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The 40th Toronto International Film Festival has released its complete lineup of films along with the schedule of screening dates, times, and venues for all titles. This year's event runs from September 10-20 and is considered by many to be the premiere film festival in the Western Hemisphere, second in the world only to Cannes. Almost every major Academy Award-winning movie of the past few years debuted at TIFF. I'll be attending for the 10th year in a row.
I've covered over 75 film festivals since the start of 2006, but none as prestigious or breathtaking in scope as this one. I saw more than 255 films there from 2006-2014, and many of my year-end Top Picks across all festivals over the past few years (of over 1500 in total) came from the TIFF lineups.
Previously announced titles include 49 Galas and Special Presentations, 24 features from Canada included in various sections of the festival along with Wavelengths installations, the list of Rising Stars for 2015, and the Canadian entries in the Short Cuts section, 68 features in the TIFF Docs, Midnight Madness, Vanguard, Masters, and Cinematheque programs, two new programs including 12 films in the new Platform section and six presentations in the television-to-big-screen Primetime program and last week's big announcement, including over 100 films in the Galas, Special Presentations, Contemporary World Cinema, City to City, and Wavelengths programs.
Today the final list was revealed (listed below). The announcement includes 30 films in the Discovery section (in addition to the five Canadian titles previously announced), four "In Conversations with..." programs (formerly Mavericks), and four features in the TIFF Kids section. Additional titles were also announced in Vanguard (one) and Cinematheque (one). The Next Wave program was also unveiled, consisting of 10 previously announced films selected by a committee of young film enthusiasts aged 15 to 18.
In total, this year's festival consists of 399 films including 289 features and 110 shorts, representing 71 countries. Of those features, there are 132 World Premieres, 27 International Premieres, and 97 North American Premieres. Last year saw 138 World, 37 International, and 73 North American Premieres. There were 6,118 total submissions (up from last year's 5,671) including 4,893 International and 1,225 Canadian. As in 2014, this year's TIFF will be spread across 28 screens.
In addition, the schedule including dates, times, and locations of screenings is now online. The program book can be picked up at TIFF Bell Lightbox. The schedule will also be included in the Toronto Star and Metro on Thursday, August 27. A special section about the festival will appear in the Toronto Star on Thursday, September 3, including the full film schedule.
You can find everything you need to know about buying tickets HERE. Ticket packages may be purchased online 24 hours a day at tiff.net/festival, by phone from 10 AM to 7 PM Eastern Time at 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433, or by visiting the Gupta Box Office in person from 10 AM to 10 PM Eastern Time daily at TIFF Bell Lightbox, Reitman Square, 350 King Street West, until August 26 while quantities last. The Festival Box Office, located at 225 King Street West, opens on August 25. Single tickets will go on sale Sunday, September 6 by cash, debit, or online at tiff.net/thefestival, by phone at 416-599-TIFF or 1-888-599-8433 (10 AM to 7 PM daily), or in person at the Festival Box Office, 225 King Street West inside the Metro Centre.
Not that I wasn't incredibly excited about the festival before...but today's announcements have really set my heart racing as I prepare to head to Toronto just two weeks from Thursday. I'll be there attending as many films and Q&As as I can fit into my schedule. As usual you can expect photos and video of the post-screening discussions, interviews, and reviews of my Top Picks during and after the festival. I'll be Tweeting live again @larry411...please join me and share in the experience!
SCHEDULE - CALENDAR -- Click the CALENDAR VIEW icon to the right of "Thursday Sept 10"
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SCHEDULE - PDF (Open as PDF or download & save) - includes complete color-coded calendar and A-Z index of all films by title with all screenings
Here are all the films added to the final schedule today along with the official guest list:
A Patch of Fog - Michael Lennox, United Kingdom World Premiere
A celebrated novelist and TV personality finds his reputation on the line when he is caught shoplifting by a lonely security guard, intent on becoming his friend for life. Stephen Graham (Pirates of the Caribbean, Boardwalk Empire) stars alongside Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones), Lara Pulver (Sherlock), Arsher Ali (Four Lions) and Ian McElhinney (Game of Thrones).
The Ardennes - Robin Pront, Belgium World Premiere
Two bandit brothers, one fresh from prison, the other eager to escape their criminal past, form a potentially explosive love triangle with the ex-con’s ex-girlfriend, in Robin Pront’s Cain vs. Abel update.
Beast - Tom McKeith, Sam McKeith, Australia/Philippines World Premiere
Deep in the slums of Manila, a young boxer's life is changed forever when his father pressures him to cheat in a fight.
Black - Adil El Arbi, Bilall Fallah, Belgium World Premiere
Fifteen-year-old Mavela is a member of the notorious Black Bronx gang. She falls head over heels in love with the charismatic Marwan, a boy from the rival gang 1080ers. The two young people are brutally forced to choose between loyalty to their gang and their love for each other. An impossible choice ... or not?
Born to Dance - Tammy Davis, New Zealand World Premiere
A Maori teen faces parental and social pressure while leading his competitive hip-hop dance crew toward the regional championships, in this exhilarating feature directorial debut from New Zealand actor Tammy Davis.
Dégradé - Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser, Palestine/France/Qatar North American Premiere
Gaza Strip, present day. Christine’s beauty salon is heaving with female clients: a bitter divorcée, a stern religious woman, a disenchanted housewife addicted to prescription drugs, and a young bride-to-be, among others. But their day of leisure is disrupted when gunfire breaks out across the street. A gangland family has stolen the lion from Gaza’s zoo, and the police have decided it’s time to wrestle control. Stuck in the salon, the women start to unravel...
Desde Allá - Lorenzo Vigas, Venezuela North American Premiere
Fifty-year-old Armando picks up young boys in the streets of Caracas and pays them to come home with him. He also regularly spies on an older man with whom he seems bound by something in the past. One day he meets 17-year-old Elder, the leader of a small gang. Violent at first, their relationship morphs into something beautiful ... until the inevitable happens.
Downriver - Grant Scicluna, Australia International Premiere
James has served time for drowning a little boy when he himself was just a child, although the body was never found. Upon his parole, a visit from his victim's mother sends him on a quest to find the truth. With little time and danger at every turn, James risks his freedom and his life to uncover the trail of sins that might give closure to a grieving mother.
Eva Nová - Marko Škop, Slovakia World Premiere
Eva would do anything to regain the love of the one she hurt the most — her son. She is a recovered alcoholic, but decades ago she was a famous actress.
Five Nights in Maine - Maris Curran, USA World Premiere
Reeling from the tragic, sudden death of his wife, a man travels to rural Maine to seek answers from his estranged mother-in-law, who is herself confronting guilt and grief over her daughter's death. Starring David Oyelowo (Selma), Dianne Wiest and Rosie Perez.
The Here After (Efterskalv) - Magnus von Horn, Poland/Sweden/France North American Premiere
When John returns home to his father after serving time in prison, he is looking forward to starting his life afresh. However in the local community, his crime is neither forgotten nor forgiven. John’s presence brings out the worst in everyone around him and a lynch-mob atmosphere slowly takes shape. Feeling abandoned by his former friends and the people he loves, John loses hope and the same aggressions that previously sent him to prison start building up again. Unable to leave the past behind, he decides to confront it.
Ixcanul - Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France Canadian Premiere
María, a young 17-year-old Mayan girl, lives and works with her parents on a coffee plantation in the foothills of an active volcano in Guatemala. An arranged marriage awaits her. Although María dreams of going to the “big city,” her status as an indigenous woman does not permit her to change her destiny. A snake bite forces her to go out into the modern world where her life is saved, but at what price?
James White - Josh Mond, USA Canadian Premiere
James White (Christopher Abbott) is a troubled twenty-something trying to stay afloat in a frenzied New York City. He retreats further into a self-destructive, hedonistic lifestyle, but as his mother (Cynthia Nixon) battles a serious illness James is forced to take control of his life. The directorial debut of Martha Marcy May Marlene producer Josh Mond, James White, which had its world premiere at Sundance Film Festival 2014 where it was the winner of the Audience Award: NEXT, is a confident and closely observed debut that explores loss and the deep relationship between a mother and son.
Keeper - Guillaume Senez, Belgium/Switzerland/France North American Premiere
Maxime and Mélanie are in love. Together, they clumsily explore their sexuality with fiery curiosity until the day Mélanie realizes she’s pregnant. At first Maxime takes the news badly, but then he gets used to the idea of becoming a father. He convinces Melanie to keep the baby. So it’s been decided – Maxime and Mélanie, all of fifteen years old, will become parents.
Les Cowboys - Thomas Bidegain, France/Belgium North American Premiere
A vast prairie, a country and western gathering somewhere in the east of France. Alain is a central figure in this community. He’s dancing with his daughter, 16-year-old Kelly, as his wife and their young son Kid watch from the sidelines. But on this day, Kelly disappears, and the family falls apart. Alain embarks on a relentless search for his daughter, even though it costs him everything and takes him to dark, unsettling places, where his sole support is Kid, who sacrifices his youth to accompany his father on this seemingly endless quest.
Meghmallar - Zahidur Rahim Anjan, Bangladesh World Premiere
A case of mistaken identity throws an apolitical chemistry teacher into the maelstrom of the 1971 Bangladesh Liberation War, in the striking debut feature from director Zahidur Rahim Anjan.
Mountain - Yaelle Kayam, Israel/Denmark North American Premiere
An Orthodox Jewish woman, living at the edge of the cemetery on Jerusalem's Mount of Olives, becomes fascinated by a nocturnal community of prostitutes and drug dealers congregating amongst the tombstones. Mountain is a haunting and dramatic exploration of a women's search for identity.
My Name is Emily - Simon Fitzmaurice, Ireland North American Premiere
Packed off to a foster home after her father is institutionalized, a rebellious young Irish girl resolves to bust her dad out of the hospital where he's been confined, in this spirited coming-of-age tale from celebrated memoirist and first-time feature director Simon Fitzmaurice.
The Paradise Suite - Joost van Ginkel, Netherlands/Sweden/Bulgaria World Premiere This dexterous tale of survival from director Joost van Ginkel traces the intersecting stories of six immigrants from very different backgrounds in Amsterdam who learn that they can irreversibly influence each other's lives, sometimes with just one glance.
Semana Santa - Alejandra Márquez Abella, Mexico World Premiere
Dali and her eight-year-old son Pepe take a vacation to Acapulco with Dali’s boyfriend, Chavez. Instead of bringing them closer, their beach holiday brings out things in each of them that threaten to pull this emerging family apart.
Spear - Stephen Page, Australia World Premiere
Djali, a young Aboriginal man, sets off on a journey of initiation to understand what it means to be a man in a modern day world. He sees the problems being faced by Aboriginal men in remote and urban communities. As he struggles to find his place, he becomes awakened to a spiritual force within, guiding him on his journey into manhood.
Very Big Shot (Film Kteer Kbeer) - Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, Lebanon/Qatar World Premiere
Intending to smuggle the amphetamine Captagon to Iraqi Kurdistan, a small-time Lebanese drug dealer discovers that a way to foil customs, with the help of a talentless filmmaker. Posing as a film producer, he has no qualms manipulating public opinion to his advantage.
The Wait (L’attesa) - Piero Messina, Italy North American Premiere
Waiting for someone is an act of faith. Anna and Jeanne, isolated in a Sicilian country house in Caltagirone, are waiting for Giuseppe’s arrival. He is the former’s son, the latter’s boyfriend. Their wait turns into a mysterious act of love and will, while in the streets people are celebrating Easter.
We Monsters (Wir Monster) - Sebastian Ko, Germany North American Premiere
Paul and Christine know their teenage daughter Sarah has been thrown off track by their separation — but is she capable of committing a horrible crime? Wanting to protect her, they decide attempt to hide her wrongdoing, but their joint guilt forces the family back together under a web of lies. The directorial debut from German actor Sebastian Ko, We Monsters is a gripping psychological thriller.
Wedding Doll (Chatona Meniyar) - Nitzan Gilady, Israel International Premiere
Fixated on romantic fantasies, a kindly and strong-willed young woman with a mild mental disability embarks on a relationship — much to the concern of her protective mother — in this assured first feature from director Nitzan Gilady.
Previously announced Canadian titles in the Discovery Programme include Stephen Dunn’s Closet Monster, Adam Garnet Jones’ Fire Song, Jamie M. Dagg’s River, Kire Paputts’ The Rainbow Kid, and Andrew Cividino’s Sleeping Giant.
The Boy and the Beast (Bakemono no ko) - Mamoru Hosoda, Japan International Premiere
A young boy in modern-day Tokyo stumbles into an alternate dimension and becomes the apprentice to a bearlike warrior, in this stunning animated fantasy from writer-director Mamoru Hosoda. Cast includes Koji Yakusho and Aoi Miyazaki. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
My Skinny Sister (Min lilla syster) - Sanna Lenken, Sweden/Germany Canadian Premiere
Just as Stella enters the exciting world of adolescence, she discovers that her big sister and role model Katja is hiding an eating disorder. The disease slowly tears the family apart. A story about jealousy, love and betrayal told with warmth, depth and laughter. Starring Rebecka Josephson, Amy Deasismont and Annika Hallin. Recommended for ages 11 and up.
Phantom Boy - Alain Gagnol and Jean-Loup Felicioli, France/Belgium North American Premiere
From the Academy Award-nominated directors of A Cat in Paris comes a thrilling new adventure. An 11-year-old boy named Leo, becomes an unlikely superhero when he discovers that he has the ability to leave his body and fly through walls. When a nefarious gangster takes control of New York’s power supply, only he can save the city. Cast includes Audrey Tautou, Édouard Baer and Jean-Pierre Marielle. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
The Iron Giant: Signature Edition - Brad Bird, USA World Premiere
Remastered and enhanced with two new scenes, the modern animated classic about a young boy befriending a gigantic space robot returns to enchant a new generation of audiences. Cast includes Jennifer Aniston, Harry Connick, Jr., Vin Diesel and Eli Marienthal. Recommended for ages 7 and up.
IN CONVERSATIONS WITH...
In Conversation With… Julianne Moore
Among her numerous accolades throughout her career in film, television, on stage and as a NY-Times Bestselling author, Academy Award® and Emmy®-winning actress Julianne Moore is the ninth person in Academy history to receive two Oscar nominations in the same year and the only American actress to be awarded top acting prizes at the Cannes, Berlin and Venice film festivals. Having appeared in more than 60 feature films, she will next be seen this October in Freeheld – part of the Festival’s official selection – opposite Ellen Page and Michael Shannon, and in November as President Coin in Francis Lawrence’s upcoming Hunger Games sequel Mockingjay: Part 2. Julianne is an Artist Ambassador for Save the Children U.S. Programs, is on the Advisory Council of The Children’s Health Fund, and is a supporter of Planned Parenthood and the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance. Moore will hit the stage for a special conversation on the occasion of the premiere of her highly anticipated new film.
In Conversation With… Salma Hayek
Academy Award-nominee and Emmy winner Salma Hayek has proven herself as a prolific actress, producer and director in both film and television. Hayek has several films set for release this year and next, including the Festival selection Septembers of Shiraz alongside Adrien Brody, Tale of Tales by acclaimed Italian director Matteo Garrone, and as the voice “Teresa Taco” in Seth Rogen’s upcoming animated feature Sausage Party. She was nominated for an Academy Award, Golden Globe®, Screen Actors Guild and a BAFTA award for her leading role in Julie Taymor’s Frida. Noted for her acting career, Hayek has also dedicated much of her time to social activism, previously serving as spokesperson for the Pampers/UNICEF partnership worldwide and the Avon Foundation's Speak Out Against Domestic Violence program. In November 2005, she served as co-host, alongside Julianne Moore, at the Nobel Peace Prize Concert in Oslo. She was also part of the One campaign that singer and activist Bono created, as well as a member of Global Green, and Youth Aids. Born and raised in Coatzacoalcos, Mexico, Hayek studied International Relations in college in Mexico. Hayek takes the stage to discuss her remarkable career to date.
In Conversation With… Sarah Silverman
Two-time Emmy winner Sarah Silverman is a versatile performer with a repertoire that includes everything from film and television to stand-up comedy and iconic videos. Silverman next stars in the lead role of drama I Smile Back – in the Festival’s official selection – and in Ashby. She recently wrapped production on the ‘Top Secret Untitled Lonely Island Project,’ as well as a comedy pilot for HBO which she executive produced and in which she stars. Last year she was awarded an Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Special for her comedy special We Are Miracles. Other credits include Wreck-It Ralph, Take This Waltz and her concert film Sarah Silverman: Jesus is Magic. Silverman’s sharp sense of humour is sure to entertain audiences as she discusses her varied career.
In Conversation With… Matthew Weiner
Matthew Weiner serves as creator, Executive Producer, writer and director on the critically acclaimed drama Mad Men and will delight fans by discussing aspects of the extremely popular TV series. Since the series premiere in 2007, Mad Men has become one of television’s most honored shows joining an elite group in 2011 when it became only the fourth drama to be awarded four consecutive Emmy Awards for Outstanding Drama Series. Additional honors for the series include: three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Drama Series; a Peabody Award; three Producers Guild Awards; four Writers Guild Awards; two BAFTA Awards; five Television Critics Association Awards, including Program of the Year; and being named seven years running to AFI’s Top 10 Outstanding Television Programs. Weiner’s additional credits include serving as an Executive Producer and writer on The Sopranos, and writer on various television comedy series including The Naked Truth, Becker, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. In addition to his television credits, Weiner wrote and directed the feature film, Are You Here, featuring performances from Owen Wilson, Zack Galifianakis and Amy Poehler. Born in Los Angeles, Weiner studied Philosophy, Literature, and History at Wesleyan University. He also earned his MFA from the University of Southern California School of Cinema and Television. Weiner currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife, architect Linda Brettler, and their four sons.
Heat - Michael Mann, USA Hard-boiled ex-con Neil McCauley is the leader of a crew of seasoned thieves who operate with grim determination and military discipline. But when a last-minute replacement on his team leads to a bloody triple murder during an armoured truck robbery, McCauley is targeted by veteran detective Vincent Hanna, whose obsessive dedication both mirrors and contrasts with McCauley's ruthless professionalism. Starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro with Jon Voight, Val Kilmer, Ashley Judd, Tom Sizemore and Amy Brenneman.
Zoom - Pedro Morelli, Canada World Premiere
Zoom is a fast-paced, pop-art inspired, multi-plot contemporary comedy. The film consists of three seemingly separate but ultimately interlinked storylines about a comic book artist, a novelist and a film director. Each character lives in a separate world but authors a story about the life of another.
As I Open My Eyes (A peine j'ouvre les yeux) - Leyla Bouzid, Tunisia/France/Belgium (Contemporary World Cinema) North American Premiere
Born To Dance - Tammy Davis, New Zealand (Discovery) World Premiere
The Final Girls - Todd Strauss-Schulson, USA (Midnight Madness) International Premiere
Girls Lost - Alexandra-Therese Keining, Sweden (Contemporary World Cinema) World Premiere
He Named Me Malala - Davis Guggenheim, USA (TIFF Docs) International Premiere
The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer) - Hany Abu-Assad, United Kingdom/Palestine/Qatar/ United Arab Emirates (Special Presentations) World Premiere
Ixcanul - Jayro Bustamante, Guatemala/France (Discovery) Canadian Premiere
Keeper - Guillaume Senez, Belgium/Switzerland/France (Discovery) North American Premiere
My Name is Emily - Simon Fitzmaurice, Ireland (Discovery) North American Premiere
Sleeping Giant - Andrew Cividino, Canada (Discovery) North American Premiere
The following filmmakers, creators and artists are expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:
Marc Abraham, Lenny Abrahamson, Hany Abu-Assad, Evgeny Afineevsky, Pablo Agüero, Chantal Akerman, AKIZ, Emin Alper, Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche, George Amponsah, Laurie Anderson, Faraz Anoushahpour, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Joko Anwar, Danielle Arbid, Myrsini Aristidou, Gillian Armstrong, Harrison Atkins, Jacques Audiard, Nabil Ayouch, Jason Bateman, Joe Begos, Mateo Bendesky, Roxanne Benjamin, Amy Berg, Bergur Bernburg, Fabienne Berthaud, Thomas Bidegain, Wayne Blair, Matthew Taylor Blais, Anna Boden, Andreea Cristina Bortun, Mir-Jean Bou Chaaya, Leyla Bouzid, Salem Brahimi, Pietra Brettkelly, Sue Brooks, Matthew Brown, David Bruckner, Robert Budreau, Jayro Bustamante, Sean Byrne, Paco Cabezas, A.D. Calvo, Nelson Carlo de los Santos Arias, Jon Cassar, Michael Caton-Jones, Sylvia Chang, Soi Cheang, Mabel Cheung, Andrew Cividino, Elaine Constantine, Scott Cooper, Julio Hernández Cordón, Catherine Corsini, John Crowley, Jonás Cuarón, Maris Curran, Andrew Currie, Jamie M. Dagg, Ely Dagher, Terence Davies, Tammy Davis, Álex de la Iglesia, Salvador del Solar, Samuel M. Delgado, Gaby Dellal, Julie Delpy, Yuval Delshad, Nick DenBoer, Diastème, Drake Doremus, Christopher Doyle, Igor Drljaca, Geneviève Dulude-De Celles, Stephen Dunn, Barbara Eder, Guy Édoin, Jussi Eerola, Robert Eggers, Atom Egoyan, Adil El Arbi, Halima Elkhatabi, Danae Elon, Jihan El-Tahri, Roland Emmerich, Anne Émond, Can Evrenol, Lawrence Fajardo, Philippe Falardeau, Bilall Fallah, Kasra Farahani, David Farr, Jean-Loup Felicioli, Pablo Fendrik, Ryan Ferko, Simon Fitzmaurice, Ryan Fleck, Federica Foglia, Davy Force, Maïder Fortuné, Stephen Frears, Fridrik Thor Fridriksson, Cary Fukunaga, Alain Gagnol, Florian Gallenberger, Deniz Gamze Ergüven, Geeta Gandbhir, Cesc Gay, Tom Geens, Beatrice Gibson, Nitzan Gilady, Helena Girón, Amos Gitaï, Fabrice Gobert, Tim Godsall, David Gordon Green, Paul Gross, Guan Hu, Ciro Guerra, Davis Guggenheim, Meghna Gulzar, Patricio Guzmán, Ido Haar, Lucile Hadžihalilovic, Du Haibin, Andrew Haigh, Hermon Hailay, Grímur Hákonarson, Catherine Hardwicke, Sterlin Harjo, Owen Harris, Brian Helgeland, Oliver Hermanus, Gavin Hood, Tom Hooper, Patrick Horvath, Eva Husson, Nicholas Hytner, Anders Thomas Jensen, Brian D. Johnson, Duke Johnson, Evan Johnson, Kent Jones, Kahlil Joseph, Marie-Ève Juste, Tolga Karaçelik, Paul Katis, Charlie Kaufman, Shambhavi Kaul, Naomi Kawase, Yaelle Kayam, Alexandra-Therese Keining, Eric Khoo, Sebastian Ko, Sandra Kogut, Barbara Kopple, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Baltasar Kormákur, German Kral, Lars Kraume, Tim Kring, Joachim Lafosse, Patrice Laliberté, Yorgos Lanthimos, Hicham Lasri, Daniel Leconte, Emmanuel Leconte, Sherren Lee, Claude Lelouch, Michael Lennox, Mark Lewis, Sergei Loznitsa, Guy Maddin, Michael Mann, Pietro Marcello, Alejandra Márquez Abella, Justin Martinez, Gabriel Mascaro, Mai Masri, Erik Matti, Steven McCarthy, Tom McCarthy, Bruce McDonald, Sam McKeith, Tom McKeith, Julio Medem, Isiah Medina, Deepa Mehta, Piero Messina, Takashi Miike, Rebecca Miller, Roberto Minervini, Josh Mond, Caroline Monnet, Dito Montiel, Michael Moore, Jocelyn Moorhouse, Nanni Moretti, Radu Muntean, Ilya Naishuller, Pan Nalin, Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser, László Nemes, Morgan Neville, Eva Neymann, Gaspar Noé, Bahar Noorizadeh, Rufus Norris, Ryan J. Noth, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, Kwon Oh-kwang, Marcel Ophüls, Louise Osmond, Luis Ospina, Ivan Ostrochovský, Stephen Page, Kire Paputts, Jennifer Peedom, Nicolás Pereda, Osgood Perkins, He Ping, Leanne Pooley, Natalie Portman, Corneliu Porumboiu, Robin Pront, Lucía Puenzo, Nicolás Puenzo, Radio Silence, Kazik Radwanski, Behrouz Rae, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Nick Read, Patrick Reed, Rob Reiner, Jason Reitman, Arturo Ripstein, Ben Rivers, Jay Roach, Ariel Rotter, Patricia Rozema, Rúnar Rúnarsson, Zack Russell, Seung-wan Ryoo, Adam Salky, Jeremy Saulnier, Matthew Saville, Mark Sawers, Lorene Scafaria, Elisabeth Scharang, Sebastian Schipper, Kerstin Schroedinger, Grant Scicluna, Ridley Scott, Florin Serban, Michelle Shephard, Howie Shia, Mina Shum, Nick Simon, Jeremy Sims, Hanna Sköld, Marko Skop, Mark Slutsky, Peter Sollett, Paolo Sorrentino, The Sporadic Film Collective, Simon Stone, Todd Strauss-Schulson, Thomas Stuber, Corin Sworn, Malgorzata Szumowska, Mika Taanila, Kimie Tanaka, Terrarea, Johnnie To, Pablo Trapero, Joachim Trier, Athina Rachel Tsangari, André Turpin, Yermek Tursunov, Jean-Marc Vallée, Joost van Ginkel, James Vanderbilt, Ana Vaz, Federico Veiroj, David Verbeek, Lorenzo Vigas, Denis Villeneuve, Magnus von Horn, Charlie Vundla, Apichatpong Weerasethakul, Wim Wenders, Ben Wheatley, Alice Winocour, Frederick Wiseman, Anthony Wonke, Marcin Wrona, Leena Yadav, Zhang Yang, Martin Zandvliet, Shemi Zarhin, Yared Zeleke, Jia Zhang-ke, Christian Zübert, and Alan Zweig.
The following guests are expected to attend the Toronto International Film Festival:
Christopher Abbott, Maisa Abd Elhadi, Alon Aboutboul, Abdelkarim Abu Baraka, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Waris Ahluwalia, Anajosé Aldrete, Vladimir Alexis, Sarah Allen, Joan Allen, Mathieu Amalric, Robert Amjarv, Jesuthasan Antonythasan, Benjamin Arthur, Ascot Royals, Kate Ashley, Mohammed Assaf, Hiba Atallah, Qais Atallah, Kevin Bacon, Jag Bal, Sofia Banzhaf, Tara Lynn Barr, Drew Barrymore, Joel Basman, Sean Bean, Jonny Beauchamp, Monica Bellucci, Tim Beresford, Bernardo Bernardo, The Big Sound, Luke Bilyk, Rougalta Bintou Saleh, Emily Blunt, Alexis Bonogofsky, Devon Bostick, Rachida Brakni, Adrien Brody, Erika Brodzky, Josh Brolin, Bruce Peninsula, Daniel Brühl, Sandra Bullock, Lindsay Burdge, Emil Buschow, Oskar Buschow, Will Butler, Win Butler, Rose Byrne, Michael Caine, Deragh Campbell, Michael Caton, Josh Charles, Régine Chassagne, Jessica Chastain, Tannishtha Chatterjee, Ricardo Chavira, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Suzanne Clément, Kristine Cofsky, Emory Cohen, Toni Collette, Common, Tom Courtenay, Bryan Cranston, John Lloyd Cruz, Penélope Cruz, Jimena Cuarón, Matt Damon, Jeff Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Benicio Del Toro, Monica Deol, Johnny Depp, Rajshri Deshpande, Tommy Dewey, Agyness Deyn, Steve Dhillon, Fariborz David Diaan, Sarah Jane Dias, Garret Dillahunt, Ma-Anne Dionisio, David Disher, Ryan Donnelly, Jean Dujardin, Willonson Duprate, Francesca Eastwood, Joel Edgerton, Jean Romane Edmond, Dennis Edney, Patricia Edney, Jesse Eisenberg, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Carmen Ejogo, Idris Elba, Viss Elliot Safavi, Greg Ellis, Cary Elwes, Elle Fanning, Feng Xiaogang, Dominic Flores, Mikkel Boe Følsgaard, Ben Foster, Jeremy Gara, Gael García Bernal, Maxim Gaudette, Filip Geljo, Jasmin Geljo, Greta Gerwig, Domhnall Gleeson, Donald Glover, Cad Gold Jr., Caroline Goodall, John Goodman, Topher Grace, Greg Grunberg, Pavleen Gujral, Jake Gyllenhaal, Tom Hardy, Allan Hawco, Ethan Hawke, Salma Hayek, Liam Hemsworth, Aksel Hennie, Tom Hiddleston, Randeep Hooda, Sacha Horler, Christine Horne, Nicholas Hoult, Patrick Huard, Rhys Ifans, Reef Ireland, Jeremy Irons, Jeremy Irvine, Christopher Jacot, Stephan James, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Connor Jessup, Wang Jiajia, Jillea, Harvey Keitel, Anna Kendrick, Richard Kerr, Irrfan Khan, Kirin Kiki, Jack Kilmer, Tim Kingsbury, Burghart Klaußner, Naomi Klein, Johannes Krisch, Diane Kruger, Peter Kurth, Kutiman, Shia LaBeouf, Karen Lamassonne, Martin Landau, Caleb Landry Jones, Diane Lane, Brie Larson, Gilles Lellouche, Alban Lenoir, Dave Liang, Marilyn Lima, Maša Lizdek, Kayla Lorette, Yo-Yo Ma and members of the Silk Road Ensemble, Amrit Maghera, Anushka Manchanda, Kate Mara, Jackson Martin, Steve Martin, Rachel McAdams, Anthony McCoy, Katelyn McKerracher, Chad McKinney, Baya Medhaffer, Alyx Melone, Tyler Messick, Dounia Mikou, Helen Mirren, Susan Misner, Jessica Mitchell, Reece Moffett, Roland Møller, Ali Momen, Julianne Moore, Elisabeth Moss, Sandhya Mridul, Axelle Munezero, William Nadylam, Jean Baptiste Nazaire, Navid Negahban, Sophie Nélisse, Cynthia Nixon, Tom Noonan, Dean Norris, Kim Novak, Michael Nyqvist, Chris O'Dowd, Alvaro Ogalla, Dean O'Gorman, Elizabeth Olsen, David Oyelowo, Ellen Page, Hunter Page-Lochard, Dev Patel, Michael Peña, Ron Perlman, Terry Pheto, Christopher Plummer, Clémence Poésy, Imogen Poots, Keith Poulson, Tara Pratt, Princess Shaw, Ahmad Qassim, Dennis Quaid, Eddie Redmayne, Richard Reed Perry, Callum Keith Rennie, Ryan Reynolds, Keith Richards, Julian Richings, Emma Roberts, Nick Robinson, Sam Rockwell, Scott Rodger, Géza Röhrig, Sandro Romero, Saoirse Ronan, Chloe Rose, Sakis Rouvas, Louis Roux, Geoffrey Rush, Andrew Ryder, Alain Saadeh, Gia Sandhu, Susan Sarandon, Morgan Saylor, Aliocha Schneider, Matthias Schoenaerts, Mike Scott, Nick Serino, Gingger Shankar, Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings, Kiernan Shipka, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Simmons, Julia Simpson, Goran Slavkovic, Sarah Snook, Sebastian Stan, Kristen Stewart, Patrick Stewart, Yunfan Sun, Donald Sutherland, Kiefer Sutherland, Rossif Sutherland, Theo Tams, Juno Temple, David Thewlis, Tory N. Thompson, River Tiber, Karelle Tremblay, Jacob Tremblay, Ulrike C. Tscharre, Peter Vack, Marine Vacth, Chantal Vaillancourt, Erwin Van Cotthem, Željko Veljkovic, Alicia Vikander, Vinay Virmani, Christopher Walken, Michaela Watkins, Naomi Watts, Matt Watts, Andy Weir, Rachel Weisz, Chase Williamson, Rachel Wilson, Kate Winslet, Letitia Wright, Fouad Yammine, Anton Yelchin, Odessa Young, Zhao Tao, and Elsa Zylberstein.
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