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First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie
First They Killed My Father – Angelina Jolie

The Toronto International Film Festival today unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentations programs of the 42nd edition of the festival, taking place from September 7 to 17, 2017.

Of the 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, this first announcement includes 25 World Premieres, eight International Premieres, six North American Premieres and eight Canadian Premieres.

“Festival-goers from around the world can anticipate a remarkable lineup of extraordinary stories, voices and cinematic visions from emerging talent and some of our favorite masters,” said Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF. “Today’s announcement offers audiences a glimpse at this year’s rich and robust selection of films, including works from Canada, USA, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Spain, Ireland, Luxembourg, Belgium, Norway, Sweden, Denmark, India, Chile, Egypt and Cambodia.”

“Every year we set the stage for film lovers of all ages and cultural backgrounds to come together and embrace the universal power of cinema,” said Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF. “As the Festival enters its fifth decade, we’ve challenged ourselves to adapt and build on our strengths, and we look forward to championing a new selection of films that will captivate and inspire global film audiences.”

GALAS 2017

Andy Serkis, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Catcher Was A Spy
Ben Lewin, USA
World Premiere

*Closing Night Film*
C’est la vie!
Olivier Nakache, 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

Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium
World Premiere

Long Time Running
Jennifer Baichwal, 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

Dee Rees, USA
International Premiere

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


Battle of the Sexes
Valerie Faris, 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

Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom
World Premiere

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

Scott Cooper, USA
International Premiere

The Hungry
Bornila Chatterjee, India
World Premiere

I, Tonya
Craig Gillespie, USA
World Premiere

*Special Presentations Opening Film*
Lady Bird
Greta Gerwig, USA
International Premiere

Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

Maggie Betts, USA
International Premiere

Hansal Mehta, India
World Premiere

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

*Special Presentations Closing Film*
Sheikh Jackson
Amr Salama, Egypt
World Premiere

The Square
Ruben Östlund, Sweden
North American Premiere

Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain
World Premiere

George Clooney, USA
North American Premiere

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

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