Apart from the parties, celeb-spotting and the IT House, we’re looking forward to the incredible lineup of movies. From Galas to special presentations, Canadian films and thrilling documentaries, here are our top picks of movies to watch during TIFF when it kicks off Thursday, Sept. 6. With a 244-strong feature lineup, the movies selected and screened at the festival will continue to put Toronto on the map for innovation and creativity in film. Toronto’s film festival lineup usually consists of Award contenders with a deep and broad selection of films, and this year is no different. We can’t wait to see what this year brings to movie magic!
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- First They Killed My Father – Angelina Jolie
In this documentary thriller, Angelina Jolie documents the Cambodian Genocide of 1975, a story of war through a child’s eyes who lived through it. Jolie will also be a keynote speaker during TIFF. I
- Darren Aronofsky – Mother!
In true Aronofsky style, Mother! places the viewer in an uncomfortable position. Putting Jennifer Lawrence in a thriller spotlight, Javier Bardem and Lawrence play a couple whose relationship is tested after unexpected visitors show up at their house. The discomfort will make you wonder what’s going on…
- Molly’s Game – Aaron Sorkin
Aaron Sorkin makes his directorial debut film in Toronto with Molly’s Game, the true story of high-profile Poker champ, Molly Bloom. Starring Jessica Chastain and Idris Elba, the movie follows the 26-year-old when she becomes a target of an FBI investigation through the underground poker empire.
- The Current War – Benedict Cumberbatch
Benedict Cumberbatch is making his long awaited return to Toronto. Fans were delighted last time he was in Toronto, when he spent hours signing autographs on King Street. The Current War is a dramatic inside look at inventors Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse’s battle for dominance with their electric inventions.
- Long Time Running – The Tragically Hip
Fans get the chance to relive their love affair with Canada’s beloved band, The Tragically Hip, which gets the Gala treatment. While frontman Gord Downie won’t be in attendance, the movie is still getting buzz for its in-depth emotional look at the band’s journey across the country, and gets personal with Downie and the rest of the band.
Other celebs slated to be in attendance this year include George Clooney, Javier Bardem, Julianne Moore, Andrew Garfield and Kate Winslet amongst many other noted celebs. You may be able to catch a glimpse of them in Toronto hotspots, The Spoke Club and the Thompson Hotel.