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TORONTO 2020

TIFF announces 50 presentations for hybrid festival, with a consistent European presence

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- Co-head Cameron Bailey says the selection “reflects the tumult” of putting a festival on during coronavirus pandemic. Francis Lee, Thomas Vinterberg and François Ozon lead 20-film European presence

TIFF announces 50 presentations for hybrid festival, with a consistent European presence
Limbo by Ben Sharrock

TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente today announced the line-up of titles selected for the 45th Toronto International Film Festival (scheduled to run from 10 to 19 September). There is a consistent presence of European productions in the 50-title (47 films and 3 series) list, particularly those films with production involvement from the United Kingdom.

The strong representation of women, Black people, Indigenous people and people of colour among TIFF’s selection reflect the organization’s continuing commitment to normalizing gender parity and racial equality for future generations.

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Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, TIFF will only screen 50 presentations, with no individual sections announced. Bailey said, “This year’s line-up reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover. We’re thankful to every filmmaker and company that joined us on this adventure, and we can’t wait to share these brilliant films with our audiences.”

Anticipated European productions include Ammonite by Francis Lee, which stars Saoirse Ronan and Oscar winner Kate Winslet, who will receive the 2020 TIFF Tribute Actor Award at the Toronto Film Festival. Ammonite is inspired by the life of British palaeontologist Mary Anning played by Winslet.

As expected, Thomas Vinterberg’s Another Round [+see also:
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will play in Toronto, before heading to San Sebastian. The film was one of several titles that will land in Toronto carrying the Cannes 2020 Label. Falling, Viggo Mortensen’s Canadian / UK co-production that launched to acclaim at Sundance has also landed a berth. There is also a spot for François Ozon’s much-anticipated Summer of 85 [+see also:
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German director Werner Herzog and Cambridge University professor Clive Oppenheimer bring new documentary Fireball: Visitors from Darker Word, which looks at how meteorites have impacted Earth.

Several titles will come to TIFF fresh from Venice, or at the same time, including Quo Vadis, Aïda? by Berlin Golden Bear winner Jasmila Žbanić and Gianfranco Rosi’s documentary Notturno [+see also:
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. Other new films to look out for include Spring Blossom [+see also:
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by Suzanne Lindon, which Bailey has described “as a real discovery”, I Care a Lot by J Blakeson, Limbo by Ben Sharrock and Wildfire by Cathy Brady.

The list of films announced:

180 Degree Rule – ​Farnoosh Samadi (Iran)
76 DaysH​ao Wu​, Anonymous, ​Weixi Chen​ (USA)
AmmoniteFrancis Lee (UK)
Another Round [+see also:
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 – Thomas Vinterberg (Denmark)
Bandar BandM​anijeh Hekmat ​(Iran/Germany)
Beans​ – ​Tracey Deer (Canada)
Beginning – Dea Kulumbegashvili (Georgia/France)
The Best is Yet to Come – ​Wang Jing (China)
Bruised​ – Halle Berry (USA)
City HallFrederick Wiseman (USA)
Concrete CowboyRicky Staub (USA)
David Byrne’s American Utopia – ​Spike Lee (USA) (opening film)
The DiscipleChaitanya Tamhane (India)
Enemies of the State – ​S​onia Kennebeck​​ (USA)
Falling Viggo Mortensen (Canada/UK)
The Father – Florian Zeller (UK/France)
Fauna​ – N​icolás Pereda​ (Mexico/Canada)
Fireball: Visitors from Darker WorldsWerner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer (UK/USA)
Gaza mon amourTarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser (France/Germany/Portugal/Palestine/Qatar)
Get the Hell Out ​– I​-Fan Wang (Taiwan)
Good Joe BellReinaldo Marcus Green (USA)
I Care A LotJ Blakeson (UK)
Inconvenient IndianM​ichelle Latimer (Canada)
The InheritanceEphraim Asili (USA)
Lift Like a Girl (Ash ya Captain)Mayye Zayed (Egypt/Germany/Denmark)
LimboBen Sharrock (UK)
Memory House [+see also:
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​ – João Paulo Miranda Maria​ (Brazil/France)
MLK/FBI​ – Sam Pollard (USA)
The New Corporation: An Unfortunately Necessary Sequel​ ​– Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott (Canada)
New OrderMichel Franco​ (Mexico)
Night of the Kings (La Nuit des rois)Philippe Lacôte (Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal)
NomadlandC​hloé Zhao​ (USA)
No Ordinary ManA​isling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt​ (Canada)
Notturno [+see also:
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Gianfranco Rosi (Italy/France/Germany)
One Night in MiamiR​egina King (USA)
Penguin Bloom​ – Glendyn Ivin (Australia/USA)
Pieces of a WomanKornél Mundruczó (USA/Canada/Hungary)
Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time - Lili Horvát (Hungary)
Quo Vadis, Aïda?Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey)
Shadow In The Cloud​ – R​oseanne Liang​ (USA/New Zealand)
Shiva BabyEmma Seligman​ (USA/Canada)
Spring Blossom [+see also:
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Suzanne Lindon (France)
A Suitable BoyMira Nair (United Kingdom/India) (closing film) (series)
Summer of 85 (Été 85) [+see also:
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François Ozon (France)
The Third DayFelix Barrett, Dennis Kelly (UK) (series)
TricksterMichelle Latimer (Canada) (series)
True MothersNaomi Kawase (Japan)
Under the Open SkyMiwa Nishikawa​ (Japan)
Violation​ – M​adeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli (Canada)
WildfireCathy Brady (United Kingdom/Ireland)

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