The Toronto International Film Festival announced its lineup of Gala and Special Presentation programmes for its 47th edition. A slew of major titles that film-lovers have been waiting for in nervous anticipation.
Against the metropolitan backdrop of Toronto, lies the five-storeyed cinephile paradise - The Bell Lightbox - a sprawling glass building, home to the Toronto International Film Festival, or ‘TIFF’, as it’s more commonly known. Of all the major film fests from around the world, TIFF seems the most laidback and relaxed in its approach, providing a comfortable space for aspiring filmmakers, critics and your everyday cinephiles to enjoy this 10-day event, away from the flamboyance of its European counterparts.
Which isn’t to undermine its status as a heavy-hitter when it comes to predicting the awards race, as films screening at TIFF more often than not receive enormous populist support, especially after winning the top prize - The TIFF People’s Choice Award. In fact, some would argue that a film’s reception or mere presence at TIFF is a surefire indicator of its performance at the Oscars, with recent Oscar winners such as Green Book (2018), Jojo Rabbit (2018) and Three Billboards Outside, Ebbing Missouri (2017) being some of the noteworthy People’s Choice winners as well.
Here are some of the major films that will premiere at TIFF this year,