TIFF set for 2020

TIFF, like other annual film festivals taking place between March and December has been severely impacted by the worldwide health crisis, same for everyone working in the cultural industries. However, it’s role in the ecosystem of the film industry is the impetus to move forward, and deliver a film festival that inspires and engages audiences, and to serve as a beacon of hope for Toronto, filmmakers, and the international film industry.

TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente have announced the line-up of feature film titles selected for the 45th edition of the festival, taking place from September 10-19, 2020. Although there appears to be an unusual absence of African entries, organisers say this year’s features represent a diverse selection of the highest-quality films from around the globe. Films on offer will reflect first-rate international cinema, documentaries, and Canadian creativity. The strong representation of women, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour among TIFF’s selection are believed to reflect the organization’s continuing commitment to normalizing gender parity and racial equality for future generations.

Opening with Spike Lee’s David Byrne’s American Utopia, and closing with Mira Nair’s A Suitable Boy, Vicente says the festival, which will be a mix of socially distanced in-person public events and online screenings symbolizes what is possible when collaboration, ingenuity, and passion take centre stage.

The line-up includes:

  • 180 Degree Rule Farnoosh Samadi, Iran
  • 76 Days Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen, USA
  • Ammonite Francis Lee, United Kingdom
  • Another Round (Druk) Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark
  • Bandar Band Manijeh Hekmat, Iran/Germany
  • Beans Tracey Deer, Canada
  • Beginning (Dasatskisi) Dea Kulumbegashvili, Georgia/France
  • The Best is Yet to Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) Wang Jing, China
  • Bruised Halle Berry, USA
  • City Hall Frederick Wiseman, USA
  • Concrete Cowboy Ricky Staub, USA
  • David Byrne’s American Utopia Spike Lee, USA (Opening Night Film)
  • The Disciple Chaitanya Tamhane, India
  • Enemies of the State Sonia Kennebeck, USA
  • Falling Viggo Mortensen, Canada/United Kingdom
  • The Father Florian Zeller, United Kingdom/France
  • Fauna Nicolás Pereda, Mexico/Canada
  • Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, United Kingdom/USA
  • Gaza mon amour Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser, Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal/Qatar
  • Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) I-Fan Wang, Taiwan
  • Good Joe Bell Reinaldo Marcus Green, USA
  • I Care A Lot J Blakeson, United Kingdom
  • Inconvenient Indian Michelle Latimer, Canada
  • The Inheritance Ephraim Asili , USA
  • Lift Like a Girl (Ash Ya Captain) Mayye Zayed, Egypt/Germany/Denmark
  • Limbo Ben Sharrock, United Kingdom
  • Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) João Paulo Miranda Maria, Brazil/France
  • MLK/FBI Sam Pollard | USA
  • The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott, Canada
  • New Order (Nuevo orden) Michel Franco, Mexico
  • Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) Philippe Lacôte, Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal
  • Nomadland Chloé Zhao, USA
  • No Ordinary Man Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt, Canada
  • Notturno Gianfranco Rosi, Italy/France/Germany
  • One Night in Miami Regina King, USA
  • Penguin Bloom Glendyn Ivin, Australia
  • Pieces of a Woman Kornél Mundruczó, USA/Canada/Hungary
  • Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre) Lili Horvát, Hungary
  • Quo Vadis, Aïda? Jasmila Žbanić, Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey
  • Shadow In The Cloud Roseanne Liang, USA/New Zealand
  • Shiva Baby Emma Seligman, USA/Canada
  • Spring Blossom Suzanne Lindon, France
  • A Suitable Boy Mira Nair, United Kingdom/India (Closing Night Presentation)
  • Summer of 85 (Été 85) François Ozon, France
  • The Third Day Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly, United Kingdom
  • Trickster Michelle Latimer, Canada
  • True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) Naomi Kawase, Japan
  • Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) Miwa Nishikawa, Japan
  • Violation Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli, Canada
  • Wildfire Cathy Brady, United Kingdom/Ireland

Organisers say TIFF continues to work closely with the Province of Ontario, the City of Toronto, and public health officials on the safe execution of the Festival, with its number-one priority being the health and well-being of both Festival filmgoers and the residents of the entire community. The festival has partnered with Medcan, a global health care leader to help organisers navigate the pandemic.

The festival is said to generate more than $200 million in annual economic activity for the City of Toronto and the Province of Ontario, and is the chief market to launch Canadian film content into the global marketplace.