TIFF18: Highlights of Galas, Special Presentations, and Canadian Selections

It’s that time of the year again, as the announcements begin to roll out of the films that are set to screen at the 2018 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival. There have already been two rounds of announcements, featuring the first bunch of Galas and Special Presentations, as well as the Canadian film line-up. While the TIFF18 opening and closing galas have yet to be announced, the opening film of the Special Presentations programme will be the World Premiere MOUTHPIECE by veteran Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema (I’ve Heard the Mermaids SingingInto the Forest). The closing film of the Special Presentations programme will be the Canadian premiere of the Palme d’Or winning Shoplifters by Japanese master Hirokazu Kore-eda. Some other highlights of the Galas include the Canadian Premiere of Damien Chazelle’s First Man, the World Premiere of Emilio Estevez’s The Public, the North American Premiere of Bradley Cooper’s A Star is Born and the World Premiere Steve McQueen’s Widows.

The Canadian film selection will be headlined by the Special Event World Premiere of Sharkwater Extinction, whose filmmaker Rob Stewart tragically passed away during production. TIFF18 will also featuring the World Premiere of The Death and Life of John F. Donovan, which is the first English language film by filmmaker Xavier Dolan and features an allstar cast that includes Jacob Tremblay, Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, and Sarah Gadon. Some other highlights of the TIFF18 Canadian selections include the Toronto Premiere of Denys Arcand’s The Fall of the American Empire, the World Premiere of  Miranda de Pencie’s The Grizzlies, the World Premiere of Jasmin Mozaffari’s Firecrackers, and the World Premiere of Zach Lipovsky and Adam Stein Freaks.

Here is a full list of the films currently announced for the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival:

Galas 2018

Beautiful Boy Felix van Groeningen, USA
World Premiere

Everybody Knows Asghar Farhadi, Spain/France/Italy
North American Premiere

First Man Damien Chazelle, USA
Canadian Premiere

Galveston Mélanie Laurent, USA
Canadian Premiere

The Hate U Give George Tillman, Jr., USA
World Premiere

Hidden Man Jiang Wen, China
International Premiere

High Life Claire Denis, Germany/France/Poland/United Kingdom
World Premiere

Husband Material Anurag Kashyap, India
World Premiere

The Kindergarten Teacher Sara Colangelo, USA
Canadian Premiere

The Land of Steady Habits Nicole Holofcener, USA
World Premiere

Life Itself Dan Fogelman, USA
World Premiere

The Public Emilio Estevez, USA
World Premiere

Red Joan Sir Trevor Nunn, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Shadow Zhang Yimou, China
North American Premiere

A Star is Born Bradley Cooper, USA
North American Premiere

What They Had Elizabeth Chomko, USA
International Premiere

Widows Steve McQueen, United Kingdom/USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations 2018

Ben is Back Peter Hedges, USA
World Premiere

Burning Lee Chang-dong, South Korea
North American Premiere

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Marielle Heller, USA
International Premiere

Capernaum Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
North American Premiere

Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland/United Kingdom/France
Canadian Premiere

Colette Wash Westmoreland, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Dogman Matteo Garrone, Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

The Front Runner Jason Reitman, USA
International Premiere

Giant Little Ones Keith Behrman, Canada
World Premiere

Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) Eva Husson, France
International Premiere

Hotel Mumbai Anthony Maras, Australia
World Premiere

The Hummingbird Project Kim Nguyen, Canada
World Premiere

If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins, USA
World Premiere

Manto Nandita Das, India
North American Premiere

Maya Mia Hansen-Løve, France
World Premiere

Monsters and Men Reinaldo Marcus Green, USA
Canadian Premiere

*Special Presentations Opening Film*
MOUTHPIECE Patricia Rozema, Canada
World Premiere

Non-Fiction Olivier Assayas, France
Canadian Premiere

The Old Man & The Gun David Lowery, USA
International Premiere

Papi Chulo John Butler, Ireland
World Premiere

Roma Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico/USA
Canadian Premiere

*Special Presentations Closing Film*
Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
Canadian Premiere

The Sisters Brothers Jacques Audiard, USA/France/Romania/Spain
North American Premiere

Sunset László Nemes, Hungary/France
North American Premiere

Through Black Spruce Don McKellar, Canada
World Premiere

The Wedding Guest Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Weekend Stella Meghie, USA
World Premiere

Where Hands Touch Amma Asante, United Kingdom
World Premiere

White Boy Rick Yann Demange, USA
International Premiere

Wildlife Paul Dano, USA
Canadian Premiere

Canadian Features

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

Anthropocene Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky | Canada
World Premiere

The Death and Life of John F. Donovan Xavier Dolan | Canada
World Premiere

The Fall of the American Empire Denys Arcand | Canada
Toronto Premiere

The Grizzlies Miranda de Pencier | Canada
World Premiere

SPECIAL EVENT

Sharkwater Extinction Rob Stewart | Canada
World Premiere

TIFF DOCS

Carmine Street Guitars Ron Mann | Canada
North American Premiere

Prosecuting Evil: The Extraordinary World of Ben Ferencz Barry Avrich | Canada
World Premiere

What is Democracy? Astra Taylor | Canada
North American Premiere

DISCOVERY

Clara Akash Sherman | Canada
World Premiere

Edge of the Knife Gwaai Edenshaw, Helen Haig-Brown | Canada
World Premiere

Firecrackers Jasmin Mozaffari | Canada
World Premiere

Freaks Zach Lipovsky, Adam Stein | Canada
World Premiere

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

Falls Around Her Darlene Naponse | Canada
World Premiere

The Fireflies Are Gone Sébastien Pilote | Canada
North American Premiere

The Great Darkened Days Maxime Giroux | Canada
World Premiere

Kingsway Bruce Sweeney | Canada
World Premiere

Les Salopes or the Naturally Wanton Pleasure of Skin Renée Beaulieu | Canada
World Premiere

Splinters Thom Fitzgerald | Canada
World Premiere

WAVELENGTHS

Fausto Andrea Bussmann | Canada/Mexico
North American Premiere

The Stone Speakers Igor Drljača | Canada/Bosnia and Herzegovina
World Premiere

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Sean Patrick Kelly is a self-described über-geek, who has been an avid film lover for all his life. He graduated from York University in 2010 with an honours B.A. in Cinema and Media Studies and he likes to believe he knows what he’s talking about when he writes about film (despite occasionally going on pointless rants).