Toronto Film Festival unveils slate featuring new works from Sam Mendes, Tyler Perry, Darren Aronofsky and Sarah Polley

New works by directors Sam Mendes, Sarah Polly, Tyler Perry, Darren Aronofsky and Reginald Hudlin will be shown at the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival, an annual celebration of cinema that serves as the unofficial start of the film awards season.

After spending two years hosting largely virtual or significantly abbreviated events as a concession to COVID, Toronto, or TIFF as it’s known in the entertainment industry, you’re looking to deliver a full week and a half. Long highlight the best in filmmaking.

“We’re going to have the excitement of fans, big audiences, big movie launches and red carpets,” said Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF. diverse. “If this sounds like the Toronto Film Festival familiar, that’s what we’re going to do this year.”

As Tinseltown takes off in Canada, it will once again be celebrated with glittering premieres, celebrity commissions, and ballrooms packed with crowds that studio directors say remain among the most enthusiastic and least tedious of any major festival. The boos, annoyances, and strikes that sometimes spoil the Cannes premiere are not a thing at TIFF, where even the silliest film is met with polite applause.

This is partly why the festival’s slate of programs and special presentations – as they were before the pandemic – are packed with delightful premieres. Mendes will be on hand with “Empire of Light,” an English coastal movie romance starring Olivia Colman and Colin Firth. Polly will release “Women Talking” for the first time, an intense look at a group of women in the isolated Mennonite religious colony in Bolivia, grappling with a series of sexual assaults. Berry presents his drama “A Jazzman’s Blues,” a highly personal film that is said to mark a departure from the wider comedy and drama that propelled him to the A-list. Aronofsky will be looking to anchor “Whale,” a drama about a 600-pound man trying to reconnect With his daughter, as the frontrunner for the Academy Awards after his premiere at the Venice Film Festival this month. Hedlin hits Toronto with “Sidney,” a documentary about barrier-breaking actor Sidney Poitier produced with the participation of the screen legend’s family. To increase the share of icons, it was produced by Oprah Winfrey.

Join previously announced global shows such as Jenna Prince-Bethwood’s historical epic “The Woman King,” Rian Johnson’s star-studded “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” and Steven Spielberg’s “The Fabelmans,” an upcoming semi-autobiographical story. old. The festival will also feature two distinct looks at the LGBTQ experience – ‘My Policeeman’, a drama with Harry Styles as a locked-down police officer in 1950s England, and ‘Bros,’ a rocking rom-com from Billy Eichner which is one of the first. Nice Encounter” centered around gay men from a large studio. Both films were announced before TIFF released the bulk of its slate on Thursday.

Many of the films that have been clicked to show at TIFF reflect the way in which Hollywood’s efforts to become more inclusive began to reshape the types of films it produces. Bailey noted that films such as Lena Dunham’s medieval comedy “Katherine Cold Birdie”Or Lila Neugebau’s Causeway, a drama about a soldier with a traumatic brain injury starring Jennifer Lawrence, projects told from a female perspective.

“The world of cinema and the films that go to festivals have been profoundly affected by a kind of reckoning and awakening in terms of gender,” says Bailey. “We watch more films by women and more stories that were not told when men dominated the world of cinema or were set in the background of men’s stories. When you put women in the writer’s chair or behind the camera as directors or as main characters, you get different kinds of Stories and stories that resonate with audiences in different ways.”

Expanding the Hollywood slot isn’t just about telling more female-centric tales. There are a number of films in TIFF, such as “The Woman King,” the story of a female military battalion of African warriors, or Stephen Williams’ “Chevalier,” a drama about a black violinist and composer at the court of Louis XVI in France, which highlights the Portions of history have been largely overlooked by studios.

“We have a number of great films from black filmmakers about the Black experience,” says Bailey. “There’s a wonderful expansion of the stories being told and a growing realization that these audiences have been here for a long time, and are craving stories like this.”

Other notable additions to the festival include the world premieres of Stephen Frears’ “The Lost King,” the story of an amateur historian’s search for the remains of King Richard III; Shekhar Kapoor “What does love have to do with that?” , a multicultural romcom that travels between London and South Asia; and Catherine Hardwicke’s “Prisoner’s Daughter,” a drama about a former convict who tries to form a relationship with his family after he is released from prison. There are also offbeat entries like Marc Melody’s “The Menu,” a mystery comedy-horror with Ralph Fiennes as a celebrity chef, and Robin Ostlund’s “Triangle of Sadness,” a witty mix of class commentary and scathing humor that was toasting Cannes.

TIFF has a proven track record when it comes to highlighting the films that dominate awards season. Recent festivals, even those swarming under the specter of COVID, have featured touching premieres of future Oscar winners like “The Power of the Dog,” “Belfast,” and “Nomadland” (best film winner 2022, “CODA,” which was already streaming to Apple). TV + when TIFF started). This year’s meet will see the return of Peter Farley, whose latest effort, “The Green Book,” won an audience award when it was shown at TIFF in 2018 before being selected as Best Picture at the Academy Awards. He’s back with “The Greatest Beer Run Ever,” a war drama with Zac Efron, Russell Crowe, and Bill Murray. Will magic strike twice?

Other films will be arriving in Canada in hopes of building on the momentum they gained at previous festivals. Among them are the movie “Triangle of Sadness” which won the Palme d’Or, as well as the movie “Holy Spider” which tells the story of an Iranian serial killer who was another departure from Cannes. Several filmmakers, such as Aronofsky and “The Son’s” Florian Zeller, will tackle serious cases of jet lag as they move from Venice, where their films debut, to TIFF, where their films will also be shown. And some of the films to be released from Lido, such as Alejandro J. Bardo’s “Bardo”. Iñárritu and Luca Guadagnino’s “Bones and All” skip TIFF, although Billy was shy about whether or not the invitations were turned down.

“I really don’t talk about films that aren’t at the festival,” Bailey says. “I’m just going to tell you that I’m very excited about this lineup, and I think our fans will be too.”

The festival will take place from September 8 to September 18. TIFF will reveal its programming choices for the Midnight Madness and Discovery sections and more in the coming days. Festival organizers expect to host between 200 feature films and 40 short films across various sectors.

Here is the full list of films announced Thursday:

Gala Offers 2022
* Previously announced
Alice, Darling
Mary Nighy | Canada, USA
World premiere

black ice
Hubert Davis | Canada
World premiere

Greatest drink ever
Peter Farrelly | United States of America
World premiere

butcher crossing
Gabe Polsky | United States of America
World premiere

Hummingbird
Francesca Archiboggi | Italy, France
World premiere

Chase
Lee Jong Jae | South Korea
North American premiere

Jazman Blues
Tyler Perry | United States of America
World premiere

Kachi Limbo
Chobham Yogi | India
World premiere

moving forward
Paul Weitz | United States of America
World premiere

Paris memories
Alice Winokur | France
North American premiere

prisoner’s daughter
Catherine Hardwicke | United States of America
World premiere

Raymond Wray
Rodrigo Garcia | United States of America
World premiere

roost
Amy Redford | United States of America
World premiere

Sydney
Reginald Hudlin | United States of America
World premiere

Son
Florian Zeller | United kingdom
North American premiere

movie night opening
*swimmers
Sally El Husseiny | United kingdom
World premiere

What’s Love Got To Do With It?
Shekhar Kapoor | United kingdom
World premiere

*Woman King
Jenna Prince-Bythwood | United States of America
World premiere

Special Offers 2022
* Previously announced
the loogue
Sir Richard Eyre | United kingdom
World premiere

All Quiet on the Western Front
Edward Berger | Germany
World premiere

Inisherin from Inisherin
Martin McDonagh | UK, Ireland, USA
North American premiere

Blue Buck
Robert Connolly | Australia
World premiere

blue kaftan
Maryam Touzani | Morocco, France, Belgium, Denmark
North American premiere

mediator
Hirokazu Kuri Ida | South Korea
Canadian premiere

*brother
Clement the Virgin | Canada
World premiere

* two brothers
Nicholas Stoller | United States of America
World premiere

*Catherine is called Birdie
Lena Dunham | United kingdom
World premiere

bridge
Neugebauer Purple | United State
World premiere

Chevalier
Stephen Williams | United States of America
World premiere

corset
Marie Kreutzer | Austria, France, Germany
North American premiere

Decision to leave
Park Chan-wook | South Korea
North American premiere

loyalty
J.D. Dillard | United States of America
World premiere

Leadership
Madeleine Christian Carrion | France
International premiere

alternative
Diego Lerman | Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, France
World premiere

The Empire of Light
Sam Mendes | UK, USA
Canadian premiere

immortal daughter
Joanna Hogg | United kingdom
North American premiere

* Fablemans
Steven Spielberg | United States of America
World premiere

* Onion glass: knives to bring out the mystery
Ryan Johnson | United States of America
World premiere

Good night Obi
Ryan White | United States of America
International premiere

The good nurse
Tobias Lindholm | United States of America
World premiere

Holy spider
Ali Abbasi | Denmark, Germany, Sweden, France
Canadian premiere

Joyland
Saim Sadiq | Pakistan
North American premiere

King’s Knight
Biyi Gangs | Nigeria
World premiere

The lost king
Stephen Frears | United kingdom
World premiere

mind man
Jung Woo Sung | South Korea
World premiere

food menu
Marc Miloud | United States of America
World premiere

*on exit
Sana’a Lathan | United States of America
World premiere

beautiful morning
Mia Hansen Love | France
Canadian premiere

Other people’s children
Rebecca Zlotowski | France
North American premiere

Daydream Monaj
Brett Morgan | United States of America
North American premiere

* policeman
Michael Grundig | United kingdom
World premiere

Nanny
Nikiato Juso | United States of America
International premiere

no bears
Jafar Panahi Iran
North American premiere

The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandy Carlyle
Kathleen Horan | Spinner
International premiere

Saint Omer
Alice Diop | France
North American premiere

safe haven
Zachary Wigon | United States of America
World premiere

Stories that shouldn’t be told
Cesc Jay | Spain
World premiere

sadness triangle
Robin Ostlund | Sweden, UK, USA, France and Greece North American premiere

walk towards
Hong Sang Soo | South Korea
World premiere

Wendell and Wild
Henry Selick | United States of America
World premiere

woman talking
Sarah Polley | United States of America
International premiere

Whale
Darren Aronofsky | United States of America
North American premiere

wonders
Sebastian Lelio | United Kingdom, Ireland
Canadian premiere


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