reichardt

Rocco and His Brothers (Rocco E I Suoi Fratelli) (Italy), Luchino Visconti

The Round-Up (Szegénylegények) (Hungary), Miklós Jancsó

Titicut Follies (US), Frederick Wiseman