TIFF 2018: World premieres, cutting-edge films back in town


By Ingrid Coifman & Leila Monteiro Lins | Photos courtesy of TIFF | Published 12/09/, 2018

Photo 1 – Mouthpiece

Patricia Rozema adapts the award-winning two-woman play by Amy Nostbakken and Norah Sadava, about an aspiring writer attempting to reconcile her feminism with the conformist choices of her mother following her mother’s sudden death.

The 43rd-annual Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), which runs Sept. 6-16, is bringing 17 Galas and 30 Special Presentations, as well as 21 World Premieres this year. The selection includes 13 features directed by women, including Patricia Rozema’s Mouthpiece, Nandita Das (Manto), and Claire Denis’ High Life, a science fiction adventure drama starring Robert Pattisonand Juliette Binoche.


Photo 2 – First Man  

TIFF’s Headliners include Damien Chazelle’s First Man, which features Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, and Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born, with singer Lady Gaga and himself in the main roles.

Steve Carell is a father coping with his son’s addiction in Beautiful Boy. Emilio Estevez directs and stars The Public, alongside Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater. The Sisters Brothers brings together John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix and Jake Gyllenhaal, while Julia Roberts leads the cast in Ben Is Back, a drama about America’s opioid crisis.
Dan Fogelman’s Life Itself features an heavy-weight cast, including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Mandy Patinkin and Antonio Banderas. Academy Award-winners Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek lead an all-star cast, including Danny Glover, Tom Waits, Elisabeth Moss, and Casey Affleck, in bank-robber biopic Old Man & the Gun.
Capernaum, a Lebanese film written and directed by Nadine Labaki, is a highlight after wining the Jury Prize at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival.

“Every year is a mixed bag in terms of what the films are about, but we are seeing this year a number of films and filmmakers who are addressing real shifts in the culture and political conflicts, social tensions that are going on,” said TIFF artistic director and co-head Cameron Bailey.

More information about the films’ selections is at

Ingrid Coifman

Ingrid is a journalist who specializes in tecnhology, economics, and tourism; her portfolio incluides Culture TV, CBN Radio, McDonalds and Microsoft.

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