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2022 TIFF: Honoré, Seidl, Pálmason, Mungiu & Gueret+Akoka in the Contemporary World Cinema Program

2022 TIFF: Honoré, Seidl, Pálmason, Mungiu & Gueret+Akoka in the Contemporary World Cinema Program

After front-loading the section with Canadiana last week, we now know the entire make-up of the Contemporary World Cinema Program and there are plenty of worthy film festival titles to look out for including the world premiere grabs for Ulrich Seidl‘s Sparta and Christophe Honoré‘s Winter Boy (Le Lycéen). TIFF lands the North American Premiere screenings for Cannes titles in Aftersun (Charlotte Wells), Godland (Hlynur Pálmason), R.M.N. (Cristian Mungiu) and The Worst Ones (Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka). As we know, Close will be headed to Telluride instead.

Venice competition titles Love Life and Beyond the Wall join the program – and we got a slew of items from the Orizzonti section (The Happiest Man in the World) and Venice Days (Stonewalling). Oliver HermanusLiving continues its long journey which started at Sundance and continues into Venice, it will get a Toronto showing.

A trio of world preems that we might want to watch closely include Wang Xiaoshuai‘s The Hotel, Matt Smukler‘s Wildflower and under-the-radar debut Bruiser by Miles Warren starring Trevante Rhodes (Discovery section selection). Here is the entire CWC section:

Aftersun Charlotte Wells | United Kingdom, USA – North American Premiere
Alam Firas Khoury | France, Palestine, Tunisia, Saudi Arabia, Qatar – World Premiere
Amanda Carolina Cavalli | Italy – International Premiere
Ashkal Youssef Chebbi | France, Tunisia, Qatar – North American Premiere
Autobiography Makbul Mubarak | Indonesia, France, Singapore, Poland, Philippines, Germany, Qatar – North American Premiere
Beyond the Wall (Shab, Dkheli, Divar) Vahid Jalilvand | Iran – North American Premiere
Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman Pierre Földes | France, Luxembourg, Canada, Netherlands – International Premiere
Bones of Crows Marie Clements | Canada – World Premiere
Coyote (Le Coyote) Katherine Jerkovic | Canada – World Premiere
Domingo and the Mist (Domingo y la Niebla) Ariel Escalante Meza | Costa Rica, Qatar – North American Premiere
El agua Elena López Riera | Switzerland, Spain, France – North American Premiere
The End of Sex Sean Garrity | Canada – World Premiere
EO Jerzy Skolimowski | Poland, Italy – North American Premiere
Falcon Lake Charlotte Le Bon | Canada – North American Premiere
Fixation Mercedes Bryce Morgan | Canada, USA, Germany – World Premiere
Godland (Vanskabte Land/Volaða Land) Hlynur Pálmason | Denmark, Iceland, France, Sweden – Canadian Premiere
The Happiest Man in the World Teona Strugar Mitevska | North Macedonia, Belgium, Slovenia, Denmark, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina – North American Premiere
The Hotel Wang Xiaoshuai | Hong Kong – World Premiere
La Jauría Andrés Ramírez Pulido | Colombia, France – North American Premiere
Life Emir Baigazin | Kazakhstan – World Premiere
Living Oliver Hermanus | United Kingdom – Canadian Premiere
Love and Mathematics (Amor y matemáticas) Claudia Sainte-Luce | Mexico – World Premiere
Love Life Koji Fukada | Japan, France – North American Premiere
Luxembourg, Luxembourg Antonio Lukich | Ukraine – North American Premiere
The Maiden Graham Foy | Canada – North American Premiere
Manticore (Mantícora) Carlos Vermut | Spain – North American Premiere
Muru Tearepa Kahi | New Zealand – International Premiere
My Sailor, My Love Klaus Hӓrӧ | Finland, Ireland – World Premiere
Nightalk Donald Shebib | Canada – World Premiere
North of Normal Carly Stone | Canada – World Premiere
The Origin of Evil Sébastien Marnier | France, Canada – North American Premiere
Plan 75 Chie Hayakawa | Japan, France, Philippines, Qatar – North American Premiere
Return to Dust Li Ruijun | China – North American Premiere
R.M.N. Cristian Mungiu | Romania, France – North American Premiere
So Much Tenderness Lina Rodriguez | Canada – World Premiere
Sparta Ulrich Seidl | Austria, France, Germany – World Premiere
Stellar Darlene Naponse | Canada – World Premiere
Stonewalling Huang Ji, Ryuji Otsuka | Japan – North American Premiere
The Swearing Jar Lindsay MacKay | Canada – World Premiere
The Umbrella Men John Barker | South Africa – International Premiere
Under the Fig Trees Erige Sehiri | Tunisia, Switzerland, France, Qatar – North American Premiere
Valeria Is Getting Married Michal Vinik | Israel – North American Premiere
Victim Michal Blaško | Slovak Republic, Czech Republic, Germany – North American Premiere
Vicenta B. Carlos Lechuga | Cuba, France, USA, Colombia, Norway
World Premiere
War Sailor Gunnar Vikene | Norway, Germany, Malta – International Premiere
Wildflower Matt Smukler | USA – World Premiere
Winter Boy (Le Lycéen) Christophe Honoré | France – World Premiere
The Worst Ones Romane Gueret, Lise Akoka | France – North American Premiere
Zwigato Nandita Das | India – World Premiere

We Are Still Here Beck Cole, Dena Curtis, Tracey Rigney, Danielle MacLean, Tim Worrall, Renae Maihi, Miki Magasiva, Mario Gaoa, Richard Curtis, Chantelle Burgoyne | Australia, New Zealand
International Premiere

Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at (founded in 2000). Eric is a regular at Sundance, Cannes and TIFF. He has a BFA in Film Studies at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema. In 2013 he served as a Narrative Competition Jury Member 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 served as a New Flesh Comp for Best First Feature at the 2022 Fantasia Intl. Film Festival. Current top films for 2022 include Tár (Todd Field), All That Breathes (Shaunak Sen), Aftersun (Charlotte Wells).

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