Toronto Film Festival Adds 38 More Premieres, Its Primetime Line-Up and Much More


Toronto International Festival

Just when it seemed like this year’s Toronto International Festival (TIFF) had finished announcing the movies in its 2017 slate — after all, they said they would cut the line-up down by 20% — they announced a slew of new movies, including six more Gala Premieres and 33 Special Presentations. Also announced was this year’s Contemporary World Cinema slate, made up of 48 international films, and the five television shows that will be featured in TIFF’s Primetime line-up.

Some of the noticeable World Premieres added to the festival include John Curran’s Chappaquiddick, Jon Avnet’s Three Christs, German filmmaker Robert Schwentke’s return to his home country with The Captain (Der Hauptmann) and a surprise movie from comedian Louis C.K. called I Love You, Daddy — possibly his first feature since Pootie Tang? — which will have its World Premiere as part of the Special Presentation.

Brie Larson’s directorial debut Unicorn Store (pictured above) is another one of the 33 Special Presentations added to the roster as a TIFF World Premiere, as is Humpday director Lynn Shelton’s Outside In –– her first feature since 2014’s Laggies.

Paolo Virzi’s Italian film The Leisure Seeker, starring Donald Sutherland and Helen Mirren, which will be distributed by Sony Pictures Classics, is one of the few Gala Premieres that isn’t also a World Premiere, but it’s also not likely to play Telluride beforehand, since it’s an International Premiere.

Peter Landesman’s Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House, starring Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Julian Morris and Maika Monroe  — another Sony Pictures Classics release — will have its World Premiere at TIFF, skipping Telluride and Venice.

A few Cannes favorites like Yorgos Lanthimos’s The Killing of a Sacred Deer and Sean Baker’s The Florida Project were more predicable additions.

48 movies were also announced as part of TIFF’s Contemporary World Cinema slate with many World Premieres, including  Diego Lerman’s A Sort of Family, South African filmmaker Khalo Matabane’s The Number, Iraqi Mohamed Jabarah Al-daradji’s The Journey, Finnish Teemu Nikki’s Euthanizer and The Mentalist star Simon Baker’s directorial debut, Breath. (That shouldn’t be confused with Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, Breathe, which is also world premiering at TIFF, but it probably will be confused.)

Eleven international films — many of which have already premiered at other festivals like Cannes — were also added to the line-up as part of the Masters program, including the World Premiere for Alanis Obomsawin’s Our People Will Be Healed and Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani’s Rainbow – A Private Affair (Una questione privata). Michael Haneke’s Happy End is part of this program.

The shows featured in the third Primetime programme are ’s The Deuce, Netflix’s German of Dark and the Brazilian series, Under Pressure. TIFF will also premiere four episodes from the second season of Starz’ The Girlfriend Experience, executive produced by Steven Soderbergh.

The 42nd annual festival will run from September 7 through September 17, and you can see the list of newly-announced Galas and Special Presentations below.

For the full announced line-up including Contemporary World Cinema, you should go to the official TIFF site.

GALAS 2017

55 Steps
Bille August, Germany/Belgium (World Premiere)

John Curran, USA (World Premiere)

Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes
François Girard, Canada (World Premiere)

My Days of Mercy
Tali Shalom-Ezer, USA (World Premiere)

The Leisure Seeker
Paolo Virzì, Italy (International Premiere)

Three Christs
Jon Avnet, USA (World Premiere)


The Captain (Der Hauptmann)
Robert Schwentke, Germany/France/Poland (World Premiere)

The Conformist (冰之下)
Cai Shangjun, China (North American Premiere)

The Cured
David Freyne, Ireland/United Kingdom/France (World Premiere)

The Escape
Dominic Savage, United Kingdom (World Premiere)

The Florida Project | Sean Baker, USA (North America Premiere)

Samuel Maoz, Israel/Germany/France/Switzerland (Canadian Premiere)

I Love You, Daddy
Louis C.K., USA (World Premiere)

In the Fade (Aus dem Nichts)
Fatih Akin, Germany/France (North American Premiere)

Journey’s End
Saul Dibb, United Kingdom (World Premiere)

The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/United Kingdom (North American Premiere)

Mark Raso, Canada/USA (World Premiere)

Lean On Pete
Andrew Haigh, USA/United Kingdom (Canadian Premiere)

Loving Pablo
Fernando León de Aranoa, Spain (North American Premiere)

Michael Jackson’s Thriller 3D
John Landis, USA (North American Premiere
Preceded By Making of Michael Jackson’s Thriller
Jerry Kramer, USA (North American Premiere)

John Woo, Hong Kong/China (North American Premiere)

Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House
Peter Landesman, USA (World Premiere)

Sergio G. Sánchez, Spain (World Premiere)

Vicente Amorim, Brazil (World Premiere)

Molly’s Game
Aaron Sorkin, USA  (World Premiere)

The Motive (El Autor)
Manuel Martín Cuenca, Spain  (World Premiere)

Samui Song (Mai Mee Samui Samrab Ter)
Pen-ek Ratanaruang, Thailand/Germany/Norway (North American Premiere)

Number One (Numéro Une)
Tonie Marshall, France  (World Premiere)

On Chesil Beach
Dominic Cooke, United Kingdom  (World Premiere)

Outside In
Lynn Shelton, USA  (World Premiere)

Michael Noer, Serbia/Montenegro/Malta   (World Premiere)

Racer and the Jailbird
Michaël R. Roskam, Belgium/France (North America Premiere)

Radiance (Hikari)
Naomi Kawase, Japan/France (North America Premiere)

Michel Hazanavicius, France (North America Premiere)

Three Peaks (Drei Zinnen)
Jan Zabeil, Germany/Italy (North America Premiere)

Unicorn Store
Brie Larson, USA (World Premiere)

Who We Are Now
Matthew Newton, USA (World Premiere)

You Disappear (Du Forsvinder)
Peter Schønau Fog, Denmark/Sweden (International Premiere)

Youth (Fāng Huá)
Feng Xiaogang, China (World Premiere)

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