Toronto Film Festival lineup includes “Downsizing”, “mother!”, and “Suburbicon”


Earlier today, the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its lineup, bringing to the forefront a number of potential Academy Award contenders for this year. Toronto often launches a fair amount of awards players into the mix, so the expectation is that the same will be the case here. TIFF has quite the slate planned, with more to come, as this was just the first wave. Everything announced so far will be at the end of this piece, but first I do want to call out some of the possible prestige projects already set for the fest. From there, we’ll move on to the complete list.

You’ll see the lineup below, but first, a quick mention of some of the potentially Oscar friendly titles in the mix. They include Battle of the Sexes from Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris, BPM (Beats Per Minute) from Robin Campillo, Call Me By Your Name from Luca Guadagnino, The Current War from Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Darkest Hour from Joe Wright, Downsizing from Alexander Payne, First They Killed My Father from Angelina Jolie, Hostiles from Scott Cooper, I, Tonya from Craig Gillespie, Lady Bird from Greta Gerwig, mother! from Darren Aronofsky, The Mountain Between Us from Hany Abu-Assad, Mudbound from Dee Rees, The Shape of Water from Guillermo del Toro, The Square from Ruben Östlund, Stronger from David Gordon Green, Suburbicon from George Clooney, Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri from Martin McDonagh, as well as Victoria and Abdul from Stephen Frears. That’s just a small sample of what will be playing up north this fall..

Here now is the TIFF lineup for 2017:

GALAS 2017

Breathe – Andy Serkis, United Kingdom, World Premiere
The Catcher Was A Spy – Ben Lewin, USA, World Premiere
C’est la vie! – Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano, France, World Premiere
Darkest Hour – Joe Wright, United Kingdom, Canadian Premiere
Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool – Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom, Canadian Premiere
Kings – Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium, World Premiere
Long Time Running – Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, Canada, World Premiere
Mary Shelley – Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA, World Premiere
The Mountain Between Us – Hany Abu-Assad, USA, World Premiere
Mudbound – Dee Rees, USA, International Premiere
Stronger – David Gordon Green, USA, World Premiere
Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film – Neil Burger, USA, World Premiere
The Wife – Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden, World Premiere
Woman Walks Ahead – Susanna White, USA, World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2017

Battle of the Sexes – Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton, USA, International Premiere
BPM (Beats Per Minute) – Robin Campillo, France, North American Premiere
The Brawler – Anurag Kashyap, India, World Premiere
The Breadwinner – Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg, World Premiere
Call Me By Your Name – Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France, Canadian Premiere
Catch the Wind – Gaël Morel, France, International Premiere
The Children Act – Richard Eyre, United Kingdom, World Premiere
The Current War – Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA, World Premiere
Disobedience – Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom, World Premiere
Downsizing – Alexander Payne, USA, Canadian Premiere
A Fantastic Woman – Sebastián Lelio, Chile, Canadian Premiere
First They Killed My Father – Angelina Jolie, Cambodia, Canadian Premiere
The Guardians – Xavier Beauvois, France, World Premiere
Hostiles – Scott Cooper, USA, International Premiere
The Hungry – Bornila Chatterjee, India, World Premiere
I, Tonya – Craig Gillespie, USA, World Premiere
Lady Bird – Greta Gerwig, USA, International Premiere
mother! – Darren Aronofsky, USA, North American Premiere
Novitiate – Maggie Betts, USA, International Premiere
Omerta – Hansal Mehta, India, World Premiere
Plonger – Mélanie Laurent, France, World Premiere
The Price of Success – Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France, International Premiere
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women – Angela Robinson, USA, World Premiere
The Rider – Chloé Zhao, USA, Canadian Premiere
A Season in France – Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France, World Premiere
The Shape of Water – Guillermo del Toro, USA, Canadian Premiere
Sheikh – Jackson Amr Salama, Egypt, World Premiere
The Square – Ruben Östlund, Sweden, North American Premiere
Submergence – Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain, World Premiere
Suburbicon – George Clooney, USA, North American Premiere
Thelma – Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark, International Premiere
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – Martin McDonagh, USA, North American Premiere
Victoria and Abdul – Stephen Frears, United Kingdom, North American Premiere


Stay tuned for more on this and the other fall film festivals!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He also contributes to several other film-related websites.

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