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Toronto Fest site 48th Toronto International
Film Festival

7-179 SEPTEMBER 2023
in Toronto, Ontario


2 0 2 3   A W A R D S
People's Choice
: AMERICAN FICTION
Documentary: MR DRESSUP:
THE MAGIC OF MAKE-BELIEVE
Midnight Madness:
DICKS: THE MUSICAL
Canadian Feature: SOLO
Norman Jewison Award: Shawn Levy
Jeff Skoll Award: Pedro Almodovar
Director: Spike Lee
Performance: Colman Domingo and Vicky Krieps
Special Tribute: Andy Lau
Artisan: Lukasz Zal
Emerging Talent: Carolina Markowicz
Share Her Journey: Patricia Arquette
Fipresci Prize: SEAGRASS
Netpac Award: A MATCH
Platform Prize: DEAR JASSI
Changemaker: WE GROWN NOW
Amplify Voices: KANAVAL
Amplify Voices - First Film:
Carol Kunnuk, Lucy Tulugarjuk
(WHAT WE SEE)
Amplify Voices - Trailblazer:
Damon D'Olveira
2 0 2 3   F I L M S
100 YARDS (Xu/Xu)
ABOUT DRY GRASSES (Ceylan)
ACHILLES (Delaram)
AFTER THE FIRE (Fikri)
AGGRO DR1FT (Korine)
ALICE & JACK (Levin)
ALL THE LIGHT WE CANNOT SEE (Levy/Knight)
AMERICAN FICTION (Jefferson, US)
AN ENDLESS SUNDAY (Parroni)
ANATOMY OF A FALL (Triet, Fr)
ANDRAGOGY (Bhanuteja)
ARTHUR & DIANA (Summa)
BACKSPOT (Waterson)
BAD BOY (Various)
BANEL & ADAMA (Sy)
BARGAIN (Seungmin)
* THE BEAST (Bonello)
BLACK LIFE: UNTOLD STORIES (Norville)
BOIL ALERT (Burns/Salas)
THE BOY AND THE HERON (Miyazaki, Jpn)
BOY KILLS WORLD (Mohr)
THE BREAKING ICE (Chen)
BRIA MACK GETS A LIFE (Henry)
THE BURIAL (Betts)
BYE BYE TIBERIAS (Soualem)
LA CHIMERA (Rohrwacher)
CHUCK CHUCK BABY (Pugh)
CITY OF WIND (Purev-Ochir)
CLOSE TO YOU (Savage)
CLOSE YOUR EYES (Erice)
CONCRETE UTOPIA (Tae-hwa)
THE CONTESTANT (Titley)
THE CONVERT (Tamahori)
COPA 71 (Ramsay/Erskine)
THE CRITIC (Tucker)
DADDIO (Hall)
DAYS OF HAPPINESS (Robichaud)
THE DEAD DON'T HURT (Mortensen)
DEAR JASSI (Singh)
DEATH OF A WHISTLEBLOWER (Gabriel)
DEFIANT (Amer)
THE DELINQUENTS (Moreno, Arg)
DICKS: THE MUSICAL (Charles)
A DIFFICULT YEAR (Toledano/Nakache)
DO NOT EXPECT TOO MUCH OF THE END OF THE WORLD (Jude, Rom)
DREAM SCENARIO (Borgli, US)
DUMB MONEY (Gillespie)
THE END WE START FROM (Belo, UK)
ESTONIA (Oikkonen)
EVIL DOES NOT EXIST (Hamaguchi, Jpn)
EXPATS (Wang)
EZRA (Goldwyn)
FAIR PLAY (Domont, US)
FALLEN LEAVES (Kaurismaki, Fin)
THE FEELING THAT THE TIME FOR DOING SOMETHING HAS PASSED (Arnow)
FINESTKIND (Helgeland)
FINGERNAILS (Nikou, US)
FITTING IN (McGlynn)
FLIPSIDE (Wilcha)
FLORA AND SON (Carney, Ire)
FOUR DAUGHTERS (Hania)
FRYBREAD FACE AND ME (Luther)
GOD IS A WOMAN (Peyrot)
GONZO GIRL (Arquette)
GREAT ABSENCE (Chika-ura)
GREEN BORDER (Holland, Pol)
HAJJAN (Shawky)
A HAPPY DAY (Zaman)
HATE TO LOVE: Nickelback (Brooks)
HELL OF A SUMMER (Wolfhard/Bryk)
HERE (Devos)
HEY, VIKTOR! (Lightning)
HIS THREE DAUGHTERS (Jacobs)
HIT MAN (Linklater)
THE HOLDOVERS (Payne, US)
HOLIDAY (Gabbriellini)
HOMECOMING (West/Komi)
HOW TO HAVE SEX (Walker, UK)
THE HUMAN SURGE 3 (Williams)
HUMANIST VAMPIRE SEEKING CONSENTING SUICIDAL PERSON (Louis-Seize)
I DO NOT COME TO YOU BY CHANCE (Bako)
I DON'T KNOW WHO YOU ARE (Murray)
I TOLD YOU SO (Elkann)
IN FLAMES (Kahn)
IN RESTLESS DREAMS: THE MUSIC OF PAUL SIMON (Gibney, US)
IN THE REARVIEW (Hamela)
LES INDESIRABLES (Ly)
INSHALLAH A BOY (Rasheed)
INSIDE THE YELLOW COCOON SHELL (An)
IRENA'S VOW (Archambault)
JE'VIDA (Gauriloff)
KANAVAL (Pardo)
KIDNAPPED (Bellocchio)
KILL (Bhat)
THE KING TIDE (Sparkes)
KNOX GOES AWAY (Keaton)
LAST SUMMER (Breillat)
LEE (Kuras, UK)
LIL NAS X: LONG LIVE MONTERO (Estrada/Manuel)
LIMBO (Sen)
LOST LADIES (Rao)
MADEMOISELLE KENOPSIA (Cote)
MAMBAR PIERRETTE (Mbakam)

MANDOOB (Kalthami)
A MATCH (Somalkar)
MEMORY (Franco, US)
MENUS-PLAISIRS LES TROISGROS (Wiseman)
MIMANG (Kim)
THE MONK AND THE GUN (Dorji)
MONSTER (Kore-eda, Jpn)
MOTHER, COUCH (Larsson)
THE MOTHER OF ALL LIES (Moudir)
MOUNTAIN QUEEN: THE SUMMITS OF LHAKPA SHERPA (Walker)
MOUNTAINS (Sorelle)
THE MOVIE EMPEROR (Hao)
THE MOVIE TELLER (Scherfig)
MR DRESSUP: THE MAGIC OF MAKE-BELIEVE (McCallum)
MUSIC (Schanelec)
NAGA (Aljaser)
THE NATURE OF LOVE (Chokri)
NATIONAL ANTHEM (Gilford)
THE NEW BOY (Thornton)
NEXT GOAL WINS (Waititi, US)
A NORMAL FAMILY (Hur)
NORTH STAR (Thomas)
NOT A WORD (Slak)
NOWHERE NEAR (Revereza)
NYAD (Vasarhelyi/Chin, US)
ONE LIFE (Hawes)
ORIGIN (DuVernay, US)
ORLANDO, MY POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY (Preciado)
PAIN HUSTLERS (Yates)
THE PEASANTS (Welchman/Welchman, Pol)
PERFECT DAYS (Wenders, Jpn)
PICTURES OF GHOSTS (Mendonca)
THE PIGEON TUNNEL (Morris)
POOLMAN (Pine)
THE PROMISED LAND (Arcel)
THE QUEEN OF MY DREAMS (Mirza)
* QUIZ LADY (Yu)
EL RAPTO (Goggi)
A RAVAGING WIND (Hernandez)
THE REEDS (Agacikoglu)
REPTILE (Singer, US)
RIDDLE OF FIRE (Razooli)
A ROAD TO A VILLAGE (Subba)
ROBOT DREAMS (Berger, Sp)
THE ROYAL HOTEL (Green, Aus)
RU (Michaud)
RUSTIN (Wolfe, US)
THE RYE HORN (Camborda)
EL SABOR DE LA NAVIDAD (Lozano)
SEAGRASS (Hama-Brown)
THE SETTLERS (Galvez, Chl)
SEVEN VEILS (Egoyan)
SHADOW OF FIRE (Tsukamoto)
SHAME ON DRY LAND (Petersen)
* SHAYDA (Niasari)
SHOSHANA (Winterbottom, UK)
SILVER DOLLAR ROAD (Peck)
SING SING (Kwedar)
SIRA (Traore)
SISTERHOOD (Hourch)
SLEEP (Yu)
SLY (Zimny)
SMUGGLERS (Ryoo)
SNOW LEOPARD (Tseden)
SOLITUDE (Palmadottir)
SOLO (Dupuis)
SONGS OF EARTH (Olin)
SORRY/NOT SORRY (Suh/Mones)
SPIRIT OF ECSTASY (Klotz)
STAMPED FROM THE BEGINNING (Williams)
SUMMER QAMP (Markowitz, Can)
LA SUPREMA (Caro)
SWAN SONG (McMullan)
SWEET DREAMS (Sendijarevic)
THE TEACHER (Nabulsi)
THE TEACHERS' LOUNGE (Catak, Ger)
TELLING OUR STORY (O'Bomsawin)
THANK YOU FOR COMING (Boolani)
THEY SHOT THE PIANO PLAYER (Trueba/Mariscal)
TOGETHER 99 (Moodysson)
TOLL (Markowicz)
THE TUNDRA WITHIN ME (Oskal)
UNICORNS (Hosaini/Floyd)
UPON OPEN SKY (Arriaga/Arriaga)
UPROAR (Middleditch/Bennett)
VALENTINA OR THE SERENITY (Cruz)
VIVA VARDA! (Gibert)
WALLS (Smutniak)
WE GROWN NOW (Baig)
WHAT WE SEE (Kunnuk/Tulugarjuk)
WHEN EVIL LURKS (Rugna)
WICKED LITTLE LETTERS (Sharrock, UK)
WIDOW CLICQUOT (Napper)
WILD WOMAN (Gonzalez)
WILDCAT (Hawke)
WITHOUT AIR (Moldovai)
WOMAN OF THE HOUR (Kendrick)
WOODLAND (Scharang)
WORKING CLASS GOES TO HELL (Djordjevic)
THE WORLD IS FAMILY (Patwardhan)
YELLOW BUS (Bednarz)
YOUR MOTHER'S SON (Lana)
YOUTH (SPRING) (Wang)
THE ZONE OF INTEREST (Glazer, Pol)


Toronto Fest site 47th Toronto International
Film Festival

8-19 SEP 2022
in Toronto, Ontario



2 0 2 2   A W A R D S
People's Choice
: THE FABELMANS
Tribute Director:
Sam Mendes (EMPIRE OF LIGHT)
Tribute Performance:
Brendan Fraser (THE WHALE)
Tribute Ensemble: MY POLICEMAN
Documentary: BLACK ICE
Midnight Madness:
WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY
Canadian Feature: TO KILL A TIGER
2 0 2 2   F I L M S
AFTERSUN (Wells, UK)
ALICE, DARLING (Nighy, Can)
ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (Berger, Ger)
ALL THE BEAUTY AND THE BLOODSHED (Poitras, US)
ALLELUJAH (Eyre, UK)
AMANDA (Cavalli, It)
THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN (McDonagh, Ire)
* BEYOND THE WALL (Jalilvand, Irn)
THE BLUE CAFTAN (Touzani, Mor)
BROKER (Kore-eda, Kor)
BROS (Stoller, US)
BROTHER (Virgo, Can)
CARMEN (Millepied, Aus)
CASA SUSANNA (Lifshitz, Fr)
CATHERINE CALLED BIRDY (Dunham, UK)
CAUSEWAY (Neugebauer, US)
CHEVALIER (Williams, US)
CORSAGE (Kreutzer, Aut)
DALILAND (Harron, US)
DECISION TO LEAVE (Park, Kor)
DEVOTION (Dillard, US)
EO (Skolimowski, Pol)
EMILY (O'Connor, UK)
EMPIRE OF LIGHT (Mendes, UK)
THE ETERNAL DAUGHTER (Hogg, UK)
THE FABELMANS (Spielberg, US)
GLASS ONION (Johnson, US)
GODLAND (Palmason, Ice)
THE GOOD NURSE (Lindholm, US)
HUNT (Lee, Kor)
HOLY SPIDER (Abbasi, Den)
HOW TO BLOW UP A PIPELINE (Goldhaber, US)

THE INSPECTION (Bratton, US)
JOYLAND (Sadiq, Pak)
KLOKKENLUIDER (Maskell, UK)
THE LISTENER (Buscemi, US)
LIVING (Hermanus, UK)
THE LOST KING (Frears, UK)
LOVE LIFE (Fukada, Jpn)
THE MENU (Mylod, US)
MOONAGE DAYDREAM (Morgen, Ger)
MORE THAN EVER (Atef, Fr)
MY POLICEMAN (Grandage, UK)
NANNY (Jusu, US)
NO BEARS (Panahi, Irn)
OTHER PEOPLE'S CHILDREN (Zlotowski, Fr)
PEARL (West, US)
PLAN 75 (Hayakawa, Jpn)
RETURN TO SEOUL (Chou, Fr)
R.M.N. (Mungiu, Rom)
SAINT OMER (Diop, Fr)
SISU (Helander, Fin)
THE SON (Zeller, UK)
THE SUBSTITUTE (Lerman, Arg)
* THE SWIMMERS (El Hosaini)
TRIANGLE OF SADNESS (Ostlund, Swe)
* VALERIA IS GETTING MARRIED (Vinik, Ukr)
WEIRD: THE AL YANKOVIC STORY (Appel, US)
WENDELL & WILD (Selick, US)
THE WHALE (Aronofsky, US)
WHAT'S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT (Kapur, UK)
WINTER BOY (Honore, Fr)
THE WOMAN KING (Prince-Bythewood, US)
WOMEN TALKING (Polley, US)
THE WONDER (Lelio, Ire)


Toronto Fest site 46th Toronto International
Film Festival

9-18 SEP 2021
in Toronto, Ontario



2 0 2 1   A W A R D S
People's Choice
: BELFAST
Tribute Actors: Jessica Chastain
and Benedict Cumberbatch
Special Tribute: Dionne Warwick (DON'T MAKE ME OVER)
Documentary: THE RESCUE
Midnight Madness: TITANE
Canadian Feature: STE ANNE
2 0 2 1   F I L M S
ALI & AVA (Barnard, UK)
BELFAST (Branagh, UK)
BENEDICTION (Davies, UK)
BERGMAN ISLAND (Hansen-Love, Swe)
COMPARTMENT NO 6 (Kuosmanen, Fin)
COSTA BRAVA, LEBANON (Akl, Leb)
DASHCAM (Savage, UK)
DEAR EVAN HANSEN (Chbosky, US)
THE DESPERATE HOUR (Noyce, US)
DRIVE MY CAR (Hamaguchi, Jpn)
DUNE (Villeneuve, US)
THE ELECTRICAL LIFE OF LOUIS WAIN (Sharpe, UK)
ENCOUNTER (Pearce, US)
THE EYES OF TAMMY FAYE (Showalter, US)
FLEE (Rasmussen, Den)
THE FORGIVEN (McDonagh, UK)
FRANCE (Dumont, Fr)
A HERO (Farhadi, Irn)
HUDA'S SALON (Abu-Assad, Pal)
THE HUMANS (Karam, US)

I'M YOUR MAN (Schrader, Ger)
INEXORABLE (du Welz, Bel)
INU-OH (Yuasa, Jpn)
LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (Wright, UK)
MEDUSA (Rocha, Br)
MEMORIA (Weerasethakul, Col)
THE MIDDLE MAN (Hamer, Can)
MOTHERING SUNDAY (Husson, UK)
NEPTUNE FROST (Williams/Uzeyman, Rw)
OFFICIAL COMPETITION(Cohn/Duprat, Sp)
PETITE MAMAN (Sciamma, Fr)
THE POWER OF THE DOG (Campion, NZ)
THE RESCUE (Vasarhelyi/Chin, UK)
SILENT NIGHT (Griffin, UK)
SMALL BODY (Samani, It)
SPENCER (Larrain, Ger)
TITANE (Ducournau, Fr)
TRUE THINGS (Wootliff, UK)
WILDHOOD (Hannam, Can)
THE WORST PERSON IN THE WORLD (Trier, Nor)
YOU ARE NOT MY MOTHER (Dolan, Ire)

Toronto Fest site 45th Toronto International
Film Festival

10-20 SEP 2020
in Toronto, Ontario



2 0 2 0   A W A R D S
People's Choice
: NOMADLAND
Documentary:
INCONVENIENT INDIAN
Midnight Madness:
SHADOW IN THE CLOUD
Canadian Feature:
INCONVENIENT INDIAN
Fipresci Prize: BEGINNING

2 0 2 0   F I L M S
180° RULE (Samadi, Irn)
AFTER LOVE (Khan, UK)
AMMONITE (Lee, UK)
ANOTHER ROUND (Vinterberg, Den)
APPLES (Nikou, Gr)
BEANS (Deer, Can)
BRUISED (Berry, US)
DAVID BYRNE'S AMERICAN UTOPIA (Lee, US)
FALLING (Mortensen, Can)
THE FATHER (Zeller, UK)
I AM GRETA (Grossman, Swe)
I CARE A LOT (Blakeson, US)
JOE BELL (Green, US)
LIKE A HOUSE ON FIRE (Klein, Can)
LIMBO (Sharrock, UK)
MLK/FBI (Pollard, US)
MONDAY (Papadimitropoulos, Gr)
MY HEART GOES BOOM (Alvarez, Sp)

NEW ORDER (Franco, Mex)
NIGHT OF THE KINGS (Lacote, CdI)
NO ORDINARY MAN (Chin-Yee/Joynt, Can)
NOMADLAND (Zhao, US)
NOTTURNO (Rosi, It)
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI... (King, US)
PIECES OF A WOMAN (Mundruczo, Can)
QUO VADIS, AIDA? (Zbanic, BiH)
SAINT-NARCISSE (La Bruce, Can)
SHORTA (Hviid/Olholm, Den)
A SUITABLE BOY (Nair, UK)
SUMMER OF 85 (Ozon, Fr)
THE THIRD DAY (Barrett/Kelly)
TRUE MOTHERS (Kawase, Jpn)
THE TRUFFLE HUNTERS (Dweck/Kershaw, It)
WILDFIRE (Brady, UK)
WOLFWALKERS (Moore/Stewart, Ire)

* reviews coming

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