24 July 2018

TIFF 2018

By David Bartholomew

Toronto Film Festival line-up to include world premieres of ‘Widows’, ‘High Life’, ‘Beautiful Boy’

As the shock of Sunday’s fatal city shootings hung in the air, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) hierarchy cancelled Tuesday’s opening press conference in favour of a more modest platform to unveil a Galas and Special Presentations line-up that includes world premieres for Steve McQueen’s thriller Widows and Claire Denis’ first English-language film, High Life.

”Toronto is in the same boat as many other big cities around the world now – that’s become a reality, so we’re dealing with that,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey told Screen in light of the weekend’s mass shooting iin the city’s Greektown district in which two people died and 13 others were injured.

“We’re still reacting to [the tragedy] and it seemed too soon to have a press conference that would be a drain on the media’s attention – they’re busy focusing on this developing story. We wanted to make sure we got our news out but did it in a way that wouldn’t distract from where the city is. We’re still reeling from this.”

Bailey added it was too soon to consider whether or even how to stage some kind of tribute or reaction to the events during the festival, which runs from September 6-16. “We haven’t really gotten to that point yet,” he said. “We have of course been working on increased security as an ongoing [process] and we’ll certainly make sure we have every way possible to keep everybody attending safe this year.”

The artistic director said he was “especially happy” to present McQueen’s heist thriller and Denis’ sci-fi starring Robert Pattinson. TIFF’s early roster of 21 world premieres includes Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight follow-up and James Baldwin adaptation If Beale Street Could Talk, as well as Felix van Groeningen’s father-son drama Beautiful Boy starring Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet.

Buzzy dramas Life Itself and Ben Is Back get their world premieres in Toronto, as do Hotel MumbaiThe Hate U Give, and Emilio Estevez’s The Public. Galas include Chinese hit Hidden Man. Both Hidden Man and Husband Material result fom recent trips by Bailey to Beijing and Mumbai.

“It’s a really international mix of films and filmmakers this year,” said Bailey. “This is the new reality of film, so you’ve got a Belgian filmmaker like Felix van Groeningen making Beautiful Boy in the US with an American cast. Mélanie Laurent with Galveston, same thing. [Cannes opener] Asghar Farhadi, Iranian director working in Spain with a film that opened Cannes, Everybody Knows. This is the nature of cinema: talent finds the place and the material to make the stories they want to make and that’s reflected in the line-up.”

Dan Fogelman’s sprawling family saga Life Itself is already getting a lot of attention. “This is going to be the one that people fall in love with,” notes Bailey of the film which stars Oscar Isaac, Olivia Cooke and Antonio Banderas.

The world premiere policy remains the same. All films playing in the first four days of the festival must be world premieres or North American premieres in order to screen at Roy Thomson Hall, Visa Screening Room at the Princess Of Wales Theatre, and the Elgin Theatre. Opening night film must be a world premiere and closing night must be world rf international premiere.

All informaiton below is not final and subject to change.

GALAS 2018

Beautiful Boy
Felix van Groeningen
USA
World Premiere

Everybody Knows
Asghar Farhadi
Spain/France/Italy
North American Premiere

First Man
Damien Chazelle
USA
Canadian Premiere

Galveston
Mélanie Laurent
USA
Canadian Premiere

The Hate U Give
George Tillman, Jr
USA
World Premiere

Hidden Man
Jiang Wen
China
International Premiere

High Life
Claire Denis
Germany/France/Poland/United Kingdom
World Premiere

Husband Material
Anurag Kashyap
India
World Premiere

The Kindergarten Teacher
Sara Colangelo
USA
Canadian Premiere

The Land of Steady Habits
Nicole Holofcener
USA
World Premiere

Life Itself
Dan Fogelman
USA
World Premiere

The Public
Emilio Estevez
USA
World Premiere

Red Joan
Sir Trevor Nunn
United Kingdom
World Premiere

Shadow
Zhang Yimou,
China
North American Premiere

A Star is Born
Bradley Cooper
USA
North American Premiere

What They Had
Elizabeth Chomko
USA
International Premiere

Widows
Steve McQueen
United Kingdom/USA
World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2018

Mouthpiece (Opening Film)
Patricia Rozema
Canada
World Premiere

Ben Is Back
Peter Hedges
USA
World Premiere

Burning
Lee Chang-dong
South Korea
North American Premiere

Can You Ever Forgive Me?
Marielle Heller
USA
International Premiere

Capernaum
Nadine Labaki
Lebanon
North American Premiere

Cold War
Paweł Pawlikowski
Poland/United Kingdom/France
Canadian Premiere

Colette
Wash Westmoreland
United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Dogman
Matteo Garrone
Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

The Front Runner
Jason Reitman
USA
International Premiere

Giant Little Ones
Keith Behrman
Canada
World Premiere

Girls of the Sun
Eva Husson
France
International Premiere

Hotel Mumbai
Anthony Maras
Australia
World Premiere

The Hummingbird Project
Kim Nguyen
Canada
World Premiere

If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins
USA
World Premiere

Manto
Nandita Das
India
North American Premiere

Maya
Mia Hansen-Løve
France
World Premiere

Monsters And Men
Reinaldo Marcus Green
USA
Canadian Premiere

Non-Fiction
Olivier Assayas
France
Canadian Premiere

The Old Man & The Gun
David Lowery
USA
International Premiere

Papi Chulo
John Butler
Ireland
World Premiere

Roma
Alfonso Cuarón
Mexico/USA
Canadian Premiere

Shoplifters (Closing Film)
Hirokazu Kore-eda
Japan
Canadian Premiere

The Sisters Brothers
Jacques Audiard
USA/France/Romania/Spain
North American Premiere

Sunset
László Nemes
Hungary/France
North American Premiere

Through Black Spruce
Don McKellar
Canada
World Premiere

The Wedding Guest
Michael Winterbottom
United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Weekend
Stella Meghie
USA
World Premiere

Source: https://www.screendaily.com/news/toronto-film-festival-line-up-includes-widows-high-life-beautiful-boy/5131123.article


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