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2018 TIFF: Saulnier, Lelio, Keshavarz, Sam Taylor-Johnson Plus Debuts From Minghella & Jonah Hill Stack SP & Galas

2018 TIFF: Saulnier, Lelio, Keshavarz, Sam Taylor-Johnson Plus Debuts From Minghella & Jonah Hill Stack SP & Galas

Wrapping up the selections for glitzy Galas and Special Presentations programmes (the break down is: 44 World Premieres, 9 International Premieres, 12 North American Premieres and 11 Canadian Premieres), TIFF’s second wave announcement is for the most part: heavy on English language offerings, generous in Netflix preems (David Mackenzie’s Outlaw King opens the fest), friendly in acquisition buzz title offerings and finally, heavy on red carpet starlet presence. While I make yearly, same, dull complaint that there are too many offerings jousting for positioning, there are nonetheless, curious entries world preeming. Formerly titled Vulture Club, Maryam Keshavarz’s Viper Club (starring Susan Sarandon) and Jeremy Saulnier’s Hold the Dark (starring Jeffrey Wright) will be making their debuts before showcasing on Netflix shortly after. In actors turned filmmakers, we’ll see Max Minghella’s Teen Spirit and Jonah Hill’s Mid90s share the spotlight, and speaking of prime time….we could have another Still Alice type moment with Julianne Moore starring in Gloria Bell – Sebastián Lelio’s remake (or inspired by) of his 2013 film, Gloria. In the literary world gone apeshit, Sam Taylor-Johnson’s A Million Little Pieces and Justin Kelly’s Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy (Closing Night Film) are high up on my curiosity list. Here are the latest add-ons.

GALAS 2018

Green Book – Peter Farrelly | USA
World Premiere

* Closing Night Film *
Jeremiah Terminator LeRoy – Justin Kelly | Canada/USA/United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Lie – Veena Sud | Canada
World Premiere

* Opening Night Film *
Outlaw King – David Mackenzie | USA/United Kingdom
World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2018

22 July – Paul Greengrass | Norway/Iceland
North American Premiere

American Woman – Jake Scott | USA
World Premiere

Baby ( Bao Bei Er ) – Liu Jie | China
World Premiere

Boy Erased – Joel Edgerton | USA
International Premiere

Driven – Nick Hamm | Puerto Rico/United Kingdom/USA
North American Premiere

Duelles (Mothers’ Instinct) – Olivier Masset-Depasse | Belgium/France
World Premiere

A Faithful Man (L’homme fidèle) – Louis Garrel | France
World Premiere

Gloria Bell – Sebastián Lelio | USA/Chile
World Premiere

Hold the Dark – Jeremy Saulnier | USA
World Premiere

Kursk – Thomas Vinterberg | Belgium/Luxembourg
World Premiere

Legend of the Demon Cat – Director’s Cut – Chen Kaige | China/Japan
World Premiere

Mid90s – Jonah Hill | USA
World Premiere

A Million Little Pieces – Sam Taylor-Johnson | USA
World Premiere

Never Look Away ( Werk ohne Autor ) – Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck | Germany
North American Premiere

The Quietude ( La Quietud ) – Pablo Trapero | Argentina
North American Premiere

Skin – Guy Nattiv | USA
World Premiere

Teen Spirit – Max Minghella | USA
World Premiere

Tell It To The Bees – Annabel Jankel | United Kingdom
World Premiere

Viper Club – Maryam Keshavarz | USA
World Premiere

Vision – Naomi Kawase | Japan/France
International Premiere

Vita & Virginia – Chanya Button | United Kingdom/Ireland
World Premiere

Wild Rose – Tom Harper | United Kingdom
World Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist, and critic at IONCINEMA.com, established in 2000. A regular at Sundance, Cannes, and Venice, Eric holds a BFA in film studies from the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013, he served on the narrative competition jury at the SXSW Film Festival. He was an associate producer on Mark Jackson’s "This Teacher" (2018 LA Film Festival, 2018 BFI London). In 2022, he was a New Flesh Juror for Best First Feature at the Fantasia International Film Festival. Current top films for 2023 include The Zone of Interest (Glazer), Inside the Yellow Cocoon Shell (Pham Thien An), Totem (Lila Avilés), La Chimera (Alice Rohrwacher), All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt (Raven Jackson).

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