Toronto unveils a colorful first batch of its selection

– The competition to be held in September announces 39 films in world premiere and several titles from Cannes, Venice and Telluride

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Viewed as the commencement of awards season, and one of the world’s biggest public film festivals, the Toronto International Film Festival (running 8-18 September) has announced a plum selection of titles for its first wave, with its most enviable get being the world premiere of steven spielberg‘s autobiographical drama The Fabelmans, which Venice themselves coveted. This year’s TIFF is also being celebrated as the festival’s first fully fledged post-pandemic edition, with far more international delegates set to attend, and a reduced virtual presence of titles.

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39 world premieres, five international premieres, and 15 North American premieres are part of the festival’s first batch of titles, announced in full last week after a handful were drip-fed through their Twitter feed. Chief among the European selections is Sally El Hosaini‘s opening night film The Swimmers, released through Netflix and depicting the journey of two Syrian refugee sisters who ended up competing at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Also in the gala presentations section is The Hummingbird by Francesca Archibugiwhich gives Pierfrancesco Favino another leading role in a “profoundly moving nonlinear epic.” Florian Zeller‘s anticipated Venice premiere The Son will skip Telluride to have its North American premiere as a TIFF gala; a companion piece to his Oscar-winning El padrethe film will reunite him with Anthony Hopkinsin an ensemble which also includes Hugh Jackman and Laura Dern.

In the Special Presentations section, standouts include All Quiet on the Western Front by Edward Berger and starring Daniel Bruhla new adaptation of Erich Maria Remarque‘s ever-timely anti-war novel. british veteran Stephen Frears is also back at TIFF with the world premiere of The Lost Kingmeeting him with Steve Cogan who takes up acting and screenwriting duties. Other notable screenings in this section are Empire of Light by Sam Mendeswhich will play Telluride first, and Venice competition entries Saint Omer by Alice Diop and The Eternal Daughter desde Joanna Hog.

“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 in an upbeat statement. “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 full list of films selected for the festival:

Gala Presentations

The SwimmersSally El Hosaini (UK/USA) (opening film)
Alice, Darling
mary nighty (Canada/USA)
BlackIceHubert Davis (Canada)
Butcher’s CrossingGabe Polski (USES)
The Greatest Beer Run EverPeter Farrelly (USES)
The Hummingbird
Francesca Archibugi (Italy/France)
HuntLee Jung-jae (South Korea)
A Jazzman’s BluesTyler Perry (USES)
Kachey LimbuShubham Yogi (India)
moving onPaul Weitz (USES)
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Alice Winocour (France)
Prisoner’s DaughterCatherine Hardwicke (USES)
Raymond & RayRodrigo Garcia (USES)
RoostAmy Redford (USES)
sydneyReginald Hudling (USES)
The SonFlorian Zeller (USA/France/UK)
What’s Love Got to Do With It?Shekhar Kapur (UK)
The Woman KingGina Prince-Bythewood (USES)

special presentations

Allelujahrichard eyre (UK)
All Quiet on the Western FrontEdward Berger (USA/Germany)
The Banshees of Inisherin [+lee también:
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Martin McDonagh (UK/Ireland/USA)
blue-backRobert Connolly (Australia)
The Blue Caftan [+lee también:
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Maryam Touzani (Morocco/France/Belgium/Denmark)
brokerHirokazu Kore-eda (South Korea)
BrotherClement Virgo (Canada)
brosNicholas Stoller (USES)
Catherine Called BirdyLena Dunham (UK/USA)
Causewaylila neugebauer (USES)
knightstephen-williams (USES)
Corsage [+lee también:
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Marie Kreutzer (Austria/Luxembourg/France/Germany)
Decision to LeavePark Chan-wook (South Korea)
devotionJ. D. Dillard (USES)
Driving MadeleineChristian Carion (France)
The SubstituteDiego Lermann (Argentina/Italy/France/Spain/Mexico)
Empire of Light Sam Mendes (UK/USA)
The Eternal DaughterJoanna Hog (USA/UK/Ireland)
The Fabelmanssteven spielberg (USES)
Glass Onion: A Knives Out MysteryRyan Johnson (USES)
goodnight oppyRyan White (USES)
The Good NurseTobias Lindholm (USES)
Holy Spider [+lee también:
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ali abbassi (Denmark/Germany/Sweden/France)
JoylandSaim Sadik (Pakistan)
The King’s HorsemanBiyi Bandele (Nigeria)
The Lost KingStephen Frears (UK)
A Man of ReasonJung Woo-sung (South Korea)
MenuMark Mylod (USES)
On the Come UpSanaa Lathan (USES)
One Fine Morning [+lee también:
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Mia Hansen-Løve (France)
Other People’s ChildrenRebecca Zlotowski (France)
Moonage DaydreamBrett Morgan (USES)
mypolicemanMichael Grandage (UK/USA)
NannyNikyatu Jusu (USES)
no bearsjafar panahi (Iran)
The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi CarlileKathlyn Horan (USES)
Saint OmerAlice Diop (France)
SanctuaryZachary Wigon (USES)
Stories Not to be ToldCesc Gay (Spain)
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Ruben Ostlund (Sweden/Germany/France/UK/Turkey/Greece)
walk-upHong Sang-soo (South Korea)
Wendell & WildHenry Selick (USES)
The WhaleDarren Aronofsky (USES)
Women TalkingSarah Polley (USES)
The WonderSebastian Lelio (UK/Ireland)

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