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Toronto International Film Festival 2017: Galas & Special Presentation Lineup: THE SHAPE OF WATER, STRONGER, BREATHE, & More

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Toronto International Film Festival 2017: Galas & Special Presentation Lineup

The Shape of Water, Stronger, Breathe, and other films in the Galas and Special Presentation sections of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has been announced. The 42th Toronto International Film Festival is “a publicly-attended non-competitive film festival. Founded in 1976, the TIFF is now one of the most prestigious film festivals in the world. The festival has begun to give more attention to mainstream Hollywood films [but] still maintains its focus on independent cinema. It features retrospectives of national cinemas and individual directors, highlights of Canadian cinema, as well as a variety of African, South American, and Asian films.”

Toronto International Film Festival always has a plethora of note-worthy films, films that make the average moviegoer jealous that they don’t have means to attend themselves. That jealousy will not abate this year.

Darkest Hour looks like it houses Gary Oldman‘s best performance in years. Oldman’s performance seems better than the film that it is housed in.

Mary Shelley has a very interesting plot and since it is about he author and creator of Frankenstein, fans of The Creature (Or Penny Dreadful) will not miss this film.

The Mountain Between Us looks as though it will be a solid drama while Stronger looks as though it will rip the heart out of audience members and simultaneously give them hope.

A trailer for I, Tonya‘s hasn’t been released yet so I have no impression to give but I doubt Margot Robbie, with all the scripts to choose form, would have chosen an “OK” film to star in. Like I, Tonya, I have not seen the trailer for Darren Aronofsky‘s latest film mother! but after Black Swan, The Wrestler, and Requiem for a Dream, Aronofsky has my complete interest (and anticipatory feelings) in his latest film.

The full Galas and Special Presentation lineup of the 2017 Toronto International Film Festival:

GALAS

Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Catcher Was A Spy | Ben Lewin, USA
World Premiere

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

Kings | 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

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA
International Premiere

Stronger | 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

 

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

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

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Downsizing | 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

Hostiles | 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

mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA
International Premiere

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India
World Premiere

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France
World Premiere

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France
International Premiere

Professor Marston & the Wonder Woman | 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

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain
World Premiere

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA
North American Premiere

Thelma | 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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