Official selections of TIFF

Tiff has announced a portion of its official selections. Toronto International Film Festival is known as one of the most importatnt festival in the world. It is also a festival of festivals which means that many films from Cannes, Berlin, Sundance and major film festivals have their Canadian premiere in Toronto Film Festival.



A Banquet Ruth Paxton Ruth Paxton’s women-led horror sees a mother tested when her daughter insists that her body is no longer her own, but in service to a higher power....


Special Presentations Ali & Ava Clio Barnard The latest from acclaimed British writer-director Clio Barnard (The Selfish Giant) is a tumultuous, fiercely affecting working-class love sto...

  • Special Presentations All My Puny Sorrows Michael McGowan Michael McGowan’s touching adaptation of Miriam Toews’ beloved novel about two sisters boasts a fine cast led by Alison Pill and Sarah Gadon....

  • Discovery Aloners Hong Sung-eun A solitary woman re-evaluates her isolated existence after her neighbour dies alone in his apartment, in Hong Sung-eun’s subtle debut feature....

  • Discovery Anatolian Leopard Emre Kayış To help save the Turkish zoo where they work, two employees collude to hide the death of a leopard, in director Emre Kayış’s feature debut....

  • TIFF Rewind presented by Bell Antoine Fuqua on Training Day As part of TIFF the TIFF Rewind presented by Bell programme, director Antoine Fuqua revisits his acclaimed police thriller about a rookie cop who s...

  • Contemporary World Cinema Are You Lonesome Tonight? Wen Shipei The lives of three people converge in Wen Shipei’s thrilling debut: a young man who believes he’s killed someone, the dead man’s widow, and the ...

  • Discovery As In Heaven Tea Lindeburg Religious dogma and superstition threaten the dreams of a young 19th-century woman, in Tea Lindeburg’s period film that feels eerily contemporary....

  • Gala Presentations Belfast Kenneth Branagh Judi Dench, Ciarán Hinds, Catríona Balfe, and Jamie Dornan star in Kenneth Branagh’s coming-of-age tale set amid the tumult of late-1960s Northern...

  • Special Presentations Benediction Terence Davies Terence Davies’ latest is an equally sombre and sumptuous portrait of 20th-century English poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon....

  • Gala Presentations Bergman Island Mia Hansen-Løve A melancholic meditation on love and creativity, French auteur Mia Hansen-Løve’s latest stars Vicky Krieps and Tim Roth as a filmmaking couple who ...

  • Special Presentations Charlotte Tahir Rana, Eric Warin The remarkable true story of Charlotte Salomon, a German Jewish artist defying incredible odds to create a masterpiece during World War II....

  • TIFF Rewind presented by Bell Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara on Best in Show As part of the TIFF Rewind presented by Bell programme, director and co-writer Christopher Guest and stars Catherine O’Hara and Eugene Levy revis...

  • Contemporary World Cinema Costa Brava, Lebanon Mounia Akl Saleh Bakri and Nadine Labaki star in Mounia Akl’s impassioned debut, an eerie family drama set amid a raging climate crisis in near-future Lebanon....

  • Gala Presentations Dear Evan Hansen Stephen Chbosky Julianne Moore and Ben Platt star in this adaptation of Steven Levenson’s Tony Award–winning musical about adolescence, grief, and transcendence....

  • Special Presentations Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner This inspiring documentary portrait chronicles the iconic singer’s fascinating six-decade career in both music and Black and LGBTQ activism....

  • Special Presentations Drive My Car Ryusuke Hamaguchi Adapted from Haruki Murakami’s short story, Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s film follows two lonely people who find the courage to face the past....

  • Discovery Dug Dug Ritwik Pareek In this striking and musically infectious satire, mysterious events in the wake of a freak motorcycle accident sow the seeds of a new religion....

  • Special Presentations Encounter Michael Pearce A decorated Marine (Riz Ahmed) goes on a rescue mission to save his two young sons from an inhuman threat, in the latest from director Michael Pearce....

  • Discovery Farha Darin J. Sallam A 14-year-old girl in 1948 Palestine watches from a locked cellar as catastrophe consumes her home, in this bold debut from Darin J. Sallam....

  • Special Presentations I'm Your Man Maria Schrader Maria Schrader’s unlikely sci-fi rom-com explores human relationships through the inquisitive eyes of a cyborg. Starring Dan Stevens and Maren Egger...

  • Special Presentations Inexorable Fabrice du Welz The latest from Fabrice du Welz (Alleluia) follows a bestselling novelist who moves into an eerie old mansion in search of inspiration....

  • Special Presentations Inu-Oh Masaaki Yuasa Two boys marginalized by society in 14th-century Japan find power through dance and song, in Masaaki Yuasa’s animated tale of friendship and magic....

  • Gala Presentations Jagged Alison Klayman Alanis Morissette reflects on her 1990s rise to rock stardom, in this new documentary from Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry)....

  • Contemporary World Cinema Kicking Blood Blaine Thurier Blaine Thurier’s sultry, perma-stoned, ultra-modern spin on the vampire genre evokes cult-horror figures like George A. Romero and Stuart Gordon....

  • Contemporary World Cinema La Soga 2 Manny Perez Dominican American writer and actor Manny Perez makes his directorial debut with this action-packed sequel to TIFF ’09 selection La Soga....

  • Gala Presentations Lakewood Phillip Noyce Naomi Watts stars in Phillip Noyce’s nerve-rattling thriller about a mother struggling to rescue her son from a school shooter....

  • Gala Presentations Last Night in Soho Edgar Wright Edgar Wright wickedly reflects ’60s Swinging London in this kaleidoscopic psycho-thriller about two young artists entwined across time....

  • Discovery Learn To Swim Thyrone Tommy The feature debut from Toronto’s Thyrone Tommy (Mariner, TIFF ’16) charts the stormy romance between two very different contemporary jazz...

  • Special Presentations Lingui, The Sacred Bonds Mahamat-Saleh Haroun Chadian master Mahamat-Saleh Haroun’s latest is a generous exploration of the intricate support networks women weave to survive the harsh laws of me...

  • Discovery Lo Invisible Javier Andrade Javier Andrade’s dazzling and mysterious film follows a woman who comes home from a psychiatric clinic after a bout with severe postpartum depressio...

  • Contemporary World Cinema Maria Chapdelaine Sébastien Pilote A teen in rural Quebec must decide her future by choosing one of three suitors, in Sébastien Pilote’s moving adaptation of Louis Hémon’s 1913 no...

  • Contemporary World Cinema Medusa Anita Rocha da Silveira A gang of young women in Brazil try to control everything around them, including other women, in this genre-hopping film about internalized misogyny....

  • Special Presentations Mothering Sunday Eva Husson Olivia Colman and Colin Firth star in this deeply affecting adaptation of Graham Swift’s bittersweet novel about secret love in post-WWI England....

  • Contemporary World Cinema Murina Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović The dynamic between a restless teenager and her oppressive father changes when a family friend arrives at their isolated Croatian home....

  • Gala Presentations Night Raiders Danis Goulet Danis Goulet’s singular thriller draws on Canada’s ugly colonial legacy for a propulsive piece of genre cinema set in a dystopian postwar future....

  • Contemporary World Cinema Nobody Has to Know Bouli Lanners Belgian writer, director, and actor Bouli Lanners’ latest is an engrossing drama about one man’s amnesia and the love story that rewrites his past...

  • Contemporary World Cinema OUT OF SYNC Juanjo Giménez In the latest from director Juanjo Giménez, a sound designer must rethink her career and life when her vision and hearing fall out of sync....

  • Special Presentations Official Competition Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez star in Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s ingenious, icy behind-the-scenes satire of moviemaki...

  • Gala Presentations One Second Zhang Yimou Master director Zhang Yimou returns with his “love letter to cinema” in which a man escapes a labour camp for a glimpse of his beloved daughter....

  • Discovery Paka (River of Blood) Nithin Lukose This Romeo and Juliet–esque vengeance tale is set deep in the forests of Kerala, where the river is witness to a violent, generations-old f...

  • TIFF Rewind presented by Bell Patricia Cardoso and America Ferrera on Real Women Have Curves As part of the TIFF Rewind presented by Bell programme, director Patricia Cardoso and star America Ferrera discuss their breakout hit about a young...

  • Special Presentations Petite Maman Céline Sciamma Following a girl’s journey to her mother’s childhood home, French auteur Céline Sciamma’s latest is a tender tale of intergenerational connecti...

  • Discovery Quickening Haya Waseem The debut feature from writer-director Haya Waseem explores the life of a young woman of colour navigating love, heartbreak, and family turmoil....

  • Discovery Scarborough Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson Three kids in a low-income neighbourhood find friendship and community in an unlikely place, in this adaptation of Catherine Hernandez’s award-winni...

  • Gala Presentations Silent Night Camille Griffin Keira Knightley and Lily-Rose Depp star in Camille Griffin’s feature directorial debut, about a family’s eventful Christmas dinner in the country....

  • Discovery Snakehead Evan Jackson Leong A woman rises through the ranks of the gang that smuggled her into New York City, in Evan Jackson Leong’s fact-based debut feature....

  • Special Presentations Sundown Michel Franco Tim Roth stars in writer-director Michel Franco’s chilling drama about a wealthy Briton attempting to abandon his life while vacationing in Acapulco...

  • Contemporary World Cinema Terrorizers Ho Wi Ding A murder at Taipei Main Station connects a group of disillusioned youths, in director Ho Wi Ding’s hat tip to Edward Yang’s The Terrorizers...

  • Special Presentations The Box Lorenzo Vigas The latest from Lorenzo Vigas (From Afar) is a heartrending study of familial loyalties and a searing look at Mexico’s manufacturing indust...

  • Contemporary World Cinema The Daughter Manuel Martín Cuenca A pregnant 15-year-old and the couple giving her shelter form a tense agreement, in the latest from Manuel Martín Cuenca (The Motive)....

  • Gala Presentations The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Will Sharpe An eccentric artist (Benedict Cumberbatch) introduces Victorian London to the delights of cats, in Will Sharpe’s enlightening biopic....

  • Special Presentations The Eyes of Tammy Faye Michael Showalter Jessica Chastain stars as flamboyant televangelist Tammy Faye Bakker in this humanizing portrait of the rise and fall of the Bakker network empire....

  • Special Presentations The Falls Chung Mong-Hong A mother and daughter’s fraught relationship takes unexpected turns while they quarantine during COVID, in the latest from Chung Mong-Hong (A Su...

  • Discovery The Game Ana Lazarevic Ana Lazarevic’s empathetic feature debut follows the journey of a smuggler who becomes stranded in the Balkans with two teen refugees....

  • Gala Presentations The Good House Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline play ex-flames who rekindle their romance, in this comedy from directors Maya Forbes and Wallace Wolodarsky....

  • Special Presentations The Guilty Antoine Fuqua Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Antoine Fuqua’s thriller set over the course of a single morning in a 911 dispatch centre....

  • Contemporary World Cinema The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar Luàna Bajrami In a remote Kosovar village, three young women who feel their dreams have been stifled go on a quest for independence....

  • Special Presentations The Humans Stephen Karam Steven Yeun, Beanie Feldstein, and Richard Jenkins star in Stephen Karam’s adaptation of his Tony Award–winning multi-generational family drama....

  • Gala Presentations The Mad Women's Ball Mélanie Laurent The latest from writer-director-actor Mélanie Laurent is a chilling tale of spectral visions and institutional abuse set in 19th-century France....

  • Special Presentations The Middle Man Bent Hamer In a town plagued by disaster, one man holds the job of breaking the worst news to its citizens, in director Bent Hamer’s latest oddball comedy....

  • Contemporary World Cinema The Odd-Job Men Neus Ballús A subtle comedy about masculinity and barely hidden social anxieties, Neus Ballús’s latest delivers a tender look at Barcelona through the eyes of ...

  • Contemporary World Cinema The Other Tom Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo A mother risks losing custody of her son when she refuses to medicate his ADHD, in this drama from directors Rodrigo Plá and Laura Santullo....

  • Special Presentations The Power of the Dog Jane Campion Benedict Cumberbatch and Kirsten Dunst lead Jane Campion’s drama about two brothers whose lives change when a widow and her son arrive at their ranc...

  • Special Presentations The Starling Theodore Melfi Melissa McCarthy, Chris O’Dowd and Kevin Kline star in Theodore Melfi’s bittersweet tale of a couple working their way toward the other side of gr...

  • Special Presentations The Story of My Wife Ildikó Enyedi A cursed sea captain bets an associate that he will marry the first woman who enters the café. In walks Lizzy (Léa Seydoux), and the rest is history...

  • Gala Presentations The Survivor Barry Levinson Barry Levinson’s biographical drama stars Ben Foster as boxer Harry Haft, who looks to carry on after fighting to survive in WWII concentration camp...

  • Contemporary World Cinema The Wheel Steve Pink Director Steve Pink’s intimate drama is about a young couple on the brink of divorce, each coping in their own way with their shared past....

  • Gala Presentations The Worst Person In The World Joachim Trier The finale in Joachim Trier’s “Oslo Trilogy” follows a 30-year-old woman in the midst of an existential crisis as she navigates between career a...

  • Special Presentations Three Floors Nanni Moretti The latest from Palme d’Or winner Nanni Moretti is a turbulent network narrative involving the residents of a Rome apartment complex....

  • Discovery To Kill The Beast Agustina San Martín Agustina San Martín’s feature directorial debut is a bold piece of tropical gothic that puts young female desire at the centre of its loose narrati...

  • Discovery Tug of War Amil Shivji A young revolutionary and a runaway bride struggle for forbidden freedoms, in Amil Shivji’s adaptation of Adam Shafi’s Swahili novel....

  • Contemporary World Cinema Unclenching The Fists Kira Kovalenko In an industrial town in the North Caucasus, a middle child struggles to escape the stifling grip of the family she both loves and rejects....

  • Contemporary World Cinema Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash Edwin From Indonesian auteur Edwin and novelist Eka Kurniawan comes this offbeat martial-arts romance between an impotent brawler and a mafia bodyguard....

  • TIFF Rewind presented by Bell Viggo Mortensen on Eastern Promises As part of the TIFF Rewind presented by Bell programme, Viggo Mortensen revisits his second collaboration with David Cronenberg, a crime thriller s...

  • Special Presentations Violet Justine Bateman Olivia Munn stars in writer-director Justine Bateman’s feature debut, a formally daring, psychologically incisive portrait of a woman at a crossroad...

  • Contemporary World Cinema Whether the Weather is Fine Carlo Francisco Manatad After a devastating typhoon in the Philippines, three characters must decide whether to stay home or escape to Manila and leave their pasts behind....

  • Discovery Wildhood Bretten Hannam Link and his brother flee their abusive father and embark on a journey where Link discovers his sexuality and rediscovers his Mi’kmaw heritage....

  • Special Presentations Wolf Nathalie Biancheri In Nathalie Biancheri’s sophomore feature, George MacKay’s wolf encounters Lily-Rose Depp’s wildcat in a radical behavioural reform institute....

  • Contemporary World Cinema Întregalde Radu Muntean Romanian auteur Radu Muntean’s latest is an incisive, mordant, and suspenseful drama about the limits of generosity, as a trio of volunteers deliver...