With one announcement we got confirmations for films that will either exclusively play in Toronto or will hit either Telluride and/or Venice just prior. Among the major grabs for World Premiere status we find Craig Gillespie’s Dumb Money, Ellen Kuras’ Lee, Mahalia Belo’s The End We Start From, Grant Singer’s Reptile, Michael Winterbottom’s Shoshana, Maggie Betts’ The Burial, Anand Tucker’s The Critic, Viggo Mortensen’s The Dead Don’t Hurt, DK & Hugh Welchman’s The Peasants, James Hawes’ One Life and Thea Sharrock’s Wicked Little Letters. Again, if the strike is still in place all these titles will be presented without that deeply appreciated red carpet glam factor.
Of the films that now become bonafide Telluride and then TIFF entries we have Alexander Payne’s The Holdovers, Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s NYAD, Christos Nikou’s Fingernails, George C. Wolfe’s Rustin, A Difficult Year by Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache and Ethan Hawke’s Wildcat. Kitty Green’s The Royal Hotel gets a triple treatment of Venice, Telluride and Toronto, while Michel Franco’s Memory, Richard Linklater’s Hit Man and Bertrand Bonello’s The Beast are headed to Italy and then Canada. Here are the new announcements for the Gala and Special Presentations with some key Cannes titles and other world and international premieres.
GALA PRESENTATIONS 2023 Concrete Utopia– Um Tae-Hwa | South Korea – North American Premiere Dumb Money – Craig Gillespie | USA – World Premiere Fair Play – Chloe Domont | USA – International Premiere Flora and Son – John Carney | Ireland/USA – Canadian Premiere Hate to Love: Nickelback– Leigh Brooks | Canada – World Premiere Lee – Ellen Kuras | United Kingdom – World Premiere NYAD – Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA – International Premiere Punjab ’95 – Honey Trehan | India – World Premiere Solo – Sophie Dupuis | Canada – World Premiere The End We Start From – Mahalia Belo | United Kingdom – World Premiere The Movie Emperor – Ning Hao | China – World Premiere The New Boy – Warwick Thornton | Australia – North American Premiere The Royal Hotel– Kitty Green | Australia/United Kingdom – Canadian Premiere
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2023 A Difficult Year – Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache | France – International Premiere A Normal Family – Hur Jin-ho | South Korea – World Premiere American Fiction – Cord Jefferson | USA – World Premiere Anatomy of a Fall – Justine Triet | France – Canadian Premiere Close to You – Dominic Savage | Canada/United Kingdom – World Premiere Days of Happiness – Chloé Robichaud | Canada – World Premiere El Rapto – Daniela Goggi | Argentina – North American Premiere Ezra – Tony Goldwyn | USA – World Premiere Fingernails– Christos Nikou | USA – International Premiere Four Daughters – Kaouther Ben Hania | France/Tunisia/Germany/Saudi Arabia – North American Premiere His Three Daughters – Azazel Jacobs | USA – World Premiere Hit Man – Richard Linklater | USA – North American Premiere In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon – Alex Gibney | USA – World Premiere Kidnapped – Marco Bellocchio | Italy/France/Germany – North American Premiere Knox Goes Away – Michael Keaton | USA – World Premiere La Chimera – Alice Rohrwacher | Italy/France/Switzerland – North American Premiere Last Summer – Catherine Breillat | France – North American Premiere Memory – Michel Franco | USA/Mexico – North American Premiere Monster – Kore-eda Hirokazu | Japan – North American Premiere Mother Couch – Niclas Larsson | USA – World Premiere North Star – Kristin Scott Thomas | United Kingdom – World Premiere One Life – James Hawes | United Kingdom – World Premiere Pain Hustlers – David Yates | USA – World Premiere Poolman – Chris Pine | USA – World Premiere Reptile – Grant Singer | USA – World Premiere Rustin – George C. Wolfe | USA – International Premiere Shoshana – Michael Winterbottom | United Kingdom/Italy – World Premiere Sing Sing – Greg Kwedar | USA – World Premiere Smugglers – Ryoo Seung-wan | South Korea – North American Premiere Swan Song – Chelsea McMullan | Canada – World Premiere The Beast – Bertrand Bonello | France/Canada – North American Premiere The Burial – Maggie Betts | USA – World Premiere The Convert – Lee Tamahori | Australia/New Zealand – World Premiere The Critic – Anand Tucker | United Kingdom – World Premiere The Dead Don’t Hurt – Viggo Mortensen | Mexico/Canada/Denmark – World Premiere The Holdovers – Alexander Payne | USA – International Premiere The Peasants – DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman | Poland/Serbia/Lithuania – World Premiere The Zone of Interest – Jonathan Glazer | United Kingdom/Poland/USA – Canadian Premiere Together 99 – Lukas Moodysson | Sweden/Denmark – World Premiere Unicorns – Sally El Hosaini, James Krishna Floyd | United Kingdom/USA/Sweden – World Premiere Uproar – Paul Middleditch, Hamish Bennett | New Zealand – World Premiere Wicked Little Letters – Thea Sharrock | United Kingdom – World Premiere Wildcat – Ethan Hawke | USA – International Premiere Woman of the Hour – Anna Kendrick | USA – World Premiere
Eric Lavallée is the founder, CEO, editor-in-chief, film journalist and critic at IONCINEMA.com (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).