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The lineup announced for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival and is chock full of Oscar hopefuls (plus Venice!)

Festival news is coming hot an heavy these days. Yes, we now have another film festival that’s beginning to announce its lineup. The Toronto International Film Festival, which runs from September 6th until September 16th, has revealed what will be playing up north. As always, it’s going to be one of the prime stops during awards season. Oscar players galore stop at TIFF, so 2018 will likely be no exception. We’ve already seen a glimpse at what the New York Film Festival as well as what the Venice Film Festival will be playing, so this group of movies offers up some further information about what could be seeking the votes of Academy members. Quite frankly, it seems like an embarrassment of riches, if one devoid of too much in the way of light fare.

(Update: the Venice Film Festival lineup has also been revealed, so that will be at the bottom as well)

The lineup for Toronto has Academy Award hopefuls across the board, including unseen contenders like Beautiful Boy from Felix van Groeningen, Can You Ever Forgive Me? from Marielle Heller, First Man from Damien Chazelle, The Front Runner from Jason Reitman, High Life from Claire Denis, If Beale Street Could Talk from Barry Jenkins, The Old Man and the Gun from David Lowery, Roma from Alfonso Cuarón, The Sisters Brothers from Jacques Audiard, A Star is Born from Bradley Cooper, White Boy Rick from Yann Demange, and Widows from Steve McQueen. That’s a stacked field, and that doesn’t even include things that are fringe contenders or have screened elsewhere, as you’ll see below…

Here is what will be playing at TIFF, so far at least:

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


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 (Les filles du soleil) — 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

*Special Presentations Opening Film*

MOUTHPIECE — Patricia Rozema, Canada – World 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

*Special Presentations Closing Film*

Shoplifters — 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
Where Hands Touch — Amma Asante, United Kingdom – World Premiere
White Boy Rick — Yann Demange, USA – International Premiere
Wildlife — Paul Dano, USA – Canadian Premiere

As you can see, the field is a strong one. Toronto may well have the eventual Best Picture winner in its midst. In addition to all those mentioned previously, it also seems prudent to keep an eye on Palme d’Or winner Shoplifters from Hirokazu Kore-eda, in addition to Wildlife from Paul Dano, which I’ve already seen and loved. Then, we have plenty of other already screened players, so TIFF is setting itself up nicely for success. Plus, there are more announcements to come between now and the early fall. So, this is going to be quite the fest. Sit tight for any further additions when we have it…

As promised, here is the Venice lineup as well:


“First Man,” Damien Chazelle (U.S.)
“The Mountain,” Rick Alverson (U.S.)
“Doubles Vies,” Olivier Assayas (France)
“The Sisters Brothers,” Jacques Audiard (France, Belgium, Romania, Spain)
“The Ballad of Buster Scruggs,” Ethan and Joel Coen (U.S.)
“Vox Lux,” Brady Corbet (U.S.)
“Roma,” Alfonso Cuaron (Mexico)
“22 July,” Paul Greengrass (Norway, Iceland)
“Suspiria,” Luca Guadagnino (Italy)
“Work Ohne Autor,” Florian Henkel Von Donnersmark (Germany)
“The Nightingale,” Jennifer Kent (Australia)
“The Favorite,” Yorgos Lanthimos (U.S.)
“Peterloo,” Mike Leigh (U.K., U.S.)
“Capri-Revolution,” Mario Martone (Italy, France)
“What You Gonna Do When The World’s On Fire?”, Roberto Minervini (Italy, U.S., France)
“Sunset,” Laszlo Nemes (Hungary, France)
“Freres Ennemis,” David Oelhoffen (France, Belgium)
“Neustro Tiempo,” Carlos Reygadas (Mexico, France, Germany, Denmark, Sweeden)
“At Eternity’s Gate,” Julian Schnabel (U.S., France)
“Killing,” Shinya Tsukamoto (Japan)



“The Other Side Of The Wind,” Orson Welles (U.S.)
“They’ll Love Me When I’m Dead,” Morgan Neville (U.S.)


“My Brilliant Friend,” Saverio Costanzo (Italy, Belgium)
“Il Diario Di Angela – Noi Due Cineasti,” Yervant Gianikian (Italy)


“Una Storia Senza Nome,” Roberto Andò (Italy)
“Les Estivants,” Valeria Bruni Tedeschi (France, Italy)
“A Star Is Born,” Bradley Cooper (U.S.)
“Mi Obra Maestra,” Gaston Duprat (Argentina, Spain)
“A Tramway in Jerusalem,” Amos Gitai (Israel, France)
“Un Peuple et Son Roi,” Pierre Schoeller (France, Belgium)
“La Quietud,” Pablo Trapero (Argentina)
“Dragged Across Concrete,” S. Craig Zahler (U.S.)
“Shadow,” Zhang Yimou (China)


“A Letter to a Friend In Gaza,” Amos Gitai (Israel)
“Aquarela,” Victor Kossakovsky (U.K., Germany)
“El Pepe, Una Vida Suprema,” Emir Kusturica (Argentina, Uruguay, Serbia)
“Process,” Sergei Loznitsa (The Netherlands)
“Carmine Street Guitars,” Ron Mann (Canada)
“Isis, Tomorrow. The Lost Souls Of Mosul,” Francesca Mannocchi, Alessio Romenzi (Italy, Germany)
“American Dharma,” Errol Morris (U.S., U.K.)
“Introduzione All’Oscuro,” Gaston Solnicki (Argentina, Austria)
“1938 Diversi,” Giorgio Treves (Italy)
“Your Face,” Tsai Ming-Liang (Chinese Taipei)
“Monrovia, Indiana,” Frederick Wiseman (U.S.)


“Sulla Mia Pelle,” Alessio Cremonini (Italy)
“Manta Ray,” Phuttiphong Aroonpheng (Thailand, France, China)
“Soni,” Ivan Ayr (India)
“The River,” Emir Baigazin (Kazakistan, Poland, Norway)
“La Noche de 12 Anos,” Alvaro Brechner (Spain, Argentina, France)
“Deslembro,” Flavia Castro (Brasil, France, Qatar)
“The Announcement,” Mahmut Fazil Coskun (Turkey, Bulgaria)
“Un Giorno All’Improvviso,” Ciro D’Emilio (Italy)
“Charlie Says,” Mary Harron (U.S.)
“Amanda,” Mikhael Hers (France)
“The Day I Lost My Shadow,” Soudade Kaadan (Syria, Lebanon, France, Qatar)
“L’Enkas,” Sarah Marx (France)
“The Man Who Surprised Everyone,” Evgeniy Tsiganov, Natalya Kudryashowa (Russia, Estonia, France)
“Through The Holes,” Garin Nugroho (Indonesia, Australia)
“As I Lay Dying,” Mostafa Sayyari (Iran)
“La Profezia Dell’armadillo,” Emanuele Scaringi (Italy)
“Stripped,” Yaron Shani (Israel, Germany)
“Jinpa,” Pema Tseden (China)
“Tel Aviv on Fire,” Same Zoabi (Luxembourg, France, Israel, Belgium)

Stay tuned for much more on TIFF and its titles when the festival gets underway in early September, as well as more from Venice as well!

About Joey Magidson

A graduate of Stony Brook University (where he studied Cinema and Cultural Studies), resides in Brooklyn, New York. He contributes to several other film-related websites and is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association.

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