The Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its first round of selections for the 2019 festival, announcing 18 galas and 38 special presentations, which include numerous high-profile films and A-list stars set to attend the fest’s 44th edition.
“Some of the year’s biggest films will land in Toronto this September,” said TIFF co-head and artistic director Cameron Bailey. “We’re thrilled to unveil galas and special presentations that bring the brightest lights in film to our festival audience. Our new programming team has been hard at work for months to deliver the compelling stories, acclaimed filmmakers, and top onscreen talent that mark our two highest-profile sections.”
Added fellow co-head Joana Vicente: “I’m delighted to step into my first Festival as TIFF co-head to such a powerful slate of films. Fast-paced, boundary-pushing, satirical — this lineup has films representing every corner of the cinematic landscape on top of a strong number of world premieres. It’s a pleasure to be able to share these films with audiences for the first time.”
Among the films set to debut at TIFF are the Tom Hanks-starring Mr. Rogers biopic “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”, Joaquin Phoenix’s take on Batman’s most iconic villain in “Joker”, and “Hustlers”, the strip-club heist film starring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, and Cardi B.
Other notable entries this year include James Mangold’s “Ford v Ferrari”, starring Matt Damon and Christian Bale; “The Two Popes”, starring Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict XVI and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis I; and the Bruce Springsteen documentary “Western Stars”.
This year’s opening-night selection will be the anticipated music documentary “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band”, while the Rosamund Pike-starring Marie Curie biopic “Radioactive” will close out the festival.
Meanwhile, TIFF points out that 50 per cent of this year’s gala titles are directed or co-directed by women, a record number for the festival. In addition, this year’s selection also includes 29 world premieres, six international premieres, 13 North American premieres, and eight Canadian premieres.
You can see more information on this year’s TIFF lineup right here.
The 44th annual Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, September 5, and concludes on Sunday, September 15.
Check out trailers from some of this year’s festival selections below.