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August 29, 2019

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Touchwood PR’s TIFF 2019 Film Lineup

Cynthia Erivo stars as Harriet Tubman in HARRIET, a Focus Features release.
Credit:  Glen Wilson / Focus Features

It’s that time of year again! Films are screening. Film critics are hustling. Publicists are running all across the city. The Toronto International Film Festival takes place September 5 – 15th and we are excited to be going into it with a whopping seventeen films on the Touchwood PR  lineup. If you’re attending or covering TIFF this year, be sure to ask us about…

37 Seconds
Canadian Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Directed by HIKARI

A young Japanese woman with cerebral palsy is torn between her obligations to her family and her dream of becoming a successful manga artist, in director HIKARI’s Berlinale Audience Award–winning feature debut.

Atlantics
North American Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Directed by Mati Diop

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Marginalized young lovers in Senegal desperately seek a better life by any means necessary, in this highly anticipated, Cannes Grand Prix–winning feature debut from Mati Diop.

American Son
World Premiere
Special Presentations
Directed by Kenny Leon

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Kerry Washington reprises the role she originated on Broadway in Kenny Leon’s adaptation of Christopher Demos-Brown’s play about an interracial couple whose 19-year-old son may have died at the hands of police.

Bikram: Yogi, Guru, Predator
World Premiere
TIFF Docs
Directed by Eva Orner

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The spectacular rise and scandalous fall of hot-yoga evangelist Bikram Choudhury is chronicled by documentary filmmaker Eva Orner (Chasing Asylum) through archival footage and extensive insider interviews.

Dolemite Is My Name
World Premiere
Special Presentations
Directed by Craig Brewer

Academy Award nominee Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Harriet
World Premiere
Gala Presentation
Directed by Kasi Lemmons

Tony-winning Broadway actor Cynthia Erivo stars in Kasi Lemmons’ inspiring biopic about renowned abolitionist Harriet Tubman, who escaped slavery and risked her life to lead others to freedom through the network of safe houses known as the Underground Railroad.

Kuessipan
World Premiere
Discovery
Directed by Myriam Verreault

Based on Naomi Fontaine’s acclaimed novel, two childhood friends from the same QuebecInnu community begin to realize that they face very different futures in Myriam Verreault’sbittersweet portrait of the ties that bind people, places, and possibilities.

La Belle Époque
North American Premiere
Special Presentations
Directed by Nicolas Bedos

In this high-concept comedy from Nicolas Bedos (Mr. & Mrs. Adelman), a luddite cartoonist suffering an existential crisis hires a VR company to recreate a happier time in his marriage as she tries to reconcile the golden-hued past with an inescapable digital present.

Made in Bangladesh
World Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Directed by Rubaiyat Hossain

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Ugly walls of resistance arise when a Dhaka woman attempts to organize her garment factory co-workers in this piercing indictment of exploitative labour practices and the global trade apparatus supporting them.

Marriage Story
Canadian Premiere
Special Presentations
Directed by Noah Baumbach

Academy Award nominee Noah Baumbach’s incisive and compassionate portrait of a marriage breaking up, and a family staying together, stars Scarlett Johansson and Adam Driver, and co-stars Laura Dern, Alan Alda, and Ray Liotta.

Our Lady of the Nile
World Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Directed by Atiq Rahimi

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This bewitching yet unassuming adaptation of Scholastique Mukasonga’saward-winning novel recounts the coming-of-age of a group of Rwandan schoolgirls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school.

Sibyl
North American Premiere
Special Presentations
Directed by Justine Triet

A psychologist who longs to be a writer but lacks inspiration begins borrowing source material from a real-life patient and imperils both women in the process in French director JustineTriet’s sultry, stylish psychodrama.

The Barefoot Emperor
World Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Directed by Jessica Woodworth & Peter Brosens

An emperor is set to rule a rejigged, newly nationalist Europe, in Jessica Woodworth and PeterBrosens’ (King of the Belgians) political satire.

The Laundromat
North American Premiere
Special Presentations
Directed by Steven Soderbergh

Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, and Antonio Banderas star in Steven Soderbergh’s guided tour through the corrupt and secret world of financial crime that was exposed by the infamous Panama Papers leak.

The Rest of Us
World Premiere
Discovery
Directed by Aisling Chin-Yee

A single mother welcomes her ex-partner’s wife and daughter into her life, leading to a new, sometimes tense, family dynamic and an unlikely female friendship in Aisling Chin-Yee’s humorous and heartbreaking debut.

The Two Popes
Canadian Premiere
Special Presentations
Directed by Fernando Meirelles

In 2013, progressive incoming Pope Francis (Jonathan Pryce) and conservative outgoing Pope Benedict (Anthony Hopkins) debate the best path forward for the Catholic Church, in this surprisingly funny chamber piece from Oscar-nominated director Fernando Meirelles (City of God).

White Lie
World Premiere
Contemporary World Cinema
Directed by Yonah Lewis & Calvin Thomas

Having become a campus celebrity after a (fictional) cancer diagnosis, a young woman (Kacey Rohl) struggles to maintain her fabrication in this fearless and emotionally affecting new feature by Calvin Thomas and Yonah Lewis (Amy George, The OxbowCure, Spice It Up).

 

In addition to this stellar film line-up, Touchwood PR will also be working on the following industry progrmmes and events:

TIFF Rising Stars

The Toronto International Film Festival is pleased to present its next generation of TIFF Rising Stars. For the ninth year, the TIFF Rising Stars programme returns with a diverse crop of participants. This year’s Canadian and International lineup consists of:

Canadian Rising Stars: Kacey Rohl, Mikhaïl Ahooja, Nahéma Ricci, and Shamier Anderson

International Rising Stars: Josefine Frida, Geraldine Viswanathan, Chino Darín, and Kelvin Harrison Jr.

Throughout the Festival, the TIFF Rising Stars programme will continue to showcase and develop the talents and careers of eight of the world’s most gifted up-and-coming actors.

Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film

For the seventh year in a row, Telefilm Canada and Birks, have partnered to celebrate Canadian women in film during the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). The 2019 honourees of the Birks Diamond Tribute to the Year’s Women in Film will be announced in the coming days. The seven Canadian women actors, directors, and screenwriters were selected by a pan-Canadian jury of 18 journalists, film critics and on-air personalities covering the world of arts, culture, and entertainment.

The CFF Canada Party at TIFF 2019

Hosted by the Canadian Film Fest, this is the ultimate, unapologetically Canadian party to celebrate Canadian filmmakers during TIFF. Guests of honour will include talent who have a film in the festival and Canadian filmmakers/actors (established and new voices) who have contributed to the film industry both north and south of the border. A strict “no posers, just hosers” policy will be in effect requiring all guests to check their egos at the door. There will be live DJs, classic Canuck food & drinks, Canadian craft beer and no VIP section. The plan is to put the cool back in a festival party in truly Canuck fashion

UNIFRANCE’s French Night Cocktail Parties

In honour of French films screening at TIFF this year, UNIFRANCE will be hosting an invite-only cocktail reception with top French filmmakers and talent expected to attend.

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