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TORONTO 2021 Galas / Special Presentations

Toronto unveils its first batch of selections

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- The new titles by Fabrice du Welz, Mélanie Laurent, Bent Hamer and Kenneth Branagh will premiere in TIFF’s Gala and Special Presentations strands

Toronto unveils its first batch of selections
Inexorable by Fabrice du Welz

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the first batch of movies in its official selection, which comprises of 11 Gala and 21 Special Presentation films. At the 46th edition of the Canadian gathering, which will take place from 9-18 September, 15 of the selected titles will be having their world, four their international, 11 their North American and two their Canadian premieres. TIFF co-heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente also revealed that the feature-film adaptation of the Tony Award–winning musical Dear Evan Hansen by Stephen Chbosky is the Opening Night Gala Presentation and will screen on Thursday 9 September.

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Some of the highlights among the films set to world-premiere in Gala presentations are The Mad Women's Ball, by French writer-director-actor Mélanie Laurent, a tale of spectral visions and institutional abuse set in 19th-century France, Barry Levinson’s biographical drama The Survivor, about the boxer Harry Haft, who looks to carry on after fighting to survive in WWII concentration camps, and Kenneth Branagh’s coming-of-age drama Belfast, set amid the tumult of late-1960s Northern Ireland.

As for the Special Presentations, the selection includes the world premieres of Charlotte, the animated true story of Charlotte Salomon, a German Jewish artist defying incredible odds to create a masterpiece during World War II, by Eric Warin and Tahir Rana, The Middle Man, the latest oddball comedy by Norwegian director Bent Hamer, and the portrait of 20th-century English poet and soldier Siegfried Sassoon in Benediction by Terence Davies, along with Inexorable, the much awaited latest film by Fabrice du Welz which follows a bestselling novelist who moves into an eerie old mansion in search of inspiration, that will have its international premiere at TIFF.

Cameron Bailey stated: “We’re thrilled to unveil Galas and Special Presentations that bring the brightest lights in film to our festival audience. Our new programming team has been hard at work for months to deliver the compelling stories, acclaimed filmmakers and top on-screen talent that mark our two highest-profile sections.” Joana Vicente added: “Fast-paced, boundary-pushing, satirical — this line-up has films representing every corner of the cinematic landscape on top of a strong number of world premieres.”

Joana Vicente mentioned: “We’re so excited to be able to share this year’s lineup with audiences in theatres. These films reflect passion, creativity, and break new ground to tell their stories. We’re honoured to have them as part of TIFF 2021.”

Here is the full list of films announced so far:

Gala Presentations

Belfast - Kenneth Branagh (UK)
Clifford the Big Red Dog - Walt Becker (USA/UK/Canada)
Dear Evan Hansen - Stephen Chbosky (USA)
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain - Will Sharpe (UK)
Jagged - Alison Klayman (USA)
Last Night in Soho - Edgar Wright (UK)
The Mad Women’s Ball - Mélanie Laurent (France)
Night Raiders - Danis Goulet (Canada/New Zealand)
One Second - Zhang Yimou (China)
The Survivor - Barry Levinson (USA/Canada/Hungary)

Special Presentations

Ali & Ava [+see also:
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- Clio Barnard (UK)
All My Puny Sorrows - Michael McGowan (Canada)
Benediction - Terence Davies (UK)
Bergman Island [+see also:
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trailer
interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile
]
- Mia Hansen-Løve (France)
Charlotte - Eric Warin, Tahir Rana (Canada/France/Belgium)
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over - Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner (USA)
Drive My Car - Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)
Encounter - Michael Pearce (UK/USA)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Michael Showalter (USA)
The Guilty - Antoine Fuqua (USA)
I’m Your Man [+see also:
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interview: Maria Schrader
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]
- Maria Schrader (Germany)
Inexorable - Fabrice du Welz (Belgium/France)
Lakewood - Phillip Noyce (Canada)
The Middle Man - Bent Hamer (Norway/Canada/Germany/Denmark)
Official Competition [+see also:
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- Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat (Spain/Argentina)
Paris, 13th District [+see also:
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- Jacques Audiard (France)
Petite Maman [+see also:
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- Céline Sciamma (France)
The Starling - Theodore Melfi (USA)
The Story of My Wife [+see also:
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interview: Ildikó Enyedi
film profile
]
- Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary/Germany/Italy/France)
Three Floors [+see also:
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- Nanni Moretti (Italy/France)
Violet - Justine Bateman (USA)
The Worst Person In The World [+see also:
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interview: Joachim Trier
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]
- Joachim Trier (Norway/France/Sweden/Denmark)

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