The Toronto International Film Festival has announced the full selection of Gala and Special Presentations programs for the 47th edition, which will be held Sept. 8-18.

Notable titles announced include Sarah Polley’s “Women Talking” and Sam Mendes’ “Empire of Light.” All of these films will be screened in the high-profile special presentations section, which also includes the previously announced world premieres of Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” Rian Johnson’s “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” and Nicholas Stoller’s “Bros,” as well as several films announced in the festival calendar. Italy also peeps in the Gala section, with “The Hummingbird” directed by Francesca Archibugi and based on Sandro Veronesi’s Strega Prize-winning book of the same name.

TIFF is one of the most important fall festivals and, along with the Venice Film Festival, is an important springboard for prestigious awards. In fact, very often the film that wins the audience award finds itself among the Academy nominees.

Just after its world premiere in Venice, Darren Aronofsky’s latest film The Whale, shot during the pandemic and starring 1990s star Brendan Fraser, will also pass through the Canadian festival. Same route for Florian Zeller’s The Son, Martin McDonagh’s The Banshees of Inisherin, and Joanna Hogg’s The Eternal Daughter.

Direct from the last Cannes Film Festival, among others, the Palme d’Or Triangle of Sadness by Swedish director Ruben Östlund appears on the bill.



“Alice, Darling,” Mary Nighy | Canada, USA, World Premiere

“Black Ice,” Hubert Davis | Canada, World Premiere

“Butcher’s Crossing,” Gabe Polsky | USA, World Premiere

“The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” Peter Farrelly | USA, World Premiere

“The Hummingbird,” Francesca Archibugi | Italy, France, World Premiere

“Hunt,” Lee Jung-jae | South Korea, North American Premiere

“A Jazzman’s Blues,” Tyler Perry | USA, World Premiere

“Kacchey Limbu,” Shubham Yogi | India, World Premiere

“Moving On,” Paul Weitz | USA, World Premiere

“Paris Memories,” Alice Winocour | France, North American Premiere

“Prisoner’s Daughter,” Catherine Hardwicke | USA, World Premiere

“Raymond & Ray,” Rodrigo García | USA, World Premiere

“Roost,” Amy Redford | USA, World Premiere

“Sidney,” Reginald Hudlin | USA, World Premiere

“The Son,” Florian Zeller | United Kingdom, North American Premiere

”The Swimmers,” Sally El Hosaini | United Kingdom, World Premiere Opening Night Film

“What’s Love Got To Do With It?,” Shekhar Kapur | United Kingdom, World Premiere

”The Woman King,” Gina Prince-Bythewood | USA, World Premiere



“Allelujah,” Sir Richard Eyre | United Kingdom, World Premiere

“All Quiet on the Western Front,” Edward Berger | USA, Germany, World Premiere

“The Banshees Of Inisherin,” Martin McDonagh | United Kingdom, Ireland, USA, North American Premiere

“Blueback,” Robert Connolly | Australia, World Premiere

“The Blue Caftan,” Maryam Touzani | Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark, North American Premiere

“Broker,” Hirokazu Kore-eda | South Korea, Canadian Premiere

”Brother,” Clement Virgo | Canada, World Premiere

”Bros,” Nicholas Stoller | USA, World Premiere

”Catherine Called Birdy,” Lena Dunham | United Kingdom, World Premiere

“Causeway,” Lila Neugebauer | USA, World Premiere

“Chevalier,” Stephen Williams | USA, World Premiere

“Corsage,” Marie Kreutzer | Austria, France, Germany, North American Premiere

“Decision to Leave,” Park Chan-wook | South Korea, North American Premiere

“Devotion,” JD Dillard | USA, World Premiere

“Driving Madeleine,” Christian Carion | France, International Premiere

“El Suplente,” Diego Lerman | Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France, World Premiere

“Empire of Light,” Sam Mendes | United Kingdom, USA, Canadian Premiere

“The Eternal Daughter,” Joanna Hogg | United Kingdom, North American Premiere

”The Fabelmans,” Steven Spielberg | USA, World Premiere

”Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery,” Rian Johnson | USA, World Premiere

“Good Night Oppy,” Ryan White | USA, International Premiere

“The Good Nurse,” Tobias Lindholm | USA, World Premiere

“Holy Spider,” Ali Abbasi | Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France, Canadian Premiere

“Joyland,” Saim Sadiq | Pakistan, North American Premiere

“The King’s Horseman,” Biyi Bandele | Nigeria, World Premiere

“The Lost King,” Stephen Frears | United Kingdom, World Premiere

“A Man of Reason,” Jung Woo-sung | South Korea, World Premiere

“The Menu,” Mark Mylod | USA, World Premiere

”On the Come Up,” Sanaa Lathan | USA, World Premiere

“One Fine Morning,” Mia Hansen-Løve | France, Canadian Premiere

“Other People’s Children,” Rebecca Zlotowski | France, North American Premiere

“Moonage Daydream,” Brett Morgen | USA, North American Premiere

”My Policeman,” Michael Grandage | United Kingdom, World Premiere

“Nanny,” Nikyatu Jusu | USA, International Premiere

“No Bears,” Jafar Panahi | Iran, North American Premiere

“The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile,” Kathlyn Horan | USA, International Premiere

“Saint Omer,” Alice Diop | France, North American Premiere

“Sanctuary,” Zachary Wigon | USA, World Premiere

“Stories Not to be Told,” Cesc Gay | Spain, World Premiere

“Triangle of Sadness,” Ruben Östlund | Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, France, Greece, North American Premiere

“Walk Up,” Hong Sangsoo | South Korea, World Premiere

“Wendell & Wild,” Henry Selick | USA, World Premiere

“The Whale,” Darren Aronofsky | USA, North American Premiere

“Women Talking,” Sarah Polley | USA, International Premiere

“The Wonder,” Sebastián Lelio | United Kingdom, Ireland, Canadian Premiere


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