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THE 43ND TORONTO INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

September 6–16, 2018

Festival Directors’ Welcome.......................................................... 3

Recognition...................................................................................12

Grolsch People’s Choice Award................................................... 27

Awards......................................................................................... 28

Festival Programmers.................................................................. 30

TIFF Speakers Series................................................................... 32

Salut Piers: Celebrating Our CEO ............................................... 33

GALA PRESENTATIONS............................................................... 37

MASTERS..................................................................................... 79

PLATFORM....................................................................................91

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS....................................................... 105

DISCOVERY.................................................................................167

PRIMETIME.................................................................................215

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA.......................................... 223

TIFF DOCS................................................................................. 277

WAVELENGTHS.........................................................................309

SHORT CUTS............................................................................. 327

TIFF CINEMATHEQUE................................................................ 337

MIDNIGHT MADNESS................................................................ 343

SPECIAL EVENTS...................................................................... 355

Sales and Distribution Company Contact Information............ 359

Indices........................................................................................ 362

Acknowledgements................................................................... 368

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Prime Minister of Canada

Dear Friends: Chères amies, chers amis,


I am pleased to extend my warmest Je suis heureux de présenter mes saluta-
greetings to everyone attending the tions les plus chaleureuses à celles et ceux
Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). qui assistent autival international du film
de Toronto (TIFF).
Now in it’s 43rd year, TIFF has
established itself as a premiere inter- Le TIFF, qui en est maintenant à sa 43e
national film festival, drawing industry année, s’est établi comme un festival du
The Right Honourable professionals and audiences from all film international de premier plan et attire
Justin P.J. Trudeau over the world. I am certain that eve- des professionnels de l’industrie et des
ryone in attendance will be inspired and spectateurs de partout dans le monde. Je
entertained by the many film screenings, suis certain que les multiples projections
discussions, and workshops being held at de film, discussions et ateliers qui auront
this event. lieu lors de cet événement seront une
source d’inspiration et de divertissement
I would like to commend the organizers
pour tous les participants.
for their dedication and commitment to
supporting and promoting both Canadian Je tiens à féliciter les organisateurs
and international cinema. Your work pour leur dévouement et leur engagement
ensures that TIFF is a resounding success, à soutenir et à promouvoir le cinéma
year after year. canadien et étranger. Grâce à votre travail,
le TIFF connaît un succès retentissant
Please accept my best wishes for a most
d’année en année.
enjoyable experience. Sincerely,
Je vous souhaite une expérience des
plus agréables. Cordialement,

Premier of Ontario

I am delighted to extend greetings to


everyone attending the 43rd Toronto
International Film Festival (TIFF).
This fantastic 11-day extravaganza
showcases some of the best Canadian and
international movies out there, making
TIFF one of the top cultural events in
Toronto, and one of the largest and most
The Honourable successful cinematic events in the world.
Doug Ford
Thank you to the staff and volunteers
at TIFF who work so hard to mount this
festival each year. Thank you as well to all
the producers, directors, actors, production
crew members and everyone else involved
out front or behind the scenes in creating
this year’s roster of festival films.
I hope everyone watching a screening
or participating in one of the many terrific
TIFF events has an enjoyable time.

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Mayor of Toronto

It is my pleasure to welcome everyone to J’ai l’honneur d’accueillir chacun de


the Toronto International Film Festival. vous au Festival international du film
de Toronto.
TIFF is one of the world’s most success-
ful film events and one of Toronto’s most Le Festival international du film
highly anticipated events. de Toronto est un des évènements
cinématographiques les plus populaires
Our film, television, and digital industry
au monde et un des évènements les
is an important economic and cultural
plus attendus de Toronto.
His Worship driver for us in Toronto. Film and television
John Tory productions add a sense of vitality, vibrancy, Nos industries cinématographique,
and excitement to Toronto’s streets. télévisuelle et numérique sont des moteurs
économiques et culturels importants pour
We have made tremendous progress over
nous à Toronto. Les productions ciné-
the last four years growing our film industry.
matographiques et télévisuelles créent une
Production activity and investment has
vitalité, un dynamisme et une excitation
been on an increasing trend line in recent
dans les rues de Toronto.
years. The industry employs 30,000 people
in our city and it is only growing. Whether Nous avons réalisé des progrès incroy-
the final product will be on the big screen, ables au cours des quatre dernières années
the small screen, or streamed online, I pour propulser l’industrie du film. Les
want that product to be made right here activités de production et les investisse-
in Toronto. ments ne cessent de croître depuis les
dernières années. L’industrie emploie
I wish to welcome everyone to our city
30 000 personnes dans notre ville et
and encourage you to enjoy Toronto at
ce nombre ne fait qu’augmenter. Que le
this time of year. On behalf of Toronto
produit final se retrouve sur le grand écran,
City Council, I wish you a successful and
sur le petit écran ou en ligne, je veux que le
unforgettable Festival.
produit soit créé ici, à Toronto.
Yours truly,
Je souhaite la bienvenue à tous dans
notre ville, et je vous encourage à profiter
de votre séjour à Toronto en cette période
de l’année. Au nom du conseil municipal
de Toronto, je vous souhaite un festival
mémorable et réussi.
Cordialement,

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Minister of Canadian Heritage
and Multiculturalism

Welcome to the 43rd Toronto Bienvenue au 43 Festival international du


International Film Festival! film de Toronto!
Arts and culture provide a unifying Les arts et la culture nous unissent en
force to our country and shape who we tant que Canadiens et fa9onnent notre
are. The world of film brings depth to our identite. Le monde du cinenia enrichit
experiences and allows us to see the world nos experiences et nous permet de voir
The Honourable through new eyes. Over the next 11 days, le monde sous un nouvel angle. Au cours
Pablo Rodriguez an ever-growing audience of enthusiastic des 11 prochains jours, des cinephiles
film fans will be drawn to the silver screens enthousiastes se masseront devant les
here in Toronto to discover and celebrate grands ecrans de Toronto afin de decouvrir
the best of Canadian and international film. et de celebrer le meilleur du cinema d’ici
et d’ailleurs.
TIFF has grown to become one of
the most successful and respected film Le TIFF est devenu l’un des festivals de
festivals in the world, promoting Canada films les plus reussis et les plus respectes
and contemporary Canadian films to a au monde. 11 fait connaitre le Canada et
wide global audience, and our government le cinema canadien au public du monde
is proud to be part of it. entier. Notre gouvernement est fier d’avoir
contribue au rendez-vous de cette annee.
As Minister of Canadian Heritage and
Multiculturalism, I would like to thank the A titre de ministre du Patrimoine
many organizers and volunteers who have canadien et du Multiculturalisme, je
made TIFF such a shining success. Enjoy remercie les nombreux organisateurs et
the films, the lights, the cameras and benevoles qui ont fait du TIFF un succes
the action! retentissant. Et maintenant : lumieres,
cameras, action!

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Telefilm Canada

Festivals play a vital role in ensuring that Les festivals de films jouent un rôle
Canadian films from all regions of our essentiel en donnant la chance aux
country are discovered and enjoyed, and cinéphiles de tous les coins du pays de
that Canadian talent is in the spotlight. découvrir et d’apprécier les films cana-
The Toronto International Film Festival diens, et en mettant les talents d’ici sur le
provides a unique opportunity to do devant de la scène. C’est exactement ce que
just that! fait le Festival international du film
de Toronto.
Canadian films are brought to the screen
Executive Director by vibrant teams that care deeply about Les films canadiens sont portés à l’écran
Christa Dickenson creating the best possible product and par des équipes dynamiques, soucieuses
reaching audiences at home and abroad. de créer le meilleur produit possible et
de rejoindre les auditoires chez nous et à
At Telefilm Canada, we are committed
l’étranger.
to seeing even bigger; and are supported
in this endeavour by a growing number of À Téléfilm Canada, nous nous sommes
public and private partners, both Canadian engagés à voir plus grand encore, et de plus
and foreign. We are also counting on your en plus de partenaires publics et privés,
commitment so that our talent and their canadiens et étrangers, soutiennent cette
stories may take their rightful place. ambition. Nous comptons aussi sur votre
engagement, chers cinéphiles, pour que
Our focus is on diversity, a great
nos talents et leurs histoires prennent
Canadian asset. We encourage the next
toute la place qu’ils méritent.
generation to dare to make their first
feature films. Indigenous filmmakers now Nous misons principalement sur la
enjoy more support, and we have seen our diversité, une grande richesse canadienne.
industry come together to support the Nous encourageons la relève qui peut ainsi
shared goal of gender parity. We know oser ses premiers longs métrages. Les
that these voices will revitalize Canada’s cinéastes autochtones bénéficient d’une
rich cultural heritage and ensure its aide plus importante, et l’industrie tout
bright future. entière s’est mobilisée pour que nous puis-
sions atteindre notre objectif commun de
I would like to thank and congratulate
la parité hommes-femmes. Nous sommes
all those who work to bring our diversity
confiants que les voix des différentes
to the screen.
communautés sauront dynamiser ce riche
héritage culturel et lui dessineront un
brillant avenir.
Merci et félicitations à tous ceux et
celles qui portent notre diversité à l’écran.

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Minister of Tourism, Culture & Sport

On behalf of the Government of Ontario, Au nom du gouvernement de l’Ontario,


I am delighted to welcome everyone to the c’est avec un immense plaisir que je
43rd Toronto International Film Festival. vous souhaite à tous la bienvenue au 43e
Festival international du film de Toronto.
Each September, the film industry
focuses their attention on Ontario as we Chaque année en septembre, les regards
host the largest film festival in North de l’industrie cinématographique se
America and one of the most prestigious braquent sur l’Ontario, hôte du plus grand
and influential festivals in the world, festival du film en Amérique du Nord.
The Honourable attracting thousands of visitors to Toronto. Comptant parmi les manifestations les
Sylvia Jones plus prestigieuses et les plus influentes du
I want to thank the many talented artists
monde, le Festival international du film de
who put their hearts and souls into these
Toronto attire tous les ans des milliers
films. Your passion and talent have placed
de visiteurs.
Ontario on the world map as a leader in
cinema. I also want to thank all of the J’aimerais remercier les nombreux
TIFF organizers and volunteers who work artistes de talent qui ont mis tout leur cœur
tirelessly to ensure the Festival is a success et toute leur âme dans ces films. Votre
every year. The Ontario government is passion et votre talent ont contribué à faire
proud to be a champion of TIFF and the de l’Ontario un chef de file mondial dans
Ontario film industry. l’industrie cinématographique. J’aimerais
également saluer tous les organisateurs et
I wish everyone an inspiring and
tous les bénévoles du festival, qui, chaque
entertaining Festival, and I hope you have
année, se dévouent sans compter pour que
a great time in Toronto.
l’événement soit un succès. Le gouverne-
Best wishes, ment de l’Ontario est fier d’être l’un des
parrains du Festival international du film de
Toronto et un ardent défenseur de l’indus-
trie cinématographique de l’Ontario.
Je vous souhaite à tous un festival ins-
pirant et divertissant, et j’espère que vous
passerez de formidables moments
à Toronto.

Sincères salutations,

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Ontario Creates

As a long-time festival supporter, Ontario Soutien de longue date du festival, la


Creates is proud to welcome you to the Société de développement de l’industrie
Toronto International Film Festival and to des médias de l’Ontario est fière de vous
congratulate TIFF on 43 years of inspiring accueillir au Festival international du film
audiences through film. This is an exciting de Toronto® et tient à rendre hommage au
year for OMDC as we introduce our new TIFF qui, depuis 43 ans, inspire le public
name to long-time partners and friends. par le cinéma. Cette année, la SODIMO
OMDC is now Ontario Creates. OMDC has est enthousiaste à l’idée de présenter son
President & CEO been a catalyst for the creative industries tout nouveau nom à ses partenaires et
Karen Thorne-Stone to thrive and flourish and as Ontario amis de longue date. La SODIMO s’appelle
Creates we aim to bring a fresh approach to désormais Ontario Créatif. La SODIMO
our ongoing commitment to fuelling talent, favorise le développement et l’essor des
innovation, and creativity in Ontario. industries de la création. Sous l’appellation
Ontario Créatif, elle souhaite insuffler une
Ontario’s filmmakers light up screens
dynamique nouvelle à ses efforts continus
at home and around the world with their
en matière de développement des talents,
passion and creativity. TIFF presents
de l’innovation et de la créativité en Ontario.
an important opportunity to showcase
Ontario’s filmmakers to a global audience, Les cinéastes ontariens brillent par leur
where our homegrown films take their passion et leur créativité au pays et dans le
rightful place on screen among the best in monde entier. Le TIFF constitue l’occasion
the world. Ontario Creates is pleased to idéale de présenter le talent des cinéastes de
have supported a number of exceptional la province auprès d’un public international
films screening at TIFF this year. In addi- et illustre combien les films ontariens
tion to supporting the film and television occupent une place bien méritée parmi les
industry, we’re working to ensure that meilleurs films au monde. Ontario Créatif
Ontario is a great place to do business est ravi d’avoir soutenu plusieurs films
for our thriving publishing, music, and exceptionnels en projection au TIFF cette
interactive digital media sectors as well. année. En plus de prêter appui à l’industrie
de la production cinématographique
Ontario Creates is committed to buil-
et télévisuelle, nous œuvrons à faire de
ding international relationships that help
l’Ontario un endroit tout désigné pour faire
open doors to new markets and audiences
des affaires avec nos dynamiques secteurs
for our content creators. During the
de l’édition, de la musique et des produits
festival we’re excited to present the 12th
multimédias interactifs numériques.
International Financing Forum, or IFF at
TIFF, and to be hosting our Ontario Film Ontario Créatif s’emploie à nouer des
Commission business hub at the Industry relations internationales qui permettront
Centre in the Hyatt once again. Watch for aux créateurs de contenu de la province
our new visual identity throughout the de conquérir de nouveaux marchés et de
festival and stop by to learn more about toucher de nouveaux publics. Nous sommes
what Ontario has to offer you! d’ailleurs ravis de présenter, dans le cadre
du TIFF, le 12e Forum sur le financement
Congratulations to all the filmmakers
international (FFI) et d’accueillir de
whose work is screening this year, to
nouveau le pôle des affaires du Bureau du
Piers Handling on a tremendous TIFF
cinéma de l’Ontario au sein de l’Industry
legacy, and to the entire TIFF team for
Centre à l’Hôtel Hyatt. Restez à l’affût de
putting together another brilliant Festival.
notre nouvelle identité visuelle pendant
Ontario creates success!
le festival et venez vous renseigner sur
les nombreux atouts que vous réserve
l’Ontario!
Nous adressons nos félicitations les plus
chaleureuses à tous les cinéastes dont les
œuvres sont projetées cette année, à Piers
Handling qui a apporté une contribution
inestimable au succès du TIFF, ainsi qu’à
tous les membres de l’équipe du TIFF qui
ont orchestré avec brio une nouvelle
édition du festival. L’Ontario est un
moteur de réussite!

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Bell Canada & BCE

On behalf of the Bell Canada team, it is my


honour to welcome you to the 43rd annual
Toronto International Film Festival
We’ve just renewed our partnership
to support the festival and its year-round
home, the TIFF Bell Lightbox, for many
years to come. As a TIFF sponsor for over
two decades, Bell is proud to help bring the
President & CEO best in Canadian and international cinema
George Cope to movie lovers from across our country and
around the globe.
Bell is integral to how millions of
Canadians experience movies. We’re a
leading producer of Canadian film and
television content through Bell Media
Studios — a role we continue to expand with
our new majority stake in Pinewood Toronto
Studios — and millions watch on The Movie
Network or Super Écran, access the Fibe TV
on-demand catalogue, and stream over
our world-leading broadband fibre and
wireless networks.
I invite you to visit Bell on Festival Street
during opening weekend and at David Pecaut
Square throughout the festival. You’ll have
great views of stars arriving on the red carpet
and the opportunity to take some photos
with our re-creations of iconic movie scenes.
As Canada’s communications leader
since 1880, Bell is proud to support TIFF,
Canadian film, and this year’s outstanding
festival lineup. Please enjoy the show!

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Toronto International Film Festival
Directors’ Welcome
Welcome to the 43rd Toronto institution, and built a permanent home
International Film Festival! for cinema at TIFF Bell Lightbox, in the
heart of downtown Toronto. As Cameron
We are thrilled to have you join us for 11
takes on a new role as co-head of the
incredible days of the very best in Canadian
organization, we renew our audience
and international cinema, as Toronto
focus and engagement with communities,
transforms once again into a remarkable
while continuing our support for women
Piers Handling space where film lovers, seekers, and
in film our trailblazing Share Her Journey
Director & creators unite to engage with the boundless
fundraising campaign. As conversations
Chief Executive Officer possibilities of storytelling.
around gender parity in the industry
TIFF As filmmaking continues to widen its remain front and centre, TIFF has
lens to include more diverse, new, and prioritized initiatives to help shift the dial
authentic voices, so too does our lineup. across gender equity for female creators
The Festival has always championed — however, we acknowledge there is a lot
creators with unique perspectives; this more work to do.
year’s selection promises global stories,
We thank you for sharing your
undiscovered talent, and new narratives
enthusiasm, curiosity, and passion for
that will challenge, motivate, and inspire
cinema with us. We thank our staff,
you. And, you remain an integral part of the
dedicated team of Volunteers, Board of
Festival. Without audiences to intersect
Directors, members, donors, and partners
with the art, we’d have storytellers with no
for helping us fulfill our mission to
witnesses, and no one to carry forward the
transform the way people see the world
lessons and messages learned.
through film. We encourage you all to
Michèle Maheux This is a particularly momentous year support our unrelenting commitment to
Executive Director & for the Festival, as it marks a change championing women both in front of and
Chief Operating Officer in leadership at TIFF: this Fall we bid behind the camera.
TIFF adieu to Piers after his 36 years with the
Wishing you an unforgettable
organization — 24 of them as Director &
Festival experience,
CEO. Under his guidance, TIFF has grown
into both the largest public film festival in
the world and a pre-eminent year-round

Cameron Bailey
Artistic Director
TIFF

Outfitting for Mr. Handling and Mr. Bailey generously provided by Hugo Boss.

Timepieces for Mr. Handling, Mr. Bailey, and Ms. Maheux generously provided by IWC Schaffhausen.

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The Toronto International Film Festival recognizes its valued
partners for their continued support of Festival programming.

FOUNDATION PARTNERS
American Friends of TIFF
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association
RBC Foundation
The Slaight Family Foundation

SPECIAL THANKS TO
DGC Ontario
Toronto Entertainment District Business Improvement Association
Toronto Transit Commission

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The Toronto International Film Festival recognizes
its hospitality partners for their continued support.

GOLD-LEVEL HOSPITALITY PARTNERS

SILVER-LEVEL HOSPITALITY PARTNERS

BRONZE-LEVEL HOSPITALITY PARTNERS

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The Toronto International Film Festival recognizes
its sponsors for their continued support.

LEAD SPONSOR

MAJOR SPONSORS

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CORPORATE PARTNERS

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TIFF Bell Lightbox Campaign Supporters
The Campaign for TIFF Bell Lightbox is supported by the following visionaries who helped turn TIFF Bell Lightbox into a reality
through their generous contributions:

LEAD FOUNDING PARTNER MAJOR FOUNDING PARTNER MAJOR FOUNDING SUPPORTERS

SPECIAL THANKS TO THE CITY OF TORONTO

CORNERSTONE GIFTS
Reitman Family: Ivan Reitman, Agi Mandel and Susan Michaels
The Daniels Corporation

PACESETTING GIFTS
Copyright Collective of Canada
The Slaight Family Foundation
VISA®

PRINCIPAL GIFTS
Paul & Leah Atkinson
BMO Financial Group
CIBC
The Daniels Corporation
Steve & Rashmi Gupta
The Brian Linehan Charitable Foundation
Mackenzie Investments
NBCUniversal
Ontario Arts Foundation/Fondation des arts de l’Ontario
Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman
Annette Verschuren & Stan Shibinsky

LEADERSHIP GIFTS
BlackBerry®
Mary & Brendan Calder
Cineplex Entertainment LP
Harbinger Foundation
Deborah, Bill, Carey & Matthew Kurtin
Roots Canada
Warren & Maureen Spitz & Family
Anonymous

FOUNDING GIFTS
Christie Digital Systems Canada, Inc.
Linda Chu & John Donald
Paul Bronfman | Comweb Group
Deluxe
Randy Gillies
Susan Harris & David Kassie
Chetan & Clara Mathur
PCL Constructors Canada Inc.
The Tory Family – Liz, Jennifer, John H. Tory & Barbara Hackett
Mark & Sarah Wellings

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TIFF Bell Lightbox Campaign Supporters
SUSTAINING GIFTS KEY GIFTS Colette & Tom Barber
Barry & Melissa Avrich American Friends of TIFF Louise Bellingham
Belden Canada Inc. Charles & Marilyn Baillie Dave & Fiona Berry
J. P. Bickell Foundation Buena Vista Pictures Distribution Gilda & Yousry Bissada
The S.M. Blair Family Foundation Lorie Cappe & Linda Lewis Brauti Thorning Zibarras LLP
Diane Blake & Stephen Smith Tim Casey & Paget Catania Evan Brown
The Bratty Family CAW/TCA Canada Kate Calder
Beth & Andrew Burgess Doris Chan, John Whitcher, Tess Calder
The Buster Foundation Ryan Whitcher & Ethan Whitcher Angela & John Caliendo
In honour of Charles B. Moss Irene Chu Simion Candrea
Barry Campbell & Chubb Insurance Company of Canada In memory of Simion N. Candrea
Debra Grobstein Campbell, CIBC Mellon Dr. Bob Chaudhuri
and David M. Campbell Lynn & Paul Damp Tony & Moira Cohen
Anne-Marie Canning Edenshaw Management Limited J. Rob Collins
Martin Connell & Linda Haynes Julia & Robert Foster Andrew & Nicola Combes
Margaret & Jim Fleck Brenda Garza Sada & Fabiola Garza Sada Priscilla Costello
Ivey Foundation Goodman & Carr, LLP Jack & Beth Curtin
Sharon & Allen Karp Honourable Jerry & Carole Grafstein, and Nick & Nadia Di Donato
The KPMG Foundation Michael Grafstein Peter & Anna Eliopoulos
Kuwabara Payne McKenna Blumberg Julia Grant & Bruce Batler Gavin & Kate Ezekowitz
Architects The Hale Family Andrew Fleming
Ellen-Jane & Ben Moss Piers Handling Hedy & Ron Frisch
The Gary & Joanne Reamey Family The William and Nona Heaslip Foundation Erica & Noah Godfrey
Scotiabank Daniel & Winnie Hung Paul & Gina Godfrey
Allan C. Silber Ellis Jacob Kamala-Jean Gopie
Kent R. Sobey Sharifa Khan Heather & Maxwell Gotlieb
The Howard and Carole Tanenbaum Family Kenneth W. Lalonde & Christine Anderson Marco & Michela Guglietti
Charitable Foundation, and Daniel & Keith & Delores Lawrence The Gutiérrez Johannessen Family
Kim Tanenbaum Janice Lewis & Mitchell Cohen Stephen & Andrea Halperin
Anonymous (2) Chris & May Li Bharat & Filomena Hansraj
Phil Lind Cam & Nicole Haynes
MAJOR GIFTS Tania Maciver & Frank Walwyn Krista Hill
Apotex Foundation – Larry Mah & Dr. Tracy Wong Bruce & Cheryl Hooey
Honey & Barry Sherman Michèle Maheux & John Galway The K. M. Hunter Charitable Foundation
The Bennett Family Foundation Nadir & Shabin Mohamed Impact Cleaning Services Ltd.
David & Molly Bloom Ron Moore Jennifer Ivey Bannock
Catherine Booth & Michael Kirk Nexus PM Inc. Suzanne Ivey Cook
Brookfield Partners Foundation Leslie A. Noble Hal Jackman Foundation
The Former Burritt/Thompson Award PharmEng Technology Dexter, Shelly, D’Andre & Jasmyn John
In memory of Dorothy & Oscar Burritt and Jeremy Podeswa Robynn & Scott Jolliffe
Patricia Thompson Justin, Daphne & April Poy B. Denham Jolly
Helen Burstyn & David Pecaut Barbara Sears Nick & Sunita Katerinakis
Jim & Lisa de Wilde Mary Anne Shaw & Barry Yaverbaum Liana & Steven Kerzner
Digital Rapids Corporation Irene So Gordon Kirke & Family
J. Christopher Donald Howard Sokolowski & Linda Frum Kololian Family
Atom Egoyan & Arsinée Khanjian Walied & Deena Soliman Anette, Yves & Amelia Larsson Florack
The Goldring Family Spin Master Ltd. Amanda Lang & Vincent Borg
Harris Canada Systems Inc. C. L. Sugiyama, K.C. Fish Latner Family Foundation
The Jay and Barbara Hennick Twentieth Century Fox Film Corp. Shirley Lewchuk
Family Foundation David M. Vella Donald & Lorraine Loeb
Jan Innes & Chris Morgan Lori Willcox Ana P. Lopes & Don Tapscott
Richard & Donna Ivey Anonymous Jeffrey & Sandra Lyons
Kress Family Eugene McBurney
The Langar Foundation SPECIAL GIFTS Samm McLeod, Lynn McLeod &
In honour of Helen Gardiner Phelan Martin Abel & Kathleen Flynn Nicholas Ganas
from Rosemary Phelan & Sam Blyth Herbert Abramson Michelle & Patrick Meneley
Robert Lantos Cheryl & Ken Adams Abby, Perry & Jordan Minuk
Marcelle & Ralph Lean The Adilman Family & Friends Amit, Suneeta, Rohan & Ajay Monga
James M. Little The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme Dr. Kenneth Montague
Michael MacMillan & Cathy Spoel Alliance Atlantis Communications Inc. David & Karen Moscovitz
Meyer Sound Laboratories, Inc. The Sid Adilman Mentorship Programme Christina Ongoma
David & Renee Perlmutter Altus Group Cost Consulting Albert Pace & Kristin Morch
To honour Anne & Lara Perlmutter Bram & Bluma Appel Pinchin Family
POI Business Interiors Inc. Dany & Lisa Assaf Nicolas Piquard
The Poile Family Bäckerhaus Veit Ltd. Jeff & Rita Rayman
Mary & Allen Shechtman Michael Badham & Family Kara Reed
Beverly Topping Shane Baghai David Roffey & Karen Walsh
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation Allison Bain The Savoy Pitfield Family
Anonymous Krishna Balkissoon Neil & Carita Sheehy

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Saul & Thelma Shulman Clement Virgo & Family Special thanks to St. Joseph
Jay Smith & Laura Rapp Suzanne & Bob Weiss Communications.
Tristan Sones Kevin Williams & Family
Georgia Stamatakos & Tom McGee John & Helen Young Thanks as well to all the TIFF Volunteers for
Anne & Greg Steers Hana Zalzal their tremendous support.
Nalini & Tim Stewart David Zitzerman & Karen Friedman This list reflects donations received as of
Nicolas Stiliadis Anonymous (4) June 29, 2018.
Straticom Planning Associates Inc.
The Lawrence and Judith Tanenbaum
Charitable Family Foundation

TIFF Annual Supporters


GIFTS OF $100,000+ David B. MacNaughton & Leslie A. Noble ** TIFF LEGACY SOCIETY
American Friends of TIFF Michèle Maheux & John Galway ** David G. Aziz
Anne-Marie Canning * Shirley A. Maltman & Herbert Bell Lisa Bradburn
NBCUniversal Agi & Jack Mandel Greg W. Johns
Ontario Arts Foundation A gift in honour of Shirley Mendelson Frank J.D. Parks, CPA, CA
Gerald Schwartz & Heather Reisman Mary Anne Shaw *** Katherine M. Svec
The Slaight Family Foundation Shum Vourkoutiotis Fund at Terry Tedesco
Jennifer A. Tory Toronto Foundation Anonymous

GIFTS OF $50,000 TO $99,999


Directors Guild of Canada
GIFTS OF $1,000 TO $4,999 Patrons Circle
Herbert Abramson
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association Luciene, April & Maia Bailey LEADERSHIP
Justin Poy 伍雋雄 Diane Blake & Stephen Smith * $12,000 OR MORE
J & P Bowie Michael & Cheryl Anobile
GIFTS OF $25,000 TO $49,999 Canada Media Fund Melissa & Barry Avrich **
Erika Olde Coggin David Carey & Joel Dmitruk The Bennett Family
Corus Entertainment Inc. Kerri Craddock Arun Biswas
Betty-Ann & Robert Wade Heggie Bill & Barbara Etherington * Diane Blake & Stephen Smith *
Iron Mountain Entertainment Services Sheena Inez Foley Alex & Angela Brisbourne
Ivan Reitman * Honourable Jerry & Carole Grafstein John Brown & Melanie Edwards
Eleanor & Francis Shen Janet Graham Mary & Brendan Calder ***
Shorcan Brokers Ltd. Julia Grant & Bruce Batler Anne-Marie Canning *
Mark & Sarah Wellings Di Hardacre Cargojet Airways
William F. White International Inc. Nino Hason Alice Chou & Fred Roepke
Anonymous With love from Wanda Linda Chu & John Donald **
Linda Hohol Richard & Sophia Crenian
GIFTS OF $10,000 TO $24,999 Sharon & Allen Karp *** Myrna & John Daniels ***
Helen Burstyn Darren Kemp & Michael Rayias Mario & Karen Elia **
Mary & Brendan Calder *** Janice Lewis & Mitchell Cohen Bill & Barbara Etherington *
Barry Campbell & M. George & Leanne Lewis Angela & David Feldman
Debra Grobstein Campbell ** Kevin Long Sheena Inez Foley
Dolby Laboratories Inc. NEXUS PM INC Molly Forstall
John & Elizabeth Irving Gilles & Julia Ouellette * Scott Forstall
Hal Jackman Foundation ** Frank J.D. Parks Emilio, Gabriel & Filomena Grossi
Chetan & Clara Mathur J Prior Donald Guloien & Irene Boychuck
Nadir & Shabin Mohamed Wayne Purboo Harbinger Foundation **
Micki Moore & Leonard Simpson Sharon & Steve Ranson Di Hardacre
Rod & Lydia Phillips Heather Ross * Betty-Ann & Robert Wade Heggie
Janis Rotman Geoffrey Rytell Heather & Greg Hogarth *
TIFF Staff Richard Sakai Richard & Donna Ivey *
Elizabeth Tory Brenda & Robbie Saunders Trinity Jackman & Marcus Doyle
John Tory & Barbara Hackett Bill Seegmiller Victoria Jackman **
Work In Culture Vincenza Sera Alan Kwong
Anonymous Fondation Alex U. Soyka Robert Lantos **
Carole Tanenbaum M. George & Leanne Lewis
GIFTS OF $5,000 TO $9,999 Christine Thammavongsa Theo & Charlene Ling **
J & P Bowie A gift in honour of Harry S. Thomson Mackenzie Financial Corporation
Brown-Nusbaum Family Fund at A gift in honour of Jennifer Tory Agi & Jack Mandel
Toronto Foundation David M. Vella * Maria del Mar Lorenzo
Shauneen Bruder Micaela Vellozo Susan Michaels Holding Ltd.
Cultural Human Resources Council Goldie Wassermuhl Abby & Perry Minuk **
Piers Handling & Federica Foglia ** Morden Yolles ** Sam Mizrahi
Daniel & Winnie Hung Young Presidents’ Organization – Nadir & Shabin Mohamed
The Japan Foundation, Toronto * Maple Leaf Chapter Adam Moryto
Jeffrey & Sandra Lyons Anonymous ** Neil Nicol
Anonymous Parsai Immigration Services

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Suresh Cedrick Pereira Renee & David Perlmutter *** Stephen Marshall
Rod & Lydia Phillips Polar Asset Management Partners McCarthy Tetrault LLP
POI Business Interiors Inc. Lynda Reeves & Michel Zelnik, Faye Minuk *
Raman Family House & Home Media Florence Minz
Ivan Reitman * Jeffrey Remedios Raymond D. Nishimura ***
Mary & Michael Rolland Paul & Janice Sabourin * The Nissan Family Foundation
Heather Ross * Brenda & Robbie Saunders Brenda Norfolk
Bob Rubinoff ** Mary, Allen, Noah, Matthew & Elisa Nuyten & David Dime
Dan Rubinoff Rebecca Shechtman Gayle & Phil Olsson
James Schmalz Richard Shekter ** Perry Orestes & Timothy Giguere **
Eleanor & Francis Shen Barbara Shum & Manos Vourkoutiotis * Frank J. Parks
Shorcan Brokers Ltd. Dorothy & Jeffrey Siminovitch Carol A. Penhale *
Carol & Irv Smokler Charles & Laurie Sims Lee Anne & Tim Piggott
Andra Takacs * SKYGRiD Construction Inc. Michael Robinson
Christine Thammavongsa David E. Spiro Sandra Rotman **
Graeme & Sara Thomson Greg & Anne Steers * Sari Ruda
Jennifer A. Tory Sun Life Financial ** Kamlesh Shah
Sarah Twomey Ticketmaster Mary Anne Shaw *** & Barry Yaverbaum
Annette Verschuren & Stan Shibinsky Elizabeth Tory Bart Simpson
Ajay K. Virmani ** John Tory & Barbara Hackett David Smith
Frank Walwyn Mark & Sarah Wellings Pamela & Lawrence Stevenson
Jamie Watt Shelagh & David Wilson Stikeman Elliott LLP
Robert Wappel Raymond Young Marianne Taggio
Carla & Michael Worb Anonymous Philip Terranova & Audrey Allen
Anonymous (4) Laurie Thomson & Andy Chisholm
GOLD Carmine Turco
PLATINUM $6,000 TO $7,999 Henk & Yanka Van der Kolk
$8,000 TO $11,999 David Allgood & Helen Stevenson Martyn Vanderlugt
Munir Ajani George & Gail Anthony Anju Virmani
Liloo Alim Jason Baldwin Lori Willcox **
Peter & Brigitte Anderson Krissy Ballanger David Zitzerman, Tara Parker –
Paul & Leah Atkinson ** Libby & Ian Bandeen ** Goodmans LLP ***
Michael Melanson & Katherine Batycky W. Geoffrey Beattie Anonymous (4)
Gilda & Yousry Bissada Lorie Cappe & Linda Lewis ***
Anthony Bonato & Douglas Hamlyn Patrick Cardarelli TIFF CONNECT
J & P Bowie Doris Chan & John Whitcher Rebecca Babcock
Helen Burstyn Chubb Insurance Company of Canada *** Robert Baines
Barry Campbell & Karen Cohl Claire Batler
Debra Grobstein Campbell ** Pascale Daigneault & Carl E. Fleck, Q.C. Vincent Boutet
Yvette De Biasi Jayne Davis & Duff Waring Nicole Chin
David Denison & Maureen Flanagan Annie & Rich English Jade Jager Clark
Jim & Lisa de Wilde *** Max Erickson Michael Cotton
Sandy Di Rezze Chiara Falcone Kathryn Foster
J. Doyle Margaret & Jim Fleck Adam Grenville
Susan Driediger Ronaldo Foresti Diana Grigore
Ernst & Young Hedy & Ron Frisch ** Emma Guizzetti
Kevin W. Fisher – Gardiner Roberts LLP ** Brenda Garza Sada & Fabiola Garza Sada ** Reetu Gupta
Victoria Foley & Paul Fredricks Stephen Geer & Szelena Gray Kofi Gyekye
Susan Gerhard Sara Gelgor Elizabeth Heggie
Susan Harris & David Kassie Julia Grant & Bruce Batler Jacqueline Kendall
Daniel & Winnie Hung Niall & Katherine Haggart Mark Kiyonaga
Tony Ianni Michael & Marjorie Hale ** Arielle Loeb
John & Elizabeth Irving Keith Heller Elizabeth Mingay
Darren Kemp & Michael Rayias Natalie Herbert & Ed Robertson Jordan Minuk
Krista Kerr – Kerr Financial Brian & Marianne Hiff Carolina Mondonedo
F Kollmar Hotel Doggy Tara Muldoon
Kololian Family Sharon Hutton Sepehr Radjpoust
Anne Koyama & Scott Mackenzie ** Jennifer Ivey Bannock Zoe Shapiro
Bill & Deborah Kurtin & Family * Henry Jackman ** Anna Wasylenki
M.S. Lamont & Associates Limited *** Stephen & Ashley Joyce Steffi Wong
Andrew & Elaine Le Feuvre Janese Kane ***
Janice Lewis & Mitchell Cohen Terry Kelly LIFETIME HONORARY PATRONS
Lindt & Sprüngli (Canada), Inc. KPMB Architects George & Gail Anthony
Sabi & Amrin Marwah Donald Langill Dusty & Joan Cohl
Chetan & Clara Mathur Karen & Fred Leitner * William Marshall & Sari Ruda Marshall
Lucy Medeiros Jean Lim-O’Brien & Mark O’Brien Henk & Yanka Van der Kolk
Russell A. Morgan & Lori Brown * Kevin & Lucea LMDR
Munich Re Canada (Life) Mike Lorimer * Supporters of 10 years or more
Linda & Kevin O’Leary * Jock MacDonald & Janet Griffin ** Supporters of 15 years or more
Gilles & Julia Ouellette * Janet Maggiacomo * *** Supporters of 20 years or more
Tony Pampena Michèle Maheux & John Galway **
Pathak Family Beth Malcolm * This list reflects donations received as of
Jane Perdue & Joseph Castrilli Michael Mancuso & Michelle Harrison June 29, 2018.

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CINEMAS CONTENT, CREATIVE & DIGITAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Cinema Manager: Chris Ciavaglia Director, Content & Creative: Jody Sugrue Director: Sean Barry
Duty Manager: Nigel Agnew Acting Director, Content, Creative and Digital: Senior Manager, Business Information Systems:
Assistant Manager, Cinemas Administration: Malcolm Gilderdale Theresa Ennis
Bryce Dudley Managing Content Producer: Sal Patel Manager, IT Operations: Ryan MacDonald
Cinema Supervisors: Sandra Hodnett, Victoria Kucher, Art Director: Bradley Reinhardt Network Administrator: Cam Wynd
James Rice, Paul Williams, Stuart Marks, Shauna Sloan Managing Video Producer: Jason Lee Manager, Business Analysis: Santiago Marin
Cinema Ushers: Erica Moe, Lars Aumueller, Alex Beaton, Digital Production Manager: Matt Brown Senior Project Coordinator: Dan Truong
Daniel Bell, Nicole Cabrera, Agatha Cheng, Samantha Production Manager, Video: Tessa Lai Senior Data Analyst: Joel Babcock
Cunningham, Christopher Dix, Brydon Gauthier, Michael Senior Video Producer: Aaron Van Domelen Manager, Event & Asset Management:
Gorman, Maya Ishiura, Soufian Jalili, Michael Laskaris, Video Producer: Andrew Strapp Diana DiFrancesco
Subrina Mohamed, Kathleen Mooney-Childs, Jessie Lead Digital Engagement Producer: Amanda Hadi Enterprise Application Architect: Gabriel Perez
Park-Wheeler, Caroline Puzinas, Zachary Vito, Ellie Digital Engagement Producers: Marcus Tuttle, Application Support Coordinator: Julie Dunsmuir
White, Kate Wilson, Birithivy Yogaratnam Siân Melton IT Help Desk Assistant: Andrei Vasilachi
Senior Designers: Carlson Yu, Adam Bischoff
SALES Digital Producer: Sasha James PARTNERSHIPS
Manager, Visitor Experience, Sales: Angeline Cheung Junior Digital Producer: Andrew Steenberg Senior Director: Jennifer Frees
Assistant Manager, Sales: Arielle Di Leo Video Producer, Editor: Adam Schoales
Video Producer, Live: Catty Chan CORPORATE PARTNERSHIPS
CONCESSIONS Image Coordinator: Connie Tsang Directors: Chloë Wade, Reena Chohan
Assistant Managers: Jonathan LeGris Designers: Rachelle Ribeiro, Anastasiya Milova, Acting Director: Meredith Best
Stand Leads: Isabella Brown, Shawn Grey, Rachel Bailey, Shelby Guergis, Nicholas Hanlon Senior Managers: Christina Raheja, Adrienne Giroux
Jordan Mackenzie, Amandla Odusanya, Jason To, Junior Developer: Jonathan Aellen Managers: Rob Kraszewski, Carly Penny, Jordana
Jack Ulicny Co-op Student, Audience Data Analysis: Ruqaiyah Baksh Soberman, Daniel Listi, Sadaf Virji, Hannah Emmerson,
Sales Attendants: Jamie Bullock, Renan Passatore, Co-op Student, Digital Content: Jorge Toro Robin Redshaw, Melanie Klodt Wong
Yashna Patel Co-op Students, Video Production: Ryhan Welink, Hospitality Sales Specialist: Valerie Pek
Varundeep Chawla Assistants: Julia Palatino, Victoria Morton
TICKETING SERVICES: Co-op Student, Social Media: Bianca Linhares-Huang
Manager, Ticketing Services: Ruby Bantock HOSPITALITY PARTNERSHIPS
Assistant Manager, Ticketing Services: Jon Deighan EXECUTIVE OFFICE & SPECIAL PROJECTS Manager: Adrian Neagu
Assistant Manager, Box Office & Call Centre: Director, Board & Executive Relations: David Vella
Hannah Lamont EVENT PARTNERSHIPS & BOOKINGS
Supervisors: Jason Rayner, Matthew Lappin, EXECUTIVE OFFICE Senior Manager: Sandra Valenzuela
Sydney Boniface, Terrence Symister, Bran Ramsey, Manager, Executive Office: Melanie DiPasquale Coordinator: Jessica Lange
Claudia Rodriguez-Sobstel, Sakina Hussain, Coordinator to the CEO: Omar Siddiqui Assistant: Emily Harrod
Meagan Mound, Jeremy Loughton, Laura Gladwell, Interns, Executive Office: Nora Marku, Bronwyn Ring
Shannon Taylor ADVANCEMENT
Ticket Agents: Garyan Martin, Hunachew Engeda, SPECIAL PROJECTS
Katherine Smith, Matilda Davidson, Mahlet Tesfu, Senior Project Manager, Special Projects: Suzan Sabir DEVELOPMENT
Nedda Sarshar, Raul Delgado, Jessica Romito, Nyx Senior Production & Operations Manager: Scott Austin Director, Development: Debra Kwinter
Pinnock, Regina Sy, Brendan Prost, Ania Byczkowska, Interim Senior Production & Operations Manager: Senior Coordinator, Major Gifts: Kira Bruce
Robyn Bingham, Sarah Marchand, Philippa Nicholl, Karen Sung Coordinator, Major Gifts: Caroline Katona
Abigail Lamb, Pedro Lobo-Guerrero, Trevor Wang Project Manager: Daniela Fetta
LOYALTY & ENGAGEMENT
DEPARTMENT 30 STAFF & VOLUNTEER RESOURCES Director, Loyalty & Engagement: Jaspreet Sandhu
Senior Director, People & Culture: Denine Das Senior Manager, Individual Giving: Erin Hewitson
COMMUNICATIONS & MARKETING Senior Manager, Loyalty: Pierre Bois
Director, Marketing, Strategy & Communications: HUMAN RESOURCES Manager, Loyalty: Rekha Sharma
Rachel Noonan Manager: Melissa Watanabe Manager, Advancement Operations: Megan Leblanc
Senior Manager, Marketing & Strategy: Manager, Payroll: Kat Du-Phan Senior Coordinator, Advancement Operations: Yan Zou
Michelle Lemmon Senior HR Business Partner: Brittany Reynolds Senior Coordinator, Loyalty: Julia Lewis
Senior Manager, Communications & Strategy: HR Business Partner: Danielle Colby Coordinator, Loyalty & Engagement: Ayesha Husain
Tanya Warren HR Festival Coordinator: Liza Moran Coordinator, Loyalty & Engagement: Alissa Chater
Manager, Marketing & Strategy: Claire van Nierop Co-op Student: Magdalena Piro Coordinator, Advancement Operations: Heidi Zarse
Manager, Marketing & Media Planning: Karen Stein Loyalty & Operations Representatives: Sonia Bhogal,
Managers, Communications: Cathleen Finlay, VOLUNTEER & INTERN RESOURCES Renna Wehbe, Robyn St. Laurent
Emma Kelly Manager: Katy Fahimi-Manzari Data Assistant: Daniele Iannucci
Manager, Digital Marketing: John Wallace Senior Coordinator: Katie Epp Administrator, Advancement: Gillian Ashton
Communications Manager, Festival: Amanda Gun-Munro Coordinators: Colleen Munro, Melina Sevilla Co-op Student: Stephany Yescas Martinez
Senior Coordinator, Marketing & Communications: Assistants: Alanna Dickinson, Matthew Fontanilla,
Negaar Hatami Tessa Hall, Casey Lee SALES & STEWARDSHIP EVENTS
Senior Coordinator, Communications: Kali Hopkins-Allen Interns: Sarah Devlin, Sofia Stern Manager, Sales & Stewardship Events: Jessica Dunphy
Accreditation Coordinators: Danyel McLachlan, Co-op Student: Raquel Argueta Coordinator, Advancement Events: Craig Palmer
Alexander Kentris Arts Administration Intern: Tracy Leung
Coordinator, Marketing: Matthew Palmer GOVERNMENT & FOUNDATION RELATIONS
Publicist: Daniela Ponce FINANCE & ADMINISTRATION Director: Alan Convery
Coordinator, Communications: Rebecca Silver Senior Coordinators: Benjamin Coleman, Amy Thind
Assistant, Marketing: Jessica Walsh LEGAL Assistants: Shahene Patel, Emily Christie
Intern, Marketing: Shan Huang Director, Legal & Business Affairs: Robert Gold
Intern, Communications: Olivia Nasner Associate, Legal: Samin Rajaian Thank you to all of our Festival Programming,
Co-op Student, Marketing & Communications: Law Student: Matthew Staton Communications, Ticketing Services, Festival Services,
Chelsea Cabello Concessions, Retail, Cinemas, Film Office & Event
FINANCE Production and Hospitality & Event Sales, including:
EDITORIAL Director, Finance & Administration: Jennifer Drome Filmmaker Host Coordinators, Jury Coordinators,
Editor-in-Chief: Kieran Grant Director, Finance & Administration: Robyn Gough Intro and Q&A support staff, Venue Liaisons, P&I
Senior Editor & Content Direction: Andrew Tracy Director, Accounting: Sharon Barnes-Simmonds Coordination, Private Screenings Support Staff,
Senior Editorial Coordinator: Nives Hajdin Senior Manager, Financial Analysis: Andrée Zverina Publicists, Red Carpet Teams, Ticketing Services
Copy Editor/Editorial Coordinator: Claire Christopher Manager, Accounting: Vincent Pham Assistant Managers, Box Office Supervisors, Line
Deputy Editor, Festival Programme Guide: Kim Hughes Senior Coordinator, Treasury & Legal: Alexa Speagle Leads, Logistics Assistants, Scanning Representatives,
Editor, Festival Programme Guide: Peter Mersereau Financial Analysts: Isabella O’Brien, Sarah McLaughlin Ticket Agents, Head Venue Representatives, Venue
Associate Editor, Festival Programme Guide: Sarah Hagi Senior Coordinators: Natasha Stepanova, Jose Neira Representatives, Front of House Assistants, Stage
Writer, Festival Programme Guide: José Teodoro Coordinators: Yijun Chen, Christina Meunier Managers, Production Coordinators, Production
Copy Editor/Proofreader, Festival Programme Guide: Assistant: Miho Takeda Assistants, Drivers, Ground Transportation Assistants,
Lynda Spark Co-op Student, Accounting: Dilshan Jayasinghe and Airport Supervisors.

List updated as of July 26, 2018.

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TIFF Board of Directors
CHAIR
Jennifer Tory

DIRECTORS
Jennifer Baichwal Frank Kollmar Wayne Purboo
Geoff Beattie Chetan Mathur Jeffrey Remedios
Helen Burstyn Shabin Mohamed Francis Shen
Barry Campbell Leslie Noble Mark Wellings
Asha Daniere Wade Oosterman
Betty-Ann Heggie Geetu Pathak EX-OFFICIO
Ellis Jacob Rod Phillips Slawko Klymkiw

CHAIR EMERITUS CO-FOUNDERS FOUNDING CHAIR


& FOUNDER
Dusty Cohl Martin P. Connell
William Marshall Henk Van der Kolk

TIFF Former Board Members


FORMER CHAIRS Paul Curley Sarabjit (Sabi) Marwah Ian Sorbie
(in order of service) Myrna Daniels Beverley Mascoll Pia Southam
Martin P. Connell Marlene Del Zotto Bryn Matthews Warren Spitz
Colin D. Watson Garth H. Drabinsky Susan McArthur Helga Stephenson
Jonathan H. Slan Thor Eaton Ross McBride Nalini Stewart
Allan Gregg Ruth J. Eisen Michael McCabe Rajesh Subramaniam
Sidney M. Oland Andy Emilio Susan McCutcheon Constance L. Sugiyama
Brendan Calder Rudi Engel Henry McKinlay James F. Sward
Allen Karp Hon. Madam Justice Mary McLaughlin Dan Tanenbaum
Paul Atkinson Gloria Epstein M. Theresa McLeod Allan Thompson
Lisa de Wilde Niv Fichman William R. McMurtry, Q.C. Beverly L. Topping
Julia Foster Deepa Mehta Lynn Tribbling
FORMER BOARD MEMBERS William J. Fox Ron Moore Henk Van der Kolk
George Anthony Murray Frum Paul G. Morton Paul Vessey
Barry Avrich R. Betty Gittens David Nancoff Constance Wansbrough
John Bailey Bob Goodman Peter J. Nygard Suzanne Weiss
Ian Bandeen Senator Jerry Grafstein Peter O’Brian Bob White
John F. Bassett Stephen Greenberg Richard L.R. O’Hagan Martin White
Louise Bellingham Steven M. Harris Bernard Ostry Cairine Wilson
Stephen Bingham Barry Haywood Joe Peixoto
Jordan L. Bitove Peter Herrndorf N. Jane Pepino FORMER BOARD
EX-OFFICIO
David G.R. Bloom Jan Innes Renee Perlmutter
Brian Ashton
Lawrence S. Bloomberg Richard W. Ivey Carol Phillips
Councillor
Trish Bongard Godfrey Karl D. Jaffary, Q.C. Robert Phillips
Maria Augimeri
Vince Borg Norman Jewison Douglas D. Port
Jay Berkowitz
Rudy Bratty B. Denham Jolly Robert Ramsay
S. Wayne Clarkson
Peter Brenzel Jarratt Jones Heather Reisman
Matt DiPaola
Michael Budman David J. Kassie Jacques Reiss
Betty Disero
Ross Cammalleri Christopher Kelly David Roffey
Megan Fowler
Mike Cardiff Neville W. Kirchmann Lynda Rogers
Greg Gilhooly
James Carthy Tom G. Kristenbrun Marc Rosenberg
David Heath
Bill Casey William Kurtin Sandra Rotman
Chris Korwin-Kuczynski
Mahen Chandaria Kenneth W. Lalonde Gerry Roy
Marianne Moore
Robb S. Chase Robert Lantos Lawrence Rubin
Councillor
Irene Chu Ralph Lean, Q.C. Eva Ryterband
Frances Nunziata
Linda Chu Michael A. Levine Elsie Anne Savoie
Councillor
Charles S. Coffey Willard L’Heureux Mary Shechtman
David Shiner
Annette Cohen David G. Lint David Silcox
Mario Silva
Dusty Cohl James Little Norman Simon
Julia Weinstein
J. Rob Collins Victor Loewy Peter Simpson
Pauline Couture Jeffery Lyons Sandra L. Simpson
Ed Cowan Michael MacMillan Allan Slaight List updated as of Aug. 1, 2018
Douglas J. Creighton David MacNaughton Gary Slaight
Gordon Cressy Frederik Manter Nelson Smith

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TIFF Staff
SENIOR MANAGEMENT TEAM LEARNING Assistants, Hotels: Ling Wu, Molly Dyson
Director & CEO: Piers Handling Senior Director: Theresa Scandiffio Submissions Assistants: Devon Bond, Hanako Fuijii,
Executive Director and Chief Operating Officer: Jordan Penny, Kathryn Taylor
Michèle Maheux ADULT LEARNING Invitations Assistants: Cameron Eidlitz, Cecilia Nguyen
Chief Financial Officer: Douglas Allison Senior Managers: Keith Bennie, Christoph Straub
Artistic Director, TIFF: Cameron Bailey Senior Coordinator: Jessica Lam TECHNICAL PRODUCTION SERVICES
Vice President, Advancement: maxine bailey Coordinator: Desirée de Jesus Director: Diane Cappelletto
Vice President, Public Relations & Corporate Affairs: Coordinator, Speaker Series: Lianne Holland
Andréa Grau Intern: Derval Slatcher Senior Technical Manager: Andrei Gravelle
Senior Booth Manager: James King
PROGRAMMING FILM REFERENCE LIBRARY Assistant Booth Managers: Ramen Benyamin, Ron Croft,
Senior Manager: Michelle Lovegrove Thomson Alex Woodside
FESTIVAL PROGRAMMING Librarian: Fatima Mercado Senior Technical Production Coordinator: Victoria Nixon
Director: Kerri Craddock Senior Coordinator, Special Collections: Kate Watson Head Projectionist: Erik Kruka
Senior Programmer: Steve Gravestock Database & Cataloguing Coordinator: Krista Keller Projectionists: Hans Burgschmidt, Dave Callaghan,
Senior Manager: Michael Lerman Digitization Coordinator: Natalie Russell Philip De Blasi, Andreas Erne, Katherine Glen,
Manager: Anita Tavakol Library Clerks: Chad Menard, Sagan Yee Colin Greenfield, Winston Hosin, Robin Johnston,
Senior Manager, TIFF Kids: Jennifer Barkin Audit, Co-op Student: Haakon Webber-Winsor Alan Kennedy, Eyan Logan, Matt Mason,
Canadian & Shorts Manager: Lisa Haller Co-op Student: Hannah Richardson Dakarai Morris-James, Frank Naqvi, Devon Nutty,
Senior Coordinator: Luisa Alvarez Restrepo Sean Redican, Sean Rogers, Ron Sakki, Kelvin Tang,
Scheduling Coordinator: Jennifer Thomas YOUTH LEARNING Devin Wickens
Seasonal Coordinator: Bronwen Eadie Senior Manager, School & Family Programmes: Senior Revisor: Airian McLeish
Seasonal Assistant: Neeky Dalir Daniella Marchese Revisor: Alexi Manis
Intern: Anders Gatten Manager, Youth & Community Initiatives: Brigid Tierney Audio Technicians: Harrison Bye, Andres Castillo-Smith,
International Programmers: Cameron Bailey, Manager, School & Educator Programmes: Rachel Miller Malcolm Cooke, Robert DiGioia, Alex Lappano,
Jennifer Barkin, Kerri Craddock, Dimitri Eipides, Senior Coordinator, Youth & Community Initiatives: Andrew Vuckovich
Giovanna Fulvi, Danis Goulet, Steve Gravestock, Elysse Leonard VR Facilitator: Jenna-Lee Hyde
Piers Handling, Michèle Maheux, Kiva Reardon, Senior Coordinator, Youth Learning:
Diana Sanchez, Jane Schoettle Brittney Filek-Gibson Projectionists and Revisors are through the
Canadian Feature Programmers: Steve Gravestock, Coordinators, Youth & Community Initiatives: Hoda Ali, cooperation of IATSE local 58
Danis Goulet Ikoro Huggins-Warner
Gala Presentation Programmers: Cameron Bailey, Coordinators, School & Family Programmes: FILM & DIGITAL PRINT SERVICES
Kerri Craddock, Piers Handling, Michèle Maheux Chika Okonkwo, Jackson Walker Manager: Steven Landry
In Conversation With...: Theresa Scandiffio Summer Camp Leader: Julianna Notten Coordinators: Tianna Fischer, Adam Singer
Midnight Madness Programmer: Peter Kuplowsky Summer Camp Counsellors: Mitchell Allen, DCP Logistics Manager: Peter Treen
Platform Programmers: Piers Handling Daniel Berube, Diriye Hassan, Siona Shakyaver, Drivers: Jacob Korczynski, Daniel Lee, Marcel LaFleur
Primetime Programmer & Platform Programming Adalyn Torres-Bliley, Yu Xin Shi
Associate: Michael Lerman Occupational Therapy (OT) Placement Student: INDEPENDENT CONTRACTORS
TIFF Cinematheque Programmer: Brad Deane Kenny Cordon Digital Cinema Manager: Steve Ioannidis
TIFF Docs Programmer: Thom Powers Digital Cinema Coordinators: Branden Charlton, Jack
Wavelengths Curator: Andréa Picard FILM OFFICE & EVENT PRODUCTION Loney, Jim Reid, William Sterling, Voytek Wojtowicz
Short Cuts Programmers: Jason Anderson, Lisa Haller Director: Anita Cotic Production Coordinator: Jonah Kamphorst
Programming Associates: Adam Cook, Technical Logistics Coordinator: Andrew Butcher
Andrei Tanasescu, Dorota Lech, Emily Reid, EVENT PRODUCTION Technical Representatives: Larry Au, Siloen Daley, Resat
Jesse Cumming, June Kim, Liane Cunje, Senior Manager, Production Services: Angela Coates Fuat Cam, Drew Gauley, Evan Jerred, Yorgo Karakostas,
Ravi Srinivasan, Zaira Zarza Senior Manager, Event Production: Danielle Gaudet Josh Kerekes, Ariel Lewis, Martin Maunder,
Feature Pre-screener: Jake Howell Manager, Festival Logistics: Sachil Patel Andrew Mech, Kris Prue, John Patrick Robichaud,
Short Cuts Pre-screeners: Sarah-Tai Black, Manager, Event Production: Mariangel Urdaneta Genne Speers, Rolla Tahir, Dan Tahmizian,
Adriana Chartrand, Julie O’Leary, Ryan Stam, Assistant Production Managers: Susan Edwards, Jennifer Valencia, Paul Williams
Alysia Urrutia Wendy Miranda
Senior Coordinators, Event Production: VISITOR EXPERIENCE
INDUSTRY OFFICE Amanda Clarke-Taitt, Jennifer Reeves Senior Director: Laura Ryan
Director: Kathleen Drumm Coordinators, Event Production: Nicole Singh, Director: Allan Gillespie
Senior Manager, Industry: Geoff Macnaughton Margeaux Booth, Jody-Ann Tam, Jackson Ward, Julla
Industry Programmer: Niall Macpherson Shanghavi, Laura Dykstra, Lexxi Yamanaka, Dave TICKETING OPERATIONS
Senior Coordinator, Industry Services: Brittany Allan Meisner, McKensey Hanmer, Sabrina Holmes Senior Manager, Ticketing Operations: Devon Mallory
Coordinator, Industry Services: Erika Loyola-Andrade Administrative Assistant, Event Production: Joy McKeown Ticketing Administrators, Ticketing Operations:
Industry Conference Producer: Karina Rotenstein Venue Liaisons: Warren Rees Chris Cummings, Heather Schultz, Jay Colosi
Producer, Rising Stars: Emma Bulpin, Natalie Semotiuk, Manager, Ground Transportation: Jahn Farquharson Coordinator, Accreditation Production: Bill van Heerden
Associate Producer, Filmmaker Lab: Eloise Veber Production Manager, Festival Village: Mark Teeple Assistant, Ticketing Operations: Stuart Sumner
Associate Programmer, Industry Conference: Festival Security Coordinator: Morgan Taylor
Melissa D’Agostino Venue Liaisons: Zain Kassam, Alison Almeida, FESTIVAL SERVICES
Industry Sales Coordinator: Greg Novis Holly Wells, Richard Bonnick, Kaliopi Kuzyk, Kayla Senior Manager, Festival Services: Alyssa Kornet
Industry Programming Coordinator: Asiah Sunich Lakhani, Kelly DiPaola, Marianka Makowka, Natalie Manager, Festival Services: Lesley Faulkner
Industry Protocol Coordinator: Marc Pannia Coffen, Richard Bonnick, Rose Mouana Festival Venue Staff Manager: Kat Chin
Assistant, Industry Services: Chelsea Chase, Jenny Lee, Administrative Coordinator, Festival Logistics: Coordinators, Festival Services: Lee Clapp, Esther Jiron
Cailey Neefs, Tian Yi Jose Rubio Assistant, Festival Services: Zach McCann-Armitage
Production Coordinator, Festival Logistics: Carolyn Dunk
TIFF CINEMATHEQUE Production Coordinator, Festival Village: Elizabeth Zylski FACILITIES
Senior Programmer, Film Programmes: James Quandt Production Services Coordinator: Kate King Wale Senior Manager: Greg Norton
Senior Manager: Brad Deane Festival Venue Logistics Intern: Aaron Brown Manager, Facilities Operations: Mike Ramsay
Manager: Samuel La France Manager, Shipping & Receiving: Dave Constable
Coordinators: Amanda Brason, Lydia Ogwang FILM OFFICE Coordinator, Shipping & Receiving: Gabrielle Dupuis
Co-op Student: Mehdi Pilehvarian Manager, Film Office: Gabrielle Leith Assistants: Dan Gorman, Sean Robinson,
Senior Coordinators, Film Office: Amy Bryan, Matthew Hagerman, Devon Parasnauth
THEATRICAL & FILM CIRCUIT Alex Hughes, Maria Pettus Reception: CJ Thompson
Manager, Theatrical Programming: Ming-Jenn Lim Coordinator, Film Office: Jocelyn MacDonald
Manager, Film Circuit: Laura Good Administrative Assistant, Film Office: Caitlin Garvey RETAIL
Programming Coordinator, Film Circuit: Film Coordinators: Amira Abdellahim, Pauline Alonso, Assistant Manager: Graham Campbell
Lauren Coughlan Ishany Bhattacharya, Kristin Boivin, Adam Cooper, Sales Associate & Books Assistant: David Davidson
Coordinators, Film Circuit: Rachel Barclay, Marina Diaz-Cabrera, Daniel Fleming, William Yih, Sales Associates: Maksim Gorokhovski, Jade Hurlburt,
David Van Poppel, Charlotte Vincer Pauline Matter, Holly Pruner, Charlie Vermeulen Rowan Somerville
Administrative Assistant, Theatrical Programming: Assistant, Film Office: Scott Smart
Lauren Zavitz
Intern: Jacob Crepeault

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Be a Part of History
The People’s Choice Award. Since 1978.

Past winners:

2017 Three Billboards Outside 2002 Whale Rider 1987 The Princess Bride
Ebbing, Missouri
2001 Amélie 1986 The Decline of the
2016 La La Land American Empire
2000 Crouching Tiger,
2015 Room Hidden Dragon 1985 The Official Story
2014 The Imitation Game 1999 American Beauty 1984 Places in the Heart
2013 12 Years a Slave 1998 Life is Beautiful 1983 The Big Chill
2012 Silver Linings Playbook 1997 The Hanging Garden 1982 Tempest
2011 Where Do We Go Now? 1996 Shine 1981 Chariots of Fire
2010 The King’s Speech 1995 Antonia’s Line 1980 Bad Timing
2009 Precious 1994 Priest 1979 Best Boy
2008 Slumdog Millionaire 1993 The Snapper 1978 Girlfriends
2007 Eastern Promises 1992 Strictly Ballroom
2006 Bella 1991 The Fisher King
2005 Tsotsi 1990 Cyrano de Bergerac
2004 Hotel Rwanda 1989 Roger & Me
2003 Zatoichi 1988 Women on the Verge of
a Nervous Breakdown

Vote for the Grolsch People’s Choice Award at tiff.net/vote


The winning film rescreens for free on Sunday, September 16 at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
Tickets will be available at tiff.net/pca after 10am on September 16.
Limit one ticket per person.
Awards
The Canada Goose® 2012
Xavier Dolan Laurence Anyways
Award for Best 2013
Canadian Feature Film Alan Zweig When Jews Were Funny
2014
The Award for Best Canadian Feature Maxime Giroux Félix et Meira
Film is presented annually at the Toronto
2015
International Film Festival, a showcase Stephen Dunn Closet Monster
for the best in new Canadian cinema.
2016
The $30,000 prize is made possible Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie Those Who Make Revolution Halfway
thanks to Canada Goose. The Canada Only Dig Their Own Graves
(Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié
Goose Trophy will also be presented to n’ont fait que se creuser un tombeau)
the winner. All Canadian feature-length
2017
films in the Festival are eligible for Robin Aubert Les Affamés
this award.

City of Toronto Award 2012


Brandon Cronenberg Antiviral
for Best Canadian Jason Buxton Blackbird
2013
First Feature Film Shayne Ehman, Seth Scriver Asphalt Watches
The Award for Best Canadian First 2014
Feature Film is presented annually to a Jeffrey St. Jules Bang Bang Baby
Canadian filmmaker whose first feature 2015
film is considered exemplary. The Andrew Cividino Sleeping Giant
$15,000 prize is made possible thanks 2016
to the City of Toronto. Johnny Ma Old Stone (Lao shi)
2017
Wayne Wapeemukwa Luk’Luk’l

IWC Short Cuts Award 2012


Deco Dawson Keep a Modest Head
for Best Canadian 2013
Short Film Walter Woodman, Patrick Cederberg Noah
2014
All Canadian films in the Short Cuts Randall Lloyd Okita The Weatherman and the Shadowboxer
programme are eligible for this award,
2015
which is presented annually and comes Patrice Laliberté Overpass
with a $10,000 cash prize, made possible
2016
by IWC Schaffhausen. Alexandre Dostie Mutants
2017
Marc-Antoine Lemire Pre-Drink

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IWC Short Cuts Award 2014
Sotiris Dounoukos A Single Body (Un seul corps)
for Best Short Film 2015
Maïmouna Doucouré Maman(s)
All films in the Short Cuts programme
are eligible for this award, which is 2016
Raymund Ribay Gutierrez Imago
presented annually and comes with a
$10,000 cash prize, made possible by 2017
Niki Lindroth von Bahr The Burden (Min Börda)
IWC Schaffhausen.

Toronto Platform Prize 2015


Alan Zweig Hurt
Presented by Air France 2016
Pablo Larraín Jackie
Named after Jia Zhang-ke’s groundbreak-
ing film, Platform spotlights the next 2017
Warwick Thornton Sweet Country
generation of cinema visionaries. All films
in the Platform programme are eligible for
this award, which is presented annually
and comes with a $25,000 cash prize,
made possible by Air France.

The Audentia Award


The Audentia Award was initiated by the Council of Europe’s Eurimages Fund to
promote greater gender equality in the European film industry. In Latin, audentia
means “courage” and “bravery” — two qualities that are vital for any woman wishing
to pursue a career in film directing. Accompanied by a €30,000 cash prize, the
Audentia Award celebrates female directors by giving their work greater visibility
and inspiring other women to follow in their footsteps.

To see awards juries, visit tiff.net

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Meet the
Programmers
Who chooses your films?
We do.
Piers Handling
Director & CEO, TIFF
Twenty programmers western europe, italy, poland,
platform, gala presentations
covering six continents.

Michèle Maheux Cameron Bailey


Executive Director & COO, TIFF Artistic Director, TIFF
ireland, the netherlands, south asia, gala presentations,
gala presentations special presentations

Kerri Craddock Jason Anderson


Director of Programming, short cuts
Toronto International Film Festival
western europe, turkey, usa,
gala presentations, special presentations

Jennifer Barkin Brad Deane


Senior Manager, Senior Manager, TIFF Cinematheque
Festival Programming, TIFF
tiff cinematheque
festival street, special events, kids & family

Dimitri Eipides Giovanna Fulvi


central & western asia, east & southeast asia
central & eastern europe

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Danis Goulet Steve Gravestock
canada Senior Programmer, TIFF
canada, nordic region, the philippines

Lisa Haller Peter Kuplowsky


Canadian & Shorts Manager, TIFF midnight madness
short cuts

Michael Lerman Andréa Picard


primetime wavelengths

Thom Powers Kiva Reardon


tiff docs africa, the middle east

Diana Sanchez Theresa Scandiffio


caribbean, latin america, portugal, spain Senior Director, Learning, TIFF
in conversation with...

Jane Schoettle
australia, israel, new zealand, usa

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TIFF Speaker Series

Robert Austin Randall Hansen Teresa Kramarz Ron Levi Janice Stein Joseph Wong
Associate Professor, Interim Director, Director, Munk George Ignatieff Founding Director, Ralph and Roz
Teaching Stream, Munk School of One Program, Chair of Peace and Munk School of Halbert Professor
Global Affairs of Innovation,
Centre for European, Global Affairs Munk School of Conflict Studies,
and Public Policy Munk School of
Russian, and and Public Policy Global Affairs Munk School of Global Affairs
Eurasian Studies; and Public Policy Global Affairs and Public Policy
Munk School of and Public Policy
Global Affairs
and Public Policy

Through film we encounter important social, political, and economic issues, and the narratives For speaker/film
they shape. To consider the significance of these stories in greater detail, the Festival continues pairings, please look
its partnership with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy for the TIFF Speaker
Series tags on the
for the TIFF Speaker Series, pairing film selections with expert scholars from the Munk School. film pages in this
book, or check the
Audiences will have the chance to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions Index. Additional
after each film’s second public screening, which facilitates a deeper knowledge of cinema information can also
aesthetics in relation to the broader concerns facing the world today. be found at tiff.net/
tiffspeakerseries.
Welcome back to the TIFF Speaker Series: watch, experience, be enriched.

The Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy at the University of Toronto unites people who are passionate to address
the problems of a fast-changing world. Our aspiration is to create a unique, world-leading research, teaching, and public-
engagement site that builds the new field of global affairs from Canada. The Munk School is home to world-renowned
researchers and more than 50 academic centres, labs, and programs, including our Master of Global Affairs and Master
of Public Policy. For more information, please visit: munkschool.utoronto.ca.

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Top: Piers’s school days: mid-1960s with brother Roger
Handling, left; climbing in Gatineau Park, Quebec, c. 1970 Noah Cowan: The Latin American
Middle: in Havana with Helga Stephenson retrospective in the late ’80s was a real
and Justo Perez, 1986
Bottom: with Jean-Luc Godard, 1996
turning point for TIFF. It was the first
major, self-curated exhibition that
garnered international attention. Helga,
He said if I wanted to talk about it further, a big personality, was able to get into
whenever I want, I can do that. I’ve never anyone’s office, anywhere in the world.
had a rejection that was so warm and so Piers could provide this enormous context
personable. We’ve become very good friends and background. The kind of yin and yang
since then.… Three years later, Piers saw between them became a defining feature
Sam & Me, my first feature, at Cannes. of the Festival at the time.
He didn’t say anything to me. When we got
Cameron Bailey: Piers was a global
back to Toronto, he asked, “Can we have it
thinker. Although he was born in Canada,
at the Festival?” I was thrilled.
his family has deep roots in the UK, he
Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director, TIFF; Festival went to a British boarding school, he
Programmer, 1990–present: My first meeting lived in Pakistan for a while as a child,
with Piers was in 1989. He took me to he travelled all over the world. I went
lunch and invited me to join the Festival of to Burkina Faso with Piers in 1991, for
Festivals as a programmer for Perspective the biggest African festival at the time,
Canada. And… I actually said no. I was a film FESPACO. We were looking for something
critic, but I was still in graduate school and new. We had shown African film in the
I just didn’t think I had all the knowledge I past, of course, but we hadn’t really
needed. He came back a year later — there engaged with the filmmakers and the film
was another position on the programming culture on the African continent, and this
team available. That was the start of an was the beginning.
almost-30-year career. I am so glad he asked
Norman Jewison, filmmaker; Board of
me the second time.
Directors, 1981–1990: I was on the Festival
Noah Cowan, Artistic Director, TIFF Bell board when I met Piers in 1982. I
Lightbox, 2010–2014; Festival Programmer, remember I was kind of stunned by his
1989–2014: Piers was a rock of the Canadian knowledge of foreign films. He and [late
programme. It provided this very clear film critic and Festival Programmer] David
commitment to Canadian filmmakers. Overbey were really responsible for the
Piers realized there was something very Festival stepping out globally. When Piers
special happening, particularly in Toronto. later took over, in ’94, TIFF seemed to
He created a kind of intellectual centre and have a global reach.
attracted really interesting people to work
Suzanne Weiss, Board, 1999–2003; Managing
with him on that Canadian selection, who
Director, 1994–1997; Director of Corporate
then became the core of our programming
a Canadian retrospective in a massive way Relations, 1987–1991; Financial Associate,
team for many years to come.
— not in a small, “polite” Canadian way, but 1984–1986: I think his family background
Patricia Rozema, filmmaker: I remember to treat it like a big national cinema like the had a lot to do with his personality in the
“Piers-Handling” as a word — the gate to French cinema, like American cinema. And early days. He was very solitary, he was
the Festival. He had been on a jury for the also, to do extensive retrospectives of Soviet academic, he was very neat and tidy. His
completion funding for my first half-hour. cinema and Latin American cinema. This father was in the military, his maternal
The film wasn’t done, so I called him and was a man who thought big when it came grandfather was in the military. Being a kid
he came to the edit suite. He was right to film, and that’s part of what attracted who moved around a lot, he was very self-
there with it, and I knew from that moment the world’s filmmakers, film critics, and sufficient. He was somewhat introverted.
that he truly loves filmmakers — not just industry to Toronto every September. He’s changed enormously. He really grew
the films. I’ve always felt from Piers that into the job, and amazingly so. It was just
Helga Stephenson: When I was hired as
there was a love of the kind of mind that a pleasure to watch him.
Executive Director and Piers was
invents this stuff. Of course, he’s a highly
immediately hired as Artistic Director — Anne Mackenzie: Piers’s dichotomies
discerning intellect. Piers and the people
the year when we did the world’s largest are very interesting. I’ve talked to a few
he gathered around him love films that
Latin American programme ever presented filmmakers recently, and no one will say
were formally bold. And if there’s a word
— we had a lot of time to talk. This was when a bad word about Piers. One of the things
for Piers, as gentle and as kind a man as
we invented our vision, which was based on that keeps coming up is that he’s such an
he is, it’s “bold.” His ambition — for the
the classic Henri Langlois Cinémathèque extraordinary mixture of a film nerd and
filmmaking community here is sky high.
Française: you show the best films, you save a CEO. The guy who can sit and talk about
Cameron Bailey: Piers on the surface is a the best films, you have a reference library Tarkovsky for hours — and would prefer
mild-mannered, reserved guy, but he’s a for the best films, you run screenings to — can also run a place this big, with all
very bold thinker, and that’s why TIFF has all year long. It was a very classic model. the difficult responsibilities and problems,
become what it is. His first thought was to do Thirty years ago the planning started. and do it gracefully.

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Left: Moscow, 1979, with Don Shebib
Right: with Deepa Mehta, Festival 2015

Jennifer Baichwal, filmmaker; Board, 2016–


present: Piers has a rare combination of
a number of qualities that are not normally
found in one person. He’s a total cinephile,
so he can totally geek out with the best
of them — we’ve done that. He’s a skilful
diplomat, someone who had a vision
for this building. He’s an icon for Canadian
cinema internationally. And he’s not an
intimidating person. I never felt like
I was being condescended to when I was
younger, and never feeling like I was a
“woman filmmaker.” I was a filmmaker.
And that was a big deal 20 years ago.
Robert Lantos, producer; Board, 1989–1995,
1999–2005: When Piers joined in 1982, those
were the playful years, as I recall them.
As Piers ascended through the ranks of the
organization and became CEO, he lived
through, as did all of us in the Canadian film who wanted to share these treasures with of belief and asks, “Why not?” If you ask
industry, the Festival’s transition from its people here. There is now a large cadre that question at the right moment, it can be
carefree years to its much wilder adolescent of filmmakers who are loyal to this festival, a great spur to a team achieving more than
years. And then, as CEO, Piers is the one I think that’s very much part of Piers’s they ever thought they could.
who oversaw the transition from those legacy. His imprimatur is still there.
Michèle Maheux: We wouldn’t be where we
wild teenage years into adulthood, which is
Norman Jewison: The Toronto Festival are today as an institution if we hadn’t had
where the Festival is today.
under Piers kept its identity because he the benefit of 36 years of Piers Handling
Deepa Mehta: I think it was Toni Morrison is absorbed and devoted to film in a way here, in all the roles that he’s played at the
who said that all art is political. I think Piers that is just uncanny. organization. I think TIFF, and all of us
is actually an astute political programmer. here, have benefited from that trajectory.
Robert Lantos: Piers’s most important
He had a vision of what cinema could
legacy is the extent to which he successfully Noah Cowan: I actually don’t believe that
achieve as a political tool. Now we talk about
championed a seriously endangered species Piers is capable of retiring, so I look forward
celebrating diversity, and the importance
called independent film — which includes to seeing the next act of kindness that he
of inclusion, and who are we and how we’re
Canadian film. It has few champions as gives to the film world, whether it’s in the
represented. He took cinema as a tool and
important as Piers Handling. As a Canadian form of a book that he’s been threatening to
made it public. Before we all started talking
filmmaker who only makes independent write, or in screening programmes — we’re
about diversity, he made it a possibility.
films, I owe him a huge debt of gratitude. all just fascinated as to what the next chapter
Patricia Rozema: Piers and other is going to be for this incredibly important
Jeremy Thomas, producer: I’d rather be
programmers navigated a potentially guy in our lives and in the life of film.
pally with a festival director than with
difficult relationship very well. They’re
the head of a studio. As an independent Anne Mackenzie: Whenever there’s an
friendly, supportive, warm, but they’re
filmmaker trying to smuggle my films obscure, strange, interesting screening
not just going to put any old thing in the
into the mainstream — I found Piers (at the Lightbox), Piers is usually there —
Festival. I always felt they wished to
was one of those people who understood as is Wayne, actually. They continue to
help me raise my game, and that’s giant.
what we were doing in terms of delivering learn and watch stuff.
Somebody wants you to be good? Especially
very high-quality, profound, films for
when you’re a woman? Lesbian? Piers was Atom Egoyan: Piers is a real adventurer.
festival audiences.
accepting of alternate voices. I felt included. There are a number of things he’s wanted
Were there enough? No. I was really the Mira Nair, filmmaker: When you go through to do in the summer that he never could do
exception to the rule. I think now we’re this journey of cinema, whichever side because he was too busy programming.
watching as the rule is changing. you’re on, there come these pillars that you I think this will be a golden moment for him.
know you can rely on, that hold you up. Piers
Helga Stephenson: He kept up the artistic
is in that pillar category. Norman Jewison: I’m sure Piers will find
standards. And then the job became the
another mountain to climb.
realization of the dream of a permanent Cameron Bailey: Piers climbs mountains,
home. He managed to balance the two — literally, and as a young man he spent a lot Denys Arcand, filmmaker: I wish him good
not an easy job. But he did it with grit, he of time in the Himalayas hiking at very books, great music, some operas maybe,
did it with grace, and he did it with utter high altitudes. I think that is a symbol of and wonderful hikes in unknown forests
commitment. But Piers was living the what he does in his professional life. And and on magic mountains. Bon voyage, my
dream of his life. This is a massive cinephile he does it in a quiet way. He just has a kind excellent friend.

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Salut Piers: Celebrating Our CEO

The 2018 Festival marks Piers Handling’s 37th year as a key a 10-day annual event to a thriving, year-round operation with
member of the TIFF team — though Piers would be the first a permanent home at TIFF Bell Lightbox.
to point out that it is “only” his 25th as Director and CEO. When Piers steps down from his position — after programming
In fact, Piers has attended all but two Festivals since TIFF’s and presenting this Fall season’s First World War Centenary series
inception as the Festival of Festivals in 1976, back when he was at the Lightbox — he will turn his attention and invaluable film
Deputy Director of the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa. He joined expertise to future projects.
the Festival as a programmer in 1982, and later served as Artistic We take this opportunity to wish Piers the very best, to thank
Director for seven years before becoming Director and CEO of him, and to congratulate him on his exemplary job as TIFF’s
the newly renamed Toronto International Film Festival in 1994. tireless leader. The path he has carved out will continue to benefit
Last year, he announced that TIFF 2018 would be his final Canadian and international filmmakers. We know that Piers’s
Festival with the organization. friends, associates, and colleagues feel the same way.
During Piers’s tenure, TIFF has become a Toronto institution
of international renown and has made a significant economic Jennifer Tory,
contribution to the City. Under his direction, we have grown from CHAIR, TIFF BOARD OF DIRECTORS

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Festival programmers, 1992
(back) Ian Birnie, David Overbey, Kay Armatage,
Noah Cowan; (middle) Piers Handling, Helga Stephenson,
Ramiro Puerta; (front) Geeta Sondhi, David McIntosh,
Cameron Bailey

Anne Mackenzie: Piers is probably the


biggest expert on Canadian film. Archival
stuff, French- and English-language, new
and emerging, major filmmakers, he’s
the guy. A huge thing — and this isn’t just
folklore — was the Canadian retrospective
that Piers, Geoff Pevere, and Wayne did
in 1984. Before that, English-language
Canadian films were just not cared for or
appreciated. That retrospective changed
everything. Piers made it happen.
Michèle Maheux: The idea of the Northern
Lights retrospective was to showcase the
best of Canadian film from 80 years of
cinema history — silent classics, Quebec
cinema of the ’60s and ’70s, up to the
current films. It was deeply ingrained in
Piers that we should promote Canadian
talent. Piers is super-close to so many
Quebecois filmmakers, like Denys
Arcand. And then you look at the Ontario
filmmakers whose careers he helped
launch: Atom Egoyan and Patricia Rozema,
and Don McKellar, who worked for us at
the Festival. It was just part of the DNA.
Helga Stephenson, Board, 1994–2005; Executive

Directed by Piers: Director, 1986–1993; Director of Communications,


1983–1985: Northern Lights turned out to

Memories of TIFF’s Handling Years


be the blockbuster hit of the Festival that
year. It turned around a lot of people’s
opinions about Canadian film. It became
very important to continue that, so the
Perspective Canada programme was born.
Michèle Maheux, Executive Director & CEO, was a brief transition, and then Helga and
Atom Egoyan, filmmaker: Piers came to the
TIFF; former Managing Director; Marketing & Piers took it over before Piers ran it on his
editing room when I was cutting Next of
Communications Director; Volunteer publicist; film own. Both he and Wayne came from the
Kin in 1984. It was on the second floor of
student; late 1970s–present: Piers first arrived CFI — as did Michèle.
a kind of rooming house converted into
at the Toronto International Film Festival,
Michèle Maheux: The CFI was like editing suites. It was grotty, to say the
then known as the Festival of Festivals,
a mini-TIFF. By around 1980, Piers was least, and this quite elegant, debonair guy
from the Canadian Film Institute in Ottawa,
the associate director and head of showed up to look at my film. This was
in 1982. He started out as a programmer,
publications. I’d just joined as assistant a particularly big year because it was the
and was editor of the programme book, too.
director in the library. Then Piers got launch of Perspective Canada. Of course,
Wayne Clarkson, Festival Director, 1978–1986; us all fired [laughs]. it was very nerve-wracking to wait for his
Board of Directors, 1986–1997: Piers and I met response. But he invited the film. It was
Wayne Clarkson: There was a bit of an
in the spring of 1971 — a short while ago. a defining moment for me.
insurrection at the CFI, and Piers was
We were fresh out of university and got
one of the leaders. Deepa Mehta, filmmaker; Board, 2007–2016:
jobs at the Canadian Film Institute. We
I had heard that Piers was going to come
became friends very quickly. I remember Michèle Maheux: He put this group of five
see the first film that I produced, Martha,
picking 16mm or 35mm film prints out people together to sign on with him and
Ruth & Edie (1988), at the Bloor Cinema,
of the local archives and screening them kind of overthrow the executive director.
and I was really nervous. He came out and
during our lunch hours, chatting. Instead, they fired us. And Piers and I have
I asked, “Well, what did you think?” —
been friends ever since.
Anne Mackenzie, Managing Director, really stupid of me, you don’t ask
1980–1985; Film Officer, 1976–1979: Very Wayne Clarkson: In ’82, I said, “C’mon programmers what they think — and he
loosely speaking, Wayne and I ran the Piers, a lot is going to happen in Toronto said, “Well, I didn’t like it very much.” But
Festival for the first 11 years, then there and you’re needed.” he said it in such a disarming, honest way.

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Outlaw King
A rousing period epic with much to say about figure at the centre of Braveheart. While
David Mackenzie the exercise of power, Outlaw King marks a there are echoes here, Mackenzie brings his
USA/UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 terrific return for David Mackenzie, direc- own brand of high-impact realism to the tale,
English tor of the Oscar-nominated Hell or High staging scenes for maximum dramatic effect,
WORLD PREMIERE Water. That film’s four Academy Award drawing us ever-closer to his characters.
137 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
nods, including the nomination for Best Pine displays in the lead role both his
Production Company: Sigma Films, Anonymous Content Picture, showed Mackenzie building on movie-star charisma and his ability to gener-
Executive Producer: Stan Wlodkowski, Steve Golin 
Producer: Gillian Berrie, David Mackenzie, Richard Brown a reputation for taut drama and gripping ate layers of mystery. Aaron Taylor-Johnson
Screenplay: James MacInnes, Bash Doran, performances established with Hallam Foe, (also at the Festival in A Million Little Pieces)
David Mackenzie Perfect Sense, and Starred Up. Outlaw King is terrific as Robert’s trusted solder James
Cinematographer: Barry Ackroyd
Editor: Jake Roberts gives Mackenzie his largest canvas yet, and Douglas, and Florence Pugh as Elizabeth
Production Designer:  Donald Graham Burt shows his already impressive talent for clas- de Burgh, the woman who will become
Sound: Frank Kruse, Markus Stemler sic storytelling continuing to grow. Robert’s queen, is as compelling as she was
Principal Cast: Chris Pine, Aaron Taylor-Johnson,
Florence Pugh, Billy Howle, Sam Spruell, Tony Curran, Chris Pine stars as Scotland’s legend- in Lady Macbeth.
Stephen Dillane ary Robert the Bruce. More warrior than Filmed on location in Scotland, and full of
Production: Sigma Films statesman, he is fiercely loyal to his men the bracing action the story demands, Outlaw
401 Govan Road and country, and an equally fierce adversary King makes for a rich, satisfying adventure.
Glasgow G51 2QJ United Kingdom in battle. He and his fellow Scots bristle at
latenights@sigmafilms.com
England’s attempts to rule them. When David Mackenzie was born in
CONTACT INFORMATION: Robert seizes the opportunity to ascend the Corbridge, Northumberland, and
raised in Scotland. He co-founded
Canadian Distributor: Netflix, Inc. Scottish throne, England unleashes its fury, the Glasgow-based Sigma Films.
US Distributor: Netflix, Inc.
(see page 359) forcing the proud king into exile. Now known His feature films include The Last
far-and-wide as an outlaw, Robert must use Great Wilderness (02), Young Adam
both strategy and his warrior skills to win (03), and Starred Up (13), all of which
screened at the Festival, Hallam Foe
back his nation for his people. (07), Perfect Sense (11), and Hell or
History buffs and film lovers will know High Water (16). Outlaw King (18) is
Robert the Bruce from the way his story his latest feature.
intersects with William Wallace, the heroic

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Beautiful Boy
Fresh from his breakout role in Call Me beast of addiction, they must at the same
Felix van Groeningen By Your Name, Academy Award nominee time confront the fact that Nic’s pain might
USA, 2018 Timothée Chalamet turns in another dazzling also be his choice. Beautiful Boy doesn’t shy
English performance in Beautiful Boy. Playing a away from the harsh reality of this family’s
WORLD PREMIERE young man raging and suffering through struggle, but frames it with a surprising
111 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
drug addiction, he confirms his status as one amount of life, love, and hope.
Production Company: Amazon Studios/ of the very best actors of his generation. He is
Plan B Entertainment
Executive Producer: Nan Morales matched every step of the way in this moving Felix van Groeningen was born in
Producer: Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner drama by Steve Carell, who continues to build Belgium where he studied at the
Royal Academy of Fine Arts. His
Screenplay: Felix van Groeningen, Luke Davies on his comic achievements with powerhouse features include With Friends Like
Cinematographer: Ruben Impens
Editor: Nico Leunen dramatic turns in Foxcatcher, The Big Short, These (07), the Festival selection
Production Designer: Ethan Tobman and most definitely here. The Misfortunates (09), The Broken
Principal Cast: Steve Carell, Timothée Chalamet, David Sheff (Carell) is a kind, loving, Circle Breakdown (12), which was
Maura Tierney, Amy Ryan nominated for the Academy Award
middle-class dad. He and his wife, Vicki for Best Foreign Language Film, and
Production: Plan B Entertainment (Amy Ryan), seem to have done everything Belgica (16). Beautiful Boy (18) is his
krishel.hale@amazonstudios.com
right for their family. So when son Nic first English-language film.
CONTACT INFORMATION (Chalamet) gets addicted to methamphet-
Canadian Distributor: VVS Films amine, David can’t believe it, can’t stop it,
US Distributor: Amazon Studios
International Sales Agent: FilmNation Entertainment and can’t help but risk everything to try to
(see page 359) get his son back. As he grapples with Nic’s
lies, betrayals, and constant flirtations with
death, the film reminds us of who Nic used
to be — a sweet, thoughtful, beautiful boy.
Adapting the bestselling books that
David Sheff and Nic Sheff wrote about their
experiences, Belgian director Felix van
Groeningen brings both realism and poetry
to a tragically timely story. As the Sheffs
confront the intractable, unpredictable

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The Hate U Give
Bringing Angie Thomas’s award-winning (Anthony Mackie)? Should she listen to her
George Tillman, Jr. bestseller to the big screen, The Hate U uncle Carlos (Common), a police officer who
USA, 2018 Give is as urgent and gripping as its source urges her to trust the justice system? And
English material, with performances that deepen what can she say to her friends at school,
WORLD PREMIERE the impact. Above all, it confirms Amandla whose opinions on police violence and crime
129 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Stenberg (also at the Festival in Where in Black neighbourhoods suddenly opens a
Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox/ Hands Touch) as an actor with the range gulf she finds hard to bridge.
Fox 2000 pictures
Executive Producer: Timothy M. Bourne, Angie Thomas, and charisma to serve as a leading voice for With the help of a remarkable support-
Isaac Klausner young people now. ing cast — including TIFF Rising Star
Producer: Robert Teitel, George Tillman, Jr., Starr Carter (Stenberg) lives two lives. Lamar Johnson — director George Tillman,
Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey
Cinematographer: Mihai Malaimare Jr. In her working-class neighbourhood, Jr. keeps raising the broader stakes of this
Editor: Craig Hayes, Alex Blatt she is Starr Version One, at home among moral drama, while never forgetting to tell
Production Designer: William Arnold family and friends, just being her teenage Starr’s story with insight, detail, and heart.
Sound: Steve C. Aaron
Music: Dustin O’Halloran Black girl self. At school she is Version
Principal Cast: Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie, Two, code-switching her speech and George Tillman, Jr. was born in
Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Sabrina Carpenter, behaviour to fit in with the rich, white Milwaukee, and studied film at
Common , K.J. Apa, Russell Hornsby, Lamar Johnson, Columbia College in Chicago. His
Algee Smith world of her classmates. One night back features include Soul Food (97),
in the neighbourhood she reconnects with Men of Honor (00), Barber Shop (02),
Production: Twentieth Century Fox
10201 W Pico Boulevard Building 78, Room 112 her childhood sweetheart, Khalil (Algee The Inevitable Defeat of Mister & Pete
Los Angeles, CA 90064 USA Smith). A blissful ride turns ugly when their (13), The Longest Ride (15), and The
Hate U Give (18).
xian.li@fox.com car is pulled over by police. Khalil makes
CONTACT INFORMATION one wrong move and is shot dead. There
Canadian Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox are only two witnesses: the police officer
US Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox and Starr. TIFF Next Wave
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demanded by the neighbourhood drug lord

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Todos Lo Saben With two Academy Awards already under reveals the events and betrayals that might
his belt, Asghar Farhadi has nothing left have led someone to kidnap Laura’s daughter.
Everybody Knows to prove, but the writer and director of A As in his previous films, Farhadi shows
Separation and The Salesman keeps pushing an eye for the telling social detail — the
Asghar Farhadi in new directions. With Everybody Knows, way a man can carry his peasant past with
FRANCE/SPAIN/ITALY, 2018 he shifts location from his native Iran to him even as he becomes a landowner, or a
Spanish sun-kissed Spain, and casts three of the most woman can become a foreigner to her family
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
133 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
electric actors in Spanish-language cinema. just by moving abroad. Rich in insight, com-
Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, and Ricardo pletely engrossing, and graced by dazzling,
Production Company: Memento Films Production/
Morena Films/Lucky Red
Darín are at their very best in this captivat- movie-star performances, Everybody Knows
Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy, Álvaro Longoria ing tale of suspicion, money, and kin. is a pure pleasure to watch.
Screenplay: Asghar Farhadi Laura (Cruz) travels with her teenage
Cinematographer: José Luis Alcaine
Editor: Hayedeh Safiyari
daughter and young son to the village where Asghar Farhadi was born in Iran. He
Production Designer: Clara Notari she grew up to attend her sister’s wedding. studied theatre, receiving his BA from
the University of Tehran and his MA
Sound: Dani Fontrodona, Gabriel Gutiérrez, She’s left her husband Alejandro (Darín) from Tarbiat Modares University. His
Bruno Tarrière
Music: Javier Limón
back in Argentina and is free to plunge directorial credits include Fireworks
Principal Cast: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, into the simple pleasures of her youth. But Wednesday (06), About Elly (09),
Ricardo Darín, Eduard Fernández, Bárbara Lennie tensions run just under the surface with and The Past (13), which played the
Festival. His last films to appear at
Production: Memento Films Production Laura’s family, and the stray feelings she the Festival, A Separation (11) and
9 cité Paradis has for her old boyfriend Paco (Bardem), The Salesman (16) both won the
Paris 75010 France
production@memento-films.com
who now runs a nearby vineyard, might Academy Award for Best Foreign
trouble the waters further. Still, everybody Language Film.
CONTACT INFORMATION gathers to celebrate the wedding at a big vil-
US Distributor: Focus Features
International Sales Agent: Memento Films International
lage party, when the power cuts out... and
(see page 359) Laura’s daughter disappears.
Farhadi builds this setup beautifully
but he’s interested most in what happens
when the shine of the idyllic setting fades.
Tightening the screws of his thriller plot, he

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Dan Fogelman’s stories have brought mil- Transforming what he does best on the
Dan Fogelman lions to laughter and tears, most recently small screen for the scale and compression
USA/SPAIN, 2018 with his award-winning television series, of movies, Fogelman delivers a film of both
English, Spanish This Is Us. Simply by observing the truth of heart and daring. And since this is the man
WORLD PREMIERE how we behave with each other, Fogelman who also wrote Crazy, Stupid, Love, there’s
118 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
invites us to let our guards down and feel. If palpable heat between the characters.
Production Company: FilmNation Entertainment/ there’s a common theme in Fogelman’s work, As the film shifts focus and offers up
Temple Hill Entertainment/17-28 Black
Executive Producer: Glen Basner, Ben Browning, it’s that we can’t help but be connected to delightful surprises, it always leaves traces
Alison Cohen, Milan Popelka, Isaac Klausner, each other. Life Itself is his most expansive of feeling from what we’ve seen so far. Life
Adrián Guerra exploration yet of that potent notion. Itself takes bold risks with its storytelling,
Producer: Marty Bowen, Wyck Godfrey, Aaron Ryder,
Dan Fogelman Abby (Olivia Wilde) is a New York gradu- and builds emotional resonance as it goes.
Screenplay: Dan Fogelman ate student. Her boyfriend, Will (Oscar
Cinematographer: Brett Pawlak Isaac), loves her deeply, but the depth of his Dan Fogelman is an American
Editor: Julie Monroe
Production Designer: Gerald Sullivan commitment overwhelms her sometimes. screenwriter, producer, and direc-
tor. He is known for creating the
Sound: David Schwartz What’s his story? Their circle includes television series This Is Us (16). He
Music: Federico Jusid Annette Bening and Mandy Patinkin as has also written the screenplays for
Principal Cast: Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde,
Antonio Banderas, Annette Bening, Mandy Patinkin, parents who have their own stories to live Cars (06), Bolt (08), Crazy, Stupid,
Jean Smart, Olivia Cooke, Sergio Peris-Mencheta, out. And Antonio Banderas and Laia Costa Love (11), and The Guilt Trip (12). He
wrote and directed Danny Collins (15)
Laia Costa, Alex Monner do remarkable work when the action leaps and Life Itself (18).
Production: FilmNation Entertainment to Spain.
150 West 22nd Street, 9th Floor As we meet each character, we learn
New York, NY 10011 USA
rcarney@filmnation.com more about their interwoven narratives:
between lovers, between children and
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Canadian Distributor: VVS Films
US Distributor: Amazon Studios even between past and present. Abby stud-
International Sales Agent: FilmNation Entertainment ies unreliable narrators in fiction but as she
(see page 359) notes in one scene, “Life itself is the ultimate
unreliable narrator.”

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Widows
He has won the art world’s Turner Prize and Adapted from a 1980s-era British TV series
Steve McQueen the film world’s Academy Award. But can by McQueen and Gone Girl author Gillian
UNITED KINGDOM/USA, 2018 Steve McQueen blow stuff up? Can he yank Flynn, Widows crackles with intelligence.
English audiences to the edge of their seats with a Veronica and the other three widows
WORLD PREMIERE state-of-the-art heist movie? The answer, (Michelle Rodriguez, Cynthia Erivo, and
128 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
dear viewer, is hell yes. Elizabeth Debicki, the latter also at the
Production Company: Twentieth Century Fox/ The director of the Academy Award–win- Festival in Vita and Virginia) become linked
Regency Enterprises
Executive Producer: Bergen Swanson, Rose Garnett, ning 12 Years a Slave continues to astound by their money trouble, children, and the men
Daniel Battsek, Sue Bruce-Smith with what looks at first like a complete left that constrain them. A politician running for
Producer: Iain Canning, Emile Sherman, Steve McQueen, turn into commercial action. But Widows office on his family’s dynasty, Tom Mulligan
Arnon Milchan
Screenplay: Gillian Flynn, Steve McQueen serves up much more than jolts. With the (Colin Farrell) exerts a power both within and
Cinematographer: Sean Bobbitt always-superb Viola Davis at its core, beyond the law. The result is a big, twisty, sat-
Editor: Joe Walker McQueen’s latest digs deeper, revealing isfying thriller. Very few filmmakers can pull
Production Designer: Adam Stockhausen
Sound: Alex Riordan the heartbreak, the politics, and the mixed off Hollywood entertainment with a personal
Music: Hans Zimmer emotions behind the action. imprint. Steve McQueen has done it.
Principal Cast: Viola Davis, Michelle Rodriguez, Veronica (Davis) lives an idyllic life in
Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Daniel Kaluuya,
Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall, Liam Neeson Chicago, ensconced in the loving arms of Steve McQueen was born in London
her partner, Rawlins (Liam Neeson), and in and studied at the Chelsea School
Production: Twentieth Century Fox of Art, Goldsmiths College, and the
10201 W. Pico Boulevard, Building 78, Room 112 their luxurious condo. But Rawlins bought Tisch School of the Arts in New York.
Los Angeles 90064 USA that cushy life robbing people. When a job His feature films Hunger (08), Shame
Xian.li@fox.com with his gang goes fatally wrong, Veronica’s (11), and 12 Years A Slave (13) for

CONTACT INFORMATION life falls to pieces. With a local crime lord which he won the Academy Award for
Best Picture, have all screened at the
Canadian Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox (Brian Tyree Henry) and his muscle (Daniel Festival. Widows (18) is his latest film.
US Distributor: Twentieth Century Fox Kaluuya) pressing her to pay Rawlins’s debt,
International Sales Agent: Twentieth Century Fox
(see page 359) Veronica sees only one option: round up the
three other women who’ve slept for years
next to these seasoned criminals, and make
a plan to win their lives back.

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The Public
The United States was founded on organized With this terrific cast, The Public lays out
Emilio Estevez rebellion, its First Amendment celebrating the conflicts between rights and responsi-
USA, 2018 “the right of the people peaceably to assem- bilities, empathy, and authority. Baldwin and
English ble.” But what happens when the outcasts of Slater play characters working for powerful
WORLD PREMIERE American society assemble in the very home interests, but they give their roles shades of
119 minutes | Colour and Black and White/DCP
(D-Cinema) of free expression? Drawing on the clash of complicating nuance. The always-stellar
perspectives now galvanizing America and Jeffrey Wright (also appearing at the
Production Company: E2 Films/Living The Dream Films/
Hammerstone Studios beyond, Emilio Estevez has crafted a drama Festival in Hold the Dark) turns up as an
Executive Producer: Ray Bouderau, Rich Hull, that returns politics to a human level. The administrator trying to walk an ethical fine
Trevor Drinkwater, Janet Templeton, Michael Bien, Public is a story of resistance for right now. line. And Estevez himself, playing a man
Bob Bonder, Bryant Goulding, Craig Phillips
Producer: Emilio Estevez, Alex Lebovici, Steve Ponce, It begins quietly enough in a Cincinnati with integrity and a hidden past, embodies
Lisa Niedenthal library on a winter’s day. Stuart (Estevez) the intractable nature of this struggle.
Screenplay: Emilio Estevez and Myra (Jena Malone) do their best to
Cinematographer: Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Editor: Richard Chew, Hu Yang-Hua manage the daily assortment of knowledge Emilio Estevez was born in New
Production Designer: David Bomba seekers, loiterers, and homeless people who York City. He has appeared in doz-
ens of films. As a director his features
Sound: Geoff Maxwell, Kevin O’Connell, Julian Slater frequent their branch. It’s freezing outside. include Wisdom (86) and Men at
Music: Tyler Bates, Joanne Higginbottom
Principal Cast: Emilio Estevez, Jacob Vargas, As closing time draws near, Jackson (The Work (90) as well as the Festival
Gabrielle Union, Taylor Schilling, Jeffrey Wright, Wire’s Michael K. Williams) sparks an act of selections The War at Home (96),
Christian Slater, Jena Malone, Alec Baldwin, civil disobedience among his fellow library Bobby (06), and The Way (10). The
Michael K. Williams, Che “Rhymefest” Smith, Richard Public (18) is his latest feature.
T. Jones, Lee Ki-hong, Spencer Garrett, Michael Hall, patrons who have nowhere to sleep. They
Bryant Bentley refuse to leave, defying first the entreaties of
Production: E2 Films the library staff, then a local political opera-
9100 Wilshire Blvd. #305E tive (Christian Slater), and soon a team of TIFF Speaker Series
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA riot police led by Detective Ramstead (Alec Watch, experience, be enriched. Guest speaker: Joseph Wong.
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Baldwin), a hard-charging crisis negotiator.
See page 32 for more details.

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A Star is Born
Hollywood’s most enduring story of love As an actor, Cooper has worked with
Bradley Cooper and ambition gets a glorious reinvention in Clint Eastwood and David O. Russell; here
USA, 2018 Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born. Drawing he shows both Eastwood’s unfussy economy
English deep on the pleasures audiences previously and Russell’s emotional intensity. But
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE discovered in the 1937, 1954, and 1976 ver- the style is entirely his, finding its biggest
135 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
sions, Cooper brings the narrative right up moments in scenes between just two people,
Production Company: Warner Bros. Pictures/Live Nation to the present. He takes on the role of the and stripping away any excess to showcase
Productions/Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures
Executive Producer: Ravi Mehta, Basil Iwanyk, fame-weary star himself and, for the ingénue Gaga’s confident, honest performance. Both
Niija Kuykendall, Sue Kroll, Michael Rapino, with megawatt potential, he crafts a perfect intimate and epic, this is a love story that
Heather Parry big-screen role for Lady Gaga. hovers between the shadow of tragedy and
Producer: Bill Gerber, Jon Peters, Bradley Cooper,
Todd Phillips, Lynette Howell Taylor Jackson Maine lives half his life on tour the bright light of artists at their peak.
Screenplay: Eric Roth, Bradley Cooper, Will Fetters and the other half at the bottom of a bottle.
Cinematographer: Matthew Libatique He won rock stardom years ago, and the Bradley Cooper is an Academy
Editor: Jay Cassidy
Production Designer: Karen Murphy pressures of fame have isolated him. His Award–nominated actor from
Philadelphia. He studied drama at
Sound: Alan Robert Murray, Steve Morrow much-older brother (Sam Elliott) manages The New School in 2000 and made
Principal Cast: Bradley Cooper, Lady Gaga, Andrew Dice his career, but no one can control his life off- his acting debut in 2001 with Wet
Clay, Dave Chappelle, Sam Elliott
stage. One night Jackson wanders into a bar Hot American Summer. A Star Is
Production:Warner Bros. Pictures looking for another drink and finds an ama- Born (18) is his screenwriting and
3903 W Olive Ave, Bldg 154, Room 1135 directorial debut.
Burbank, CA 91522 USA teur performer with a shockingly beautiful
ernie.johnston@warnerbros.com voice. Ally (Lady Gaga) and Jackson connect
instantly. He sees her promise, she sees his
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Canadian Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures experience, and they catch in each other a
US Distributor: Warner Bros. Pictures glimpse of the pain that drives them both.
(see page 359) As Jackson nudges Ally onto the stage with
her own songs, she’s inevitably drawn into
the world that comes with it — after-parties,
private jets, and the debilitating glare
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High Life
There’s a reason Claire Denis inspires beauty and the enigma he presents to the
Claire Denis abiding fandom among cinephiles. As a film- camera to electric effect. Working again with
GERMANY/FRANCE/USA/UNITED KINGDOM/ maker, she is completely free. She has made the brilliant Juliette Binoche, supported by a
POLAND, 2018 love stories, crime movies, coming-of-age, cast that includes André Benjamin and Mia
English even horror. She transformed Herman Goth, Denis guides her actors into daring
WORLD PREMIERE
110 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) Melville’s Billy Budd into a widely acknowl- new territory.
edged masterpiece, Beau Travail. Her films Some scenes in High Life may shock, but
Production Company: Pandora Films/Alcatraz Films/
Andrew Lauren Productions/The Apocalypse Films are intensely focused on the truth of human they are only steps on the path to the revela-
Company/Madants behaviour wherever that may take her — tion this film offers. Denis pushes her own
Producer: Claudia Steffen, Christoph Friedel, and us. So, it is both perfectly normal and space exploration into realms that at times
Laurence Clerc, Olivier Thery Lapiney, Andrew Lauren,
Oliver Dungey, Klaudia Smieja pleasantly surprising that Denis would set recall the science fiction of Stanley Kubrick
Screenplay: Claire Denis, Jean-Pol Fargeau, Geoff Cox her newest film in space. and Andrei Tarkovsky. But this film carries a
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux The destination is the black hole within fearless curiosity that is Denis’s own.
Editor: Guy Lecorne
Production Designer: François-Renaud Labarthe closest reach of Earth. Most of the space-
Sound: Andreas Hildebrandt ship’s crew is kept in suspended animation,
Music: Stuart A. Staples maybe because they’re a collection of dan- Claire Denis was born in Paris and
Principal Cast: Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche,
André Benjamin, Mia Goth, Lars Eidinger, Agata Buzek, gerous prisoners, last-chancers with nothing raised primarily in West Africa. Many
of her films have screened at the
Claire Tran, Ewan Mitchell, Gloria Obianyo, left to lose. At first Monte (Robert Pattinson) Festival including her debut feature,
Scarlett Lindsey, Jessie Ross, Victor Banerjee is the only crew member awake, rigorously Chocolat (88) — screening this year
Production: Alcatraz Films tending to the ship to keep them all alive as part of the TIFF Cinematheque
36 Boulevard de la Bastille as they hurtle through space. But Monte programme — No Fear, No Die
Paris 75012 France (90), I Can’t Sleep (94), Nenette
otl@alcatrazfilms.eu is also caring for a baby daughter, born on and Boni (96), Beau travail (99),
board. This anomaly is only the first sign of Trouble Every Day (01), Friday Night
CONTACT INFORMATION the chaos to come. As Monte’s self-discipline (02), The Intruder (04), 35 Shots
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA), slips, the crew awakens and conflicts erupt. of Rum (08), White Material (09),
Bastards (13), and High Life (18).
Wild Bunch In the years since the Twilight series,
(see page 359) Pattinson has sought out increasingly chal-
lenging roles with some of the world’s best
filmmakers. Here, Denis uses both the

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First Man
There are at least two ways to look at a hero. Academy Award–winning screenwriter
Damien Chazelle You can stand back and gaze upwards, or you Josh Singer (Spotlight) adapted James
USA, 2018 can draw closer and see heroic acts through R. Hansen’s book about Armstrong, and
English the hero’s eyes. Maintaining the impressive gets the texture of his world and details of
CANADIAN PREMIERE pace that saw — over the course of two years his character spot on. Chazelle takes that
133 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema),
DCP IMAX (D-Cinema) — both Whiplash and La La Land capture material and makes it viscerally cinematic,
wide audience and award attention, director keeping the camera close and often using
Production Company: Temple Hill Entertainment
Executive Producer: Steven Spielberg, Isaac Klausner, Damien Chazelle is back to tell the story of natural light. His eye gives every moment
Adam Merims, Josh Singer one of America’s great heroes, Neil Armstrong. an urgency, even if you recall the events of
Producer: Wyck Godfrey, Marty Bowen, Damien Chazelle And he puts us right there with him. the time.
Screenplay: Josh Singer
Cinematographer: Linus Sandgren First Man throws us immediately into With Gosling, Foy, and the rest of the cast
Editor: Tom Cross the cockpit with Armstrong (Ryan Gosling) working at the top of their game, First Man
Production Designer: Nathan Crowley and his fellow test pilots as they break record inspires real awe at this story of heroism that
Sound: Mary H. Ellis, Lee Ai-Ling, Mildred Iatrou Morgan
Music: Justin Hurwitz after record, hurtling beyond the strato- is epic, majestic, and true.
Principal Cast: Ryan Gosling, Jason Clarke, Claire Foy, sphere in shaky metal prototypes that can
Kyle Chandler, Corey Stoll, Ciaran Hinds, barely take the strain. Each time they take Damien Chazelle was born in
Christopher Abbott, Patrick Fugit, Lukas Haas
off they risk death, which bonds them in Providence, Rhode Island. He studied
filmmaking at Harvard. He has dir-
Production: Temple Hill Entertainment a camaraderie that can be both noble and ected the feature Guy and Madeline
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West Hollywood, CA 90069 USA steely. At home, Armstrong maintains the on a Park Bench (09) as well as the
avital@templehillent.com taciturn logic that keeps him alive as a pilot, Festival selections Whiplash (14) and
but it tears at his relationship with his wife, La La Land (16), the latter of which
CONTACT INFORMATION won him the Academy Award for
Canadian Distributor: Universal Pictures Janet (Claire Foy), and sons. When he’s Best Director. First Man (18) is his
US Distributor: Universal Pictures called on with Buzz Aldrin (Corey Stoll, also latest feature.
(see page 359) at the Festival in Driven) and Mike Collins
(Lukas Haas) to join NASA’s Apollo 11 mis-
sion to the moon, Armstrong bears down
for what might be the ultimate glory… or the
ultimate sacrifice.

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Shadow
Zhang Yimou has long been acclaimed as Zhang is famous for his daring use
Zhang Yimou one of cinema’s great masters. His Raise the of vibrant colour. Here, he turns sharply
CHINA, 2018 Red Lantern and Ju Dou brought the world’s to a new palette, drawing on China’s
Mandarin attention to the majesty of Chinese film- centuries-old tradition of ink-wash paint-
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE making. He launched the careers of two of ing to craft costumes and production design
116 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
China’s major stars, Gong Li and Zhang Ziyi. in rich shades of black, white, and slate
Production Company: Perfect Village Entertainment HK From the big screen to the Beijing Olympics grey. His actors’ faces stand in dramatic,
Limited/Le Vision Pictures (Beijing) Co., Ltd./Shanghai
Tencent Pictures Culture Media Company Limited opening ceremony, Zhang’s artistry is well colourful contrast.
Executive Producer: Zhao Zhang, Edward Cheng, Jie Lian known. But he can still surprise us. When the full, glorious action of Shadow’s
Producer: Ellen Eliasoph, Zhao Zhang, Liwei Pang, Shadow brings a completely original style climactic battle is unleashed, the effect is
Jun Liu, Xiaozhu Wang
Screenplay: Wei Li, Zhang Yimou to an epic story. Pei is ruled by a wild, dan- breathtaking. The scale and drama reminds
Cinematographer: Xiaoding Zhao gerous king (Zheng Kai). The king’s military one of Akira Kurosawa’s samurai epics, but
Editor: Xiaolin Zhou commander (Deng Chao) has fought bravely the dazzling visuals are entirely Zhang.
Production Designer: Kwong Wing Ma
Sound: Jiang Yang, Nan Zhao on the battlefield, but needs unique strate-
Music: Zai (Loudboy) Lao gies to survive treachery in the king’s court. Zhang Yimou was born in Xian,
Principal Cast: Deng Chao, Sun Li, Zheng Kai, He has cultivated a “shadow” (also played China and studied at the Beijing Film
Wang Qianyuan, Wang Jingchun, Hu Jun, Guan Xiaotong, Academy. His first film as director,
Leo Wu by Deng), a look-alike who can fool the king, Red Sorghum (88), received the
as well as Pei’s enemies, when deception Golden Bear award at Berlin. His
Production: Perfect Village Entertainment HK Limited
Unit F, 13F, Wing Cheung Industrial Building, No.109 proves necessary. many films include Raise the Red
How Ming Street, Kwun Tong, Kowloon Hong Kongellen Seeking final victory over a rival kingdom Lantern (91), The Road Home (00),
Happy Times (01), and The Great
eliasoph@perfectvillage.com for control of the walled city of Jing, the king Wall (16) as well as the Festival selec-
CONTACT INFORMATION and the commander plot a secret attack. In tions Ju Dou (90), House of Flying
International Sales Agent: BLOOM training with his wife (Sun Li), the com- Daggers (04), Coming Home (14),
(see page 359) mander devises unconventional, lethal ways and Shadow (18).

to use Pei’s signature weapons and shields.


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Green Book
It’s a premise for dystopian fiction, but the Ali and Mortensen are terrific in their
Peter Farrelly actual setting is 1962 America. A celebrated roles. Having played everything from
USA, 2018 New York musician must hire an assistant a Tolkien hero to a Russian gangster,
English to drive him on a concert tour through the Mortensen once again proves his bril-
WORLD PREMIERE Southern states because he is unable to liance at transformation. And Ali embodies
130 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
travel safely on his own. The musician is both Shirley’s outward grace and the pain
Production Company: Participant Media/ Black. His driver is white. Their story is true. it masks.
DreamWorks Pictures
Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, Jonathan King, Fresh from his Academy Award win Green Book was directed and co-written
Octavia Spencer, Kwame L. Parker, John Sloss, for Moonlight, Mahershala Ali plays by Peter Farrelly, known with his brother
Steven Farneth the inimitable Don Shirley. Born into Bobby for outrageous comedies such as
Producer: Jim Burke, Charles B. Wessler, Brian Currie,
Peter Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga a Jamaican immigrant family, Shirley There’s Something About Mary. That’s
Screenplay: Nick Vallelonga, Brian Currie, Peter Farrelly absorbed a wealth of musical influences surprising only if you were immune to
Cinematographer: Sean Porter to create his own genre, blending jazz, the genuine emotion that’s always been at
Editor: Patrick J. Don Vito
Production Designer: Tim Galvin spirituals, and European classical music. the heart of their films. Here, expressed
Sound: Richard Schexnayder He carries himself like a prince, garbed in in dramatic form, Farrelly’s Green Book
Music: Kris Bowers sharp suits or West African robes, speaking is powerfully moving.
Principal Cast: Viggo Mortensen, Mahershala Ali,
Linda Cardellini perfect, literary English. He’s not built for
the brutal bigotry of his time, so he hires Pe t e r Fa r re l l y was born in
CONTACT INFORMATION Tony “Lip” Vallelonga (Viggo Mortensen), Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. He has
Canadian Distributor: Universal Pictures directed numerous features includ-
US Distributor: Universal Pictures his exact opposite. ing Dumb and Dumber (94), There’s
(see page 359) An Italian-American raised in the Something About Mary (98), Me,
streets and bars of New York, Tony uses his Myself and Irene (00), Shallow Hal
loud mouth to get his way. If that doesn’t (01), The Heartbreak Kid (07), Hall
Pass (11), and Dumb and Dumber
work, he uses his fists. As this mismatched To (14). Green Book (18) is his latest
pair sets out on their journey, the Negro feature film.
Motorist Green Book guides them to safe
hotels and restaurants in the segregated
South, but they’ll need more than a book to
understand each other.

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Manmarziyaan
Bollywood royal Abhishek Bachchan makes Kashyap strikes a knowing tone with
Huband Material his much-anticipated return to the big this film. The arc of the story celebrates
screen in Husband Material. Playing oppo- Bollywood tradition, with its love compli-
Anurag Kashyap site rising star Vicky Kaushal and newcomer cations and family obstacles. But the feel
INDIA, 2018 Taapsee Pannu, Bachchan takes a surpris- is up-to-the-minute, with daring scenes
Hindi, Punjabi
WORLD PREMIERE
ing role in this spin on the classic romantic unimaginable a few years back. That’s
150 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) triangle. Since the film springs from the not simply a matter of the few risqué ele-
Production Company: Colour Yellow Productions/
imagination of Mumbai maverick Anurag ments Kashyap’s fluid camera captures.
Phantom Films Kashyap, Husband Material goes beyond There’s also a deeply affecting maturity in
Executive Producer: Kanupriya Singh, Ajay G. Rai the archetypal masala movie into something the way Husband Material explores those
Producer: Aanand L Rai
Screenplay: Kanika Dhillon
refreshingly new. first flushes of both desire and disappoint-
Cinematographer: Sylvester Fonseca Rummi (Pannu) is a free-spirited young ment. With memorable music by Amit
Editor: Aarti Bajaj woman. She lives with her extended family Trivedi (Dev.D, Queen) and inventive dance
Production Designer: Meghna Gandhi
Sound: Allwin Rego, Sanjay Maurya
in Punjab state, doing her best to be a good sequences that echo the action, Kashyap’s
Music: Amit Trivedi daughter. But youthful desires have led her to latest is a pure pleasure to watch.
Principal Cast: Taapsee Pannu, Vicky Kaushal, Vicky (Kaushal). With his impulsive nature
Abhishek Bachchan
and shock of dyed-blue hair, he’s the excite- Anurag Kashyap was born in
Production: Colour Yellow Productions ment she wants right now. How long can they Gorakhpur, India. His features include
Indus House B-53 Off New Link Road, Andheri (West) Paanch (03), Black Friday (04), No
Mumbai, Maharashtra 400058 India
keep their trysts secret from her family? Smoking (07), Dev.D (09), Bombay
kanupriya@colouryellow.com As it turns out, not long. When they press Velvet (15), and the Festival selec-
Rummi to accept marriage to a mate chosen tions That Girl in Yellow Boots (10),
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: Eros International USA Inc.
by a matchmaker, Robbie (Bachchan) enters Gangs of Wasseypur (12), and The
Brawler (17). Husband Material (18)
US Distributor: Eros International USA Inc. the picture. Is he the partner he appears to is his latest film.
International Sales Agent: Eros International USA Inc. be? And is either of the men in Rummi’s life
US Sales Agent: Colour Yellow Productions, Eros
International USA Inc.
true husband material?
(see page 359) Working from a screenplay by author
Kanika Dhillon, who wrote the satiric novel
Bombay Duck is a Fish and co-wrote Shah
Rukh Khan’s superhero movie Ra.One,

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What They Had
Why do families continue to fascinate on the Chomko perfectly captures the rhythm of
Elizabeth Chomko big screen? Maybe because, amid the super- this group — the roles each has come to play,
USA, 2018 heroes and fantasies that dazzle us, great the conversations carried on in shorthand,
English films about family mirror our own lives, illu- the resentments and loyalties that define who
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE minating us at our best while reassuring us each is to one another. Certain scenes look,
101 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
about our imperfections. Elizabeth Chomko sound, and feel transported from real life.
Production Company: Unified Pictures/Apartment Story/ contributes something new and valuable to In addition to the rich, authentic sibling
Bona Fide Productions
Executive Producer: Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones, the canon with What They Had. Based on dynamic that Swank and Shannon create,
Shafin Diamond Tejani, Levi Sheck, Mike Rowe, her own screenplay, which won a coveted supporting performances from Robert
Dean Buchanan, David Grace, Hilary Swank, Nicholl Fellowship from the Academy of Forster and Taissa Farmiga deepen the story
Michael Shannon, Byron Wetzel
Producer: Keith Kjarval, Bill Holderman, Albert Berger, Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, this is a as Ruth’s behaviour pushes her family to a
Ron Yerxa, Alex Saks, Sefton Fincham, Tyler Jackson story of a family drawing closer even as ill- breaking point. For anyone who has lived,
Screenplay: Elizabeth Chomko ness threatens to tear it apart. loved, suffered, and grown among family,
Cinematographer: Roberto Schaefer
Editor: Tom McArdle Bridget (two-time Oscar-winner Hilary What They Had offers many rewards.
Production Designer: Chris Stull Swank) is forced to fly back home when
Sound: Chris Parker her mother’s cognitive decline leads to life- Elizabeth Chomko was born in
Music: Danny Mulhern
Principal Cast: Hilary Swank, Michael Shannon, threatening actions. As she falls deeper into Chicago. She is an alumni of the
Sundance Institute’s Screenwriters
Blythe Danner, Robert Forster, Taissa Farmiga, Alzheimer’s disease, Ruth (the brilliant and Composers Labs, and an
Josh Lucas Blythe Danner) recedes from everyday mat- Academy Nicholl Fellowship winner
Production: Unified Pictures ters; she is fragile, but never fails to cut to for the screenplay of What They Had
19773 Bahama St. the quick of what counts. Bridget’s brother (18). What They Had (18) is her first
Northridge, CA 91324 USA feature film.
keith@unifiedpictures.com Nicky (Michael Shannon) refuses to indulge
any sentiment about Ruth’s illness. His hard
CONTACT INFORMATION pragmatism may just be his way of masking
Canadian Distributor: Elevation Pictures
US Distributor: Bleecker Street his pain at the thought of losing his mother,
International Sales Agent: Bloom Media but it gnaws at the family’s already-tenuous
(see page 359) connections nonetheless.

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The Land
For 200 years, Connecticut has been called Under the auspices of the woman who
of Steady Habits “the land of steady habits,” initially for its made such insightful social comedies as
political stability though richer ironies quickly Enough Said, Please Give, Friends With
Nicole Holofcener emerged. By 2014, when Ted Thompson wrote Money and Lovely & Amazing, Anders’s rak-
USA, 2018 the novel on which Nicole Holofcener’s new ish masculinity wilts. As the film progresses,
English
WORLD PREMIERE film is based, steady habits had become both it turns a sharper gaze on its questing pro-
98 minutes | Colour/DCP 4K (D-Cinema) a fair description and a caustic joke. tagonist, revealing more about Anders than
Production Company: Netflix, Inc./Likely Story Ben Mendelsohn plays Anders Hill, a he might ever want you to see. Less funny but
Executive Producer: Jennifer Roth middle-aged man who has divorced his more penetrating than Holofcener’s com-
Producer: Nicole Holofcener, Anthony Bregman, wife, Helene (Edie Falco), and surrendered edies, The Land of Steady Habits emerges
Stefanie Azpiazu
Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener the comforts of affluent family life for… well, from a world similar to The Ice Storm’s,
Cinematographer: Alar Kivilo he’s not sure. Retired from work, freed from where money won’t buy mindfulness, and a
Editor: Robert Frazen marriage, and largely abandoned by his adult man’s grasp too often exceeds his reach.
Production Designer: Dina Goldman
Sound: Damian Elias Canelos son Preston (Thomas Mann), he seeks that
Music: Marcelo Zarvos liberating lightness he once had. But awk- Nicole Holofcener was born in
Principal Cast: Ben Mendelsohn, Edie Falco, ward dates prove unsatisfying, even with a New York City. She studied film at
Thomas Mann, Connie Britton, Elizabeth Marvel, NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and
Bill Camp, Charlie Tahan woman as lively as Barbara (Connie Britton). at Columbia University. She is the
Anders finds himself drifting towards ado- director of the features Walking and
Production: Netflix, Inc.
5808 W. Sunset Blvd. lescent adventures, trying to befriend his Talking (96), Lovely & Amazing (01),
Los Angeles, California 90028 USA neighbour’s teenage son Charlie (Charlie Friends with Money (06), Please
Give (10), and the Festival selection
sphillips@netflix.com Tahan), and joining in risk taking he should Enough Said (13). The Land of Steady
CONTACT INFORMATION have outgrown decades ago. Habits (18) is her latest feature.
Canadian Distributor: Netflix, Inc. Played with flinty charm by Mendelsohn,
US Distributor: Netflix, Inc. best known as a character actor, Anders is the
(see page 359)
kind of man often found at the centre of films,
novels, and plays. He is successful and idio-
syncratic. His flaws somehow make him seem
more attractive. But watch what Holofcener
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The Lie
A Hitchcock-style thriller from the producer Sarsgaard always delivers strong perfor-
Veena Sud of Get Out and Whiplash, The Lie begins in mances and he’s perfectly cast here as the
CANADA, 2018 teen tribulations any parent might rec- middle-aged rock-musician dad who never
English ognize, but tightens into a spiral of deceit fully grew up. Enos is impressive to watch
WORLD PREMIERE and desperation triggered by that purest of as a woman equally ruthless as a lawyer and
97 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
motives — the need to look after your child. a mom. And, as the increasingly suspicious
Production Company: Blumhouse Productions Peter Sarsgaard and Mireille Enos star father whose daughter has disappeared,
Executive Producer: Jeanette Volturno, Couper
Samuelson, Aaron Barnett, Howard Green, Kim Hodgert alongside teen phenomenon Joey King in the Canada’s own Cas Anvar is a revelation. In
Producer: Jason Blum, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, latest from Toronto-born writer-director fact, The Lie was shot in Toronto. It’s a plea-
Christopher Tricarico Veena Sud, already a success in Hollywood sure to watch Jason Blum bring together
Screenplay: Veena Sud
Cinematographer: Peter Wunstorf for her series The Killing and Seven Seconds. Canadian and American talent for a thriller
Editor: Philip Fowler Kayla (King) is a bundle of nerves and that delivers right up until its deliciously
Production Designer: Elisa Sauvé frustration as she drives with her parents satisfying ending.
Sound: Daryl Purdy
Music: Tamar-kali Jay (Sarsgaard) and Rebecca (Enos) to a
Principal Cast: Mireille Enos, Peter Sarsgaard, Joey King ballet retreat. It’s winter, so when they spot Veena Sud was born in Toronto

Production: Blumhouse Productions Kayla’s friend waiting for a ride at the side and received a master’s degree in
film and television at NYU. She has
2401 Beverly Blvd of the road, they pick her up. But something written, directed, and produced
Los Angeles, California 90057 USA happens between the two girls during a rest extensively for television with credits
jennifer@blumhouse.com
stop near a river. When the parents come including Cold Case, The Killing, and
CONTACT INFORMATION to get them, the friend is gone and Kayla is Seven Seconds and the feature The
Salton Sea (12). The Lie (18) is her
US Distributor: Blumhouse Productions freaking out. Kayla says pushing her friend latest feature film.
(see page 359)
into the freezing water was an accident. But
murder is murder.
At first Jay and Rebecca want to do the
right thing, but Rebecca is a lawyer and
knows they’re already implicated. As the
weight of losing everything descends, these
two parents, estranged for years, begin to do
their dangerous work together.

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The Kindergarten
Adapting the award-winning Israeli film for a The Kindergarten Teacher, a marvel of
Teacher critical moment in America, writer-director tone, won Best Director for Colangelo when
Sara Colangelo and producer-star Maggie it launched at Sundance. As Lisa pushes her
Sara Colangelo Gyllenhaal have created a fascinating drama advocacy into obsession, Colangelo keeps us
USA, 2018 that gets right under your skin. Featuring a guessing how far things will go, but always
English
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Gyllenhaal performance that looks destined manages to keep us on Lisa’s side.
97 minutes | Colour/DCP 4K (D-Cinema) for best-of-the-year lists, The Kindergarten
Production Company: Pie Films/Manhattan Productions/ Teacher begins in one woman’s decision but Sara Colangelo is an American
Maven Pictures/Paper Chase Films has much to say about how we value art. writer and director who studied film
at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts.
Executive Producer: Tmira Yardeni, Carole Scotta, Lisa Spinelli (Gyllenhaal) has been teach- Her films include the short docu-
Nadav Lapid, Pia Getty, Jenny Halper, Nic Marshall,
Dillon D. Jordan, Christopher Burke, Chip Rosenbloom, ing kindergarten long enough to yearn for mentary Halal Vivero (06), short film
Stephen Mao, Brendan Walsh, Bradley J. Ross, something more than each year’s small Un attimo di respiro (07), and
Gabriel Napora, Lee Broda, Jeff Rice victories with five-year-olds. She signs up the feature Little Accidents (14).
Producer: Talia Kleinhendler, Osnat Handelsman-Keren, The Kindergarten Teacher (18) is
Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, Maggie Gyllenhaal for a poetry class at night. The teacher (Gael her latest film.
Screenplay: Sara Colangelo García Bernal, also appearing at the Festival
Cinematographer: Pepe Avila Del Pino in Museo and The Accused) is inspiring and
Editor: Lee Percy, Marc Vives
Production Designer: Mary Colston attractive, but Lisa soon sees the limits of
Sound: Gil Toren her talents. She is newly attuned to the
Music: Asher Goldschmidt possibilities of language, though, so when
Principal Cast: Maggie Gyllenhaal, Gael García Bernal,
Anna Baryshnikov, Michael Chernus, Parker Sevak, one of her kindergarten students begins
Rosa Salazar stringing together words that carry the
Production: Pie Films brilliance of great poetry, she believes she
16 Hanatsiv St. has a prodigy on her hands. She sets out to
Tel Aviv 6701806 Israel cultivate the creative gift she sees in Jimmy
talia@piefilms.co.il
Roy (Parker Sevak). Everyone else around
CONTACT INFORMATION the little boy is too crass and distracted to
Canadian Distributor: Netflix, Inc. recognize his genius. It will be up to Lisa
US Distributor: Netflix, Inc.
International Sales Agent: and Lisa alone to bring her verbal Mozart
(see page 359) to the world.

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Galveston
Steamy, stylish, and a little bit dangerous, films like Leave No Trace and Hell or High
Mélanie Laurent Galveston is an expertly constructed crime Water have shown just how strong an actor
USA, 2018 thriller from the pen of Nic Pizzolatto, Foster is. The typically otherworldly Fanning
English creator of HBO’s True Detective. His novel (The Beguiled, Mary Shelley, Maleficent) gives
CANADIAN PREMIERE about desperate acts and surprising heroism a notably earthy performance. In Galveston,
94 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
among underworld figures gets a uniquely both actors are liberated to show complex
Production Company: Low Spark Films French polish from Mélanie Laurent. Best new facets as difficult, damaged, but ulti-
Executive Producer: Jean Doumanian, Patrick Daly,
Kevin Flanigan, Sean O’Brien, Dexter W. Braff known in North America for her acting mately courageous people. The more time
Producer: Tyler Davidson roles in Inglourious Basterds and Beginners, Roy and Raquel spend together, the more
Screenplay: Jim Hammett Laurent has also been making her own they recognize in each other rash defence
Cinematographer: Arnaud Potier
Editor: Joseph Krings beautiful, sharply observant films for years. mechanisms that have become instinctive
Production Designer: Lisa Myers Following Breathe and Plonger, both of which yet might threaten their ability to survive the
Sound: Ian Stynes, Kevin Strahm played the Festival, Galveston marks her killers on their tail.
Music: Marc Chouarain, Eugenie Jacobson
Principal Cast: Elle Fanning, Ben Foster, Beau Bridges, English-language debut as a director, and a
Lili Reinhart bold turn towards a classic American genre. Mélanie Laurent was born in Paris.

Production: Low Spark Films Ben Foster plays Roy, a New Orleans Since 1999, she has appeared in
over 35 films, including Inglourious
84 N. Main St. Ste A ex-convict who does dirty work for Stan Basterds (09) and the TIFF selec-
Chagrin Falls, OH 44022 USA (Beau Bridges), the local crime lord. Stan tions Beginners (10) and Enemy (13).
tyler@lowsparkfilms.com
sends Roy to carry out a job that goes sus- She has written and directed The
CONTACT INFORMATION piciously wrong. Roy makes it out alive, and Adopted (11), and the Festival selec-
tions Breathe (14) and Plonger (17).
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media finds himself suddenly thrown together Galveston (18) is her latest feature.
US Distributor: RLJ Entertainment
International Sales Agent: Embankment Films with Raquel (Elle Fanning, also at the
(see page 359) Festival in Teen Spirit). Both now have
targets on their backs and no choice but to
go on the run together.
The best thrillers dig deep into character as
they advance the plot, and Laurent does excel-
lent work here, chipping away at the contours
of Roy’s hard edges scene by scene. Recent

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Hidden Man
Don’t be surprised if your reaction to watch- Quentin Tarantino. Jiang recently played a
Jiang Wen ing Hidden Man is “Wow!” And if your first mercenary in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story;
CHINA, 2018 wow comes only minutes in, that’s perfectly here he plays the equally tricky Lan, a busi-
Mandarin, English, Japanese, French normal. Jiang Wen’s latest is astonishing. nessman with shadowy motives.
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE A bullet-fast action epic, it races along Gleefully anachronistic, Hidden Man
137 minutes | Colour/DCP 4K (D-Cinema)
fuelled by dazzling chase sequences, gor- breaks rules and sometimes tramples over
Production Company: Wuxi Zizai Pictures Co., Ltd geous visuals, and pure adrenaline. It’s the good taste. But Jiang packs this movie with
Executive Producer: Jiang Wen, Richard Fox, Albert Yeung,
Yang Wei, Zheng Zhihao, Lv Jianchu, Zhou Yun final film in the 1930s-set trilogy Jiang began kinetic energy and sheer visual invention.
Producer: Zhou Yun, Zhang Wang, Mu Chen, Albert Lee, with his blockbusters Let The Bullets Fly and It’s a blast.
Kang Li, Andrew Lazar, Zhao Yijun Gone With the Bullets, but it may leave you
Screenplay: He Jiping, Li Fei, Sun Yue, Jiang Wen
Cinematographer: Xie Xie panting for more. Jiang Wen is a Chinese actor and
Editor: Zhang Qi, Cao Weijie, Jiang Wen In a tour-de-force opening sequence, a director. He studied at the Central
Academy of Drama, China. He has
Production Designer: Liu Qing lethal attack upends a martial arts master’s acted in dozens of films and is the
Sound: Wu Jiang
Music: Nicolas Errèra birthday party. One of his disciples, Zhu, has director of In the Heat of the Sun (94),
Principal Cast: Eddie Peng, Liao Fan, Jiang Wen, conspired with a Japanese agent, Nemoto, to Devils on the Doorstep (00) which was
Zhou Yun, Xu Qing betray the master and rearrange the order of awarded Cannes’ Grand Jury Prize,
the Festival selections The Sun Also
Production: Wuxi Zizai Pictures Co., Ltd things. Only young boy Li Tianran escapes. Rises (07), Let the Bullets Fly (10), and
Room1-6-1, Tayuan Diplomatic Office, Years later Li has grown up in San Francisco, Gone with the Bullets (14). Hidden Man
No. 14 Liangmahe, South Road
Beijing 100600 China and has received advanced training in both (18) is his latest feature.
patrickzhu@jwfilms.com Chinese martial arts and American spycraft.
He’s sent back to China on a mission, but he’s
CONTACT INFORMATION
US Sales Agent: ICM Partners driven by his own urge to take revenge on Zhu
(see page 359) and Nemoto, the men who killed his master.
Chinese-Canadian superstar Eddie Peng
(Operation Mekong, Duckweed) plays Li with
a fleet charm that recalls Bruce Lee. The
similarity is not coincidental. Jiang packs
Hidden Man with a raft of delightful film
references, from Hong Kong actioners to

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Jeremiah Terminator
In a stroke of dream casting, filmmaker A former protégé of Gus Van Sant’s, Kelly
LeRoy Justin Kelly brings together Kristen Stewart graduated from music videos to directing the
and Laura Dern to tell a story that’s stranger acclaimed independent films I Am Michael
Justin Kelly than fiction, wilder than fact, and full of and Welcome the Stranger. Here, he invites
CANADA/USA/UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 the drama we need right now. Jeremiah his audience along on what may look like a
English
WORLD PREMIERE Terminator LeRoy is a delicious dive into very strange ride.
108 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) the hubris, risk taking, and jealousy that so Layers of artist masquerade? Yes. Gender
Production Company: Elevated Films/The Fyzz Facility/ often surrounds great talent. fluid everything? Naturally. Queer looks?
Ingenious Media/Aquarius Content/Fortitude Laura Albert (Dern) writes tough, insight- Of course. Stewart and Dern, who’ve long
International/Sobini Films/Thirty Three Productions/
ful fiction under a pseudonym, JT LeRoy. proved their ability to make creative leaps
LBI Entertainment/Buffalo Gal Pictures
Executive Producer: Justin Kelly, Savannah Knoop, Her JT is not just a pen name but a whole look perfectly normal, are at their best here.
Phyllis Laing, Devan Towers, Anders Erden, persona, a teenage boy from West Virginia As everyone’s persona begins to bleed a little
Simon Williams, Wayne Marc Godfrey, Robert Jones,
Cami Winikoff, Tyler Boehm, Jed Root, Tracy Christian,
living a dangerous life as a truck stop sex around the edges, it just makes the world
Nadine de Barros, Erika Olde, Margot Hand worker. Laura was born in Brooklyn a gen- that much more exciting. True story.
Producer: Patrick Walmsley, Julie Yorn, Thor Bradwell, eration earlier, and grew up in New York’s
Gary Pearl, Cassian Elwes, Giri Tharan, Mark Amin,
Dave Hansen punk scene. Writing books such as The Heart Justin Kelly is an American film-
Screenplay: Justin Kelly, Savannah Knoop is Deceitful Above All Things as JT gives her maker based in Los Angeles. He has
directed the short films Debris (06),
Cinematographer: Bobby Bukowski complete freedom to explore the darker Front (07), Girl! (09), and the features
Editor: Aaron I. Butler
Production Designer: Jean-André Carrière regions of human experience. Readers love I Am Michael (15), King Cobra (16),
Sound: Keith Elliott, Rudy Michael, Alan Geldart, it. The media loves it. They love it so much and Welcome the Stranger (18).
Edgar Ozolins
Music: Tim Kvasnosky
that they begin to demand JT in person. Jeremiah Terminator Leroy (18) is
his latest feature.
Principal Cast: Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, As journalists press for interviews with
Diane Kruger, Jim Sturgess, Kelvin Harrison Jr, JT, turmoil mounts with Laura’s husband
Courtney Love, James Jagger, Dave Brown
Geoffrey (Jim Sturgess) and sister-in-law
Production: Elevated Films, 15821 Ventura Blvd, Ste 500 Savannah (Stewart). Partly from despera-
Encino, CA 91436 USA info@cassianelwes.com
tion, partly for kicks, they conspire to have
CONTACT INFORMATION Savannah don a wig and sunglasses, adjust
International Sales Agent: Fortitude International her voice, and become the teenage boy author.
US Sales Agent: Elevated Film Sales, Creative Artists
Agency (CAA)
(see page 359)

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Transit
As conceptually brilliant as its French and — like much of Petzold’s oeuvre — a
Christian Petzold Riviera exteriors are sun-dappled, Transit is film about ghosts, memory, and historical
GERMANY, 2018 the latest masterwork by German auteur trauma. Employing enigmatic anachro-
German, French Christian Petzold. Adapted from Anna nisms, speculative narrative nests, mistaken
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE Seghers’ WWII-set novel (a favourite identities, and mirroring, Petzold seamlessly
101 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
of Harun Farocki, Petzold’s mentor and zigzags between past and present, bypass-
Production Company: SCHRAMM FILM Koerner & Weber former collaborator), the film transposes ing the clichés of both refugee film and war
Producer: Florian Koerner von Gustorf, Michael Weber
Screenplay: Christian Petzold the plot to an indistinct moment that drama to get at the heart of rootlessness
Cinematographer: Hans Fromm resembles an uncanny present-day, result- and exile.  Transit  is by turns troubling,
Editor: Bettina Böhler ing in a haunted puzzle play and ingenious suspenseful, and sensual, and a daring
Production Designer: K.D. Gruber
Sound: Andreas Mücke-Niesytka companion piece to Petzold’s postwar melo- example of cinema’s ability to represent a
Music: Stefan Will drama, Phoenix (TIFF ‘14). phantasmatic, liminal realm.
Principal Cast: Paula Beer, Franz Rogowski, Georg (an entrancing and magnetic Franz  ANDRÉA PICARD
Lilien Batman, Godehard Giese, Mariam Zaree
Rogowski) is a German refugee who
Production: SCHRAMM FILM Koerner & Weber escapes to Marseille, a port for migrants Christian Petzold was born in Hilden,
Naumannstr. 79, Haus 38
Berlin, Nordrhein-Westfalen 10829 Germany looking to flee an unspecified, spreading Germany and graduated from the
German Film and Television Academy
koerner@schrammfilm.de war. He carries the documents of a famous Berlin. His features Jerichow (08),
writer, Weidl: a manuscript, the promise of Barbara (12), and Phoenix (14) have
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: Films We Like an elusive transit pass from the Mexican all played the Festival. His other
US Distributor: Music Box Films embassy, and letters from the writer’s wife films include The State I Am In (00),
Ghosts (05), and Yella (07). Transit
International Sales Agent: The Match Factory Marie (Paula Beer). Discovering that Weidl (18) is his latest film.
(see page 359)
has taken his own life, Georg assumes the
author’s identity, adopts an ambivalence
about leaving the continent, and develops an
obsessive desire for the mysterious Marie —
herself suspended in the city.
Transit, evoking shades of Hitchcock
and Casablanca, is an unlikely, wrenching
love story as much as a sly, unsettling thriller

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Le livre d’image
Winner of the first Special Palme d’Or to be to do with the legacy of the last century and
The Image Book awarded in the history of the Cannes Film its horrors: the incomprehension of
Festival, Jean-Luc Godard’s Le livre d’image Hiroshima and Auschwitz, events that
Jean-Luc Godard is another extraordinary addition to the coincided with cinema but which have
SWITZERLAND/FRANCE, 2018 French master’s vast filmography. Ever the somehow eluded its gaze. And, movingly,
French, English, Arabic, Italian
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iconoclast and always the enquirer, Godard Le livre d’image also reflects on orientalism
84 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) eschews actors and any pretence of narra- and the Arab world, grounding the new film
Production Company: Casa Azul Films/
tive in this dazzling and brilliant film essay. very much in the present.
Ecran Noir Productions Displaying an encyclopedic grasp of cin- PIERS HANDLING
Executive Producer: Jean-Paul Battaggia ema and its history, Godard pieces together
Producer: Fabrice Aragno
Screenplay: Jean-Luc Godard
fragments and clips them from some of Jean-Luc Godard was born in Paris
Cinematographer: Fabrice Aragno the greatest films of the past, then digitally and made some of the most iconic
films of the 1960s, including À bout
Editor: Jean-Luc Godard, Fabrice Aragno alters, bleaches, and washes them, all in the de sufflé (Breathless; 60), Vivre sa
Sound: Fabrice Aragno
Music: ECM Records
service of reflecting on what he sees in front vie (62), Le mépris (63), Bande à
of him and what he makes of the dissonance part (64), Alphaville (65), Pierrot le
Production: Casa Azul Films
97, rue de Genève
that surrounds him. fou (65), Masculin feminine (66), 2
ou 3 choses que je sais d’elle (67),
Lausanne 1004 Switzerland He uses his own voice, reminiscent of La Chinoise (67), and Week-end (67).
mail@casa-azul.ch those of Leonard Cohen or Bob Dylan in the Since 1980, he has made Sauve qui

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twilights of their careers, to guide us through peut (la vie) (80), Passion (82), Je
Canadian Distributor: Kino Lorber the fascinating labyrinth of his mind. In vous salue, Marie (85), Détective
(85), Nouvelle vague (90), Allemagne
US Distributor: Kino Lorber some cases it is to reflect on the metaphysi- année neuf zéro (91), JLG/JLG (94),
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch
(see page 359)
cal properties of the world — time, and space, For Ever Mozart (96), Eloge de
and where meaning is found — but more l’amour (01), Film Socialisme (10),
importantly it is the image, the thing that Adieu au langage (14), and Le livre
d’image (18).
has obsessed Godard for his entire career,
that anchors this film. His ontological
enquiry into the image continues to be one
of the most moving in history. But, as always
with Godard, the key issues he raises have

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Ahlat Agaci
˘
Following up on the critical and com- This is a film of discovery, of Sinan work-
The Wild Pear Tree mercial success of 2014’s award-winning ing out his next steps, wrestling with issues
Winter Sleep, Nuri Bilge Ceylan has directed of the old and new, in both the abstract
Nuri Bilge Ceylan another hypnotic and compelling piece of contexts of art and religion and the more
TURKEY/FRANCE/GERMANY/BULGARIA, 2018 cinema that confirms him as one of mod- mundane reality of family life, all dissected
Turkish ern cinema’s most intelligent and incisive in a series of brilliant set pieces. And hov-
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188 minutes | Colour/DCP 4K (D-Cinema)
filmmakers. Using landscape as part of his ering in the background is the enormous
expressive palette, as he has done so often shadow that his father still casts over his life.
Production Company: ZeynoFilm/Memento Films
Production/DETAiLFILM/RFF International/
with his work, Ceylan takes the protagonist PIERS HANDLING
Sisters and Brother Mitevski Production/ of The Wild Pear Tree, the young and cocky
2006 Produkcija Sarajevo/The Chimney Pot/ Sinan, back to his birthplace, the Turkish
Film i Väst
Executive Producer: Alexandre Mallet-Guy,
seaport of Çanakkale on the southern coast Nuri Bilge Ceylan was born in
Istanbul. In 2003 he was the subject
Fabian Gasmia, Stefan Kitanov, Labina Mitevska, of the Dardanelles. of a spotlight programme at TIFF
Mirsad Purivatra, Jon Mankell, Anthony Muir, Returning home from college, Sinan that included his debut feature,
Tomas Eskilsson
Producer: Zeynep Atakan
(Aydın Doğu Demirkol) must re-enter a The Small Town (97), Clouds of May
Screenplay: Akin Aksu, Ebru Ceylan, Nuri Bilge Ceylan difficult family situation with a father who (00), and Distant (03), which won
the Grand Prix at Cannes. His films
Cinematographer: Gökhan Tiryaki is restless and intransigent, and whose Climates (06) and Once Upon a Time
Editor: Nuri Bilge Ceylan
Production Designer: Meral Aktan
gambling addiction has Sinan’s mother in Anatolia (11) also screened at the
Sound: Andreas Mücke Niesytka, Thomas Robert, and sister at their wits’ end. He struggles to Festival, as did Winter Sleep (14),
Thomas Gauder reorient himself within the family dynamic which won the Palme d’Or and the
Principal Cast: Aydin Doğu Demirkol, Murat Cemcir, FIPRESCI prize at Cannes. The Wild
Bennu Yildirmlar, Hazar Ergüçlü, Serkan Keskin
while trying to come to grips with the next Pear Tree (18) is his latest film.
phase of his life. He is planning to become
Production: ZeynoFilm
Baskurt Sok. Ürgüp Palas Apt. 19/3
a teacher like his father, but first wants to
Istanbul 34433 Turkey complete an experimental novel. Sinan’s
festival@zeynofilm.com search for meaning and direction provides
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the basis for a number of extensive and
Canadian Distributor: MK2 Mile End penetrating conversations that form the
US Distributor: The Cinema Guild emotional and intellectual framework of
International Sales Agent: Memento Films International
(see page 359)
The Wild Pear Tree.

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Peterloo
Four years after the British and their allies Yet, while it is plain where his sympa-
Mike Leigh roundly defeated Napoleon on the field thies lie, Leigh is even-handed in his overall
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 at Waterloo, a different kind of battle was approach. Peterloo adroitly, and with a fine
English fought, this time on English soil, at St. Peter’s sense of period detail, brings this critical
CANADIAN PREMIERE Field in Manchester — an event that journal- event and its history-altering fallout into
153 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
ists quickly dubbed the Peterloo Massacre. new light.
Production Company: BFI Film Fund/Film4/ Peterloo began as a riot involving unarmed PIERS HANDLING
Thin Man Films
Executive Producer: Gail Egan, Ben Roberts, civilians and British cavalry, and became an
Lizzie Francke, Daniel Battsek, Sue Bruce-Smith, infamous flashpoint in the country’s history Mike Leigh was born in Hertfordshire
Peter Hampden, Norman Merry of parliamentary reform. and raised in Salford, Greater
Producer: Georgina Lowe Manchester. He won the Cannes Best
Screenplay: Mike Leigh Mike Leigh returns to the Festival fol- Director award for Naked (93), the
Cinematographer: Dick Pope BSC lowing his magnificent study of the painter Palme d’Or for Secrets & Lies (96),
Editor: Jon Gregory ACE J.M.W. Turner (Mr. Turner, TIFF 2014), and has received seven Academy
Production Designer: Suzie Davies
Sound: Tim Fraser again with a 19th-century setting, for this Award nominations. His other fea-
tures include Bleak Moments (71),
Music: Gary Yershon sobering look at a time when Britain’s High Hopes (88), Life is Sweet (90),
Principal Cast: Rory Kinnear, Maxine Peake, Neil Bell, working class began to fight for its rights to Topsy-Turvy (99), All or Nothing (02),
Philip Jackson, Vincent Franklin, Karl Johnson,
Tim McInnerny representation, up against an aristocracy Vera Drake (04), Happy-Go-Lucky
that was determined to block what it viewed (08), Another Year (10), Mr. Turner
Production: BFI Film Fund (14), and Peterloo (18).
British Film Institute, 21 Stephen Street as an encroachment on its own privileges.
London W1T 1LN United Kingdom Leigh tells the story from the perspec-
lizzie.francke@bfi.org.uk tive of key players: those suffering through
CONTACT INFORMATION unemployment, poverty, and famine in the
US Distributor: Amazon Studios wake of the Napoleonic Wars on one side;
International Sales Agent: Cornerstone Films the magistrates and military authorities on
(see page 359)
the other. He is scathing in his depiction of
the powers that be, but he reserves most of
his attention for the Peterloo victims: the
protesters, many of them out-of-work tex-
tile workers, and those political reformers
advocating for their right to vote.

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Gangbyun Hotel
South Korean writer-director and Festival connect with one another. Shot in stark
Hotel by the River veteran Hong Sang-soo possesses a singular black and white and brimming with cre-
mastery for blending the mundane with the puscular melancholy and darker overtones,
Hong Sang-soo cosmic and the minutiae of human foibles Hotel by the River invites us for a brief stay
SOUTH KOREA, 2018 with ageless queries into the riddles of time’s that will linger in our minds long after we’ve
Korean
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passage. Hong’s latest exudes that sublime checked out.
96 minutes | Black and White/DCP (D-Cinema) balance, offering a pair of subtly intertwined GIOVANNA FULVI

Production Company: Jeonwonsa Film Co.


narratives that reunite families and friends
Executive Producer: Hong Sang-soo before casting them astray once more. Hong Sang-soo was born in Seoul.
Producer: Hong Sang-soo It is winter. An aging poet is holed up His many films include Woman on the
Screenplay: Hong Sang-soo Beach (06), In Another Country (12),
Cinematographer: Kim Hyung-koo
for two weeks in a modest provincial Our Sunhi (13), and Right Now, Wrong
Editor: Son Yeon-ji hotel overlooking the Han River. His adult Then (15), all of which screened at
Sound: Kim Mir sons are summoned to visit after years the Festival. Hotel by the River (18)
Music: Dalpalan
Principal Cast: Ki Joo-bong, Kim Min-hee, Song Seon-mi,
of estrangement. Though the hotel is small is his latest film.

Kwon Hae-hyo, Yu Jun-sang and its surroundings easy to navigate,


Production: Jeonwonsa Film Co.
father and sons lose each other, meet up,
208, Art and Design Bldg, Konkuk University, 120 and lose each other again.
Neungdong-ro, Gwangjin-gu, Seoul 143701 South Korea Meanwhile, a young woman, after hav-
winterwork@naver.com
ing just fled a destructive relationship, gets
CONTACT INFORMATION a room at the same hotel and calls for a
International Sales Agent: FINECUT friend. They nap, take walks, and talk about
(see page 359)
everything while drawing the attention of
the poet, who finds in the pair a beauty and
fascination sufficient to inspire new verse.
A hotel, a river: both are symbols of
transience, one fixed, the other flowing.
Hong’s characters come and go, assemble
and dissemble, converse so as to better
understand the self and, if they’re lucky,

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Nuestro Tiempo
Since the release of his bold and stunning Through this raw exploration of a couple
Our Time first feature, Japón, filmmaker Carlos at a moment of crisis, Reygadas creates a
Reygadas has proven to be in a class of his story that is somehow both quotidian yet epic
Carlos Reygadas own. His films are hypnotic medleys of soul- in scope.
MEXICO/FRANCE/GERMANY/DENMARK/ fulness, beauty, provocation, and existential DIANA SANCHEZ
SWEDEN, 2018
Spanish, English
questioning. Reygadas’s latest, Our Time is
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE his most personal and courageous to date, Carlos Reygadas was born in Mexico
173 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) casting himself and his wife (Natalia López) City. His films include Japón (02) and
Post Tenebras Lux (12) as well as the
Production Company: Mantarraya/NoDream Cinema/ in the lead roles as he explores a married Festival selections Batalla en el Cielo
Snowglobe/Luxbox/ZDF/FOPROCINE/MER FILM/ couple’s relationship in crisis. (05) and Luz Silenciosa (07). Nuestro
Film i Väst/Detalle Films/Bord Cadre films/
CNC (Centre National du Cinéma et de L’ímage Animée)
Juan and Ester live on their remote cattle Tiempo (18) is his latest film.
Producer: Jaime Romandia, Carlos Reygadas ranch with their children. It’s a very calm,
Screenplay: Carlos Reygadas private existence — one they both want to
Cinematographer: Diego García
Editor: Carlos Reygadas
protect. The couple has until now enjoyed
Production Designer: Emmanuel Picault an open relationship but when Ester falls in
Sound: Raul Locatelli love with an American horse trainer (Phil
Principal Cast: Carlos Reygadas, Natalia López,
Eleazar Reygadas, Rut Reygadas, Phil Burgers
Burgers) who works in the area, she stops
sharing details of her affair with Juan. He
Production: Mantarraya
Tabasco 330, Col Roma Norte, Del. Cuauhtémoc
begins compulsively spying on his wife.
Ciudad de México 06700 Mexico The pain of not being in control forces him
coordination@mantarraya.com to question their relationship and he loses
CONTACT INFORMATION
himself in turbid, jealous emotions. It’s fas-
International Sales Agent: The Match Factory cinating when you realize that the director is
(see page 359) effectively filming himself secretly watching
his real wife’s affair.
Gorgeously shot, the film ruminates on
life at the ranch, the joy of seeing the chil-
dren grow up outside, and the beauty and the
mess our lives can so quickly become.

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Loro
For the second time in his career, Paolo Through some of the most imaginative
Paolo Sorrentino Sorrentino satirizes the tumult of Italian sequences in his filmography, Sorrentino
ITALY/FRANCE, 2018 politics through the experiences of an infa- elicits a towering performance from
Italian mous politician. While his hypnotic Il Divo Servillo. Somehow boorish but charming,
WORLD PREMIERE dramatized the downfall of long-serving for- svelte but awkward, Berlusconi is depicted
150 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
mer Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti, as a mass of contradictions, and the direc-
Production Company: Indigo Film/Pathé Films/ Loro’s hyperkinetic inspiration is the con- tor is determined to treat him as more than
France 2 Cinema
Producer: Nicola Giuliano, Francesca Cima, troversial tycoon/ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi, a a mere buffoon.
Carlotta Calori, Viola Prestieri man who in real life is still running for office. Taken to task by his long-suffering, (soon
Screenplay: Paolo Sorrentino, Umberto Contarello It is a corrosive and wildly profane com- to be ex-) wife, Veronica Lario (Elena Sofia
Cinematographer: Luca Bigazzi
Editor: Cristiano Travaglioli edy, skewering both its subject and modern Ricci), a woman of cool self-possession, and
Production Designer: Stefania Cella Italy itself. Loro (“Them”) pulls out all the abandoned by his political allies, the fallen
Sound: Emanuele Cecere stops in what is initially a supercharged PM is left to fumble with the private realities
Music: Lele Marchitelli
Principal Cast: Toni Servillo, Elena Sofia Ricci, vision of the country and the flawed forces behind his public scandals, and this is where
Riccardo Scamarcio, Kasia Smutniak behind it, namely Berlusconi and his cronies the true power of Loro finally lies.
Production: Indigo Film at their point of decline in the late 2000s. PIERS HANDLING
Via Torino 135 Sorrentino places us in the seedy orbit of
Roma 00184 Italy Sergio (Riccardo Scamarcio), a handsome Paolo Sorrentino was born in Naples.
lara@indigofilm.it
young guy-on-the-make whose ambition His features as writer-director include
One Man Up (01), The Consequences
CONTACT INFORMATION is to leave his provincial southern city of of Love (04), The Family Friend (06),
Canadian Distributor: IFC FILMS Taranto for Rome and get close to Berlusconi and This Must Be the Place (11). His
US Distributor: IFC FILMS
International Sales Agent: Pathé International (Toni Servillo). His means of doing so is Cannes Jury Prizewinner Il Divo (08),
(see page 359) sordid but highly effective. Trafficking Academy Award winner The Great
Beauty (13), and Youth (15) all made
beautiful young women as escorts to attend their North American premieres
parties and events proves to be his stepping at the Festival. Loro (18) is his
stone into the halls of power. Once Sergio latest film.
has arrived, so to speak, the increasingly
embattled Berlusconi becomes the focus.

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Zan
Killing, the powerful latest work by Japanese warriors to take to Edo, life at the village is
Killing master Shinya Tsukamoto, offers a modern no longer the same.
take on the classic samurai film, evoking Beautifully staged sword fights — deadly
Shinya Tsukamoto both the genre’s mood and spirit. dances violently set to the rhythm of re-
JAPAN, 2018 Inspired by Akira Kurosawa’s films, cently deceased Chu Ishikawa’s mesmer-
Japanese
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Killing stems from an idea the director had izing score — punctuate this sophisticated
80 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) a few years ago: “A young ronin stares at his visual meditation on the meaning of honour
Production Company: Kaijyu Theater
sword with ardour,” questioning whether and vengeance, and the constant conflict
Executive Producer: Shinya Tsukamoto he’d be capable of killing a man with it, even between war and life.
Producer: Shinya Tsukamoto if ordered to do so by his master. GIOVANNA FULVI
Screenplay: Shinya Tsukamoto
Cinematographer: Shinya Tsukamoto, Satoshi Hayashi
Mokunoshin Tsuzuki (Sosuke Ikematsu)
Editor: Shinya Tsukamoto is one such samurai, a warrior without a war Shinya Tsukamoto was born in
Production Designer: Tsuyoshi Endo to fight. Impoverished by the long-lasting Tokyo. His works include Tetsuo:
Sound: Masaya Kitada The Iron Man (89), as well as Tokyo
Music: Chu Ishikawa
peace of mid-19th-century Japan, he makes Fist (95), Bullet Ballet (98), A Snake
Principal Cast: Sosuke Ikematsu, Yu Aoi a living by helping farmers in a small village. of June (02), Kotoko (11), and Fires

Production: Kaijyu Theater


Life in the countryside flows uneventfully, on the Plain (14), all of which played
Toshima-ku Nishi-sugamo 1-32-4-402 between farming chores and playful daily the Festival. Killing (18) is his most
recent film.
Tokyo-to 170-0001 Japan sparring with Ichisuke (Ryusei Maeda),
kaijyu@gc4.so-net.ne.jp
the hot-blooded farmer’s son who dreams
CONTACT INFORMATION of one day becoming a valiant samurai.
International Sales Agent: Nikkatsu Corporation But the peaceful surface of the days belies
(see page 359)
hidden passions, an unspoken attraction
for Ichisuke’s sister Yu (Yu Aoi), a looming
sense of danger, and many doubts.
Winds of war start to blow. Japan is
facing an impending civil war and when
mild-mannered, skilful ronin Jirozaemon
Sawamura (played by the director himself )
shows up looking to form a small group of

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Jiang Hu Er Nü
More than any filmmaker of his genera- Three Gorges Dam, the setting for Jia’s
Ash Is Purest White tion, Festival favourite Jia Zhang-ke has Golden Lion–winning Still Life, and toward
crafted a body of work that holds a mirror a powerful revelation.
Jia Zhang-ke to contemporary China in all its complexity. With its captivating twists and enigmatic
CHINA/FRANCE, 2018 With his latest film, romance, tragedy, and finale, Ash Is Purest White operates on
Mandarin
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crime-story grit intermingle to form a vision many levels at once. It is a caveat emptor
141 minutes | Colour/DCP 4K (D-Cinema) of China’s headlong plunge into capitalism. for those who chase fundamentally flawed
Production Company: Xstream Pictures (Beijing)/
Set in 2001, Ash Is Purest White is a fusion ambitions, and a diagnosis for a nation that,
Shanghai Film Group Corporation/Huanxi Media Group of innovation, entertainment, and social in crucial ways, has succumbed to an ideo-
Limited/Huayi Brothers Pictures Ltd/MK Productions/ critique as only Jia can create it. logical affliction.
Beijing Runjin Investment/Enchant (Shanghai) Film and
Television Culture Co., Ltd./Wishart Media Co., Ltd.
Qiao (longtime Jia collaborator Zhao GIOVANNA FULVI
Executive Producer: Jia Zhang-ke, Ren Zhonglun, Tao) lives in a town tumbling into economic
Dong Ping, Nathanaël Karmitz, Elisha Karmitz, decline. She concerns herself little with Jia Zhang-ke was born in Fenyang,
Liu Shiyu, Zhu Weijie, Yang Jinsong
Producer: Shozo Ichiyama
such matters, however, since her boyfriend Shanxi, China. He is a graduate of
the Beijing Film Academy. Among
Screenplay: Jia Zhang-ke is a dashing gangster, Bin (Liao Fan), who his films that have screened at the
Cinematographer: Eric Gautier works for a corrupt property developer. Festival are Platform (00), Unknown
Editor: Matthieu Laclau, Lin Xudong
Production Designer: Liu Weixin
After his boss is murdered, Bin ascends in Pleasures (02), Dong (06), A Touch of
Sound: Zhang Yang rank and finds himself vulnerable to rival Sin (13), and Mountains May Depart
(15). Ash Is Purest White (18) is his
Music: Lim Giong hostilities. When he is attacked, Qiao makes latest film.
Principal Cast: Zhao Tao, Liao Fan, Xu Zheng,
Casper Liang
a fateful decision. The couple is arrested
and Qiao takes the heat. She gets put away
Production: Xstream Pictures (Beijing)
1st Floor, Building 2, C&C Park, No.77, Meishuguan Back
for five years.
Street, Dongcheng District Qiao emerges from prison to find her
Beijing 100010 China world has transformed. Her former mafia
josiechou@fabulaentertainment.com
associates have moved into legitimate busi-
CONTACT INFORMATION nesses, while Bin has found another moll.
Canadian Distributor: Films We Like Qiao seeks revenge but, more importantly,
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group
International Sales Agent: MK2 Films
she searches for a new identity in this chang-
(see page 359) ing China — a search that will take her to

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Donnybrook
With his fourth feature, writer-director Tim With his brutal and unrelenting style,
Tim Sutton Sutton captures an America ignored by many Sutton holds nothing back and neither
USA, 2018 Americans. His is not a country of tree-lined do his actors: Bell, Grillo, and Qualley all
English streets, white picket fences, and family deliver stunning, raw performances. At
WORLD PREMIERE barbeques, but one of clandestine drug deals, once uncomfortably gritty and palpably
101 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
shady motel rooms, alcohol-fuelled brawls, polished, Donnybrook explores an America
Production Company: Rumble Films/Backup Media and abandoned dreams. that’s struggling to overcome its demons,
Executive Producer: Joel Thibout, David Atlan-Jackson,
Jean-Baptiste Babin, Andrew Schwartzberg, Earl (Jamie Bell) and Angus (Frank and those within it struggling to claw their
Jon Shiffman Grillo) both inhabit society’s fringes. Their way back.
Producer: David Lancaster, Stephanie Wilcox similarity stops there. “Jarhead Earl” is a
Screenplay: Tim Sutton
Cinematographer: David Ungaro veteran, husband, and father of two. His Tim Sutton is an American film-
Editor: Scott Cummings cancer-stricken wife needs expensive treat- maker, based in Brooklyn. He teaches
in the School of Media Studies at the
Production Designer: Michael T. Perry ment, leading him to commit crimes that go New School in NYC. His feature films
Sound: Craig Mann
Music: Phil Mossman against his nature. “Chainsaw Angus,” on the include Pavilion (12), Memphis (13),
Principal Cast: Frank Grillo, Margaret Qualley, other hand, runs a local meth ring with his and Dark Night (16). Donnybrook (18)
James Badge Dale, Jamie Bell sister, Delia (Margaret Qualley). Having long is his latest film.

Production: Rumble Films suffered his emotional and physical beatings,


6555 Barton Ave, Floor 2 she is looking for any way out.
Los Angeles, CA 90038 USA
scott@rumble-films.com With the well-intentioned — if a little
corrupt and a lot drunk — local sheriff
CONTACT INFORMATION (James Badge Dale) hot on their tails,
International Sales Agent: Sierra / Affinity
US Sales Agent: United Talent Agency (UTA) the two men are destined to meet at the
(see page 359) Donnybrook, where the last man standing
in a bare-knuckle cage fight takes home
a cash prize of $100,000. Though faced
with a succession of miserable choices,
Earl fights bravely for his family’s future.
Having left a trail of death and destruction
in his wake, Angus fights to quench an
unspecified thirst for revenge.

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Angelo
Inspired by surviving records about the life the continual challenges of navigating life
Markus Schleinzer of Angelo Soliman, an 18th-century Viennese in a foreign culture and provides us with a
AUSTRIA/LUXEMBOURG, 2018 “court moor,” Angelo tells the story of a young wonderful parable for today.
German, French African boy who is Europeanized by force.
WORLD PREMIERE Although director Markus Schleinzer’s gran- Markus Schleinzer was born in
111 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
diose period drama is set back in the courts of Vienna. He is an actor and cast-
ing director. He made his feature
Production Company: Novotny & Novotny the Habsburg empire, its lessons also apply directorial debut with Michael (11),
Filmproduction/Amour Fou Luxembourg
Executive Producer: Johanna Scherz to the present. which appeared at the Festival.
Producer: Alexander Glehr, Franz Novotny, Bady Minck, Angelo is named and baptized shortly Angelo (18) is his latest film.
Alexander Dumreicher-Ivanceanu, Markus Schleinzer after his arrival on European soil. He is told
Screenplay: Markus Schleinzer, Alexander Brom
Cinematographer: Gerald Kerkletz that the evil he has experienced is behind
Editor: Pia Dumont him, that he now has nothing to be afraid of,
Production Designer: Andreas Sobotka, Martin Reiter and that he will live like a prince. Carefully
Sound: Pia Dumont, Loïc Collignon, Philippe Kohn
Principal Cast: Makita Samba, Alba Rohrwacher, groomed, educated, and taught courtly
Larisa Faber manners, Angelo is brought up with all the
Production: Novotny & Novotny Filmproduction privileges of the wealthy. Silent and rebel-
Weimarer Straße 22 lious by nature, as he grows into adulthood
Vienna 1180 Austria he is put on display, entertaining the aristoc-
kino@novotnyfilm.at
racy in pantomimes and plays that speak to
CONTACT INFORMATION his origins. But as the Angelo matures, he
International Sales Agent: Playtime displays a streak of resistance, struggling to
(see page 359)
invent himself as an independent, free man.
This journey through his life is the subject of
Schleinzer’s hypnotic film.
Majestic in its use of settings, Angelo
achieves its full power by constantly
searching beyond the surface beauty of its
locations. In tracing the path of this singular
young man, Schleinzer masterfully dissects

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Rojo
The 1970s and early ’80s in Argentina were If Rojo bears elements of a thriller, it is
Benjamin Naishtat the time of the military dictatorship, the only to service a subtle and devastating dis-
ARGENTINA/BRAZIL/FRANCE/NETHERLAND/ “Dirty War,” the disappeared. With Rojo, section of the times. Self-satisfied, entitled
GERMANY, 2018 Benjamín Naishtat approaches this turbu- and privileged, Claudio reels as the detec-
Spanish lent era in his country’s history obliquely tive digs deeper and his world starts to come
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109 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) and mysteriously. He deliberately builds apart around him.
a quiet mood of foreboding and impeding
Production Company: Pucará Cine/Ecce Films/
Desvia Produções/Viking Film/Sutor Kolonko/ doom through a carefully constructed,
Bord Cadre films almost hypnotic narrative. Benjamín Naishtat was born in
Producer: Barbara Sarasola-Day, Emmanuel Chaumet, Claudio is a middle-aged, happily married Buenos Aires. He studied at the
Federico Eibuszyc, Rachel Daisy Ellis, Marleen Slot, Universidad del Cine, Buenos Aires,
Ingmar Trost, Dan Wechsler, Jamal Zeinal Zade lawyer with a comfortable life in a decep- and was recently a fellow at Harvard’s
Screenplay: Benjamin Naishtat tively placid small town. One night he enters Radcliffe Institute for Advanced
Cinematographer: Pedro Sotero a restaurant where he is verbally attacked by Study. He made his directorial debut
Editor: Andrés Quaranta
Production Designer: Julieta Dolinsky a mysterious stranger, their altercation con- with the short film El juego (10), fol-
lowed by Historia del mal (11). His
Sound: Fernando Ribero, Simon Apostolou, tinuing on the street outside. A few months feature films as writer-director are
Pedro Sá Earp later a friend comes to see Claudio about History of Fear (14), The Movement
Music: Vincent van Warmerdam
Principal Cast: Dario Grandinetti, Andrea Frigerio, an abandoned house that he is interested (15), and Rojo (18).
Alfredo Castro, Diego Cremonesi in buying. These two separate scenes are
Production: Pucará Cine the foundations of Naishtat’s spellbinding,
Gurruchaga 447, 5C slow-burn suspense drama.
Buenos Aires C1414DHI Argentina With the arrival of a Chilean private
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detective who is intent on locating the
CONTACT INFORMATION abusive stranger, the film draws us into a
International Sales Agent: Luxbox scenario where nothing is as it seems and
(see page 359)
startling secrets are revealed.

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Mademoiselle de
French writer-director-actor Emmanuel Everything in this film is in its tidy place,
Joncquières Mouret’s elegant film of courtly manners except the emotions that threaten to disrupt
plays like an even more wicked variation on the regulated order of society. Mouret does
Emmanuel Mouret Dangerous Liaisons. a superb job of setting up his film, and then
FRANCE, 2018 Beautifully shot, brilliantly written, and gently draws blood with a series of deft jabs,
French
WORLD PREMIERE exquisitely acted, it delivers delightfully its precisely delivered.
110 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) witty insights into male and female folly as
Production Company: Moby Dick Films if engaged in an afternoon session of deco- Emmanuel Mouret was born in
Producer: Frédéric Niedermayer rous fencing. Thrusts are made and parried, Marseille. His feature films as
writer-director include Un baiser
Screenplay: Emmanuel Mouret while the technique of the participants s’il vous plais (07), Fais-moi plaisir!
Cinematographer: Laurent Desmet
Editor: Martial Salomon is admirable; their footwork is nimble (09), The Art of Love (11) and Caprice
Production Designer: David Faivre and their ripostes artful. (15), in which he also starred; and
Sound: Maxime Gavaudan, François Mereux, Shot in the French countryside, where Another Life (13). Mademoiselle de
Melissa Petitjean Joncquières (18) is his latest film.
Principal Cast: Cécile de France, Edouard Baer, the aristocracy lives and plays in manicured
Alice Isaaz, Laure Calamy, Natalia Dontcheva mansions, Mademoiselle de Joncquières
Production: Moby Dick Films strips away the layers of artifice beneath the
2 bis, rue de Paradis play of manners to tell an age-old story about
Paris 75010 France a libertine pursuing a beautiful woman
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of virtue.
CONTACT INFORMATION Madame de La Pommeraye (Cécile de
International Sales Agent: Indie Sales France) has retired into virtual seclusion
(see page 359)
following the death of her husband, only
to find herself being wooed by the dashing
Marquis des Arcis (Edouard Baer). Events
develop in the most surprising ways, and
Madame seizes an opportunity provided by
a new acquaintance (Alice Isaaz), the young
mademoiselle of the title.

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Las niñas bien
This elegant film from Alejandra Márquez Márquez Abella captures all of the inter-
The Good Girls Abella shines a crystalline light on the mores play with complete assurance. Her film
of Mexico’s upper middle class during the is perfectly cast, beautifully framed, and
Alejandra Márquez Abella country’s debt crisis of 1982. As her camera carefully observed — décor, clothes, setting.
MEXICO, 2018 glides through the monied world of the wives Nothing is out of place in this insightful,
Spanish
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and fiancées of the well-to-do, she captures, quasi-tragic look at a time that has many
93 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) with rigour, humour, and irony the details, parallels in the present.
Production Company: Woo Films
subtle glances and muted conversations
Producer: Rodrigo S. González, Gabriela Maire that determine the pecking order within the Alejandra Márquez Abella was born
Screenplay: Alejandra Márquez Abella wealthy circles. in San Luis Potosí, Mexico, and raised
Cinematographer: Dariela Ludlow in Mexico City. She studied film at the
Editor: Miguel Schverdfinger
Sofia (Ilse Salas) and Fernando (Flavio Centre d’Estudis Cinematographics
Production Designer: Claudio Ramirez Castelli Medina) have it all — money, status, beauti- de Catalunya in Barcelona. Her films
Sound: Alejandro De Icaza, Anuar Yahya ful houses, servants. Fernando has inherited include the shorts 5 Memories (09)
Music: Tomás Barreiro
Principal Cast: Ilse Salas, Cassandra Ciangherotti,
all his wealth, acquired by his father with the and Perra (12), and the documentary
feature Mal de tierra (11). Her debut
Paulina Gaitán, Flavio Medina help of his uncle Javier. At dinner one night, fiction feature, Semana Santa (15),
Production: Woo Films
Javier announces he is stepping aside. There made its world premiere at the
Puebla 114 – Roma Norte are a few dark clouds on the horizon: their Festival. The Good Girls (18) is her
Ciudad de México 06700 Mexico American business associates have backed latest film.
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out of a deal, and the President of Mexico has
CONTACT INFORMATION just appeared on television with ominous
International Sales Agent: Cinépolis Distribución news about the economy.
(see page 359)
Initially, their world remains untroubled.
Sofia watches with slight hauteur as two
new arrivistes, a young woman and her
rather gauche husband, try to enter her
social circle. But gradually cracks appear
in Sofia and Fernando’s manicured lives, as
the social and economic order starts to shift
around them.

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Destroyer
From Dirty Harry, to J.J. Gittes, to John Kirkwood’s arresting photography, she
Karyn Kusama McClane, to Jimmy McNulty, cowboy cops guides us through streets and neighbour-
USA, 2018 have been enjoyed and cheered on through- hoods that feel as authentic as the complex,
English out the history of film. Nicole Kidman (also non-traditional characters that inhabit them
appearing at the Festival in Boy Erased) as (brilliantly portrayed by Tatiana Maslany,
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123 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) Erin Bell can be added to that list; her physi- Sebastian Stan, and Bradley Whitford,
cal transformation here and is extraordinary. among others).
Production Company: Automatik/30WEST
Executive Producer: Micah Green, Daniel Steinman, Director Karyn Kusama breaks cinematic Penned by screenwriting duo Phil Hay
Dan Friedkin, Nathan Kelly, Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, ground in Destroyer with a detective every and Matt Manfredi, Destroyer, like its cen-
Thorsten Schumacher, Nik Bower bit as badass, brooding, and brash as her tral character, is at once tender and violent.
Producer: Fred Berger, Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi
Screenplay: Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi male counterparts. And Kusama may be considered as renegade
Cinematographer: Julie Kirkwood We first meet Bell as she arrives at a mur- as her anti-hero, changing the landscape of
Editor: Plummy Tucker der scene, the type of place you sense she’s cinema with the audacious choices she’s
Production Designer: Kay Lee
Music: Teddy Shapiro been many times before. She’s beaten down made as a filmmaker. It’s time to stop con-
Principal Cast: Nicole Kidman, Toby Kebbell, by the job — rough around the edges would sidering her bold; she’s just awesome.
Tatiana Maslany, Bradley Whitford, Sebastian Stan be an understatement. This current case
Production: Automatik recalls a previous one, and a previous life too Karyn Kusama was born in Brooklyn
7122 Beverly Blvd, Suite F painful to remember. In an attempt to thwart and studied at NYU. Her films include
Los Angeles, CA 90036 USA Æon Flux (05), The Invitation (15),
office@automatikent.com violent bank robberies, Erin and her then and the Festival selections Girlfight
partner, Chris, spent months undercover (00) and Jennifer’s Body (09).
CONTACT INFORMATION with a young gang of criminals, reminiscent Destroyer (18) is her most recent work.
Canadian Distributor: Elevation Pictures
US Distributor: Annapurna Pictures of Bigelow’s Bodhi and his band of surfers.
International Sales Agent: Rocket Science Though still haunted — her daughter would
(see page 359) say numbed — by her past, reconnecting
with it is the only way for Bell to right old
wrongs and find a way forward… or at least
a way out.
Kusama sets her contemporary and gritty
noir in a verité Los Angeles. Aided by Julie

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Her Smell
All hail the tale of Becky Something, the For Moss, this is a career defining per-
Alex Ross Perry brilliant and brash frontwoman for the ’90s formance that emanates pathos and sweat.
USA, 2018 rock band Something She. Becky is foul- She is supported by a slew of perfectly cast
English mouthed, nihilistic, and incredibly talented. recognizable faces including Amber Heard,
WORLD PREMIERE Mother of one, bandmate to two, and friend Cara Delevingne, Virginia Madsen, Dan
135 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
to none, Becky is at the height of her career Stevens, Ashley Benson, and Eric Stoltz. The
Production Company: Bow and Arrow Entertainment/ and the top of the party game — with only film is punk rock in every sense of the term,
Faliro House Productions
Executive Producer: Christos Konstantakopoulos one direction to go. and reminds us of the humanity behind the
Producer: Matthew Perniciaro, Michael Sherman, Filmmaker Alex Ross Perry, best known fuckup in everyone.
Adam Piotrowicz, Elisabeth Moss, Alex Ross Perry for his literary-inspired works like Listen
Screenplay: Alex Ross Perry
Cinematographer: Sean Price Williams Up Philip and Golden Exits, changes modes Alex Ross Perry is an American
Editor: Robert Greene here, giving us a ride on Becky’s freight writer and director, born in Bryn
Mawr, Pennsylvania. He studied film
Production Designer: Fletcher Chancey train to self-destruction. Drawing from at NYU. His feature directorial efforts
Sound: Patrick Southern
Music: Keegan DeWitt, Anika Pyle, Anika Pyle, examples of experiential filmmaking by the include The Color Wheel (11), Listen
Alicia Bognanno, Alicia Bognanno likes of John Cassavetes and Paul Thomas Up Philip (14), Queen of Earth (15),
Principal Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Cara Delevingne, Anderson, Perry whips his characters and and Golden Exits (17). Her Smell (18)
Dan Stevens, Amber Heard, Agyness Deyn, is his latest work.
Gayle Rankin, Ashley Benson, Eric Stoltz, Dylan Gelula sequences into a frenzy of substance abuse
and personal combustion as we follow the
Production: Bow and Arrow Entertainment
368 N. La Cienega Boulevard starlet through backstage antics and hostile
Los Angeles, California 90048 USA recording sessions. He keeps the audience
contact@bowandarrow.la on their toes as lengthy tracking turns into
CONTACT INFORMATION uniquely telling angles (courtesy of 35mm
International Sales Agent: Voltage Pictures cinematography from DOP Sean Price
US Sales Agent: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment Williams) and his sudden shifts in tone hit
(see page 359)
us with waves of emotion.
The already accolade-showered Elisabeth
Moss is a tour de force as Becky, the eye of
this hurricane, tearing everything she cares
about apart until all that is left is to rebuild.

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Der Unschuldige
The Innocent tells a strange and unusual Simon Jaquemet was born and
The Innocent story. This imaginative, eerie work from raised near Basel, Switzerland, and
studied film directing at the Zurich
Swiss director Simon Jaquemet follows
Simon Jaquemet a middle-aged lab worker dealing with a
University of the Arts. His films
include the shorts Block (07) and
SWITZERLAND/GERMANY, 2018 troubled part of her past that re-enters and Laura’s Party (10), and the feature
Swiss German disrupts her life with unparalleled force. War (15). The Innocent (18) is his
WORLD PREMIERE latest work.
114 minutes | Colour/DCP 4K (D-Cinema) This premise is spun out into a compelling
tale of faith and belief, of religion and spiri-
Production Company: 8horses/
augenschein Filmproduktion tuality, and of science and the unknowable.
Producer: Tolga Dilsiz, Aurelius Eisenreich Ruth is devoted to her work conducting
Screenplay: Simon Jaquemet clinical trials for spinal-cord research, and
Cinematographer: Gabriel Sandru
Editor: Christof Schertenleib to the monkeys her lab uses for experiments.
Production Designer: Michael Baumgartner With the reappearance of a former lover,
Sound: Robert Keilbar who was imprisoned for murdering his aunt
Principal Cast: Judith Hofmann, Naomi Scheiber,
Christian Kaiser, Anna Tenta, Urs-Peter Wolters decades earlier, the ground starts to shift
under Ruth’s feet. As she enters an increas-
Production: 8horses
Giesshübelstr. 62i ingly dark and troubled world, Jaquemet
Zurich CH-8045 Switzerland casts a mesmerizing web of uncertainty
info@8horses.ch around his narrative. Ruth’s husband and
CONTACT INFORMATION daughter turn to religion for help against
International Sales Agent: Kinology the forces that threaten to unravel their
(see page 359) lives. Where The Innocent takes us next is
gripping as well as intellectually satisfying.
Unearthly? Mystical? Transcendental?
Suffice it to say that this film is singular and
magical. The Innocent defies easy descrip-
tion, and to give away more would be to spoil
its pleasures.

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Ozen
This distinctive film from emerging Kazakh the rural values embodied by the patriarch
The River director Emir Baigazin immerses us imme- are suddenly set to collide with the 21st
diately in another world. Set on a parched century.
Emir Baigazin landscape, The River follows a family of five The beauty of The River lies in Baigazin’s
KAZAKHSTAN/POLAND/NORWAY, 2018 young sons, their mother, and their strict rigorous style. Its precision is evident in every
Kazakh, Russian
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father who is intent on instilling a sense of moment, creating a vivid and rare experience
108 minutes | Colour discipline and moral rectitude in his charges. for the viewer. We watch and listen, with a
Production Company: Emir Baigazin Production/
A nearby river, previously kept secret from heightened sense of awareness, people and
Norsk Filmproduksjon AS/Madants the boys, is revealed to them when they nature —and what the sudden introduction
Executive Producer: Hilde Berg, Aigerim Satybaldiyeva stumble past it one day. It soon provides a of technology might mean for both.
Producer: Emir Baigazin, Klaudia Smieja,
Beata Rzezniczek
getaway where they can swim and frolic — PIERS HANDLING
Screenplay: Emir Baigazin and be regular kids — away from the piercing
Cinematographer: Emir Baigazin gaze of their father. Emir Baigazin was born in the
Editor: Emir Baigazin
Production Designer: Sergey Kopylov
Baigazin’s film is one of acute observa- province of Aktobe, Kazakhstan. He
studied at the T. Akhtanov Aktobe
Sound: Daut Zhantasov tion, where even sound becomes a tactile Drama Theatre and the Kazakh
Music: Justyna Banaszczyk presence. As the boys play in the courtyard National Academy of Arts, special-
Principal Cast: Zhalgas Klanov, Eric Tazabekov,
Zhasulan Userbayev, Ruslan Userbayev,
of their modest house, do chores — or fail izing in film direction and cinema. His
Sultanali Zhaksybek, Bagdaulet Sagindikov to, as their father points out severely — the films as director include the shorts
Steppe (07) and Virgins (07), and the
Production: Emir Baigazin Production
director charts the pastoral daily rhythms features Harmony Lessons (13) and
176 al Farabi Ave. of a family isolated from the modern world. The Wounded Angel (16). The River
Almaty 050023 Kazakhstan The boys talk of rebellion, of killing (18) is his latest film.
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their father, but their simmering anger is
CONTACT INFORMATION assuaged by the river. And then, suddenly,
International Sales Agent: Films Boutique another discovery: into their remote corner
(see page 359)
of the world arrives a long-haired boy in
city clothes, riding a hoverboard, carrying
an iPad, and asking if their family owns a
TV. This disruption upends everything, as

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Xing Fu Cheng Shi
From the striking opening image of a man cinematic language as a tool to discuss the
Cities of Last Things hurling himself to his death off a multi-storey root of our collective sadness, which is per-
apartment building, Ho Wi Ding’s Cities of haps the very thing that makes us human.
Ho Wi Ding Last Things announces itself as a freefall —
TAIWAN/CHINA/USA/FRANCE, 2018 a spiral through the events that led to this Ho Wi Ding was born in Malaysia and
Mandarin, English
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horrible tragedy. studied film at NYU’s Tisch School
of the Arts. His feature films include
107 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) The story follows Lao Zhang, a depressed, Pinoy Sunday (09), The Biggest
Production Company: Changhe Films/Ivanhoe Pictures/
ex–police officer wandering the lonely Toad in the Puddle (14), Our Sister
Hymn Pictures Co., Ltd/MM2 Entertainment Sdn Bhd/ streets of Taipei at night, pining for a lost Mambo (15), and Beautiful Accident
Kaohsiung Film Fund/Rumble Fish love and fighting with his unfaithful wife (17). Cities of Last Things (18) is his
Executive Producer: Aaron Liu, Melvin Ang, Chen Qi Yuan, most recent film.
John Penotti, Michael Hogan
about their long-soured relationship. But
Producer: Ho Wi Ding, Hu Chih-Hsin, Ronan Wong, tonight Lao Zhang intends to finally act,
Winnie Lau, Alexis Perrin, Chen Shih-Yong with a calculated fury, in the hope of killing
Screenplay: Ho Wi Ding
Cinematographer: Jean Louis Vialard
the deep-seated pain that is tearing him
Editor: Ho Wi Ding, Lee Huey apart. As we track backwards through time,
Production Designer: Liao Yen-Chou, Maskun we begin to see the world open up around
Sound: Tu Duu-Chih, Chiang Lien-Chen
Music: Robin Coudert, ROB
him, revealing his relationships with the
Principal Cast: Jack Kao, Li Hong-Chi, Louise Grinberg, women who were pivotal to the person he
Ding Ning, Stone, Lu Huang, Liu Rui-Chi, Hsin Yin, has become.
Liu-Juei-Chi, Shin Yin
Spanning generations, Cities of Last
Production: Changhe Films Things builds a seering, non-preachy por-
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Sec. 2 Zhongshan North Road
trait of societal and political change through
Taipei City, Zhongshan District 10491 Taiwan the lens of an emotional drama. Reminiscent
changhe.film@gmail.com of the early work of Wong Kar-wai, it finds
its heartbeat in the pulse-pounding rhythm
of the underbelly of the city.
Through his seamless blending of
genres, from sci-fi to noir to romance, the
Malaysian-born Ho commandingly employs

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Out of Blue
In its first scenes, Out of Blue appears to Basing her script on Martin Amis’s 1997
Carol Morley be a standard police procedural. But as it novel Night Train, Morley delivers a brainy
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 proceeds, it becomes increasingly clear and emotionally satisfying crime story
English that Carol Morley’s film is something driven by an unorthodox character whose
WORLD PREMIERE more: a highly intelligent, indeed meta- investigations mirror those of great phi-
110 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
physical, exploration of existence. Led by losophers. And behind the puzzle presented
Production Company: Independent /Cannon and Morley Patricia Clarkson in an understated but by the murder is the puzzle that is human
Productions Ltd/BFI Film Fund/BBC Films/Ellenglaze
Films Limited tour-de-force performance as an uncon- nature itself.
Executive Producer: Ben Roberts, Rose Garnett, ventional homicide investigator, the film
Joe Oppenheimer, Philip Herd, Andrew Orr, Cora Palfrey, draws us into its strange world through the Carol Morley was born in Stockport,
Chris Reed, Carol Morley, John Jencks, Jay Taylor,
Meroë Candy, Norman Merry, Peter Hampden musings of its central character. Greater Manchester. A former musi-
cian, she studied fine art film and
Producer: Luc Roeg, Cairo Cannon, Maggie Monteith Detective Mike Hoolihan (Clarkson) is video at Central Saint Martins in
Screenplay: Carol Morley called in to investigate the murder of a London, and made numerous 16mm
Cinematographer: Conrad W. Hall
Editor: Alex Mackie young professor who, the night before her and 35mm short films prior to her
Production Designer: Janey Levick death, gave a lecture on the mysteries of the feature debut, Edge (10). Her other
features as writer-director include
Sound: Tim Hands universe. When the cool-headed Hoolihan the docudrama Dreams of a Life (11),
Music: Clint Mansell
Principal Cast: Patricia Clarkson, Jacki Weaver, digs into the case, she must contend with The Falling (14), and Out of Blue (18).
James Caan, Toby Jones, Mamie Gummer, Devyn Tyler, the victim’s dubious ex-boyfriend and a
Yolonda Ross, Aaron Tveit, Jonathan Majors family with its own murky past. The more
Production: Independent the detective begins to pull apart the various
7a Pindock Mews strands of the case, the more her own vulner-
London, W9 2PY United Kingdom
info@independentfilmcompany.com abilities and imperfections are revealed. As
our mesmerizing protagonist gets closer to
CONTACT INFORMATION the truth behind the murder, she also begins
International Sales Agent: Independent
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) to discover a larger truth — but she worries
(see page 359) that the fully realized answer may elude her.

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Jessica Forever
This visually arresting and inventive narri- Caroline Poggi was born in Ajaccio,
Caroline Poggi, tive work, co-directed by Caroline Poggi and Corsica. She studied at the Sorbonne
in Paris and the University of Corsica.
Jonathan Vinel Jonathan Vinel, is an at-times bizarre film Her films include the shorts As Long
that is utterly fearless in the risks it takes. as Shotguns Remain (14), Our Legacy
FRANCE, 2018
English, French A science-fiction genre film in its premise (16), and After School Knife Fight (17),
WORLD PREMIERE rather than for the few special effects it all co-written and co-directed with
Jonathan Vinel. Jessica Forever (18)
97 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) deploys — though they are effective when is her feature directorial debut.
Production Company: Ecce Films/Arte France Cinema they do arrive — Jessica Forever revolves
Executive Producer: Mathilde Delaunay around a charismatic woman who looks Jonathan Vinel was born in Toulouse.
Producer: Emmanuel Chaumet
Screenplay: Caroline Poggi, Jonathan Vinel after an extended, provisional family of He studied editing at La Fémis, Paris.
His films include the shorts As Long
Cinematographer: Marine Altan misfits in a dystopia where orphans roam as Shotguns Remain (14), Our Legacy
Editor: Vincent Tricon the world looting and creating mayhem. (16), and After School Knife Fight (17),
Production Designer: Margaux Remaury
Sound: Lucas Doméjean, Olivier Voisin, Victor Praud In this frenetic future world, the orphans all co-written and co-directed with
Music: Ulysse Klotz kill not only for food but for pleasure. Jessica Caroline Poggi. Jessica Forever (18) is
his feature directorial debut.
Principal Cast: Aomi Muyock, Sebastian Urzendowsky, (Aomi Muyock) is a leader and a makeshift
Lucas Ionesco, Paul Hamy
mother dedicated to saving the beat-up
Production: Ecce Films marauders that she and her sort-of SWAT
47 rue Polonceau
Paris 75018 France team find. An almost angelic force, Jessica
contact@eccefilms.fr heals and renews them, then leads them out
on a mission to save more of their kind, even
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International Sales Agent: MK2 Films though they are free to leave.
(see page 359) This outlandish premise is matched by an
eccentric visual design. Drone strikes, para-
chute drops, midnight swims during which
dead relatives are encountered — these
images all provide a sense of the wild ride
that is Jessica Forever. This film is a brainy
contribution to 21st-century sci-fi, with an
expressly feminist spin.

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Iconic Canadian filmmaker Patricia Rozema striking physicality and stirring a cappella
Patricia Rozema returns to the Festival with a potent explo- harmonies create a compelling portrayal of
CANADA, 2018 ration of how women across generations the tension between regression and progress
English contend with their own socialization. that is often found within women.
WORLD PREMIERE Rozema knots together the thematic threads DANIS GOULET
91 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
of her past work — feminist consciousness,
Production Company: First Generation Films/ the struggle for self-expression — into one Patricia Rozema was born in
Crucial Things/ Mouthpiece (FGM) Films Inc.
Executive Producer: Alex Brisbourne, of her most vibrant films to date. Kingston, Ontario. Her first feature
film, I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing
Angela Brisbourne, Martha McCain, Martha Ramsay, In the aftermath of her mother’s sudden (87), won the Prix de la Jeunesse at
Kathleen Ramsay, Maria Martin Stanley death, aspiring writer Cassandra struggles to Cannes. Her other features include
Producer: Patricia Rozema, Jennifer Shin,
Christina Piovesan compose a eulogy. She self-identifies as the When the Night is Falling (95) and
Screenplay: Patricia Rozema, Norah Sadava, black sheep of the family, standing in brazen Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (08),
and the Festival selections Mansfield
Amy Nostbakken opposition to her mother’s embodiment of Park (99) and Into the Forest (15).
Cinematographer: Catherine Lutes
Editor: Lara Johnston feminine grace. In Cassandra’s eyes, to be a MOUTHPIECE (18) is her latest film.
Production Designer: Zazu Myers “nurturing mother” and a “classy woman” is
Sound: Neil McIntyre to be a vessel for self-sacrifice and she roils
Music: Amy Nostbakken
Principal Cast: Norah Sadava, Amy Nostbakken, over her mother’s failed career and incessant
Maev Beaty need for approval from others. Cassandra is
Production: Mouthpiece (FGM) Films Inc. only able to connect with her mother when
98 Avenue Road, Ste. 201 she realizes that her own rebelliousness is
Toronto, Ontario M5R 2H3 Canada as much a response to the male gaze as her
CONTACT INFORMATION mother’s conformity.
International Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) In this adaptation of the play of the
(see page 359) same name, the conflicting dialogue in
Cassandra’s head is brilliantly expressed by
two performers: its original creators Amy
Nostbakken and Norah Sadava.
The various Cassandras are sometimes
at odds and sometimes in unison. Their

special presentation 107


The Death and Life of
The English-language debut of Quebec’s The Death and Life of John F. Donovan
John F. Donovan prolific Xavier Dolan (Mommy, TIFF ’14) is condemns the hypocrisy and homophobia
a marvel. Set in three countries and featur- that thwarted John’s too-short life, and it
Xavier Dolan ing a stunning ensemble cast that includes does so while shifting fluidly between flash-
CANADA, 2018 Academy Award winners Susan Sarandon back and postmortem. The story, the themes,
English
WORLD PREMIERE and Natalie Portman, and Game of Thrones and the style are all vintage Dolan.
127 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) star Kit Harington, The Death and Life of CAMERON BAILEY
Production Company: Lyla Films/Sons Of Manual/ John F. Donovan explores the task of being
Warp Films true to oneself in a world mired in illusion. Xavier Dolan was born in Montreal
Executive Producer: Joe Iacono, Patrick Roy, Anick Poirier, John F. Donovan (Harington), heartthrob and began acting at the age of four.
Nathanaël Karmitz, Elisha Karmitz His directorial debut, J’ai tué ma mere
Producer: Lyse Lafontaine, Nancy Grant, Xavier Dolan, star of film and TV, died alone and unexpect- (09), won the Art Cinema Award and
Michel Merkt edly following a series of scandals. One fan the Prix Regards Jeunes and SACD
Screenplay: Xavier Dolan, Jacob Tierney in particular, 11-year-old Rupert Turner prizes at Cannes. His subsequent
Cinematographer: André Turpin
Editor: Xavier Dolan, Mathieu Denis (Room’s Jacob Tremblay), has some singular films Les amour imaginaires (10)
and Laurence Anyways (12) earned
Production Designer: Colombe Raby, Anne Pritchard insight into John’s soul. For five years John the Cannes Prix Regards Jeunes
Sound: Sylvain Brassard and Rupert were secret pen pals. and Queer Palm, respectively. The
Music: Gabriel Yared
Principal Cast: Kit Harington, Jacob Tremblay, Fast-forward to the present. Rupert (Ben FIPRESCI Prize–winning Tom at the
Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Thandie Newton, Schnetzer, also at TIFF this year in The Farm (13) screened at the Festival,
as did Mommy (14) and the Cannes
Kathy Bates, Ben Schnetzer, Sarah Gadon, Grizzlies), now a successful actor in his Jury Prize winner It’s Only the End of
Emily Hampshire, Jared Keeso
own right, has written a memoir about his the World (16). The Death and Life of
Production: Lyla Films correspondence with John. In an interview John F. Donovan (18) is his latest film.
600, rue Sherbrooke Est, bur. 201
Montréal, Québec H2L 1K1 Canada with reporter Audrey Newhouse (Thandie
info@lylafilms.com Newton), Rupert will reveal all he knows
about John’s troubled life, what compro-
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: Entertainment One mises John made for fame — and how
International Sales Agent: Seville International John’s tenderness and generosity inspired
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) that little boy who was desperate to connect
(see page 359)
with the man he idolized.

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If Beale Street
From the director of the Oscar-winning If Beale Street Could Talk is without doubt
Could Talk Moonlight comes a plunge into a world of a romance but it’s stronger than that because
Black love, with all the pain and the joy that it refuses to indulge fantasy. Infused with
Barry Jenkins can go along with it. In his third feature, Moonlight’s deep lyricism and Medicine
USA, 2018 Barry Jenkins draws deep from the well of for Melancholy’s flirtatious spark, Barry
English
WORLD PREMIERE James Baldwin, whose profound insight Jenkins’s latest shows him to be our most
117 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) into African Americans’ unique place in clear-eyed chronicler of love.
Production Company: Annapurna Pictures/Plan B American society serves as inspiration for CAMERON BAILEY
Entertainment/PASTEL this gorgeous tone poem on love and justice.
Executive Producer: Brad Pitt, Sarah Esberg, Tish (KiKi Layne) is only 19 but she’s been Barry Jenkins was born in Miami and
Chelsea Barnard, Jillian Longnecker, Mark Ceryak,
Caroline Jaczko forced to grow up fast. She’s pregnant by studied at Florida State University.
His debut feature Medicine for
Producer: Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Barry Jenkins, Fonny, the man she loves. But Fonny is going Melancholy (08) and his Academy
Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Megan Ellison to prison for a crime he didn’t commit. As the Award–winning second feature,
Screenplay: Barry Jenkins
Cinematographer: James Laxton film begins, Tish must break the news to her Moonlight (16), both screened at
Editor: Joi McMillon, Nat Sanders family, and his. Tish’s mother, played with the Festival. If Beale Street Could Talk
(18) is his latest film.
Production Designer: Mark Friedberg heartbreaking depth by Regina King, soon
Sound: Timothy R. Boyce Jr.
Music: Nicholas Britell must decide how far she will go to secure
Principal Cast: KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Colman her daughter’s future. As Fonny, Toronto’s
Domingo, Teyonah Parris, Michael Beach, Aunjanue Ellis, own Stephan James gives a career-best
Dave Franco, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, Emily Rios,
Ed Skrein, Finn Wittrock, Bryan Tyree Henry, Regina King performance of both grit and grace as a
young man deeply in love but furious at what
Production: Annapurna Pictures
812 N. Robertson Blvd. has befallen him.
West Hollywood, CA 90069 USA Jenkins reveals the layers of conflict-
chelseab@annapurnapics.com ing motivations in a filmmaking style that
CONTACT INFORMATION approaches music — dipping into Baldwin’s
Canadian Distributor: Entertainment One elevated language and following his char-
US Distributor: Annapurna Pictures acters with unabashed devotion, fully
International Sales Agent: Annapurna International
(see page 359) capturing the texture of ’70s New York.

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Red Joan
The realm of spies seems exotic, danger- British intelligence project of great interest
Trevor Nunn ous, and riddled with ethical compromise. to Leo. Joan is soon facing several difficult
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 But espionage can enter a person’s life choices: between national loyalties, between
English through various means, such as accident, belief systems, between men. Somewhere in
WORLD PREMIERE ideology, or love. all this, she will also discover her tremen-
110 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Loosely inspired by the biography of dous potential.
Production Company: Trademark Films British KGB agent Melita Norwood, Red Lindsay Shapero’s crisply structured
Executive Producer: Ivan Mactaggart, Tim Haslam,
Hugo Grumbar, Zygi Kamasa, James Atherton, Jan Pace, Joan lures us into one such case. Helmed by script darts between the elder Joan’s inter-
Kelly E. Ashton, Karl Sydow Sir Trevor Nunn (Twelfth Night or What You rogations and the younger Joan’s life of
Producer: David Parfitt Will) and starring Academy Award winner secrets and jagged alliances. She’s never
Screenplay: Lindsay Shapero
Cinematographer: Zac Nicholson Judi Dench, this historical thriller reminds certain whom to trust — and we might not be
Editor: Kristina Hetherington us that spies aren’t always shadowy, nefari- certain if we can trust her. But Joan’s fasci-
Production Designer: Cristina Casali ous figures. Sometimes, they are the old nating story validates Jean Renoir’s timeless
Sound: Will Whale
Music: George Fenton lady next door. adage: “Everyone has their reasons.”
Principal Cast: Judi Dench, Sophie Cookson, The year is 2000. Joan Stanley (Dench) MICHÈLE MAHEUX
Stephen Campbell Moore, Tom Hughes is a retired scientist living in a London
Production: Trademark Films suburb when she is arrested for crimes Trevor Nunn was born in Ipswich,
14A Goodwin’s Court committed many years ago. We flash back England. He is a renowned theatre
London WC2N 4LL United Kingdom director and former artistic director
david@trademarkfilms.co.uk to 1938, and young Joan (Sophie Cookson) is of the Royal Shakespeare Company.
a new student at Cambridge, where a chance His directorial credits include Hedda
CONTACT INFORMATION encounter with Sonya (Tereza Srbova), an (75), Lady Jane (86), and Twelfth
International Sales Agent: Embankment Films
US Sales Agent: Embankment Films alluring fellow student, draws her into a Night or What You Will (96), which
played the Festival. Red Joan (18) is
(see page 359) circle of politicized youths supporting the his latest film.
Republicans in Spain and the Soviet dream
of a classless society. Joan falls for Sonya’s
brother Leo (Tom Hughes), a dashing ideal-
ist in search of adventure. When the Second
World War begins, Joan goes to work for Max
(Stephen Campbell Moore) at a top-secret

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Ben is Back
When Ben Burns (Lucas Hedges, also at this in crisis. Featuring incredible performances
Peter Hedges year’s Festival in Mid90s and Boy Erased) from Roberts, Hedges, and a supporting cast
USA, 2018 unexpectedly returns home from rehab on that includes Kathryn Newton and Courtney
English Christmas Eve, his mother, Holly (Academy B. Vance, and directed with a sense of ur-
WORLD PREMIERE Award winner Julia Roberts, also at the gency that befits the subject, this affecting
103 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Festival in Homecoming), welcomes him and intimate family drama isn’t just about
Production Company: Black Bear Pictures/ with open arms. His teenage sister, Ivy, and the opiate crisis. Ben is Back, more than
Color Force/30WEST stepfather, Neal, are more skeptical. anything, is a film about people, and their
Executive Producer: Daniel Steinman, Micah Green,
Dan Friedkin, Ben Stillman, Michael Heimler, Jane Evans, Holly moves to hide everything in her power to love.
Mickey Liddell, Pete Shilaimon medicine cabinet and institutes an eye- KERRI CRADDOCK
Producer: Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, always-on-Ben rule. He can’t even go to the
Teddy Schwarzman, Peter Hedges
Screenplay: Peter Hedges bathroom without an open door. Peter Hedges was born in Des Moines,
Cinematographer: Stuart Dryburgh Though the family are encouraged by Iowa. He studied acting at the North
Carolina School of the Arts before
Editor: Ian Blume Ben’s sobriety, they’re also incredibly appre- turning his attention to filmmaking.
Production Designer: Ford Wheeler
Sound: Roberto Fernandez, Kevin Peters, Marlena hensive, waiting for him to fall back into old His directorial feature debut, Pieces
Grzaslewicz, Damian Volpe, Jan McLaughlin, Gina Alfano, habits at any minute. Ben does his best to of April (03), screened at the Festival.
Glenfield Payne, Filipe Messeder settle back into family life, playing with his His other films include Dan in Real
Music: Dickon Hinchliffe Life (07), The Odd Life of Timothy
Principal Cast: Julia Roberts, Lucas Hedges, younger half-brother and half-sister, and his Green (12), and Ben is Back (18).
Courtney B. Vance, Kathryn Newton beloved dog. But home is not just a place of
Production: Black Bear Pictures happy Christmas memories, it also serves
1739 Berkeley Street as a constant reminder of the tidal wave of
Santa Monica, California 90404 USA damage and pain caused by his disease. Ben
info@blackbearpictures.com
is unsure if he’ll be able to return to happier
CONTACT INFORMATION times, but Holly will stop at nothing to get
Canadian Distributor: Elevation Pictures them back.
US Distributor: Roadside Attractions, LD Entertainment
International Sales Agent: Sierra/Affinity With an intelligent and concise script
(see page 359) that takes place over a 24-hour period,
writer-director Peter Hedges looks at a fam-
ily, a community, and, ultimately, a country

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A Million Little Pieces
Based on James Frey’s controversial 2003 tale of youthful tumult grounded — how-
Sam Taylor-Johnson bestseller, and ingeniously co-scripted by ever loosely — in fact. Shifting seamlessly
USA, 2018 director Sam Taylor-Johnson and actor from typical Hollywood fare to this more
English Aaron Taylor-Johnson (TIFF ’16’s Nocturnal personal, at times hallucinatory tale, Sam
WORLD PREMIERE Animals), this chronicle of recovery is a roll- Taylor-Johnson punctuates James’s journey
113 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
ercoaster ride through the deepest, darkest with wildly cinematic sequences: food that
Production Company: Makeready/Entertainment One/ corners of one’s psyche. withers before his eyes; a maelstrom of ash;
Sierra / Affinity
Executive Producer: James Frey, Dara Weintraub, After James (Taylor-Johnson, also at visitations from past selves.
Todd Cohen, David Krintzman, Monte Lipman, the Festival in Opening Night film Outlaw Propelled by a soundtrack of songs from
Dana Sano King) wakes up on an airplane and doesn’t Smashing Pumpkins, Otis Redding, and
Producer: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson,
Brad Weston, Pamela Abdy, Andrew Rona, even know where it’s going, he’s checked into R.E.M., and an outstanding supporting
Alex Heineman a Minnesota rehabilitation clinic. Seething cast (which also includes Charlie Hunnam,
Screenplay: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Sam Taylor-Johnson with rage, cynicism, and self-loathing, Giovanni Ribisi and Oscar nominee Juliette
Cinematographer: Jeff Cronenweth
Editor: Martin Pensa James isn’t buying into the promise of Lewis), this is a harrowing, ultimately gal-
Production Designer: David Bomba 12-step, not its talk of a higher power nor vanizing story about feeling one’s sense of
Music: Atticus Ross, Leopold Ross, Claudia Sarne its assurances that it can make him stop worth shatter — before gaining the strength
Principal Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Billy Bob Thornton,
Giovanni Ribisi, Juliette Lewis, Odessa Young, seeking oblivion through booze and crack. to pick up the pieces.
Dash Mihok, Eugene Byrd, Charles Parnell, The only things that keep James going are KERRI CRADDOCK
David Dastmalchian the support of his peers — among them a
Production: Makeready former crime lord (Academy Award win- Sam Taylor-Johnson was born in
4641 Leahy Street ner Billy Bob Thornton) and a desperate London and studied at Goldsmiths,
Culver City, California 90232 USA University of London. Her directorial
pabdy@makereadyla.com former sex worker (Odessa Young) — and, credits include the short film Love You
eventually, his calling as a writer. Above all, More (08) and the features Nowhere
CONTACT INFORMATION recovery will reveal a pathway to renewal Boy (09) and Fifty Shades of Grey
Canadian Distributor: Entertainment One
International Sales Agent: Sierra / Affinity and redemption that James never could have (15). A Million Little Pieces (18) is
her latest film.
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) found alone.
(see page 359) The Taylor-Johnsons, who first worked
together on the John Lennon biopic Nowhere
Boy, have reteamed for another poignant

112 special presentation


Colette
Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette, celebrated Last at the Festival with Still Alice, writ-
Wash Westmoreland French writer and gay icon, was not your ing duo Westmoreland and the late Richard
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 average early-20th-century woman. Glatzer, here working with writer Rebecca
English And Colette is not your average period Lenkiewicz, capture Colette and her world
CANADIAN PREMIERE drama. Like the subject herself, Wash with an intelligence, passion, and wit
112 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Westmoreland’s film is energetic, fearless, worthy of the writer herself. Though the
Production Company: Killer Films/Number 9 Films and unapologetically feminist. film’s period details are exquisite, under
Executive Producer: Svetlana Metkina, Norman Merry,
Mary Burke We meet Colette (Keira Knightley) as a Westmoreland’s elegant direction they are
Producer: Elizabeth Karlsen, Stephen Woolley, teenage girl in the Burgundian countryside, background to the woman at the centre of
Pamela Koffler, Christine Vachon, Michel Litvak, infatuated with Willy (Dominic West), a this story. Colette’s battle to have her voice
Gary Michael Walters
Screenplay: Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland, charming but much older Parisian pub- heard in a patriarchal society is as relevant
Rebecca Lenkiewicz lisher. When she joins him in the city as his today as it was more than 100 years ago. She
Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens bride, Colette begins to turn heads. Ripe didn’t let them win; neither should we.
Editor: Lucia Zucchetti
Production Designer: Michael Carlin for adventure and unafraid of her desires, KERRI CRADDOCK
Sound: Csaba Major Colette challenges the social and gender
Music: Thomas Adès conventions, and sexual taboos, of Belle Wash Westmoreland was born in
Principal Cast: Keira Knightley, Dominic West,
Denise Gough, Fiona Shaw, Robert Pugh, Époque Paris. Willy is all in — at first. He Leeds. His films include the docu-
mentary Gay Republicans (04), and
Eleanor Tomlinson even encourages Colette to write as one of the feature Quinceañera (06), as well
Production: Killer Films his “factory” authors, and the fruits of her as The Fluffer (01), The Last of Robin
18 E 16th Street labour, the Claudine books, quickly become Hood (13), and Still Alice (14), which
New York 10003 USA a literary sensation. There’s only one prob- all played at the Festival. Colette (18)
info@killerfilms.com is his most recent film.
lem: though Claudine is Colette, she also
CONTACT INFORMATION belongs to Willy.
Canadian Distributor: Elevation Pictures Whether they’re having sex, arguing about
US Distributor: Bleecker Street, 30WEST
International Sales Agent: HanWay Films who they’re having sex with, or debating
(see page 359) Colette’s writing, Knightley and West’s
chemistry leaps off the screen, capturing
the attraction and the scandal at the heart
of a tumultuous relationship.

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Maya
In recent years Mia Hansen-Løve has gradu- out of the ordinary, subtly captures the idio-
Mia Hansen-Løve ally emerged at the forefront of European syncracies of her appealing protagonists,
FRANCE, 2018 cinema by making films of lyrical beauty. and spins a fine emotional web around the
English, French Her films float. Narrative exists, but mostly whole magical tale.
WORLD PREMIERE to support mood and tone, at which she is a PIERS HANDLING
107 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
master. Landscape and place function as a
Production Company: Les Films Pelléas silent character. Her new film, Maya, shot Mia Hansen-Løve was born in
Producer: Philippe Martin, David Thion
Screenplay: Mia Hansen-Løve mostly on location in India, is a beautifully Paris, where she studied at the
Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. She
Cinematographer: Hélène Louvart crafted addition to her filmography. began her career as an actor. Her
Editor: Marion Monnier Gabriel is a 30-year-old war correspon- films as director include Tout est
Sound: Vincent Vatoux
Principal Cast: Roman Kolinka, Aarshi Banerjee dent whose beat is the Middle East. Recently pardonné (07); Father of My Children
taken hostage while on the job in Syria and (09), which screened at TIFF and won
Production: Les Films Pelléas a Special Jury Prize at Cannes; and
25 rue Michel Le Compte then released, he believes he may be suffering Goodbye First Love (11), Eden (14),
Paris 75003 France from post-traumatic stress disorder. On the and Things to Come (16), which all
lesfilmspelleas@pelleas.fr advice of a psychiatrist, he travels to India played the Festival. Maya (18) is her

CONTACT INFORMATION to visit his godfather. There, he encounters latest feature.

International Sales Agent: Orange Studio Maya, his godfather’s college-aged daughter,
(see page 359) and a relationship gradually begins to stir,
despite the decade or so between them. As
Gabriel slowly adjusts to safety and society
in India, he also reintegrates into normal
life — and back into parts of his past that
resurface during his trip.
Revelling in the heat and vegetation of
the Indian countryside, Hansen-Løve oh-so
delicately fleshes out a bittersweet tale of
love and rehabilitation. She teases meaning

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Anthropocene
Anthropocene is the third collaboration otherworldly industrial wastelands as hyp-
Jennifer Baichwal, between award-winning photographer notic, colossal, lifelike machines endlessly
Nicholas de Pencier, Edward Burtynsky and acclaimed film- extract on an unfathomable scale.
makers Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Anthropocene is a mesmerizing and
Edward Burtynsky Pencier following Manufactured Landscapes disturbing rumination on what drives us
CANADA, 2018
and Watermark. In breathtaking tableaus, as a species, and a call to wake up to the
English, Russian, Mandarin, Cantonese,
Italian, German their latest documentary continues their destruction caused by our dominance.
WORLD PREMIERE exploration of industrialization and extrac- These startling dystopian visions are not
87 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
tion in astonishing scale and perspective. future projections, they reflect a reality
Production Company: Anthropocene Films Inc In recent years, some scientists have that is already here — and if we are to change
Executive Producer: Nicholas de Pencier, Edward
argued that the Holocene Epoch — the nearly course, the first step will be a revolutionary
Burtynsky, Daniel Iron, Nicholas Metivier
Producer: Nicholas de Pencier 12,000-year period since the last Ice Age — shift in consciousness.
Screenplay: Jennifer Baichwal has ended, and we have now entered into the DANIS GOULET
Cinematographer: Nicholas de Pencier
Anthropocene Epoch. The new label reflects
Editor: Roland Schlimme
Sound: Nicholas de Pencier, Dave Rose, Lou Solakofski the dominance of humans on the planet, Jennifer Baichwal was born in Montreal. Her films include
Music: Norah Lorway, Rose Bolton causing mass extinction and climate change Let It Come Down: The Life of Paul Bowles (98), and
the Festival selections Manufactured Landscapes (06),
Production: Anthropocene Films Inc and altering the Earth more than all natural Watermark (13), and Long Time Running (17). Anthropocene
58 Palmerston Gardens processes combined. (18) is her latest work.
Toronto, Ontario M6G 1V9 Canada
Spanning numerous countries, the film
info@mercuryfilms.ca
reveals in stunning images how our mania Nicholas de Pencier was born in Toronto. He is the producer
CONTACT INFORMATION for conquest defines our relationship to the of the documentaries Manufactured Landscapes (06) and
Watermark (13), the cinematographer for Al Purdy Was
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media
International Sales Agent: Seville International
Earth — and how we have created a global Here (15) and Black Code (16), and the director of Long
(see page 359) epidemic. In Kenya, mounds of elephant Time Running (17), all of which screened at the Festival.
tusks burn in a devastating display of the Anthropocene (18) is his latest feature.
impact of poaching (chillingly reminis-
cent of the bison skulls that were piled Edward Burtynsky was born in St. Catharines, Ontario. He
high in the clearing of the Canadian plains is an award-winning photographer who has exhibited with
the National Gallery of Canada, MoMA, and the Guggenheim
for settlement). In Russia and Germany, Museum. His debut film Watermark (13) premiered at the
mining operations transform terrains into Festival. Anthropocene (18) his is latest film.

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Duelles
Love thy neighbour as thyself. Belgian direc- turn. As Alice and Céline begin to question
Mothers’ Instinct tor Olivier Masset-Depasse challenges this each other’s actions and motives, palpable
commandment in his third feature, Duelles, a tension begins to poison their formerly bliss-
Olivier Masset-Depasse Hitchcockian thriller that will put you on the ful existence. Though Masset-Depasse never
BELGIUM/FRANCE, 2018 edge of your seat — and keep you reaching questions a mother’s instinct to protect her
French
WORLD PREMIERE
frequently for your martini glass. child, he does ask how far is one willing to go
97 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) Alice (Veerle Baetens) and Céline (Anne to protect someone else’s. We’re left to won-
Production Company: Versus Production/Haut et Court
Coesens) share a special bond. Each living on der how much we should trust our closest
Screenplay: Olivier Masset-Depasse, Giordano Gederlini, one side of a stately suburban semi-detached neighbours and, even more, how much we
François Verjans home, their two families almost live like one. can trust ourselves.
Cinematographer: Hichame Alouie
Editor: Damien Keyeux
Their sons, Maxime and Theo, are more like KERRI CRADDOCK
Production Designer: Anna Falguères brothers than friends. Alice and Céline share
Music: Frédéric Vercheval carpool duties and the families celebrate all Olivier Masset-Depasse is a Belgian
Principal Cast: Veerle Baetens, Anne Coesens
special occasions together. But when trag- director and screenwriter. His
feature films include Cages (06),
Production: Versus Production edy strikes, relationships are tested and Illegal (10), which was nominated
Rue De La Consolation, 72
Brussels 1030 Belgium
a crippling sense of paranoia changes the for a Best Foreign Language Oscar,
info@versusproduction.be previously quotidian interactions between and Duelles (18).
the women into a psychological duel of
CONTACT INFORMATION
International Sales Agent: IndieSales
biblical proportions.
(see page 359) Placed in a Mad Men–like 1960s milieu,
where impeccably manicured housewives
wear pencil skirts and sip cocktails, Duelles
features exquisite production design and
a luscious, ultra-saturated colour palette.
The bourgeois setting is perfect for the film’s
cautionary tale about women’s intuition and
maternal obsession.
Masset-Depasse’s confident direction and
razor-sharp script keeps us guessing at every

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ROMA
With films such as Y Tu Mamá También, Meticulously recreating the past —
Alfonso Cuarón Children of Men, and Gravity, Alfonso including the Corpus Christi massacre of
MEXICO, 2018 Cuarón has demonstrated an uncanny abil- 1971 — ROMA not only recalls the personal
Spanish, Mixteco ity to reflect on the human condition while memories of the filmmaker’s youth but
CANADIAN PREMIERE offering boldly entertaining cinematic also the sources that have informed his
135 minutes | Black and White/DCP 4K
(D-Cinema) experiences. Shot on 65mm in black and uniquely spectacular brand of storytelling.
white, the semi-autobiographical ROMA Paying homage to the resilient women that
Production Company: Esperanto Filmoj/
Participant Media is Cuarón’s most personal film to date, an helped shape the man he would become,
Executive Producer: Jeff Skoll, David Linde, immersive, technically masterful, com- Cuarón reminds us of the magic of cinema
Jonathan King passionate work that, though set in the as both a mirror on our past and a window to
Producer: Gabriela Rodriguez, Alfonso Cuarón,
Nicolas Celis 1970s, speaks directly to contemporary a larger world.
Screenplay: Alfonso Cuarón Mexican society. DIANA SANCHEZ
Cinematographer: Alfonso Cuarón Cleo (Yalitza Aparicio) works as a live-in
Editor: Alfonso Cuarón, Adam Gough
Production Designer: Eugenio Caballero maid and nanny for an upper-middle-class Alfonso Cuarón was born in
Sound: Sergio Díaz, Skip Lievsay, Craig Henighan, family in Mexico City’s Roma district. Mexico City and studied film at the
Centro Universitario de Estudios
José Antonio García When the family patriarch departs for an Cinematográficos. His films include
Principal Cast: Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira
unusually protracted business trip, his wife A Little Princess (95), Harry Potter
Production: Esperanto Filmoj Sofia (Marina de Tavira) is left at home. and the Prisoner of Azkaban (04), and
c/o Big Talk Productions, 2nd Floor
London W1W 8QB United Kingdom Inhabiting a role somewhere between fam- Children of Men (06), as well as the
Festival features Y Tu Mamá También
alice@esperantofilmoj.net ily member and employee, Cleo helps Sofia (01) and Gravity (13), winner of the
and the kids through a period of difficulty, Academy Award for Best Directing.
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: Netflix, Inc. just as she is dumped by her self-absorbed ROMA (18) is his latest film.
US Distributor: Netflix, Inc. boyfriend when he discovers she is pregnant.
As both women face the possibility of
single motherhood, it’s obvious that their
disparate levels of social status will differ-
ently impact their possible futures. ROMA
subtly explores these ethnic and class
divisions with a potent sense of emotional
intimacy and historical acuteness.

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The Wedding Guest
More than any narrative filmmaker of his This briskly paced thriller rarely stops to
Michael Winterbottom generation, UK writer-director Michael breathe, while Patel and Apte each work in
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 Winterbottom has used cinema as a their own way to reveal as little as possible
English means to explore the world. His latest is a while finding themselves helplessly drawn
WORLD PREMIERE global film noir with a dizzying itinerary, to each other.
94 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
restless both in its locations and its probing CAMERON BAILEY
Production Company: Revolution Films/ look at desire.
Riverstone Pictures
Executive Producer: Andrea Scarso, Peter Touche Starring Oscar nominee Dev Patel — also Michael Winterbottom was born in
Producer: Melissa Parmenter, Michael Winterbottom, at the Festival with Hotel Mumbai — and Blackburn, Lancashire. He studied
English at Balliol College, Oxford,
Deepak Nayar, Nik Bower, Dev Patel Radhika Apte (TIFF ’15’s Parched), The and film at Bristol University. Among
Screenplay: Michael Winterbottom
Cinematographer: Giles Nuttgens Wedding Guest begins with tantalizing his films that have screened at the
Editor: Marc Richardson intrigue. A mysterious figure (Patel) departs Festival are Jude (96), Wonderland
Production Designer: Ravi Srivastava England for Pakistan. In one locale he rents (99), In This World (02), Tristram
Sound: Joakim Sundström Shandy: A Cock and Bull Story (05),
Music: Harry Escott a car, in another he purchases weapons. A Summer in Genoa (08), The Trip
Principal Cast: Dev Patel, Radhika Apte, Jim Sarbh He soon arrives at his destination, where a (10), and The Wedding Guest (18).
Production: Revolution Films young woman (Apte) is about to be wed. The
9A Dallington Street man infiltrates the house where the woman
London EC1V 0BQ United Kingdom is staying and gives her a choice: remain here
sammy@revolution-films.com
and be married or come with me and spend
CONTACT INFORMATION the rest of your life on the run.
International Sales Agent: Riverstone Pictures Unfolding in trains, cars, restaurants, and
(see page 359)
hotels, in backroom black markets and back-
packer beach resorts, The Wedding Guest is
a perfect example of Winterbottom’s cease-
less curiosity. Nothing escapes his gaze.

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The Grizzlies
Based on a true story, The Grizzlies is about producer Alethea Arnaquq-Baril and direc-
Miranda de Pencier the determination and resilience of a group tor Miranda de Pencier. With absolutely
CANADA, 2018 of Inuit youth in a small Arctic community. stunning breakout performances by young
English, Inuktitut In 1998, first-time teacher Russ Sheppard Nunavut-based actors Paul Nutarariaq
WORLD PREMIERE (Ben Schnetzer) moves north for a job at a and Emerald MacDonald, The Grizzlies is a
104 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
local school in Kugluktuk, a town struggling testament to the spirit, tenacity, and lead-
Production Company: Northwood Entertainment/ with one of the highest suicide rates in North ership of Inuit youth, persisting in spite of
Puhitaq
Executive Producer: Jake Steinfeld, Frank Marshall America. With no previous experience or immense pressure and hardship.
Producer: Stacey Aglok MacDonald, Alethea knowledge of life in the north, Russ is DANIS GOULET
Arnaquq-Baril, Miranda de Pencier, Damon D’Oliveira, shocked and overwhelmed by the numerous
Zanne Devine
Screenplay: Graham Yost, Moira Walley-Beckett social issues facing the youth, all as a result Miranda de Pencier is a Toronto-born
Cinematographer: Jim Denault of the massive legacy of colonization on their director and producer. Her credits
as a producer include Beginners (10)
Editor: Ronald Sanders ACE CCE, James Vandewater families and communities. and Thanks For Sharing (12), and she
Production Designer: Zazu Myers
Sound: Rob Turi Russ introduces a lacrosse program made her directorial debut with the
Music: Garth Stevenson in the school. Although the program is at short Throat Song (13). The Grizzlies
Principal Cast: Emerald MacDonald, Ben Schnetzer, first met with skepticism and resistance, (18) is her feature debut.
Paul Nutarariaq, Ricky Marty-Pahtaykan,
Booboo Stewart, Tantoo Cardinal Russ’s commitment begins to win the trust
of the students and together they form
Production: Northwood Entertainment
1123 Leslie Street the Grizzlies lacrosse team. Through the
Toronto, Ontario M3C 2K5 Canada sport, the youth find a vital outlet for their TIFF Next Wave
info@northwoodentertainment.com emotions and the team creates a sense Celebrating the highs and lows (and everything in between) of

of pride and purpose in themselves and


young voices in today’s fast-moving world.
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media their community. This film has been selected for the next generation of film lovers
by the TIFF Next Wave Committee.
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) Originally from Kugluktuk, one of the
(see page 359)
film’s producers, Stacey Aglok MacDonald,
has first-hand experience of the impact of
this program on her community and has
been committed to bringing this story to the
screen in close creative collaboration with

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La Chute de l’empire
As its title indicates, Denys Arcand’s new pursuers, amongst whom are two rather
américain film continues the investigation into mod- different women: a young prostitute who
The Fall of the American ern society he began over 30 years ago with can free him, and a young cop who can put
his remarkable and formative Le Déclin de him behind bars. 
Empire l’empire américain. If 2003’s Les Invasions Arcand’s probing intelligence turns the
barbares was a sequel of sorts, revisiting film into a subtle investigation of contem-
Denys Arcand many of the same characters, this new film is porary society, a society where the old social
CANADA, 2018 not. Nevertheless, it does complete a kind of contract that once underpinned our interac-
French
TORONTO PREMIERE
informal trilogy that looks deep into Quebec tions proves hollow. Marcus Aurelius jostles
128 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) society, its values, and its mores. with Rousseau and Machiavelli in this witty
Production Company: Cinémaginaire
La Chute de l’empire américain is built and sardonic satire.
Producer: Denise Robert around the concept of money: what it means, PIERS HANDLING
Screenplay: Denys Arcand how it is used, what value it has in our world,
Cinematographer: Van Royko
Editor: Arthur Tarnowski
and what it can do to people. Arcand’s pro- De nys A rca n d was born in

Production Designer: Patrice Bengle tagonist, Pierre-Paul (Alexandre Landry), Deschambault, Quebec. His many
features include Le Déclin de l’empire
Sound: Martin Desmarais, Louis Gignac is a 36-year-old with a PhD in philosophy américan (86), which won nine Genie
Music: Mathieu Lussier, Louis Dufort
Principal Cast: Alexandre Landry, Maripier Morin,
who ends up driving a courier truck, a line of Awards and the International Critics’
Rémy Girard, Louis Morissette, Maxim Roy, Pierre Curzi, work he believes he is too good for. A single Prize at Cannes; Jésus de Montréal
Vincent Leclerc event changes Pierre-Paul’s life: he finds (89), which won the Genie for best
film and a Jury prize at Cannes; and
Production: Cinémaginaire himself with a lot of money in his hands — Les Invasions barbares (03), which
1055 René-Lévesque Est, Suite 900 and a choice. This money can provide him won the Academy Award for Best
Montreal, QC H2L 4S5 Canada
drobert@cinemaginaire.com
the lifestyle he wants, but it can also lead to Foreign Language Film. His films
numerous headaches, namely in the form Les Invasions barbares, Stardom
(00), L’Age des ténèbres (07),
CONTACT INFORMATION of entanglements with both police and the and La Règne de la beauté (14) all
Canadian Distributor: Entertainment One
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics
criminal underworld. Pierre-Paul’s deci- screened at the Festival. La Chute
International Sales Agent: Seville International sions take him on an unlikely voyage where de l’empire américain (18) is his
US Sales Agent: he needs all his wits to outfox his various latest feature.
(see page 359)

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The Front Runner
It might seem quaint in today’s sensation- The Front Runner takes us into the back-
Jason Reitman saturated news cycle, but it wasn’t long ago rooms where truths are drawn out and
USA, 2018 that a politician at the zenith of his career painful decisions are made.
English could be felled by news of an extramarital Reitman, channelling Robert Altman
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE affair. That was the fate of one-time presi- in observational style, never loses sight of
113 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
dential hopeful Gary Hart, the subject of the story’s moral compass. Featuring rivet-
Production Company: Bron Studios/Right of Way Academy Award–nominated director Jason ing performances from an ensemble that
Executive Producer: Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Michael Beugg,
Jason Blumenfeld, George Wolfe, Steven Thibault, Reitman’s enthralling new film. Starring includes Oscar winner J.K. Simmons at his
Brenda Gilbert, David Gendron, Ali Jazayeri, Jason Cloth, Hugh Jackman and Vera Farmiga — working firecracker best and TIFF ’17 Rising Star
Chris Conover, Edward Carpezzi in perfect harmony here — The Front Runner Mamoudou Athie, the film dissects a politi-
Producer: Jason Reitman, Helen Estabrook,
Aaron L. Gilbert recreates three weeks that forever changed cal implosion, prompting thorny questions
Screenplay: Matt Bai, Jay Carson, Jason Reitman US politics and how they’re covered. regarding boundaries between private and
Cinematographer: Eric Steelberg Having lost the democratic ticket public — and suggesting that the last 30
Editor: Stefan Grube
Production Designer: Steve Saklad to Walter Mondale in 1984, Gary Hart years of political scandal fever, from Clinton
Sound: Chris Jenkins, Jeremy Peirson, Perry Robertson, (Jackman) made a triumphant return to to Trump, has its roots here.
Scott Sanders candidacy in 1987, at a moment when his CAMERON BAILEY
Music: Rob Simonsen
Principal Cast: Hugh Jackman, Vera Farmiga, party was desperate to wrestle power back
J.K. Simmons, Alfred Molina from the Republicans after two terms of Jason Reitman was born in Montreal

Production: Bron Studios Reagan. Hart had everything going for him: and raised in Los Angeles, where
he studied creative writing at the
345 N. Maple Drive intelligence, charisma, and experience as University of Southern California. His
Beverly Hills CA 90210 USA a lawyer, campaign manager, and senator, films Thank You For Smoking (05),
Amanda.Archibald@bronstudios.com
not to mention an ideal First Lady in wife Juno (07), Up in the Air (09), Labor
CONTACT INFORMATION Lee (Farmiga). But everything starts to Day (13), and Men, Women & Children
(14) screened at the Festival. The
Canadian Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing crumble when word circulates that Hart is a Front Runner (18) is his latest feature.
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
(see page 359) womanizer — a rumour quickly followed by
reports that he had an affair with Donna Rice
(Sara Paxton).
Based on Matt Bai’s All the Truth is
Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid,

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Where Hands Touch
Writer-director Amma Asante (Belle, A process of a nation’s radicalization. At the
Amma Asante United Kingdom) returns to the Festival film’s core is Stenberg’s breathtaking per-
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 with this complex story about a love so formance. From her supporting role in The
English fierce it transcends the most terrible divides Hunger Games to her lead in The Hate U Give
WORLD PREMIERE conceivable. The story of a biracial teen in — also screening at the Festival — Stenberg
122 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Nazi Germany, Where Hands Touch offers a communicates the myriad struggles of a
Production Company: Tantrum Films Ltd/Umedia different sort of Holocaust narrative — one girl becoming a woman with vulnerability
Executive Producer: Bastien Sirodot, Ben Roberts,
Phil Hunt, Robert Norris, Steve Milne, Adrian Politowski, that’s been a long time coming. and sophistication.
Gilles Waterkeyn, Compton Ross, Christian Eisenbeiss, Rudesheim, the Rhineland, 1944. Lenya CAMERON BAILEY
Ivan Dunleavy (Amandla Stenberg) has come of age dur-
Producer: Charlie Hanson
Screenplay: Amma Asante ing the chaos of war. Her mother (Abbie Amma Asante was born in London,
Cinematographer: Remi Adefarasin Cornish) has done her best to protect Lenya, where she attended the Barbara
Speake Stage School. She began as
Editor: Steve Singleton but the racist credo of National Socialism an actor before moving into writing
Production Designer: Arwel W Jones
Sound: Alistair Crocker has rendered her a pariah for the colour of and directing. Her films A Way of
Music: Anne Chmelewsky her skin. Yet youthful ardour can bloom in Life (04), Belle (13), and A United
Principal Cast: Amandla Stenberg, George MacKay, the most unlikely places: Lenya is in love Kingdom (16) all played the Festival.
Abbie Cornish, Christopher Eccleston, Tom Sweet Where Hands Touch (18) is her
with Lutz (George MacKay), a young Nazi. latest film.
Production: Tantrum Films Ltd Lutz toes the party line when it comes to
34 Stepney City, 49 Clark St.
London E1 3HS United Kingdom antisemitism yet remains drawn to Lenya
charlie@tantrumfilms.co.uk despite Nazi revulsion at the thought of a
Black German.
CONTACT INFORMATION
US Distributor: Vertical Entertainment When that revulsion escalates to direct
International Sales Agent: Protagonist Pictures threat to her survival, Lenya and Lutz must
(see page 359) face the seemingly inevitable outcome of
their impossibly fraught romance.
Asante has made an astonishingly bold
and unnervingly timely film. Where Hands
Touch foregrounds matters of the heart
while prompting us to consider the slippery

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L’homme fidèle
Best known as one of France’s finest young youthful director’s unique, carefully modu-
A Faithful Man actors, having graced numerous films over lated, quizzically engaged touch that charms
the past 15 years, Louis Garrel steps behind and engages.
Louis Garrel the camera for his second directorial fea- PIERS HANDLING
FRANCE, 2018 ture, a portrait of a “faithful man,” an ironic
French swipe at the masculine cliché embedded in Louis Garrel was born in Paris. His
WORLD PREMIERE its title. Garrel plays the central character, many films as an actor include The
75 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) Dreamers (03) and Redoubtable
Abel, a Parisian whose girlfriend, Marianne (17), in which he portrayed Jean-Luc
Production Company: Why Not Productions (Laetitia Casta), tells him in the first scene Godard. He has starred in many fea-
Producer: Pascal Caucheteux, Grégoire Sorlat
Screenplay: Louis Garrel, Jean-Claude Carrière that she is pregnant, but not by him, and is tures by Christophe Honoré, among
Cinematographer: Irina Lubtchansky leaving him and marrying the father. them Ma Mère (04) and The Beloved
(11); and by his father, Philippe Garrel,
Editor: Joëlle Hache This is the beginning of a journey that including Regular Lovers (05), for
Production Designer: Jean Rabasse
Sound: Alexis Meynet stretches over a number of years, filled with which he won the César for Most
Principal Cast: Louis Garrel, Lily-Rose Depp, twists and turns, and happy and unhappy Promising Actor, Frontier of the Dawn
Laetitia Casta surprises. Marianne will pop back into his (08), A Burning Hot Summer (11), and
Jealousy (13). He made his feature
Production: Why Not Productions life again along with her son, as will Eva directorial debut with Two Friends
3, Rue Paillet (Lily-Rose Depp), the younger sister of (15). A Faithful Man (18) is his latest
Paris 75005 France
melissa@whynotproductions.fr the man he was abandoned for. As the plot film as director and star.
snakes through the bric-à-brac of Abel’s days,
CONTACT INFORMATION we find an ironic and sympathetic sensibility
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch
(see page 359) on display. Rather than being in control, Abel
is acted on, as he good-humouredly tries to
navigate the challenges that come his way.
There is a gentle, French New Wave
tone and feel to A Faithful Man, as if we are
encountering Truffaut’s Antoine Doinel
once again. The contemporary Paris setting
and its streets, cafés, and apartments appear
almost changeless since the ’60s. But it is the

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Wildlife
In Wildlife, his striking directorial debut, Cinematographer Diego Garcia’s clean
Paul Dano actor Paul Dano joins a canon of filmmakers aesthetic, the film’s authentic period design
USA, 2018 who have explored the meaning — and the and Dano’s precise, mannered direction
English cost — of the American dream. Collaborating ground the film in time and place, bringing
CANADIAN PREMIERE with co-writer Zoe Kazan, Dano chooses for focus to the characters.
104 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
his version a coming-of-age story, set in the Featuring powerful performances from
Production Company: IFC Films postwar American Midwest, told through a Mulligan, in what is perhaps her meatiest
Producer: Alex Saks, Oren Moverman, Riva Marker
Screenplay: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan feminist lens. role to date, Gyllenhaal, and Oxenbould,
Cinematographer: Diego Garcia When Jerry Brinson (Jake Gyllenhaal) Wildlife — based on Richard Ford’s 1990
Editor: Matt Hannam loses his job at the local golf course, his novel — paints a portrait of a family and an
Production Designer: Akin McKenzie
Music: David Lang wife, Jeannette (Carey Mulligan), and their America ready to explode.
Principal Cast: Bill Camp, Jake Gyllenhaal, 14-year-old son, Joe (Ed Oxenbould), look KERRI CRADDOCK
Carey Mulligan, Ed Oxenbould for work of their own. Awakening her fiery
CONTACT INFORMATION spirit and charm, Jeannette convinces the Paul Dano was born in New York City
US Distributor: IFC Films local YMCA to give her a job as a swimming and made his Broadway acting debut
at 12. His many acting credits include
International Sales Agent: FilmNation Entertainment instructor. Joe, for his part, lands a gig at a Looper (12), Prisoners (13), 12 Years a
(see page 359)
local photography studio. Too prideful to Slave (13), and Youth (15), all of which
look for work in town, Jerry instead joins in played the Festival. Wildlife (18) is his
fighting the nearby wildfires. Alone for the feature directorial debut.

first time in years, Jeannette finds herself


with more independence than she can deal
with. When she is befriended by one of her
students, she begins to question her cir-
cumstances and her choices. Cautious and
curious, Joe must learn how to navigate the
complex dynamics of adult relationships and
decide what to make of the woman who used
to just be Mom. As simmering tensions begin
to boil, the Brinsons must decide if their
family is worth saving.

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Tell It To The Bees Love has a way of finding us when we least myriad forms here: romantic love, the love
expect it. Directed by Annabel Jankel, this between parent and child, the vocational
Annabel Jankel tender period drama, set in small-town, love that a caregiver feels for their commu-
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 postwar Britain, depicts the emergence of nity — even when that community turns on
English a love that while rescuing two women from her. Beautiful to look at, suspenseful, sexy,
WORLD PREMIERE isolation, also places them in danger. and deeply touching, Jankel’s film remind us
106 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Abandoned by her philandering husband, that opening our hearts to the possibility of
Production Company: Reliance Entertainment Lydia (Holliday Grainger) is in an increas- love can be reward enough.
Productions 8/Archface Films/Taking A Line For A
Walk/Riverstone Pictures/Cayenne Film Company and ingly desperate situation: emotional turmoil KERRI CRADDOCK
Motion Picture Capital/BFI/Creative Scotland/ aside, her earnings from factory work are
Filmgate Films/Twickenham Studios/Film i Väst not sufficient to pay the rent. Lydia’s son, Annabel Jankel was born in London.
Executive Producer: Deepak Nayar, Alison Owen,
Lizzie Francke, Sunny Vohra, Ross McKenzie Charlie (Gregor Selkirk), meanwhile, is get- She began her career directing
music videos for artists such as
Producer: Daisy Allsop, Nick Hill, Annabel Jankel, ting bullied at school. Injuries from one such Talking Heads, Miles Davis, and
Nik Bower, Laure Vaysse altercation send him to Dr. Jean Markham Elvis Costello. She is the co-creator
Screenplay: Henrietta Ashworth, Jessica Ashworth
Cinematographer: Bartosz Nalazek (Academy Award winner Anna Paquin), who of Max Headroom. Her feature credits
Editor: Jon Harris, Maya Maffioli has recently returned to town and found include Super Mario Bros. (93) and
Skellig: The Owl Man (09). Tell It To
Production Designer: Andy Harris the welcome lukewarm. Charlie is curious The Bees (18) is her latest film.
Music: Claire M Singer
Principal Cast: Anna Paquin, Holliday Grainger about the bee colonies Jean maintains in
her yard and the two form a bond. Bees, Jean
CONTACT INFORMATION explains, make an excellent repository for
International Sales Agent: Film Constellation
US Sales Agent: Film Constellation one’s secrets.
(see page 359) When Lydia and Charlie are evicted, Jean
invites them to stay in her home, an act of
generosity that raises eyebrows throughout
the village. Lydia soon learns why Jean is
regarded with hostility — and she begins to
see something in the kind doctor that takes
her by surprise.
Based on the novel by Fiona Shaw, Tell It
To The Bees is a story of courage in the face
of terrifying intolerance. Love comes in

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Capernaum
Nadine Labaki has crafted some of the Named for a town on the Sea of Galilee
Nadine Labaki most indelible depictions of Lebanese where Jesus was said to have healed the
LEBANON, 2018 life in contemporary cinema. Her film sick, Capernaum reveals a world in which
Lebanese  Caramel and Where Do We Go Now? desperation is constant and the innocent
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE screened at the Festival, the latter win- appear forsaken. Our best hope lies in kids
120 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
ning the People’s Choice Award in 2011. At like Zain, whose spite is easily matched by
Production Company: Mooz films once gritty and perceptive, Labaki’s his resourcefulness, and whose story Labaki
Producer: Khaled Mouzanar, Michel Merkt
Screenplay: Nadine Labaki, Jihad Hojeily, Michelle latest film is her finest yet, a dive into Beirut’s relays with toughness, empathy, and bold
Kesrouani, Georges Khabbaz, Khaled Mouzanar lower depths as viewed through the eyes of cinematic vision.
Cinematographer: Christopher Aoun an imperilled child. CAMERON BAILEY
Editor: Konstantin Bock, Laure Gardette
Production Designer: Hussein Baydoun Zain (Zain Al Rafeea) is only 12, but he’s
Sound: Chadi Roukoz seen enough of this life to resent his very Nadine Labaki was born in Baabdat,
Music: Khaled Mouzanar existence. With numerous children to care Lebanon. She received a degree in
Principal Cast: Zain Al Rafeea, Yordanos Shiferaw, audiovisual studies from Beirut’s
Boluwatife Treasure Bankole, Kawthar Al Haddad, for, his parents resort to some inventive Saint Joseph University. Her direc-
Fadi Youssef, Cedra Izam, Alaa Chouchnieh, scams, such as saturating garments with torial credits include Caramel (07)
Nadine Labaki tramadol, which they then pass along to and Where Do We Go Now? (11), both
Production: Mooz films Zain’s incarcerated brother who reconsti- of which screened at the Festival.
Capernaum (18) is her latest film.
246, rue Furn El Hayeck tutes the drug and sells it to fellow prisoners.
Beirut 00000 Lebanon
walidson@yahoo.com More alarmingly, Zain’s parents have sold his
11-year-old sister’s hand in marriage, which
CONTACT INFORMATION prompts Zain to run away. He befriends an
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics Ethiopian cleaning woman, whose baby he
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch eventually becomes guardian to. But life
on the streets offers Zain fewer and fewer
places to hide.
Encouraged by a current affairs program
seeking to draw attention to child poverty,
Zain files a lawsuit against his parents for
giving birth to him. The trial provides the
frame through which Zain’s story unfolds.

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Boy Erased
Everyone wants to belong — but what that is anything but a refuge. Though Jared
Joel Edgerton good is belonging if you can’t be yourself ? begins the program desperate to be healed,
USA, 2018 Starring Oscar nominee Lucas Hedges (also he begins to wonder if it’s really others who
English at the Festival in Mid90s and Ben is Back) need healing.
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE and Oscar winners Nicole Kidman (at the Boy Erased, which is based on Garrard
114 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Festival in Destroyer) and Russell Crowe, Conley’s eponymous memoir, doesn’t
Production Company: Anonymous Content actor Joel Edgerton’s second feature as take potshots at religious conservatives.
Producer: Kerry Kohansky-Roberts, Steve Golin,
Joel Edgerton writer-director plunges us into the clois- Bolstered by uniformly superlative perfor-
Screenplay: Joel Edgerton tered world of conversion therapy and tracks mances — including memorable supporting
Cinematographer: Eduard Grau a young man’s uphill journey from ostraciza- turns from Flea and Xavier Dolan — the
Editor: Jay Rabinowitz, ACE
Production Designer: Chad Keith tion toward self-acceptance. film considers what it means to reconcile
Music: Danny Bensi, Saunder Jurriaans Jared (Hedges) belongs to a loving one’s upbringing with one’s own self-respect
Principal Cast: Lucas Hedges, Nicole Kidman, middle-class Arkansas family, with his and moral truths. In so doing, Edgerton
Joel Edgerton, Russell Crowe
mother, Nancy (Kidman), and Baptist contributes to a larger conversation that
Production: Anonymous Content minister father, Marshall (Crowe). Jared might help heal us all.
3532 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232 USA gets good grades, plays basketball, and is in KERRI CRADDOCK
comm_pr@anonymouscontent.com a steady — but chaste — relationship with
a girl from school. Everything in his life is J o e l Ed ge r t o n was born in
CONTACT INFORMATION
US Distributor: Focus Features going according to plan, until a college friend Blacktown, Australia. He attended
the Nepean Drama School at the
(see page 359) outs Jared as gay. University of Western Sydney. His
Surprised, but attempting to be support- acting credits include Black Mass
ive in their own way, Jared’s parents send (15) and Loving (16), both of which
him to Refuge, a church-supported program screened at the Festival. His feature
films as writer-director are The Gift
predicated on the notion that homosexuality (15) and Boy Erased (18).
is an affliction, curable through confession,
and the reinforcement of gender stereotypes.
Overseen by Victor Sykes (Edgerton, in a
superbly cagey performance), the program’s
bullying and bigotry fosters an environment

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Doubles vies
Digital disruption is all around us these days, Assayas’s often-hilarious social critique
Non-Fiction and Olivier Assayas, who structured much is powered by a series of conversations
of his recent film Personal Shopper around about what this technological transition
Olivier Assayas cellphones and texting, returns to this theme has meant for all of us — what is gained and
FRANCE, 2018 in his highly intelligent new examination of what is lost. Doubles vies offers a subtle prob-
French what this technology means to our lives. ing of what lies behind those conversations
CANADIAN PREMIERE
106 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Doubles vies is both a delicious comedy of themselves, as well as behind the actions and
manners and an enquiry focused on a group behaviour of its ensemble of characters, all
Production Company: CG Cinema/Vortex Sutra/
Arte France Cinéma
of middle-aged, middle-class French men of whom are undergoing crises of values
Executive Producer: Ly Nha Ky and women, and how they are affected by and beliefs.
Producer: Charles Gillibert the hyperconnectivity of today. PIERS HANDLING
Screenplay: Olivier Assayas
Cinematographer: Yorick Le Saux
Alain (Guillaume Canet) is a self-assured
Editor: Simon Jacquet and successful book publisher struggling Olivier Assayas was born in Paris
Production Designer: François-Renaud Labarthe with the ins and outs of both his professional and made his feature directorial
Sound: Nicolas Cantin, Daniel Sobrino, Aude Baudassé debut with Désordre (86). His films
Principal Cast: Guillaume Canet, Juliette Binoche,
and private life. His relationship with his L’Enfant de l’hiver (89), Une Nouvelle
Vincent Macaigne, Christa Théret, Nora Hamzawi wife, Serena (Juliette Binoche), has gone Vie (93), L’Eau froide (94), Irma
Production: CG Cinema
slightly stale, and he has to deal delicately Vep (96), Cinéma de notre temps:
7/9 rue des Petites Ecuries with one of his long-time authors (Vincent Hou Hsiao-hsien (97), Fin août,
début septembre (98), Les Destinées
Paris, 75010 France Macaigne), who has written a new manu- sentimentales (00), Clean (04),
production@cgcinema.eu
script and is pushing for its publication. L’Heure d’été (08), Après mai
CONTACT INFORMATION Complicating this is Alain’s enthusiastic (12), Clouds of Sils Maria (14), and
Canadian Distributor: Axia Films embrace of digital and social media, which Personal Shopper (16) all screened
US Distributor: IFC Films at the Festival. Doubles vies (18) is
International Sales Agent: Playtime
has led him to hire an impressively ambi- his latest film.
(see page 359) tious young woman as the “head of digital
transition” in his company. As Alain pushes
his new-media agenda forward, he encoun-
ters, variously, support and resistance from
friends and colleagues.

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Napszállta
László Nemes’s first film since his heart- 20th century, Phantom Thread. The inten-
Sunset rending debut feature Son of Saul, which sity of Sunset is unmistakable, confirming
won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Nemes’s extraordinary talent in this sopho-
László Nemes Language Film in 2016, is an equally impres- more film.
HUNGARY/FRANCE, 2018 sive piece of filmmaking. Cut, in many ways, PIERS HANDLING
Hungarian, German from the same cloth as its predecessor, Sunset
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
144 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
takes a highly personal and distinctive look at László Nemes was born in Budapest.
another period in his country’s history. After years of working as an assistant
Production Company: Laokoon Filmgroup/Playtime director for filmmakers including
Producer: Gábor Sipos, Gábor Rajna, François Yon,
In the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the Béla Tarr, he directed the shorts
Nicolas Brigaud-Robert, Valéry Guibal early 1910s, immediately preceding the Türelem (07), The Counterpart (08),
Screenplay: László Nemes, Matthieu Taponier, First World War, the enigmatic Írisz Leiter and The Gentleman Takes His Leave
Clara Royer
Cinematographer: Mátyás Erdély
(Juli Jakab), while young and beautiful, (10). His debut feature, Son of Saul
(15), won the Grand Prix at Cannes,
Editor: Matthieu Taponier carries the weight of the past with her. screened at the Festival, and later
Production Designer: László Rajk Visiting an elegant Budapest department won the Academy Award for Best
Sound: Tamás Zányi
Music: László Melis
store that specializes in women’s hats, she Foreign Language Film. Sunset (18)
Principal Cast: Juli Jakab, Vlad Ivanov, is immediately noticed and a stir is cre- is his latest film.
Evelin Dobos, Marcin Czarnik ated. This sense of unease and disquiet
Production: becomes the modus operandi of the entire
Laokoon Filmgroup film. The store used to belong to Írisz’s
Balzac U.37
Budapest 1136 Hungary
parents. Her visit is not innocuous. It is a
sipos@laokoonfilm.com voyage back into her past and childhood.
Furthermore, she is about to unearth
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Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media
more dark and troubling secrets about
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics her family.
International Sales Agent: Playtime Nemes recreates the pre–World War I
(see page 359)
era in all its sensual detail — the attention
to high fashion and the art of millinery here
rivals those of a recent film set later in the

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Blindsone
Shot in a series of oppressive and harrowing daring. Novotny has created a film that’s
Blind Spot long takes, Tuva Novotny’s uncompromis- utterly uncompromising in its vision of mod-
ing Blind Spot documents every parent’s ern family life and our inability to recognize
Tuva Novotny worst nightmare. Maria (Pia Tjelta), Anders the pain others go through.
NORWAY, 2018 (Anders Baasmo Christiansen), and their With Blind Spot, she establishes herself
Norwegian two children — teenaged daughter Tea as a director to watch, not only because
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE (Nora Mathea Øien) and son Bjorn — enjoy of her formal risks (how many neophytes
98 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
a blissfully quotidian existence. But when have ever relied so heavily or courageously
Production Company: Nordisk Film Production AS an unexpected catastrophe happens, every- on continuous takes?) but because of
Producer: Elisabeth Kvithyll
Screenplay: Tuva Novotny thing about their life is called into question. her insistence on making us consider
Cinematographer: Jonas Alarik As the family assembles and tries to the unthinkable.
Production Designer: Nina Bjerch Andresen deal with events, shock and hysteria lead STEVE GRAVESTOCK
Sound: Peter Albrechtsen
Music: Jacob Kirkegaard to recrimination and self-doubt. Shot in a
Principal Cast: Pia Tjelta, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, style reminiscent of the Dogme 95 school, Tu va N ovo t n y wa s b o r n i n
Oddgeir Thune, Marianne Krogh, Per Frisch with a handheld camera that’s constantly Stockholm. She has acted exten-
sively in television and film. Her work
Production: Nordisk Film Production AS chasing after the characters as they struggle as an actor includes Eat Pray Love
Nydalsveien 12a with their trauma, the film never releases (10), A War (15), Borg vs McEnroe
Oslo Nydalen 0421 Norway
elisabeth.kvithyll@nordiskfilm.com its grip. Indeed, it grows more and more (17), and Annihilation (18). Blind Spot
claustrophobic and heartrending with each (18) is her directorial debut.
CONTACT INFORMATION passing scene.
International Sales Agent: TrustNordisk
(see page 359) One of Sweden’s most durable and in–
demand stars, Tuva Novotny has appeared
in everything from Josef Fares’s interna-
tional hit Jalla! Jalla! to TV series (Dag)
to Hollywood titles like Eat Pray Love,
Annihilation, and last year’s TIFF opener
Borg vs McEnroe.
Many actors have moved to directing,
but few have made the jump with the same

190 discovery
Belmonte
Belmonte (Gonzalo Delgado) is preparing and necessity of balancing domesticity with
Federico Veiroj for an upcoming exhibition of his work the creative demands of being an artist while
URUGUAY/SPAIN/MEXICO, 2018 at Montevideo’s National Museum. His remaining true to oneself and to loved ones.
Spanish paintings are sensual, fantastical, and at DIANA SANCHEZ
WORLD PREMIERE times colourful, yet all have a melancholic
75 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
undertone. A divorced dad, Belmonte has of Federico Veiroj was born in
Production Company: Cinekdoque/Nadador Cine/ late been more obsessed with his relation- Montevideo and studied at the
Corazón Films/Ferdydurke Films Universidad Catolica del Uruguay.
Executive Producer: Federico Veiroj, Juan José López, ship with his young daughter, Celeste, than He made his Festival debut with
Sandro Halphen, Pedro Barcia, Eckehardt Von Damm, with his work, especially as Celeste’s mom the short film As Follows (04). His
Carla Farrell, Elisa Salinas is about to have a baby with her new partner. features include Acné (08), A Useful
Producer: Federico Veiroj, Fernando Franco, Juan José
López, Sandro Halphen, Charles Barthe Federico Veiroj’s latest and fourth feature Life (10), and The Apostate (15), all
of which screened at the Festival.
Screenplay: Federico Veiroj examines the many and often contradictory Belmonte (18) is his latest feature.
Cinematographer: Analía Pollio, Arauco Hernández Holz layers that make up one’s persona. Belmonte
Editor: Manuel Rilla, Fernando Franco
Production Designer: Nicole Davrieux, the artist has to navigate the family realm,
Alejandro Castiglioni and vice versa, and while these two parts of
Sound: Daniel Yafalián him are regularly at odds, they constitute the
Principal Cast: Gonzalo Delgado, Olivia Molinaro Eijo,
Tomás Wahrmann fullness and depth of who he is. A pessimist
at heart, there is something luminous that
Production: Cinekdoque
Ellauri 973/1005 emerges when he’s with his daughter, as if
Montevideo 11300 Uruguay he’s arrived in a safe space where he allows
federico@cinekdoque.com the depths of his emotions to surface. It’s
CONTACT INFORMATION fascinating to observe.
International Sales Agent: Meikincine Entertainment As he did with Álvaro Ogalla on his 2015
(see page 359) film The Apostate, Veiroj achieves a rare
intimacy by casting another close friend,
co-writer Delgado, as Belmonte. This
proximity allows him to honestly explore
themes of duality: how to be a good role
model for a child while in the throes of
a crisis. Especially prevalent are the weight

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Tuntematon mestari
Veteran Finnish filmmaker Klaus Härö Shot using a muted colour scheme,
One Last Deal (Mother of Mine) returns to the Festival reflecting the look of Olavi’s rundown shop
with One Last Deal, about an aging art dealer and the masterpieces he trades in, One Last
Klaus Härö whose last shot at the big time coincides Deal is a beautifully scaled and exquisitely
FINLAND, 2018 with his last chance to reconnect with his honest tearjerker about the values we forget
Finnish, Swedish
WORLD PREMIERE estranged daughter and grandson. when we ignore the past — and what we lose
95 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) An expert at complicated emotional when we become consumed by it.
Production Company: Making Movies dilemmas, Härö specializes in contradic- STEVE GRAVESTOCK
Producer: Kai Nordberg, Kaarle Aho tory characters whose pride and obsessions
Screenplay: Anna Heinämaa battle with their better angels. But few of Klaus Härö was born in Porvoo,
Cinematographer: Tuomo Hutri
Editor: Benjamin Mercer Härö’s creations are as divided as Olavi Finland. He studied directing at
the University of Industrial Arts in
Production Designer: Kaisa Mäkinen (Heikki Nousiainen, in a great hangdog Helsinki. His features include Elina:
Sound: Kirka Sainio performance), a work-obsessed dealer left As If I Wasn’t There (02), Mother of
Music: Matti Bye
Principal Cast: Heikki Nousiainen, Pirjo Lonka, behind by an industry favouring larger cor- Mine (05), which played the Festival,
Amos Brotherus, Stefan Sauk, Pertti Sveholm porate conglomerates. There, algorithms The New Man (07), Letters to Father
Jacob (09), and The Fencer (15). One
Production: Making Movies have replaced instinct and knowledge Last Deal (18) is his latest film.
Torkkelinkatu 3 about art history, leading the dealers near
Helsinki 00500 Finland his dilapidated, overcrowded shop to miss
kaarle.aho@mamo.fi
what may be an obscure icon from a major
CONTACT INFORMATION Russian painter.
International Sales Agent: LevelK Getting the icon will require a lot of
(see page 359)
research and a little help, which he unex-
pectedly receives from his grandson, Otto.
As Olavi schools the kid in how to navigate
a cutthroat industry and research things you
just can’t find via Google, he reconnects with
his daughter, Lea, and rediscovers the fam-
ily he’s missed. The big question, however,
is whether he’ll sacrifice everything for that
one last score.

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Geula
One of the leading lights of contempo- broad spectrum of grief, rage, and exaltation.
Redemption rary Israeli cinema, Joseph Madmony Though most of their gigs are at weddings,
(Restoration) returns to the Festival, in the scenes of the band reviving their old
Boaz Yehonatan Yacov, collaboration with co-writer/director Boaz songs are mesmerizing and energetic —
Joseph Madmony Yehonatan Yacov, for this spiritually rous- these guys can still rock out.
ISRAEL, 2018 ing, emotionally intelligent story of despair, Madmony and Yacov are filmmakers of
Hebrew exhilaration, and faith. tremendous discernment and grace, their
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104 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Menachem (Moshe Folkenflik) is a camera never overly intrusive, and the story-
middle-aged single father struggling to telling never maudlin or forced. Redemption
Production Company: Transfax Films Production
Producer: Marek Rozenbaum, Michael Rozenbaum,
finance his cancer-stricken six-year-old exudes a rare wisdom regarding the arduous
Jonathan Rozenbaum daughter’s formidable medical expenses choices we make to uphold our convictions,
Screenplay: Boaz Yehonatan Yacov, Joseph Madmony, with his meagre income as a grocery clerk. let go of the past, and embrace an uncertain
Erez Kavel
Cinematographer: Boaz Yehonatan Yacov
He had fronted a rock-and-roll band until future with an open heart.
Editor: Ayala Bengad personal tragedies prompted his retirement JANE SCHOETTLE
Production Designer: Yoav Sinai from music and the adoption of a devoted
Sound: Avi Mizrahi
Music: Assaf Talmudi
Hasidic practice that alienated most of his Boaz Yehonatan Yacov is a South
Principal Cast: Moshe Folkenflik, Emily Granin, old friends. African–born Israeli cinematogra-
pher. He’s worked on films such as
Yonatan Galila, Sivan Shtivi, Shahar Even-Tzur Playing music promises to be more My Father, My Lord (07), Ajami (09),
Production: Transfax Films Production lucrative than stocking shelves, but would and Sharqiya (12). Redemption (18)
3 yegia kapayim a return to singing be compatible with a life is his first film as director.
Tel Aviv 6777887 Israel
marek@transfax.co.il
of worship?
By focusing its energies squarely on
Menachem’s existential crisis and its Joseph Madmony was born in
Jerusalem. He studied at the Sam
sources — his fierce love for his daughter, Spiegel Film and Television School.
his sense of fulfillment as a performer, his His directorial credits include The
humility as a novice Hasid — Redemption Barbecue People (03) and Melanoma
finds an exquisite balance between the My Love (06). His films Restoration
(11) and A Place in Heaven (13) both
secular and the religious. Folkenflik’s per- screened at the Festival. Redemption
formance is beautifully graded, traversing a (18) is his latest film.

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Завод (Zavod)
The Factory opens like a classic post-Soviet Known for the films To Live!, The Major,
The Factory maelstrom. A dilapidated industrial building and  The  Fool, Yury Bykov’s return to the
stands in some godforsaken Russian town screen signals a steady-handed director with
Yury Bykov whose people it had employed before the a cutting vision and honed sense of story-
FRANCE/RUSSIA/ARMENIA, 2018 winds changed its ownership from state telling, here deployed in confined and anarchic
Russian
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regulation to capitalist privatization. When space. An exhilarating and damning social
109 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) Konstantine Kalugine (Andrey Smolyakov), critique, The Factory is a tour de force of
Production Company: Kinovista, LLC/
a local oligarch with links to the KGB and the action, drama, and suspense.
Forever Films Media, LLC/Sharm Holding/Coda political powers that be, announces the fac- DIMITRI EIPIDES
Producer: Eduard Iloyan, Charles-Evrard Tchekhoff, tory’s bankruptcy, a group of blue-collar
Yury Bykov
Screenplay: Yury Bykov
workers who haven’t been paid for months Yury Bykov was born in the
Cinematographer: Vladimir Ushakov conspire to kidnap him for ransom. Though former USSR. He studied act-
ing at the Gerasimov Institute of
Editor: Anna Krouty inexperienced and disorganized, each of Cinematography and has performed
Production Designer: Sergey Rakutov
Sound: Arkady Noskov
them is between a rock and a hard place, in various theatres in Moscow. He
Music: Ivan Isyanov, Yury Bykov and they all have their own reasons for tak- has written and directed the short
Principal Cast: Denis Shvedov, Vladislav Abashine, ing this fateful plunge. film The Boss (09), and the features
Andrey Smolyakov, Alexander Bukharov, Dmitry To Live! (10), The Major (13), which
Kulichkov, Ivan Yankovsky, Yury Tarasov, Petr
Under the tutelage of mysterious Alexei played the Festival, and The Fool (14).
Barancheev, Alexander Vorobiev, Alexey Komashko, (Denis Shvedov), the heist quickly goes The Factory (18) is his latest feature.
Kirill Polukhine awry. Soon, Kalugine’s private security
Production: Kinovista, LLC team, led by Fog (Vladislav Abashine,) and
34 Rue Saint Dominique SWAT police have them surrounded. The
Paris 75007 France
olga.a@kinovista.com
radicals are trapped inside, the ticking of
the clock is palpable, and allegiances are
CONTACT INFORMATION murky. One thing is clear: everyone is dis-
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch
(see page 359)
enchanted and knows deep down that in
this world there is no justice. And is this a
robbery or a revolution? As single threads
are slowly pulled, the entire plot unravels
into chaos and violence.

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Di qiu zui hou de ye wan
The follow-up to his critically praised Kaili with its first half recast through a ver-
Long Day’s Journey Blues, Bi Gan’s ambitious and frequently tiginous, trance-inducing, hour-long single
Into Night astonishing Long Day’s Journey Into Night take in 3D. A hushed, hypnotic study of hazy
firmly establishes him as one of today’s most memory, lost time, and flight — featuring
Bi Gan exciting and adventurous filmmakers. As its the formidable Sylvia Chang as Wild Cat’s
CHINA/FRANCE, 2018 English title suggests, this ravishing and rap- mother — Long Day’s Journey Into Night is
Mandarin turous fever dream of a film leads the viewer one of the most exquisite and beguiling films
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE on a nocturnal, labyrinthine voyage, one of the year.
133 minutes | Colour/DCP 3D (D-Cinema)
that both reveals and conceals a world of ANDRÉA PICARD
Production Company: Dangmai Films (Shanghai) Co., passion and intrigue.
Ltd./Zhejiang Huace Film & TV Co., Ltd.
Producer: Shan Zuolong, Charles Gillibert, Yeh Jufeng, Oozing atmosphere with its noirish neon Bi Gan was born in China. His
Li Xiaonan, Zhang Guanren glow, the film chronicles the return of Luo first feature, Kaili Blues (15), won
the Locarno Film Festival’s Best
Screenplay: Bi Gan Hongwu (Huang Jue) to Kaili, the hometown Emerging Director award and a
Cinematographer: Dong Jinsong, Yao Hung-I,
David Chizallet from which he fled many years before. Back Special Mention for First Feature.
Editor: Qin Yanan for his father’s funeral, Luo recalls the death Long Day’s Journey Into Night (18)
Production Designer: Liu Qiang of an old friend, Wild Cat, and searches for is his latest film.
Sound: Li Danfeng
Music: Lim Giong, Point Hsu lost love Wan Qiwen (Tang Wei), who con-
Principal Cast: Tang Wei, Sylvia Chang, Lee Hong-Chi, tinues to haunt him.
Zeng Meihuizi, Huang Jue Omnivorous in his appetites, Bi cites a
Production: Dangmai Films (Shanghai) Co., Ltd. bevy of influences: the novels of Roberto
9-5-1002, Region C, Upper East Side, Chaoyang District Bolaño and Patrick Modiano; paintings
Beijing 100016 China
zuolong@dangmaifilms.com by Marc Chagall; and the film recalls the
landmark cinemas of Wong Kar-wai, Hou
CONTACT INFORMATION
Hsiao-hsien, Tsai Ming-liang, David Lynch,
Canadian Distributor: Kino Lorber
US Distributor: Kino Lorber and Andrei Tarkovsky. Sculpting in time
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch and space through virtuosic technical feats,
(see page 359)
Bi’s film yields successive visual and aural
delights. With talismanic cues and motifs of
uncanny doubling, the film is itself bisected,

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Rih rabani
Merzak Allouache first bowed at Cannes in Shot in starkly beautiful black and white,
Divine Wind 1976 with his comedic neo-realist feature Divine Wind is as poetic as it is political. Its
debut, Omar Gatlato, which was wildly suc- visual textures belie the film’s complexity,
Merzak Allouache cessful in his native Algeria. Working in both though, as Allouache opens up questions
ALGERIA/FRANCE/QATAR/LEBANON, 2018 drama and comedy, he went on to become about the seductive, and even destructive,
Arabic, Algerian
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one of the leading Algerian cinematic power of love turned fanatic passion.
96 minutes | Black and White/DCP (D-Cinema) voices, with follow-up films premiering KIVA REARDON

Production Company: Les Asphofilms/Baya Films


again in Cannes (Un amour à Paris, 1987;
Executive Producer: Merzak Allouache Bab El-Oued City, 1994; The Repentant, Merzak Allouache was born in
Producer: Merzak Allouache, Bahia Allouache 2012) and Venice, (Harragas, 2009; The Algiers. He studied filmmaking at La
Screenplay: Merzak Allouache Femis and made his directing debut
Cinematographer: Mohamed Tayeb Laggoune
Rooftops, 2013). with Omar Gatlato (76). He has
Editor: Merzak Allouache Throughout his career, Allouache has since directed over a dozen features
Sound: Mohamed Amine Teggar consistently explored the complex social including Un amour à Paris (87), Bab
Principal Cast: Sarah Layssac, Mohamed Oughlis,
Hacene Benzerari, Abdelatif Benahmed
fabric of Algeria and the ongoing ties — and El Oued City (94), Hi Cousin! (96),
L’autre Monde (01), Harragas (09),
frequently the tensions — the North African El taaib (12), and Madame Courage
Production: Les Asphofilms
3 rue des cascades
nation has with its former colonist occupier, (15). Divine Wind (18) is his latest film.
Paris 75020 France France. Most recently, his work has boldly
lesasphofilms@yahoo.fr tackled the issue of radicalization. Divine
CONTACT INFORMATION
Wind continues on this theme.
International Sales Agent: Les Asphofilms The film follows a young man, Amine
(see page 359) (Mohamed Oughlis), and an enigmatic
woman, Nour (Sarah Layssac), who are
called upon by extremists to perform an
armed action in the Algerian Sahara.
Although they have no prior connection, the
duo become inexorably and intensely linked.
As their bond deepens, their mission is
put at risk.

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Burning
After eight quiet years, Korean auteur Lee Based on the short story Barn Burning by
Lee Chang-dong Chang-dong is back with another superb Japanese author Haruki Murakami, Burning
SOUTH KOREA, 2018 work sure to satisfy his fans. Mystery, is lyrical, poetic, and mysterious. Like the ray
Korean thriller, and psychological drama, Burning of light that brightens Hae-mi’s room for
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE is a smouldering masterpiece. just a minute a day, it blurs the boundary
148 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
While jumping from job to job to sup- between real and imaginary.
Production Company: PinehouseFilm Co., Ltd/ port himself, Jong-su (Yoo Ah-in) runs into GIOVANNA FULVI
NOWFILM Co., Ltd/NHK
Executive Producer: Lee Joon-dong Hae-mi (Jun Jong-seo), a childhood friend
Producer: Lee Joon-dong, Lee Chang-dong from his hometown. The two start to grow Lee Chang-dong was born in Daegu,
Screenplay: Oh Jung-mi, Lee Chang-dong fond of each other, and Jon-su wonders if he South Korea, and began his career
Cinematographer: Hong Kyung-pyo as a novelist. His debut feature was
Editor: Kim Hyun, Kim Da-won has found someone he can maybe one day Green Fish (97). His other features
Production Designer: Shin Jeom-hui fall in love with. include Peppermint Candy (99),
Sound: Lee Seung-chul Hae-mi asks Jong-su to look after her cat Oasis (02), Secret Sunshine (07), and
Music: Mowg
Principal Cast: Yoo Ah-in, Steven Yeun, Jun Jong-seo while she’s on a trip to Africa but when he goes Poetry (10), which screened at the
Festival. Burning (18) is his latest film.
to pick her up at the airport in his run-down
Production: PinehouseFilm Co., Ltd
2F, 104, Donggyo-ro, Mapo-gu truck, Jong-su is surprised to see her with
Seoul 04029 South Korea another man. Ben (Steven Yeun) claims he
pinehouse09@gmail.com “plays” for a living, drives a Porsche, and lives
CONTACT INFORMATION in a fancy apartment. He invites Jong-su and
US Distributor: Well Go USA Entertainment Hae-mi to his posh gatherings where Jong-su
International Sales Agent: FINECUT feels out of place but Hae-mi doesn’t seem
(see page 359)
uncomfortable at all. As Jong-su’s feelings
for Hae-mi grow bigger, he feels threatened
by Ben and starts to get suspicious about his
rival’s motive towards Hae-mi.
Then one day, Hae-mi vanishes, her cell-
phone disconnected, her messy apartment
cleaned up, the cat nowhere in sight.

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Zimna Wojna
Three years after deservedly scooping captivates Wiktor at first sight with her
Cold War the Oscar for Best Foreign Language beauty and insouciance. Their fates joined,
Film with his beautifully composed Ida they are soon struggling both with personal
Paweł Pawlikowski (which screened at TIFF in 2013), Paweł demons and historical forces that threaten
POLAND, 2018 Pawlikowski returns with an equally haunt- to tear them apart.
Polish, French ing, distinctive, and moving work. Cold War Cold War is a superbly realized visual
CANADIAN PREMIERE
90 minutes | Black and White/DCP (D-Cinema)
shares many characteristics with its prede- poem that resonates all the more thanks to
cessor: stunning use of black-and-white its striking use of choral, classical, and jazz
Production Company: Opus Film/Apocalypso Pictures
Executive Producer: Nathanaël Karmitz,
photography and 4:3 aspect ratio, careful music. It is also a bittersweet paean to a
John Woodward, Jeremy Gawade, Daniel Battsek, attention to mood and tone, and an exquisite relationship and an era.
Lizzie Francke, Rohit Khattar narrative set in mid-20th-century Poland. PIERS HANDLING
Producer: Ewa Puszczynska, Tanya Seghatchian
Screenplay: Paweł Pawlikowski, Janusz Glowacki,
Rooted in the personal, the new film
Piotr Borkowski is also infused with the broader social Paweł Pawlikowski was born in
Cinematographer: Lukasz Zal and political realities of postwar Eastern Warsaw. He has directed several
Editor: Jaroslaw Kaminski acclaimed documentaries for the
Production Designer: Marcel Slawinski,
Europe. If Ida was Pawlikowski’s attempt BBC, including Dostoevsky’s Travels
Katarzyna Sobanska to “recover the Poland of my childhood,” (91) and Tripping with Zhirinovsky
Sound: Maciej Pawlowski, Miroslaw Makowski Cold War bravely continues this excavation, (95). He wrote and directed the fea-
Music: Marcin Masecki
Principal Cast: Joanna Kulig, Tomasz Kot, Borys Szyc,
albeit down a new path. tures Last Resort (00), My Summer
of Love (04), The Woman in the
Agata Kulesza Based loosely on the story of the direc- Fifth (11), and Ida (13), all of which
Production: Opus Film
tor’s own parents, it covers the entirety of a screened at the Festival. Cold War
Lawosa 29 couple’s relationship, from their enchanted (18) is his latest film.
Lodz 90-554 Poland first meeting in 1949 to the aching denoue-
ewa@opusfilm.com
ment of their marriage in the 1960s. Wiktor
CONTACT INFORMATION (Tomasz Kot) is a jazz-loving pianist and
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media musical director tasked with auditioning
US Distributor: Amazon Studios
International Sales Agent: Protagonist Pictures,
folk singers as part of a state-sponsored proj-
MK2 Films ect to champion culture from rural Poland.
(see page 359) Young Zula (Joanna Kulig), who turns out
to be more torch singer than folk singer,

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Papi Chulo
Following his acclaimed coming-of-age At once a heartwarming examination of
John Butler film Handsome Devil, Irish writer-director empathy in action, a charming culture-clash
IRELAND, 2018 John Butler returns to the Festival with comedy, and a sharp critique of xenophobic
English, Spanish this poignant and very timely story of two stereotypes, Papi Chulo reminds us of the
WORLD PREMIERE worlds colliding in the same great city — importance of truly seeing others… even
98 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
and the delightfully unlikely friendship while tending to our own internal wounds.
Production Company: Treasure Entertainment that emerges. MICHÈLE MAHEUX
Executive Producer: Phil Hunt, Compton Ross,
Jo Henriquez, Hilary Davis, Stephen Kelliher, Devastated with heartbreak, a Los Angeles
Dearbhla Regan TV weatherman, Sean (Matt Bomer), has an John Butler was born in Dublin. He
Producer: Rebecca O’Flanagan, Rob Walpole on-air meltdown in the midst of predicting received degrees in English, Greek,
Screenplay: John Butler Roman studies and film from the
Cinematographer: Cathal Watters a heat wave. The station insists he take a University of California, Davis. His
Editor: John O’Connor sabbatical and his friends urge him to find previous features, The Stag (13) and
Production Designer: Susannah Honey someone to talk to, but Sean opts to swap Handsome Devil (16), both screened
Sound: Hugh Fox
Music: John McPhillips self-care for home improvement. From a at the Festival. Papi Chulo (18) is his
latest film.
Principal Cast: Matt Bomer, Alejandro Patiño huddle of men seeking day labour outside
Production:Treasure Entertainment the hardware store, Sean hires Ernesto (a
The Copper House, St. Kevin’s Cottages, Synge Street brilliantly deadpan Alejandro Patiño) to
Dublin 8 Ireland paint his deck.
krisztina@bankside-films.com
Their initially straightforward business
CONTACT INFORMATION arrangement rapidly extends to strolling and
International Sales Agent: Bankside Films boating excursions during which Sean tells
US Sales Agent: Bankside Films
(see page 359) Ernesto all about himself, despite the fact
that the two don’t share a common language.
In fact, this affluent, white, gay celebrity and
this working class, Mexican father of five
don’t appear to have much in common at
all. Does Sean want a tradesman or a sound-
ing board? And just how much immersion
in Sean’s emotional mire can Ernesto be
expected to bear?

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The Hummingbird
Jesse Eisenberg and an almost unrecog- Eisenberg’s Vincent provides the heart. He’s
Project nizable Alexander Skarsgård play cousins so determined to escape his working-class
Vincent and Anton Zalesky in Academy roots and follow his dreams that he doesn’t
Kim Nguyen Award–nominated director Kim Nguyen’s realize who he might take down with him.
CANADA/BELGIUM, 2018 The Hummingbird Project. Skarsgård is a revelation. His Anton is a
English
WORLD PREMIERE Determined to create a more efficient genius who can’t function away from his
111 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) way of transmitting information between keyboard. Hulking over everyone, but con-
Production Company: Item 7/Belga Productions stock exchanges, the cousins scheme to stantly hunched over, Anton looks like a
Executive Producer: Kim Nguyen, lay fibre-optic cable from Kansas City giant forced into a smaller body.
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, Fred Berger, to New York, gaining them and their cli- A tragicomedy about hustlers (read:
Marie-Gabrielle Stewart, Heidi Levitt
Producer: Pierre Even ents crucial seconds in order to trounce venture capitalists) fighting the establish-
Screenplay: Kim Nguyen their competitors. ment and even the course of history itself,
Cinematographer: Nicolas Bolduc Vincent — the force behind the scheme — Nguyen’s latest is his most assured work
Editor: Arthur Tarnowski, Nicolas Chaudeurge
Production Designer: Emmanuel Fréchette is a frantic dreamer who pursues his ideas since his widely celebrated Rebelle.
Sound: Pierre Mertens, Thomas Gauder, Paul Heymans with zealot-like intensity while promising STEVE GRAVESTOCK
Music: Yves Gourmeur everyone the moon. Anton is the brains, a
Principal Cast: Alexander Skarsgård, Jesse Eisenberg,
Salma Hayek, Michael Mando socially awkward data wiz with few friends Kim Nguyen was born in Montreal.
besides Vincent. Both end up in the cross- His features include Le Marais
Production: Item 7 (02), Truffle (08), La cité (10), and
5413 boul. St-Laurent, Suite 301 hairs of their ruthless former employer Eva the Oscar-nominated Rebelle (12)
Montréal, Québec H2T 1S5 Canada Torres (Salma Hayek), a Wall Street lion as well as Two Lovers and a Bear
info@item7.ca willing to devour anyone unlucky enough to (16) and Eye on Juliet (17), both

CONTACT INFORMATION get in her way. of which played the Festival. The
Hummingbird Project (19) is his
Canadian Distributor: Elevation Pictures Unfortunately, Anton hasn’t entirely fig- latest feature.
International Sales Agent: HanWay Films ured out how to make the cable connection
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA)
(see page 359) fast enough to warrant the expense. As time
runs out, Vincent’s claims of grandeur get
progressively wilder.
Extraordinary performances by the
leads propel The Hummingbird Project.

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Hotel Mumbai
Sometimes events designed to tear us apart We live in an age that seems always to be
Anthony Maras can be the very ones that bring us together. emphasizing our differences. By conjuring
AUSTRALIA, 2018 Featuring stunning performances from this traumatic moment in recent history,
English, Hindi, Urdu, Punjabi, Russian, Persian, Academy Award nominee Dev Patel and Hotel Mumbai reminds us that enduring
Greek, Marathi, Arabic Golden Globe nominee Armie Hammer, this such situations requires people to truly
WORLD PREMIERE
125 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) searing, vivid dramatization of the Mumbai see each other not as pawns straddling
attacks hurls us into the chaos that terror- either side of a dividing wall but, rather, as
Production Company: Hamilton Entertainment/
Thunder Road Films/Electric Pictures/ ized India’s most populous city for four days fellow human beings whose best chance is
Xeitgeist Entertainment Group/Cyan Films in 2008. A film that does not hold back in its grounded in interdependence. When great
Executive Producer: Kent Kubena, Ying Ye, depiction of violence, Hotel Mumbai also danger comes, we are all in this together.
Ryan Hamilton, Mark Montgomery,
Natalya Pavchinskaya, Jonathan Fuhrman, Joe Cohen highlights ordinary people from all walks JANE SCHOETTLE
Producer: Basil Iwanyk, Gary Hamilton, Mike Gabrawy, of life whose responses to this nightmarish
Julie Ryan, Andrew Ogilvie, Jomon Thomas scenario reveal the courage and resilience Anthony Maras was born in Adelaide,
Screenplay: Anthony Maras, John Collee
Cinematographer: Nick Remy Matthews that unite us when we need it most. Australia. His directorial credits
include the short films Azadi (05),
Editor: Peter McNulty, Anthony Maras Helmed by Australian director Anthony Spike Up (07), and The Palace (11).
Production Designer: Steven Jones-Evans Maras, the film focuses on the events Hotel Mumbai (18) is his feature
Sound: Sam Petty
Music: Volker Bertelmann that transpired at the opulent Taj Mahal directorial debut.
Principal Cast: Armie Hammer, Dev Patel, Palace Hotel, targeted by Lashkar-e-Taiba
Nazanin Boniadi, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, militants as an emblem of Indian prosperity
Anupam Kher, Jason Isaacs
and modernity. The city erupts, and explo-
Production: Hamilton Entertainment sions render much of the hotel a death trap.
8730 Wilshire Blvd, Suite #508
California 90211 USA Gunmen — uneducated, impoverished young
info@arclightfilms.com men led by charismatic extremists — begin
hunting down staff and clients. People in the
CONTACT INFORMATION
International Sales Agent: Arclight Films thick of the maelstrom, people from a wide
US Sales Agent: Arclight Films, WME, Verve range of class, culture, and creed must find
(see page 359) a way to organize and mobilize in the face of
constant peril.

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The Weekend
Toronto-born writer-director Stella Meghie Using a pleasingly light touch, Meghie
Stella Meghie (Jean of the Joneses) returns to the Festival imbues each of her characters with complex-
USA, 2018 with this winsome romantic comedy about ity, charisma, and the capacity for change. By
English old love, new love, and learning to love one- the time The Weekend is over, none of them
WORLD PREMIERE self. Fronted by Saturday Night Live alumna will return to their daily lives without a fresh
86 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Sasheer Zamata, The Weekend chronicles perspective.
Production Company: Marada Pictures/ three days of seductions, sabotage, and CAMERON BAILEY
Homegrown Pictures
Producer: Stella Meghie, James Gibb, Stephanie Allain, secrets unearthed.
Sarah Lazow, Mel Jones Zadie (Zamata) is 29, a stand-up come- Stella Meghie was born in Toronto.
Screenplay: Stella Meghie dian and, as she puts it, “extremely single.” She is a Tribeca Film Institute fellow.
Cinematographer: Kris Belchevski Her directorial credits include Jean
Editor: Shannon Baker Davis It has been three years since she split with of the Joneses (16), which screened
Production Designer: Cindy Chao, Michele Yu Bradford, though the two remain close at the Festival, and Everything,
Music: Robi Botos friends. Close enough that when Zadie Everything (17). The Weekend (18) is
Principal Cast: Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell,
DeWanda Wise, Y’Lan Noel, Kym Whitley invites him to her mother’s bed and break- her latest film.

fast, Bradford brings along his current


Production: Marada Pictures
400 S. Beverly Drive, Suite 200 girlfriend, Margo.
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA As the weekend progresses, no one is
james@maradapictures.com spared from Zadie’s acerbic wit — Margo
CONTACT INFORMATION least of all. If things weren’t uncomfortable
US Sales Agent: United Talent Agency (UTA), enough, the three are soon joined by Aubrey,
Creative Artists Agency (CAA) a handsome stranger from Montreal with no
(see page 359)
idea what sort of situation he’s checked into.
Jealousies and desires are stoked in
tandem. The isolated B&B, with its bucolic
surroundings designed to create an air of
tranquility only heightens the tension. Zadie
is smart and funny, but also self-absorbed to
the point where she cannot see the troubles
brewing right under her nose.

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Through Black Spruce
The smart, heartfelt  Through Black Don McKellar was born in Toronto.
Don McKellar Spruce follows Annie Bird (Tanaya Beatty), He has worked as an actor, director,
and screenwriter. His debut fea-
CANADA, 2018 a Cree woman from James Bay, as she trav- ture, Last Night (98), won the Best
English, Cree els to Toronto to find her sister, Suzanne, Canadian First Feature award at the
WORLD PREMIERE who left the family home in Moosonee more Festival and the Prix de la Jeunesse
111 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
than a year ago — and hasn’t been heard at Cannes. His features Childstar
(04) and The Grand Seduction (13)
Production Company: Serendipity Point Films from since. premiered at the Festival. Through
Executive Producer: Mark Musselman, Anant Singh,
Phyllis Laing In the city, Annie is sucked into the duplici- Black Spruce (18) is his latest film.
Producer: Tina Keeper, Barbara Samuels, tous and dangerous high-fashion world
Robert Lantos Suzanne became a part of, starting an affair
Screenplay: Barbara Samuels
Cinematographer: Douglas Koch with fast-rising photographer Jesse (Kiowa
Editor: Lindsay Alliakas Gordon), the last photographer still work-
Production Designer: Ian Hall ing with Suzanne when things began falling
Sound: David Otter
Music: alaska B apart. Annie soon realizes her search for
Principal Cast: Tanaya Beatty, Brandon Oakes, Suzanne may jeopardize her own life.
Kiowa Gordon, Graham Greene, Tantoo Cardinal, Subtly directed by Don McKellar, Through
Tina Keeper
Black Spruce  is structured like a murder
Production: Serendipity Point Films mystery but is less about following clues
9 Price Street
Toronto, Ontario M4W 1Z1 Canada than it is about the pain caused by Suzanne’s
wsaffer@serendipitypoint.com disappearance and her absence from the
Bird family’s lives. Both Annie and her
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: D Films Corporation Uncle Will (Brandon Oakes, the soul of the
International Sales Agent: Serendipity Point Films, film) are forced to venture into strange and
Distant Horizon uncomfortable worlds in their attempts to
US Sales Agent: Serendipity Point Films
(see page 359) keep their family together.
The film’s sensational cast also includes
veterans Graham Greene and Tantoo
Cardinal (who also appears at this year’s
Festival in Falls Around Her).
STEVE GRAVESTOCK

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Giant Little Ones
Adolescents face enormous pressure to talents as well as great work by veterans
Keith Behrman make life-defining decisions every day and MacLachlan, Bello (also at TIFF in the Short
CANADA, 2018 they want to lock in their identities sooner Cuts selection EXIT), and Peter Outerbridge
English than later. All of this pressure is exacerbated and the subtle, evocative directorial touch
WORLD PREMIERE by physical and social changes. Franky (Josh of Behrman, whose Flower & Garnet won
93 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Wiggins), the hero of Keith Behrman’s the 2002 Canadian Screen Award for Best
Production Company: euclid431 pictures exquisite and generous Giant Little Ones, is First Feature.
Executive Producer: Patrice Theroux, Maria Bello,
Nathan Morlando, Ricky Blumenstein, Jason Potash, under more pressure than most. His life was STEVE GRAVESTOCK
Paul Finkel, Hussain Amarshi, Daniel Bekerman, altered when his father (Kyle MacLachlan)
Mark Gingras, John Laing left his mother (Maria Bello) for a man. Keith Behrman was born in
Producer: Allison Black
Screenplay: Keith Behrman Franky is left embarrassed, confused, and Shaunavon, Saskatchewan. He
studied fine arts at Simon Fraser
Cinematographer: Guy Godfree feeling like he has to decide his sexuality University. His short films include
Editor: Sandy Pereira right away to avoid the disruption he blames Thomas (95) and White Cloud, Blue
Production Designer: Zosia Mackenzie
Sound: Neil McIntyre, Adam Stein, Jill Purdy, Keith Elliot, his father for. Mountain (97). His first feature,
Rudy Michael Determined to hide his uncertainty from Flower & Garnet (02), premiered at
the Festival. Giant Little Ones (18) is
Music: Michael Brook his best friend and his girlfriend, Franky his latest film.
Principal Cast: Josh Wiggins, Maria Bello,
Kyle MacLachlan, Darren Mann, Taylor Hickson, doesn’t realize he’s not the only one who
Peter Outerbridge, Niamh Wilson doesn’t know where he stands. When a wild
Production: euclid431 pictures party ends up in a way none of them could or TIFF Next Wave
8 Dovercourt Road would have dreamed, Franky and his friends Celebrating the highs and lows (and everything in between) of

are forced to decide what kind of people they


Toronto, Ontario M6J0B3 Canada young voices in today’s fast-moving world.
euclid431@gmail.com
want to be. This film has been selected for the next generation of film lovers
by the TIFF Next Wave Committee.
CONTACT INFORMATION A sensitive and touching look at that point
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media in adolescence when freedom is both intoxi-
International Sales Agent: Mongrel International
US Sales Agent: United Talent Agency (UTA) cating and terrifying (and feelings are both
(see page 359) elegiac and erotic), Giant Little Ones recalls
the best scenes in Stéphane Lafleur’s Tu
dors Nicole or Joachim Trier’s Oslo, August
31st. It’s driven by extraordinary young

130 special presentation


Can You Ever
Based on a true story, Can You Ever Forgive Nicole Holofcener (whose The Land of
Forgive Me? Me? stars Academy Award nominee Melissa Steady Habits is also at the Festival), Can
McCarthy as Lee Israel, the late biographer You Ever Forgive Me? is an incisive com-
Marielle Heller and forger whose brilliant tale of deception ment about commodification, legitimacy,
USA, 2018 speaks volumes about our obsessions with and opportunities for women. McCarthy
English
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE celebrity and authenticity. seizes the opportunity to expand her
107 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) It’s the 1980s. After decades spent com- already-impressive repertoire: her perfor-
Production Company: Archer Gray posing respectful profiles of successful mance here brims with intelligence, acerbic
Executive Producer: Jawal Nga, Pamela Hirsch, women such as Katharine Hepburn and wit, and an alluring sense of mischief.
Bob Balaban Tallulah Bankhead, Lee finds herself out CAMERON BAILEY
Producer: Anne Carey, Amy Nauiokas, David Yarnell
Screenplay: Nicole Holofcener, Jeff Whitty of step with the emergent trash-talk trend
Cinematographer: Brandon Trost in biography. Her new book about Estée Marielle Heller was born in Marin
Editor: Anne McCabe Lauder is a commercial failure, her agent County, California. She studied the-
Production Designer: Stephen Carter atre at the University of California,
Music: Nate Heller (Jane Curtin) has given up on her, and her Los Angeles, and London’s Royal
Principal Cast: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, finances have nosedived. Academy of Dramatic Art. She made
Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Ben Falcone, Sliding into middle age with no other her directorial debut with The Diary
Anna Deavere Smith, Stephen Spinella
skills to fall back on, Lee lights upon a fresh of a Teenage Girl (15). Can You Ever
Forgive Me? (18) is her latest film.
Production: Archer Gray method of capitalizing on the public’s fasci-
142 Greene St., 4th Floor
New York, NY 10012 USA nation with fame. Teaming up with an old
rebecca@archergray.com acquaintance (a furiously charming Richard
E. Grant) freshly released from prison after
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures serving time for armed robbery, Lee begins
US Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures selling the stolen and/or forged correspon-
(see page 359) dence of dead writers and actors. The gig is
a success but success has a way of drawing
unwanted attention.
Adapted from Israel’s eponymous mem-
oir by Tony Award–winning playwright
Jeff Whitty (Avenue Q) and writer-director

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Monsters and Men
Black Lives Matter changed us. Outrage over Zyrick (Kelvin Harrison Jr) is a
Reinaldo Marcus Green the dangers faced by African Americans at high-school basketball prodigy subject to
USA, 2018 the hands of authorities has permeated the racially charged shakedowns. He’s drawn
English culture. That culture and that outrage is felt to a girl active in the campaign to bring to
CANADIAN PREMIERE in every frame of writer-director Reinaldo justice cops like those who killed Big D but,
96 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Marcus Green’s bracing feature debut. Set like Manny and Dennis, he has a lot to lose
Production Company: Department of Motion Pictures primarily in Brooklyn’s Bedford-Stuyvesant by getting involved.
Executive Producer: Leonid Lebedev, Oren Moverman,
Chiara Bernasconi, Charles Miller neighborhood, Monsters and Men examines Green’s network narrative illuminates a
Producer: Josh Penn, Eddie Vaisman, Julia Lebedev, how a single incident of violence has conse- broad system of fear and misconduct, while
Luca Borghese, Elizabeth Lodge Stepp quences for an entire community. his camerawork implicates us in its mirror-
Screenplay: Reinaldo Marcus Green
Cinematographer: Patrick Scola Things are going well for Manny (Anthony ing of police suspicion. Monsters and Men
Editor: Justin Chan, Scott Cummings Ramos). He has a loving wife, a baby daugh- speaks to one of the most urgent issues of
Production Designer: Scott Dougan ter, and another child on the way. He has a our time — one that affects us all — whether
Music: Kris Bowers
Principal Cast: John David Washington, new job working security. Then he witnesses we chose to see it or not.
Kelvin Harrison Jr, Anthony Ramos, Chanté Adams, Big D, an amiable local fixture, get fatally CAMERON BAILEY
Nicole Beharie, Rob Morgan, Jasmine Cephas Jones shot while resisting arrest. Manny captures
Production: Department of Motion Pictures the entire event with his cellphone camera. Reinaldo Marcus Green was born
825 Frenchmen Street He feels morally obligated to share the video, in New York City. He is a graduate of
New Orleans, LA 70116 USA NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. His
josh@thedofmp.com but he knows that doing so could threaten directorial credits include the short
his family’s well-being. films Stone Cars (14) and Stop (15).
CONTACT INFORMATION Dennis (John David Washington) is a Monsters and Men (18), which won a
US Distributor: NEON
International Sales Agent: HanWay Films Black NYPD officer who regularly experi- Special Jury Prize at the Sundance
Film Festival, is his feature debut.
(see page 359) ences racial profiling and understands the
proximity of police solidarity to corrup-
tion. He grows increasingly unnerved with
his colleagues’ insistence that he fall in
line when queries into Big D’s death begin
to circulate.

132 special presentation


The Old Man & The Gun
Written and directed by David Lowery Infused with Hollywood’s history of outlaw
David Lowery (A Ghost Story) and featuring magnetic per- charm, this is the type of glorious bank-robber
USA, 2018 formances from Academy Award winners movie they just don’t make anymore.
English Robert Redford and Sissy Spacek, The Old CAMERON BAILEY
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Man & The Gun breathes invigorating new
93 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
life into an old genre. David Lowery was born in Milwaukee
Production Company: Endgame Entertainment/ Based on the true story of career criminal and is based in Dallas. His features as
Condé Nast Entertainment/Sailor Bear Film/ writer-director include St. Nick (09),
Identity Films/Tango Productions/ and prison-escape artist Forrest Tucker, the Ain’t Them Bodies Saints (13), Pete’s
Wildwood Enterprises film revives a cinematic tradition of reflecting Dragon (16), A Ghost Story (17), and
Executive Producer: Patrick Newall, Lucas Smith, on America’s outlaw fixation while delivering The Old Man & the Gun (18).
Julie Goldstein, Tim Headington, Karl Spoerri,
Marc Schmidheiny an exhilarating tale of felonious mischief.
Producer: James D. Stern, Dawn Ostroff, Having first been put away at age 15,
Jeremy Steckler, Anthony Mastromauro, Bill Holderman, Forrest (Redford) has spent much of his life
Toby Halbrooks, James M. Johnston, Robert Redford
Screenplay: David Lowery in jail and much of his energy breaking out
Cinematographer: Joe Anderson — he successfully escaped incarceration 18
Editor: Lisa Zeno Churgin times. Forrest is now in his seventies, free,
Production Designer: Scott Kuzio
Music: Daniel Hart and living in a retirement community, yet he
Principal Cast: Robert Redford, Casey Affleck, cannot resist the lure of another bank heist.
Danny Glover, Tika Sumpter, Tom Waits, Sissy Spacek He assembles a gang who, though armed, rely
Production: Endgame Entertainment mainly on creativity and charisma to claim
9696 Wilshire Blvd., 3rd Floor their loot. They are pursued by Detective
Beverly Hills, CA 90212 USA
reception@endgameent.com John Hunt (Casey Affleck), whose official
duty is galvanized by the purity of his love
CONTACT INFORMATION for the chase.
Canadian Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures
US Distributor: Fox Searchlight Pictures With Redford subtly invoking his own sto-
(see page 359) ried resumé as the embodiment of a certain
masculine ideal, and a sublime supporting
cast that includes Danny Glover, Tom Waits,
and Elisabeth Moss, The Old Man & The Gun
is both entertaining and elegiac.

special presentation 133


Manto
This sweeping biopic stars Nawazuddin stories into the fabric of his biography, illumi-
Nandita Das Siddiqui (TIFF ’13’s The Lunchbox) as nating the many links between the author’s
INDIA, 2018 Saadat Hasan Manto, the Urdu-language work and life.
Hindi, Urdu writer whose daring and gorgeously crafted “Either everyone’s life matters,” Manto
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE short stories garnered great acclaim — and famously declared, “or no one’s does.” It is a
112 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
great controversy. motto that resonates through Manto’s writ-
Production Company: HP Studios/FilmStoc/Viacom18 Written and directed by Nandita Das, ing, which often depicted the unjust destinies
Motion Pictures/Nandita Das Initiatives
Executive Producer: Sanjeevkumar Nair whose 2008 directorial debut Firaaq of the marginalized throughout the events so
Screenplay: Nandita Das premiered at the Festival, Manto offers a vividly recreated in this stunning film.
Cinematographer: Kartik Vijay visionary double portrait: that of one of the CAMERON BAILEY
Editor: A. Sreekar Prasad
Production Designer: Rita Ghosh 20th century’s most important and uncom-
Sound: Resul Pookutty, Arunav Dutta promising writers, and that of the writer’s Nandita Das was born in Mumbai.
Music: Sneha Khanwalkar country in a period of tremendous upheaval. She is a prolific actor who has
Principal Cast: Nawazuddin Siddiqui, Rasika Dugal, appeared in films such as Deepa
Tahir Raj Bhasin The film opens in 1946, the dawn of India’s Mehta’s Fire (96) and Earth (98).
independence from British rule. The new air Her film Firaaq (08) had its world
CONTACT INFORMATION of optimism proves fleeting, however, as the premiere at the Festival. Manto (18)
International Sales Agent: Radiant Films International
(see page 359) country becomes embroiled in displacement is her latest feature.

and religious violence — incidents to which a


horrified Manto bears witness — and swiftly
moves toward partition from Pakistan.
Forced to leave Mumbai for Lahore, Manto’s
despair at the chaos engulfing his homeland
is channelled into his writing, which becomes
more bracingly taut, brutal, and sexual — the
very qualities for which he will be put on trial
for obscenity on six different occasions.
Echoing the strategy deployed by Paul
Schrader in Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters,
Manto seamlessly weaves extracts of Manto’s

134 special presentation


Dogman
Drawing on a true-crime story that fasci- Fonte, who won the Best Actor award at
Matteo Garrone nated Italy in the 1980s, Matteo Garrone Cannes for his role here, delivers a perfor-
ITALY/FRANCE, 2018 ventures once again — as he did so success- mance for the ages as the loyal-only-to-a-point
Italian fully with Gomorrah — into the grimy and dog groomer, but it is Garrone’s remarkable
CANADIAN PREMIERE brutal reality of the Italian underworld. This grasp of narrative, conflict, and palpable
103 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
time the action unfolds not in the urban milieu that has one reaching for superlatives.
Production Company: Archimede Srl/Le Pacte/ jungle of Naples, but along a seedy beachside This is realist filmmaking at its best.
Rai Cinema
Executive Producer: Alessio Lazzareschi wasteland of tumbledown houses in nearby PIERS HANDLING
Producer: Matteo Garrone, Jean Labadie, Castel Volturno.
Jeremy Thomas, Paolo Del Brocco It’s a vivid setting for Dogman, Garrone’s Matteo Garrone was born in Rome.
Screenplay: Matteo Garrone, Ugo Chiti,
Massimo Gaudioso unique update of the David and Goliath tale. He worked as a painter and assistant
cameraman before making his debut
Cinematographer: Nicolaj Bruel His protagonist, the even-tempered and feature, Land in Between (96). His
Editor: Marco Spoletini seemingly innocuous Marcello (Marcello other features include Guests (98),
Production Designer: Dimitri Capuani
Sound: Maricetta Lombardo Fonte), is a devoted single father who Roman Summer (00), The Enbalmer
Music: Michele Braga scrapes out a living amidst a small strip of (02) and First Love (04) as well as
Gomorrah (08), and Reality (12),
Principal Cast: Marcello Fonte, Alida Baldari Calabria, storefronts by grooming dogs — and selling which both won the Grand Prix at
Edoardo Pesce, Nunzia Schiano, Adamo Dionisi,
Francesco Acquaroli, Gianluca Gobbi cocaine on the side in order to give his teen- Cannes. Dogman (18) is his latest film.
age daughter the best life he can.
Production: Archimede Srl
Piazza Vittorio Emanuele II 39 The man who will become Marcello’s
Roma 00185 Italy nemesis is his best customer, Simoncino
archimedefilm@gmail.com (Edoardo Pesce), a hulking, unleashed id
CONTACT INFORMATION of a man who deploys brutal violence when
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media confronted by any situation he does not
US Distributor: Magnolia Pictures like. Ironically, the wispy Marcello’s mild
International Sales Agent: Rai Com
(see page 359) manners and logic have a taming effect
on the bullish Simoncino. But the latter’s
plan to raise more money for his voracious
appetites sends their shaky friendship in an
unexpected (and bloody) direction.

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The Sisters Brothers
Jacques Audiard, winner of the Palme d’Or owns a town and commands a murderous
Jacques Audiard for 2015’s Dheepan, has made a radical shift army of fur trappers, and a detective (Jake
USA/FRANCE/ROMANIA/SPAIN, 2018 in his oeuvre by crossing the Atlantic to Gyllenhaal) tracking the same peculiar man
English work in that most American of genres, the they are.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE western. And what a western it is. From the Audiard and his skilled cast turn The
120 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
very first moments of The Sisters Brothers, Sisters Brothers into far more than a colourful
Production Company: Why Not Productions it is clear that Audiard wants to bring some- romp. Inflected with dark humour, a dream-
Executive Producer: Chelsea Barnard, Sammy Scher,
Fernando Victoria de Lecea, Tudor Reu, Delphine Tomson thing new — a particularly eccentric balance like quality and a good deal of reverence, the
Producer: Pascal Caucheteux, Gregoire Sorlat, of wit, tenderness, and toughness of spirit film tips its hat to the tradition of the genre
Michel Merkt, Megan Ellison, Michael De Luca, — to the form. while providing its own unique stamp.
Alison Dickey, John C. Reilly
Screenplay: Jacques Audiard, Thomas Bidegain Based on Canadian author Patrick PIERS HANDLING
Cinematographer: Benoit Debie deWitt’s award-winning novel, The Sisters
Editor: Juliette Welfling Brothers tells the knockabout story of two Jacques Audiard was born in Paris.
Production Designer: Michel Barthelemy
Sound: Brigitte Taillandier notorious assassins, Eli and Charlie Sisters His features as director and co-writer
include Regarde les hommes tomber
Music: Alexandre Desplat (John C. Reilly and Joaquin Phoenix). (94), Un héros très discret (96), De
Principal Cast: John C. Reilly, Joaquin Phoenix, Grizzled, cynical, and not inclined to take Battre mon coeur s’est arrêté (05),
Jake Gyllenhaal, Riz Ahmed, Rutger Hauer,
Carole Kane, Rebecca Root prisoners, the Sisters brothers navigate, and the Cannes Grand Prix winner
with brutal efficiency and a modicum of Un prophète (09). His films Sur mes
Production: Why Not Productions lèvres (01), Rust and Bone (12), and
3, Rue Paillet luck, the wilds of the American Far West at the Palme d’Or winner Dheepan
Paris 75005 France the height of the Gold Rush in 1851, when (15) all screened at the Festival. The
rosa@whynotproductions.fr quick thinking and an even quicker draw are Sisters Brothers (18) is his latest film.

CONTACT INFORMATION the requisite means of survival. Contracted


Canadian Distributor: Elevation Pictures by Oregon City crime boss The Commodore
US Distributor: Annapurna Pictures (Rutger Hauer) to kill Hermann Kermit
International Sales Agent: IMR International
(see page 359) Warm (Riz Ahmed), a prospector he claims
has betrayed him, the brothers encounter
myriad complications on their eventful
ride down to San Francisco and through the
Sierra Nevada: witches, bears, a madam who

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Viper Club
Televised images of armed conflict are Viper Club is a film about a mother who waits
Maryam Keshavarz sadly familiar in our modern age.  But the — and about what happens when she can
USA, 2018 lesser-known stories of loved ones left wait no more.
English in limbo and in fear following violent JANE SCHOETTLE
WORLD PREMIERE acts are the basis of this new film from
109 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Maryam Keshavarz was born in
Production Company: CounterNarrative Films Keshavarz (Circumstance). New York City. She received her
Executive Producer: Susan Leber MFA in film directing at the Tisch
Producer: Anna Gerb, Neal Dodson, J.C. Chandor Helen (Academy Award winner Susan School of Arts. Her work includes
Screenplay: Maryam Keshavarz, Jonathan Mastro Sarandon) is a veteran emergency room the short films Not for Sale (06) and
Cinematographer: Drew Daniels nurse facing another kind of crisis when her The Day I Died (06), and the feature
Editor: Andrea Chignoli
Production Designer: Javiera Varas only son — a war correspondent on foreign Circumstance (11). Viper Club (18) is
her latest feature.
Sound: Ian Gaffney-Rosenfeld, Mark Amicucci, assignment — is taken hostage by a terror-
Mathew Waters ist organization. Initially (and somewhat
Music: Gingger Shankar
Principal Cast: Susan Sarandon, Matt Bomer, Lola Kirke, naively) confident that the highest levels
Julian Morris, Sheila Vand, Adepero Oduye, Edie Falco of her government will make her son’s safe
Production: CounterNarrative Films return a priority, Helen soon becomes
33 Union Square West 9R disillusioned by the state’s inaction and
New York, NY 10003 USA double-speak.
info@roadsideattractions.com
Isolated, frustrated, and alone, Helen finds
CONTACT INFORMATION a beacon of light in Charlotte (Edie Falco,
US Distributor: Roadside Attractions, YouTube Premium also at the Festival in The Land of Steady
(see page 359)
Habits), an enigmatic and effective activist
who represents a covert group with proven
successes in bypassing governments to free
prisoners. Helen invests her fervent hope
in Charlotte’s refreshing pragmatism.
Sarandon, in an extraordinary perfor-
mance, shows us the interior life of someone
powerless to protect what she holds dearest.

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Teen Spirit
Seventeen-year-old Violet (Elle Fanning, This is a familiar story. In fact, one of Teen
Max Minghella also at the Festival in Galveston) lives with Spirit’s executive producers is Jamie Bell
USA, 2018 her mother (Agnieszka Grochowska) on a (appearing at the Festival in both Skin and
English small farm on the Isle of Wight. Her days Donnybrook), whose breakthrough role was
WORLD PREMIERE are spent doing chores, waiting tables, and in Billy Elliot, a film with a similar trajectory.
92 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
attending secondary school, where she keeps But Teen Spirit feels strikingly fresh.
Production Company: Automatik/Blank Tape/Interscope to herself. Minghella and cinematographer Autumn
Executive Producer: Jamie Bell, Max Minghella,
Brian Kavanaugh-Jones, John Janick, Tony Seyler, But in her free time — spent alone in her Durald-Arkpaw combine a predominantly
David Garrett room, in the fields with her beloved horse, low-key visual style with occasional bursts
Producer: Fred Berger or at an under-attended open-mic night — of music-video sizzle, while Violet and Vlad
Screenplay: Max Minghella
Cinematographer: Autumn Durald-Arkpaw Violet surrenders to song. She’s a naturally make a loveable surrogate father-daughter
Editor: Cam McLauchlin gifted singer for whom pop stardom might team whose camaraderie is touching. Above
Production Designer: Kave Quinn not be mere fantasy. This lovely film, the all, Fanning has never given such a stun-
Music: Marius DeVries
Principal Cast: Elle Fanning, Zlatko Buric, Rebecca Hall directorial debut of actor Max Minghella ningly controlled performance, combining
(The Handmaid’s Tale), tells the story of how sustained withdrawal with sudden explo-
Production: Automatik
7122 Beverly Blvd., Suite F Violet gathers the courage to come out of her sions of dazzling musical energy.
Los Angeles, California 90036 USA shell with a bang. JANE SCHOETTLE
kirsten@automatikent.com This is also the story of a friendship.
CONTACT INFORMATION Vlad (Zlatko Buric), a once-celebrated Max Minghella was born in London.
International Sales Agent: Mister Smith Entertainment opera singer, hears Violet and knows she’s He studied history at Columbia
University, New York. His acting cred-
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA) something special. He declares himself her its include The Social Network (10)
(see page 359)
manager and trainer, accompanying her as and The Handmaid’s Tale (17–18).
she tries out for a popular televised musi- Teen Spirit (18) marks his feature
cal talent program called Teen Spirit. Vlad debut as writer-director.

is a bear of a man with a tendency to drink


away his sorrows, but if he and Violet can
stick together as her star rises, they might TIFF Next Wave
just make each other better people. Celebrating the highs and lows (and everything in between) of
young voices in today’s fast-moving world.

This film has been selected for the next generation of film lovers by
the TIFF Next Wave Committee.

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Bao Bei Er
Chinese celebrity Yang Mi delivers an out- its propulsive drama and doesn’t let go until
Baby standing performance in Baby, the latest its conclusion. Using handheld camera-
from Liu Jie (Courthouse on Horseback), a work for maximum immediacy, Liu’s film
Liu Jie tautly paced, emotionally searing story that focuses on Meng’s mission as she hurries
CHINA, 2018 asks difficult questions about what makes a from place to place searching for help. The
Mandarin
WORLD PREMIERE
life worth living. stakes are high, not only for this newborn
96 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) Having been born with the associ- teetering between life and death, but for our
Production Company: 3C Films Co., Ltd/Beijing Culture/
ated birth defects collectively known as heroine, whose own humble life is suddenly
Nanjing Sino-Movie Media&Culture Co., Ltd/ VACTERL and abandoned by her parents, galvanized with purpose.
Zhejiang Hengdian Film Co., Ltd 20-year-old Meng (Yang) was raised as a GIOVANNA FULVI
Executive Producer: Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Producer: Gao Shan
foster child. Meng still lives with her foster
Screenplay: Liu Jie mother, who is now elderly, poor, ailing, and Liu Jie was born in Tianjin, China. His
Cinematographer: Florian J.E. Zinke otherwise alone. Though everyone tells directorial credits include Courthouse
Editor: William Chang, Liao Ching-Song on Horseback (06), Judge (09), Deep
Production Designer: Yuan Feng
Meng to move to the city and get on with her in the Clouds (10), De Lan (15), and
Sound: Tu Duu-Chih, Wu Shu-Yao life, she cannot bring herself to give up on the Hide and Seek (16). Baby (18) is his
Music: Guo Sida woman who gave her a real home. latest film.
Principal Cast: Yang Mi, Guo Jingfei, Lee Hongchi,
Wang Yanjun, Zhu Shaojun, Yan Surong
Meng finds work as a janitor in a children’s
hospital. It is there she encounters a man
Production: 3C Films Co., Ltd
2-1-302, No15, Dengshengmen West St.
whose newborn has been diagnosed with
Beijing 100088 China VACTERL. The man has decided to cease
liujiedaoyan@sina.com treatments for his baby girl, which means
CONTACT INFORMATION
allowing her to die. This is something Meng
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch can’t accept. Thus begins a relentless cam-
(see page 359) paign to save the baby’s life, one that forces
Meng to navigate institutional bureaucracy,
legal interference, and the emotional vaga-
ries of the baby’s distraught parents.
Baby, executive-produced by Taiwanese
master Hou Hsiao-Hsien, sweeps you up in

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Driven
Based on an outlandish true story, Driven Jim is now compelled to use his powers to
Nick Hamm captures the uneasy alliance of maverick incriminate his millionaire friend.
PUERTO RICO/UNITED KINGDOM/USA, 2018 car designer John DeLorean and his less Written by Colin Bateman and directed
English famous yet very colourful neighbour. Theirs by Nick Hamm (TIFF ’16’s The Journey),
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE is a story of too much money, too many drugs, Driven is a furiously entertaining spin
108 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
and the inevitable crash and burn. Life in the through the felonies of the rich and famous.
Production Company: Tempo Productions Limited/ fast lane? Driven makes the autobahn look Sudeikis is strangely endearing in his role
The Pimienta Film Company/Romulus Entertainment
Executive Producer: Walter Josten, Joseph Ingrassia, like a go-cart track. as an ingratiating compulsive huckster, the
Jo Bamford, Cyril Megret, Tim Haslam, Hugo Grumbar, The year is 1977. Long established as a embodiment of a certain brand of starry-
Alastair Burlingham, Nick Hamm titan in his field, Motor City native DeLorean eyed, relentless American ambition.
Producer: Piers Tempest, Luillo Ruiz, Brad Feinstein
Screenplay: Colin Bateman (Lee Pace) is living in luxury in Southern JANE SCHOETTLE
Cinematographer: Karl Walter Lindenlaub California and dreaming of the ultimate
Editor: Brett Reed vehicle, one that will be coveted by every
Production Designer: Fernando Carrion
Sound: Jay Meagher car connoisseur and constitute the peak of Nick Hamm was born in Belfast. He
received his degree in English and
Music: Geronimo Mercado, Lorne Balfe, his legacy: a sports car with wings. philosophy from the University of
Kim and Kathryn Kluge John’s neighbour, Jim (Jason Sudeikis), Manchester. His directorial credits
Principal Cast: Jason Sudeikis, Lee Pace, Judy Greer,
Isabel Arraiza, Corey Stoll meanwhile, acts like a high roller while include the features The Hole (01),
barely supporting his wife Ellen (Judy Greer, Godsend (04), and The Journey (16),
Production: Tempo Productions Limited which played the Festival. Driven (18)
Lower Scarcliffe, Off Carleton Lane, Carleton, also appearing at the Festival in Halloween) is his latest film.
Skipton BD23 3HS United Kingdom and their children. Proximity and dumb
pt@tempoproductions.net luck draw Jim into John’s opulent orbit.
CONTACT INFORMATION Their friendship puts Jim in the front seat
International Sales Agent: Embankment Films for some precarious exploits, including the
US Sales Agent: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment, transport of a planeload of narcotics. When
United Talent Agency (UTA)
(see page 359) Jim is caught red-handed, FBI Special Agent
Benedict Tisa (Golden Globe nominee
Corey Stoll, also appearing at the Festival
in First Man) sees an opportunity to use
the bottom-feeder to catch the big fish.

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Mid90s
Trust Jonah Hill to make a coming-of-age Set to a connoisseur’s soundtrack of
Jonah Hill story that’s wickedly irreverent and bursting ’90s rock and rap, Mid90s captures the
USA, 2018 with heart. The two-time Academy Award hijinks and hair-raising risk-taking of pre-
English nominee’s singular gifts as an actor translate digital-age teen life. Stevie’s pals can be
WORLD PREMIERE seamlessly into his debut as writer-director. obnoxious one moment and exception-
84 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Mid90s is goofy, intelligent, and tender — ally kind (even wise) the next. Employing
Production Company: A24/Waypoint Entertainment and it might have you eyeing that skateboard brilliantly timed jump-cuts and a surpris-
Executive Producer: Scott Robertson, Jennifer Semler,
Alex G. Scott collecting dust in the garage. ingly spare aesthetic that owes as much
Producer: Scott Rudin, Eli Bush, Ken Kao, Jonah Hill, Stevie (Sunny Suljic, The Killing of a to François Truffaut as Judd Apatow, Hill
Lila Yacoub Sacred Deer) is a sweet 13-year-old about to proves to be a uniquely sophisticated chroni-
Screenplay: Jonah Hill
Cinematographer: Christopher Blauvelt explode. His mom (Katherine Waterston, cler of youthful folly while delivering some
Editor: Nick Houy Inherent Vice) is loving and attentive, but of the funniest scenes you’ll find on screen
Production Designer: Jahmin Assa a little too forthcoming about her romantic this year.
Sound: Aaron Glasscock, Skip Lievsay, Lisa Pinero
Music: Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross life. His big brother (Oscar nominee Lucas JANE SCHOETTLE
Principal Cast: Sunny Suljic, Lucas Hedges, Hedges, also at the Festival in Boy Erased and
Na-kel Smith, Olan Prenatt, Gio Galicia, Ben is Back) is a taciturn and violent bully. Jonah Hill was born in Los Angeles.
Ryder McLaughlin, Alexa Demie, Katherine Waterston
So Stevie searches his working-class Los He attended Bard College,the New
School, and the University of
Production: A24 Angeles suburb for somewhere to belong. Colorado Boulder. He is a prolific actor
31 West 27th Street, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10001 USA He finds it at the Motor Avenue skate shop. and was nominated for an Oscar for
info@a24films.com Stevie’s new friends are older and more his roles in Moneyball (11) and The
experienced in everything that matters, Wolf of Wall Street (13). Mid90s (18)
CONTACT INFORMATION is his feature directorial debut.
US Distributor: A24 like skateboarding, hip-hop, girls, and get-
International Sales Agent: A24 ting into trouble. Stevie seems so green but,
(see page 359) disarmed by his earnestness and bravado TIFF Next Wave
— he’ll attempt even the most insane stunts Celebrating the highs and lows (and everything in between) of

in an effort to be accepted — the Motor


young voices in today’s fast-moving world.

Avenue crew welcomes him into their fold. This film has been selected for the next generation of film lovers by
the TIFF Next Wave Committee.
Their friendship gives Stevie an unprec-
edented sense of worth. It also places him
in ever-scarier situations.

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Wild Rose
Rose-Lynn Harlan (TIFF 2017 Rising Star Buckley delivers a vivacious and unforget-
Tom Harper Jessie Buckley) has dreamt of becoming a table performance as Rose-Lynn, her voice
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 country music star for as long as anyone a star of its own. With a confident hand,
English can remember. But Glasgow isn’t exactly director Tom Harper brings Nicole Taylor’s
WORLD PREMIERE Nashville, and, as a convicted criminal beautiful, textured script, full of authentic
101 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
and single mother of two young children, characters and unexpected turns, to life in
Production Company: Fable Pictures Rose-Lynn is more country song than Glasgow, a city that, like his protagonist,
Executive Producer: Natascha Wharton, Leslie Finlay,
Alison Owen, Xavier Marchand, Polly Stokes country starlet. might appear gritty on the surface, but is
Producer: Faye Ward Just released from prison, forced to wear bursting with spirit and personality.
Screenplay: Nicole Taylor an ankle monitor and keep curfew, she can’t Rose-Lynn’s story reminds us that taking
Cinematographer: George Steel
Editor: Mark Eckersley return to her job as the house-band singer responsibility doesn’t have to mean giving
Production Designer: Lucy Spink at Glasgow’s Grand Ole Opry. Sporting her up hope. And sometimes when we’re chasing
Sound: Colin Nicolson white cowboy hat and white leather cow- our dreams, we realize we were living them
Music: Jack Arnold
Principal Cast: Jessie Buckley, Julie Walters, boy boots, Rose-Lynn lands a new job as a all along.
Sophie Okonedo housekeeper for the lovely, and very posh, KERRI CRADDOCK
Production: Fable Pictures Susannah (Sophie Okonedo). After catch-
25 Golden Square ing her singing on the job, Susannah’s kids Tom Harper was born in North
London W1F 9LU United Kingdom quickly become Rose-Lynn’s biggest fans London. His credits include the fea-
info@fablepics.com tures The Scouting Book for Boys
and Susannah her enthusiastic patron, (09), War Book (14), and The Woman
CONTACT INFORMATION determined to help her get to Nashville. But in Black 2: Angel of Death (14), as well
Canadian Distributor: Entertainment One Rose-Lynn’s dreams come at a cost. Her as the miniseries War & Peace (16).
International Sales Agent: Sierra Affinity
US Sales Agent: Creative Artists Agency (CAA), mother (Julie Walters), who knows all about Wild Rose (18) is his latest film.

United Talent Agency (UTA) abandoning dreams, has always done what
(see page 359) she can to help her daughter realize hers,
but she also wants her to take responsibil-
ity and act like the grownup that her kids
need her to be.

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Les filles du soleil
Translating the experiences of war to the presents the stories of individual characters
Girls of the Sun big screen has predominantly been the within her larger ensemble narrative. She
domain of male directors. With her second consistently chooses to highlight the cama-
Eva Husson full-length feature, writer-director Eva raderie shared by the female fighters over
FRANCE, 2018 Husson, TIFF Platform and now Cannes the violence they inflict; her characters are
French, English, Arabic, Kurdish
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE
Competition alum, brings all the action, soldiers, yes, but they are also women, and
115 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) emotion, and suspense that you’d expect people, first. Thwarting expectations,
Production Company: Maneki Films
from a film set on the front lines of a war Husson challenges our notions of the roles
Screenplay: Eva Husson zone, but with a distinctive and refreshing of women both on the battlefield and behind
Cinematographer: Mattias Troelstrup female gaze. the camera and, through her characters’
Editor: Emilie Orsini
Production Designer: David Bersanetti
Girls of the Sun follows an impassioned unrelenting pursuit of freedom, reminds us
Sound: Olivier Le Vacon, Alexis Place, war correspondent, Mathilde (Emmanuelle to never give up hope.
Emmanuel de Boissieu Bercot), into the Daesh battleground of KERRI CRADDOCK
Music: Morgan Kibby
Principal Cast: Golshifteh Farahani, Emmanuelle Bercot
northwestern Iraqi Kurdistan, where she
is embedded with a unit of female pesh- Eva Husson was born and raised
Production: Maneki Films
42 rue Rene Boulanger
merga fighters. Led by Bahar (Golshifteh in France, where she received an
MFA at the American Film Institute.
Paris 75010 France Farahani), the unit is made up of women She directed the short film Hope
info@maneki-films.com formerly held captive, many as sex slaves, to Die (04), and the 50-minute

CONTACT INFORMATION
by Daesh following the massacre of their feature Those for Whom It’s Always
Canadian Distributor: Pacific Northwest Pictures husbands and the kidnapping of their Complicated (13). Her feature Bang
Gang (A Modern Love Story) (15)
US Distributor: Cohen Media Group children. Seamlessly weaving between the premiered at the Festival. Girls of
International Sales Agent: Elle Driver
(see page 359)
harrowing pasts that brought them together the Sun (18) is her latest film.
and their perilous present, Husson high-
lights the shared suffering that strengthens
their bond and their will to fight to get their
village, and their families, back.
Though operating here at a much larger
scale, as in her debut feature Bang Gang
(A Modern Love Story) Husson deftly

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Vision
Naomi Kawase is that rare filmmaker who with an open-hearted, near-palpable sense
Naomi Kawase can translate spiritual questions into cin- of desire, wonder, and wakefulness. This is a
JAPAN/FRANCE, 2018 ematic drama with reverence and invention. film about something most of us relegate to
English, French, Japanese Set in the magical Yoshino mountains of the margins of our daily lives, yet is arguably
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE Kawase’s home region of Nara, Vision is her the most important thing we can experience
109 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
most fully realized work yet. in this life: oneness.
Production Company: LDH Japan/Slot Machine/Kumie Jeanne (Juliette Binoche, also at the CAMERON BAILEY
Executive Producer: EXILE HIRO
Producer: Satoshi Miyazaki, Marianne Slot, Festival with High Life and Non-Fiction) is
Naomi Kawase a French essayist who has come to Japan in Naomi Kawase was born in Nara,
Screenplay: Naomi Kawase search of “vision,” an herb that appears but Japan, and studied film at the
Cinematographer: Arata Dodo Osaka School of Photography. Her
Editor: Yoichi Shibuya, François Gédigier once every 997 years and is said to vanquish films Suzaku (97), Shara (03), The
Production Designer: Setsuko Shiokawa weakness and agony in those who consume Mourning Forest (07), Still the Water
Sound: Roman Dymny it. Upon arriving in Nara, she meets the taci- (14), Sweet Bean (original title: An)
Music: Makoto Ozone
Principal Cast: Juliette Binoche, Masatoshi Nagase turn Tomo (frequent Kawase collaborator (15), and Radiance (17) have all
screened at the Festival. Vision (18)
Masatoshi Nagase) and his mentor Aki, a is her latest film.
Production: LDH Japan
1-2-2 Higashiyama, Meguro-ku charismatic prophet and keeper of the for-
Tokyo 153-0043 Japan ests who claims to be 1,000 years old. Not
t-funayama@ldh.co.jp long after Tomo agrees to let Jeanne stay
CONTACT INFORMATION with him, Aki vanishes, yet a young man
International Sales Agent: Elle Driver appears almost as if in her place. As the
(see page 359) sacred moment of vision’s return looms, past
events are summoned, new connections are
forged, and time itself seems to slip from its
perceived order — yielding new possibilities
for human existence.
Vision sounds ethereal, but Kawase takes
care to ground her film in tangible, sensuous
things, such as trees, food, and the human
touch. Binoche and Nagase endow the film

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Skin
Bryon Widner was born into hate. The son herself from fascist groups. Bryon’s love for
Guy Nattiv of a neo-Nazi leader, he was raised with Julie will prompt him to change his life. But
USA, 2018 white-supremacist beliefs, and from age 14 leaving behind all he knows is going to be hell.
English had those beliefs inked on his face and body Nattiv foreshadows Bryon’s coming
WORLD PREMIERE for the world to see. But a day would come changes with flash forwards to his intense
110 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
when what Bryon felt on the inside no longer tattoo removal treatments. These cinematic
Production Company: Maven Pictures/Sight Unseen matched the tattoos on the outside. jolts punctuate Bryon’s gripping journey, one
Pictures/New Native Pictures/PaperChase Films/
Lost Lane Entertainment/Brookstreet Pictures/ The true story of Widner’s excrutiat- well worth heeding.
Come What May Productions/Allusionist Picture ing transformation inspired this startling JANE SCHOETTLE
House/Hua Wen Movie Group/TUGAWOOD Pictures chronicle of redemption from Israeli writer-
Producer: Guy Nattiv, Oren Moverman,
Jaime Ray Newman, Celine Rattray, Trudie Styler, director Guy Nattiv. Starring Jamie Bell Guy Nattiv was born in Tel Aviv,
Dillon Jordan (also at the Festival in Donnybrook), where he graduated from the film
and television department of Camera
Screenplay: Guy Nattiv Danielle Macdonald and Oscar nominee Obscura School of Arts. His directo-
Cinematographer: Arnaud Potier
Editor: Lee Percy, Michael Taylor Vera Farmiga, Skin boldly immerses us in a rial credits include Strangers (07),
Production Designer: Mary Lena Colston cultural contingent that, however extreme, The Flood (10), and Magic Men (14).
Music: Dan Romer demands to be reckoned with. Skin (18) is his latest film.
Principal Cast: Jamie Bell, Vera Farmiga,
Danielle Macdonald, Mike Colter, Bill Camp The film begins with a violent alterca-
tion between the Vinlanders Social Club,
Production: Maven Pictures
148 Spring St., 4th Floor a skinhead group, and anti-fascist protes-
New York, NY 10012 USA tors. Vindlander and tattoo shop proprietor
asst@mavenpic.com Bryon (Bell) is arrested and offered a deal
CONTACT INFORMATION — to which he responds by displaying a
International Sales Agent: ICM Partners tattoo emblazoned on his thighs that reads
US Sales Agent: ICM Partners “snitches get stitches.”
(see page 359)
Despite his unrepentantly racist parents
(Farmiga and The Night Of’s Bill Camp),
Bryon begins questioning his convictions
when he falls for Julie (Macdonald), a single
mother to three little girls who has distanced

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22 July
From Bloody Sunday to the Bourne films to multiculturalism.” He insists his murderous
Paul Greengrass United 93, no filmmaker has better defined rampage was rational. One of his victims, a
NORWAY/ICELAND, 2018 contemporary cinema’s ability to make vio- teenage boy, undergoes emergency surgery
English lence — whether fictional or real — palpably in an attempt to save his life. The terrorist
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE felt than Paul Greengrass. And so one might asks for a lawyer and something to eat.
143 minutes | Colour/DCP 4K (D-Cinema)
approach Greengrass’s chronicle of Norway’s Greengrass made 22 July in English,
Production Company: Scott Rudin Productions horrific 2011 terrorist attacks with trepida- but with a cast of Norwegian actors. For an
Executive Producer: Chris Carreras
Producer: Scott Rudin, Paul Greengrass, Eli Bush, tion. But it is precisely Greengrass’s realism English-speaking audience it gives the film
Gregory Goodman that elevates his work beyond shock spec- both immediacy and authenticity. It’s one of
Screenplay: Paul Greengrass tacle. Although 22 July begins in carnage, it several bold choices, all of which give a clear
Cinematographer: Pål Ulvik Rokseth
Editor: William Goldenberg emerges as a portrait of resistance to terror, picture that shows a wider world how a soci-
Production Designer: Liv Ask and resilience inspired by moral clarity. ety can respond to violent hate by reaffirming
Sound: Chris Burdon, Mark Taylor, Oliver Tarney, The first third of the film is an unblinking the moral principles at its foundation.
Michael Fentum, Ad Stoop
Music: Sune Martin portrait of what happened. A man (played CAMERON BAILEY
Principal Cast: Anders Danielsen Lie, Jonas Strand Gravli, by Anders Danielsen Lie) detonates a car
Jon Øigarden, Isak Bakli Aglen, Seda Witt, Maria Bock, bomb in Oslo. He goes to an island that hosts Paul Greengrass was born in Surrey,
Thorbjørn Harr, Ola G. Furuseth
a youth camp and opens fire. “You will die England. His film Bloody Sunday (02)
won the Golden Bear at the 2002
Production: Scott Rudin Productions today,” he says. “Marxists, liberals, members Berlinale. His other films include The
120 W 45th Street 10th Floor
New York, NY 10036 USA of the elite.” All told, he kills 77 people, and Bourne Supremacy (04), United 93
mchong@scottrudinproductions.com injures more than 200. These scenes unfold (06), The Bourne Ultimatum (07),
with impeccable craft and efficiency. The Green Zone (10), Captain Phillips
CONTACT INFORMATION (13), and Jason Bourne (16). 22 July
US Distributor: Netflix, Inc. effect is gut wrenching. (18) is his most recent film.
Canadian Distributor: Netflix, Inc. From there, 22 July becomes a kind
(see page 359) of ethical procedural, with the generous
mechanisms of the Norwegian justice sys-
tem forced to deal with an extremist beyond
anything it has ever encountered. Once
arrested, the terrorist calls for “a complete
ban on immigration, an end to enforced

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Vita & Virginia
The affair and the friendship of authors creativity — Vita’s singular persona will even-
Chanya Button Virginia Woolf and Vita Sackville-West tually be channelled into one of Virginia’s
UNITED KINGDOM/IRELAND, 2018 — both uncompromising in their insis- greatest works.
English tence to live, love, and create to the fullest Based on Sackville-West and Woolf ’s
WORLD PREMIERE — constitutes one of the most fascinating personal correspondence and (based on her
110 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
relationships in literary history. Director play) co-scripted by Eileen Atkins, who also
Production Company: Mirror Productions/Blinder Films Chanya Button’s sumptuous double por- wrote the screen adaptation of Mrs Dalloway,
Executive Producer: Simon Baxter, Gemma Arterton,
Christopher Figg, Norman Merry, Nicolas Sampson, trait traces their fiery connection from the Vita & Virginia will make you swoon. Isobel
Arno Hazebroek, Dave Bishop, Robert Whitehouse, moment their paths cross to the publication Waller-Bridge’s part chamber music, part
Mika Kioussis of the work that would be their shared legacy. electronica score creates a seductive sonic
Producer: Katie Holly, Evangelo Kioussis
Screenplay: Chanya Button, Eileen Atkins The year is 1922. Though happily married, latticework, while Button and cinematog-
Cinematographer: Carlos De Carvalho Vita (Gemma Arterton) is as notorious for rapher Carlos De Carvalho craft striking
Editor: Mark Trend her dalliances with women and iconoclastic sequences in which the equally brilliant
Production Designer: Noam Piper
Sound: Simon Willis attitudes toward gender as she is famous Arterton and Debicki speak directly to cam-
Music: Isobel Waller-Bridge for her aristocratic ancestry and writerly era. This film is bold, sensuous, and smart,
Principal Cast: Gemma Arterton, Elizabeth Debicki, success. Virginia (Elizabeth Debicki), mean- but most importantly, it’s something Vita and
Isabella Rossellini, Rupert Penry-Jones, while, is a celebrated writer, publisher, and Virgina would have been proud of.
Peter Ferdinando member of the Bloomsbury Group, those KERRI CRADDOCK
Production: Mirror Productions innovative moderns already revolutionizing
20 Poplar Close literature. When Vita receives an invitation Chanya Button was born in London.
Epsom KT17 3LH United Kingdom
info@mirror-productions.com to Bloomsbury, she is elated at the thought Her directorial credits include the
short film Fire (12) and the feature
of meeting the enigmatic Woolf and, not sur- Burn Burn Burn (15). Vita & Virginia
CONTACT INFORMATION prisingly perhaps, becomes obsessed with (18) is her latest film.
International Sales Agent: Protagonist Pictures
US Sales Agent: Protagonist Pictures the notion of seducing her.
(see page 359) Between Virginia’s mental health struggles
and Vita’s impulsiveness — not to mention
the concern of their husbands, families,
and mutual friends — their romance is
bound to be tumultuous. Yet tumult can fuel

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150 special presentation
Legend of the Demon
With his epic screen adaptation of Baku References to Bai Juyi and Kûkai’s works
Cat – Director’s Cut Yumemakura’s bestselling novel, Legend and poetry, paired with their charming wit,
of the Demon Cat, director Chen Kaige render these characters fascinating for all
Chen Kaige returns with an enchanting and visually audiences, both lay and scholarly. Plus, the
CHINA/JAPAN, 2018 stunning tale of love, intrigue, mysticism, film’s faithful reconstruction of the imperial
Mandarin
WORLD PREMIERE and poetry set in a fantasized vision of capital Chang’an is a true marvel. A real city
120 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) the Tang dynasty. from the past was built over the course of five
Production Company: New Classics Media/21 Century Central to the story are two key historical years (at an estimated cost of US$200 mil-
Shengkai Film/Kadokawa/Emperor Motion Pictures figures: Bai Juyi, one of the greatest Chinese lion), bringing to the screen the spellbinding
Executive Producer: Albert Yeung, Cao Huayi, poets — whose lyrics embodied the spirit of magic of the times, an exquisite complement
Tsuguhiko Kadokawa
Producer: Chen Hong the Tang dynasty and became a style model to Chen’s masterful storytelling.
Screenplay: Chen Kaige, Wang Hui-Ling for Japanese literature — and Japanese GIOVANNA FULVI
Cinematographer: Cao Yu monk Kûkai, who first brought to Japan the
Editor: Li Dianshi
Production Designer: Lu Wei, Tu Nan secrets of esoteric Buddhism. Chen Kaige was born in Beijing
Sound: Kenji Shibasaki In Legend of the Demon Cat, Kûkai (Shōta and graduated from the Beijing
Film Academy. His Festival features
Music: Klaus Badelt, Misha Segal Sometani) travels to China to study. Once include Farewell My Concubine (93),
Principal Cast: Huang Xuan, Shota Sometani, Zhang Yuqi,
Qin Hao, Sandrine Pinna, Hiroshi Abe, Liu Haoran, there, he is summoned to court to use his The Emperor and the Assassin (98),
Oho Ou, Edward Zhang exorcisms to cure the possessed Emperor, Together (02), To Each His Own

Production: New Classics Media Xuanzong (Edward Zhang). When he gets Cinema (07), Caught in the Web (12),
and Legend of the Demon Cat (17).
26 Floor, Fosun Int’l Ctr. No. 237 Chaoyang North Road, to the palace, the Emperor dies before his
Chaoyang District eyes, but not before Kûkai detects what may
Beijing 100020 China
ncmchina@ncmchina.com have caused the death: a talking black cat,
whose tufts of hair are scattered all over the
CONTACT INFORMATION Emperor’s chamber. With the help of the
International Sales Agent: Moonstone Entertainment
US Sales Agent: Moonstone Entertainment poet (Huang Xuan), the monk identifies
(see page 359) the cat as the restless spirit of Yang Guifei
(Sandrine Pinna), the imperial concubine
murdered by the previous emperor.

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Werk ohne Autor
With Never Look Away, inspired by the early The way the fates of these two men inter-
Never Look Away life and career of renowned contemporary twine becomes the dramatic focus of von
artist Gerhard Richter, Florian Henckel Donnersmarck’s remarkable reflection on
Florian Henckel von von Donnersmarck once again looks into the two sides of East Germany’s political
Donnersmarck the dark corners of his country’s recent his- and ideological past. Kurt enters art school,
GERMANY, 2018 tory. As with von Donnersmarck’s Academy where social realism is the only accepted
German Award–winning The Lives of Others (TIFF form, but longs to express himself freely.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
188 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) ’06), postwar East Germany provides fer- Seeband, formerly an agent of fascism,
tile ground on which to explore the role of manages to adapt and prosper in the new
Production Company: Wiedemann and Berg Film GmbH &
Co. KG/Bayerischer Rundfunk/ARD Degeto/ the individual within a totalitarian system communist state, but his past will return to
Beta Cinema that disregards the rights of its citizens. He haunt him. Never Look Away is both a his-
Producer: Jan Mojto, Quirin Berg, also delves fearlessly into the reprehensible torical epic and an intimate tragedy about
Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, Max Wiedemann,
Christiane Henckel von Donnersmarck legacy of prewar Germany: eugenics, and the misdirected ambition, and the voyage of an
Screenplay: Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck extermination of those considered subhu- artist trying to discover his voice.
Cinematographer: Caleb Deschanel man or undesirable. PIERS HANDLING
Editor: Patricia Rommel, Patrick Sanchez-Smith
Production Designer: Gabriele Binder Opening with the notorious exhibition
Sound: Matthias Richter of so-called Degenerate Art organized by Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck
Music: Max Richter the Nazis in 1937, the film tells the parallel was born in Cologne. He studied
Principal Cast: Tom Schilling, Sebastian Koch, Paula Beer, at Oxford and at the University
Oliver Masucci, Saskia Rosendahl stories of a doctor involved in “cleansing” of Television and Film (HFF) in
allegedly racially inferior people, and of a Munich. His films include the shorts
Production: Wiedemann and Berg Film GmbH & Co. KG
Akademiestrasse 7 young boy who is fascinated by art. That Dobermann (99), The Templar (02),
München 80799 Germany child later comes of age amid the chaos of his debut feature The Lives of Others
(06), which screened at TIFF and won
info@w-b.film postwar German partition: as a man in the the Academy Award for Best Foreign
CONTACT INFORMATION DDR, Kurt (Tom Schilling) has a job creat- Language Film, The Tourist (10), and
Canadian Distributor: Mongrel Media ing propaganda billboards while pining to be Never Look Away (18).
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Classics an artist. Meanwhile, the doctor, Seeband
International Sales Agent: Beta Cinema
(see page 359) (Sebastian Koch, in a perfectly clipped and
chilling performance) is captured by the
Soviets and interrogated for his role in the
Nazi eugenics program.

152 special presentation


La Quietud
Argentine auteur Pablo Trapero follows up La Quietud chronicles a collision of old
The Quietude his international sensation The Clan (TIFF grievances and long-held secrets. Trapero’s
’15) with an equally bewitching but very kinetic visual flair is in full effect, weaving
Pablo Trapero different breed of family drama. Featuring elaborate camera choreography, arresting
ARGENTINA, 2018 Trapero regular (and spouse) Martina overhead shots, and revealing close-ups into
Spanish
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
Gusman, Oscar nominee Bérénice Bejo (The a captivating whole. Above all, the film is a
120 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) Artist) and Golden Globe nominee Edgar remarkable portrait of the sort of love that
Production Company: Matanza Cine SRL/Telefe
Ramírez (Carlos), La Quietud invites us to can only bloom between sisters. Mia and
(Television Federal S.A.) a family gathering that will prove to be any- Eugenia see in each other a mirror reflect-
Executive Producer: Alejandro Cacetta thing but tranquil. ing all they possess, all they lack, and all they
Producer: Pablo Trapero, Alex Kuschevatzy
Screenplay: Pablo Trapero
Sisters Mia (Gusman) and Eugenia (Bejo) have to share.
Cinematographer: Diego Dussuel have spent much of their adult lives living on DIANA SANCHEZ
Animator: Julian Giuliarelli different continents, yet they retain a rare,
Editor: Alejandro Brodersohn, Pablo Trapero
Production Designer: Cristina Nigro
almost disconcerting, intimacy. When their Pablo Trapero was born in San Justo,
Sound: Federico Esquerro father suffers a stroke and slips into a coma, Argentina and studied filmmaking at
the Universidad del Cine in Buenos
Music: Papamusic Eugenia leaves her Paris home and returns Aires. He wrote, directed, and edited
Principal Cast: Martina Gusman, Bérenice Bejo,
Edgar Ramírez, Joaquín Furriel, Graciela Borges
to La Quietud, the family finca in rural the shorts Mocoso Malcriado (93)
Argentina where Mia still resides with their and Negocios (95). Many of his
Production: Matanza Cine SRL
Av Forest 326 4ºA , CABA
mother, Esmeralda (La Ciénaga’s inimitable features have played the Festival,
including his debut, Crane World
Buenos Aires 1427 Argentina Graciela Borges). (99), El bonaerense (02), Rolling
recepcion@matanzacine.com.ar The alarm caused by their father’s afflic- Family (04), Born and Bred (06),

CONTACT INFORMATION
tion is alleviated by the announcement that Lion’s Den (08), Carancho (10), The
US Distributor: Columbia Pictures Eugenia is pregnant, yet tensions shadow the Clan (15), and La Quietud (18).
International Sales Agent: Wild Bunch reunion nonetheless. Mia and Esmeralda get
US Sales Agent: Columbia Pictures
(see page 359)
into heated arguments over seemingly petty
matters, family business matters demand
attention, and both sisters re-entangle them-
selves in dormant love affairs. The façade of
quietude won’t be sustained.

special presentation 153


White Boy Rick
Set in a depressed 1980s Detroit, in an With a Scorsese-esque sensibility and a
Yann Demange America embarking on a war against drugs, killer soundtrack, and featuring a break-
USA, 2018 White Boy Rick follows the true story of through performance by Merritt as the lead,
English Ricky Wershe Jr. (Richie Merritt), a teen- White Boy Rick is an affecting and intelligent
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE aged drug informant turned dealer, moving, cautionary tale about the consequences of
110 minutes | Colour
and sometimes fumbling, between both people and governments seeking simple
Production Company: Studio 8/Columbia Pictures sides of the law. solutions to complex problems. Though he
Executive Producer: Georgia Kacandes, Matthew Krul,
Ari Handel, Michael J. Weiss, Christopher Mallick, In the Wershe’s blue-collar home, Richard was never going to win a father-of-the-year
Logan Miller, Noah Miller Sr. (Matthew McConaughey) dreams of open- award, Wershe Sr. always had his son’s best
Producer: John Lesher, Julie Yorn, Scott Franklin, ing a chain of video stores, but makes his interests at heart. The same cannot always
Darren Aronofsky
Screenplay: Andy Weiss, Logan Miller, Noah Miller living as a licenced gun dealer — with a side be said about the state for its people.
Cinematographer: Tat Radcliffe business manufacturing illegal silencers. KERRI CRADDOCK
Editor: Chris Wyatt His affable son, Rick Jr., shares his entre-
Production Designer: Stefania Cella
Sound: Willie D. Burton, Christopher Aud, Michael Barry, preneurial spirit. Tasked with selling guns Yann Demange was born in Paris,
Jeremy Peirson, Aaron Glascock to local drug dealers, Rick Jr. gets a taste for raised in London, and graduated
from both the London College of
Music: Max Richter their lifestyle as he parties and rubs elbows Communication and the National
Principal Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Richie Merritt,
Bel Powley, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Brian Tyree Henry, with notorious figures on both sides of the Film and Television School. His
Rory Cochrane, RJ Cyler, Jonathan Majors, law. But when federal agents (Jennifer credits as director include the tele-
Eddie Marsan, Bruce Dern, Piper Laurie Jason Leigh and Rory Cochrane) get a hold vision shows Secret Diary of a Call
Girl (07) and Top Boy (11), and the
Production: Studio 8 of him, he is forced into a risky web of lies feature film ’71 (14), which screened
10202 West Washington Blvd and deceit. Though not ignorant of the dam- at the Festival. White Boy Rick (18) is
Culver City, California 90232 USA
legal@studio8.com age drugs can cause — his own sister (Bel his latest film.
Powley) is lost in a spiral of addiction — Rick
CONTACT INFORMATION Jr. fails to fully comprehend the danger that
Canadian Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing
US Distributor: Sony Pictures Releasing surrounds him. In Detroit in the late 20th
(see page 359) century you’re better off murdering someone
than being caught with a gram of cocaine.
Yann Demange (’71, TIFF ’14) flexes his
directorial muscles in his second feature.

154 special presentation


Føniks
When Jill (Ylva Thedin Bjørkaas), the Jill’s teenaged resilience and resourceful-
Phoenix heroine of Camilla Strøm Henriksen’s star- ness is on full display in Phoenix but there
tling Phoenix, arrives home from school, she are also signs of the cost of being forced to
Camilla Strøm Henriksen calls out tentatively for her mother. She slips grow up too quickly. Jill has been left alone
NORWAY/SWEDEN, 2018 quietly around the family’s spacious yet dark so long that she hangs onto the last vestiges
Norwegian, Swedish
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apartment, laid out like a vampire’s lair with of her childhood like her life depended on
86 minutes every piece of furniture as far from the light it. Heartbreaking and courageous, Phoenix
Production Company: Hummelfilm
as possible. Relieved to find her mother is a powerful debut establishing its director
Executive Producer: David Yates, Paulina Rider Wilhemsen Astrid (Maria Bonnevie) asleep, Jill swiftly as one to watch.
Producer: Gudny Hummelvoll goes to work dumping the half-empty bottles STEVE GRAVESTOCK
Screenplay: Camilla Strøm Henriksen
Cinematographer: Ragna Jorming
of booze littered around the bedroom.
Editor: Sverrir Kristjansson Stylized to capture Jill’s plaintive world Camilla Strøm Henriksen was
Production Designer: Eva Norén view and the all-too-real monstrous threats born in Oslo and studied directing
Sound: Bent Holm at the London Film School. She has
Music: Patrik Andrén, Johan Söderqvist
lurking in dark corners, Phoenix fearlessly appeared on and directed numer-
Principal Cast: Sverrir Gudnason, Maria Bonnevie, charts the horrors of living with a parent ous Norwegian television shows. As
Ylva Thedin Bjørkaas, Casper Falck-Løvås suffering from mental illness exacerbated a filmmaker, she has directed the
Production: Hummelfilm by substance abuse.  The roles of mother short film Lace (04). Phoenix (18) is
her first feature.
Nedre gate 7 and daughter have long been reversed, with
Oslo 0553 Norway
gudny@hummelfilm.no
Jill left to look after her mother and bolster
her flagging spirits as well as ensure her
CONTACT INFORMATION younger brother Bo avoids the woman’s TIFF Next Wave
International Sales Agent: Hummelfilm
unpredictable wrath. Celebrating the highs and lows (and everything in between) of

When Astrid’s depression gets the better


young voices in today’s fast-moving world.

of her, Jill is forced to cover things up in This film has been selected for the next generation of film lovers by
the TIFF Next Wave Committee.
order to keep the family together. But there
may be light at the end of the tunnel:  an
impending visit from their musician father,
Nils (Sverrir Gudnason from last year’s Borg
vs. McEnroe, which played the Festival), who
could easily whisk them away.

discovery 207
Posledice
A hard-hitting emotional portrayal of teen- Inspired by the director’s own experi-
Consequences age angst and fragile burgeoning masculinity, ence as a correctional facility teacher,
Consequences — Darko Štante’s full-length Consequences pulsates with raw authenticity
Darko Štante debut — is also the first feature film by a and muscular emotionality, driven by strong
SLOVENIA/AUSTRIA, 2018 Slovenian filmmaker to play the Festival in acting from Zemljič and an impressive cast
Slovenian almost 10 years. Centred on a powerhouse of non-professionals. Štante’s film never
WORLD PREMIERE
95 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
performance from charismatic newcomer sinks into the cliché trappings of at-risk
Matej Zemljič, the film takes an unflinching youth films, offering instead a fresh, original
Production Company: Temporama/Zwinger Film/
NuFrame/100
look at the raw impulses of adolescence and take on the genre. Its emotional resonance
Producer: Jerca Jerič, Andraž Jerič the insecurity that lies beneath. will linger long after the credits roll.
Screenplay: Darko Štante Troubled Andrej has reached the end of DIMITRI EIPIDES
Cinematographer: Rok Kajzer Nagode
Editor: Sara Gjergek
adolescence and of his parents’ patience.
Production Designer: Špela Kropušek He is summoned before a court judge for Darko Štante was born in Ljubljana,
Sound: Julij Zornik his anger, violence, and deceit. Sentenced, Slovenia. He is currently pursuing a
Principal Cast: Matej Zemljič, Timon Šturbej, master’s degree in film directing at
Gašper Markun, Rosana Hribar, Blaž Setnikar,
with the approval of his exasperated the Ljubljana Academy of Theatre,
Lovro Zafred, Lea Cok parents, to attend a youth detention cen- Radio, Film and Television. His work
Production: Temporama
tre, the handsome and muscular teen is includes the shorts Intimacy (11) and
Litostrojska 17 thrown into the correctional facility’s They (14). Consequences (18) is his
debut feature.
Ljubljana 1000 Slovenia intimidating and testosterone-fuelled hier-
andraz@temporama.si
archy. Standing strong against its violent
CONTACT INFORMATION initiations, Andrej finds his anchor of
International Sales Agent: WIDE approval and companionship in Željko, the
(see page 359)
aggressive leader of the centre’s gang, which
he soon joins in a carefree spiral of sex,
drugs, and violence. Yet Andrej’s tough pos-
turing belies an intimate fragility. Revealing
this would unravel everything around him.

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Fiore Gemello
With her deeply expressive second feature, playing imaginary soccer in an abandoned
Twin Flower director Laura Luchetti is determined field, or Anna finding solace working in
above all to tell her story visually, using a flower shop.
Laura Luchetti dialogue sparingly. From the first shots Inevitably, the past rears its ugly head,
ITALY, 2018 of a teenage girl running desperately from a and the way this couple confronts their
Italian, French, Baulè
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traumatic event that we do not see, Luchetti demons provides Fiore Gemello with its
96 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) uses only her camera to tell as much of narrative power.
Production Company: Picture Show/Donkadillo/
the story as she can. PIERS HANDLING
Rai Cinema/MiBACT/Foundazione Sardegna Film The girl, Anna, is 16 years old and
Commission/Regione Lazio Fondo Regionale per il highly vulnerable as she travels the sun- Laura Luchetti is from Rome. She
Cinema
Producer: Giuseppe Gallo
baked roads of Sardinia. But when she wrote and directed a segment of the
omnibus film Feisbum (09) before
Screenplay: Laura Luchetti meets Basim, also 16 and also troubled, making her feature directorial debut
Cinematographer: Ferran Rubio Paredes she begins to feel the safety that companion- with Hayfever (10). Her other films
Editor: Paola Freddi
Production Designer: Francesca Melis, Cinzia Lo Fazio
ship provides. include the short Bagni (16) and her
Sound: Piergiuseppe Fancellu, Andrea Viali, Fiore Gemello recounts the couple’s latest feature, Fiore Gemello (18).
Biagio Gurrieri adventures with great sensitivity and ten-
Music: Francesco Cerasi
Principal Cast: Anastasyia Bogach, Kalill Kone,
derness. Basim and Anna need each other:
Aniello Arena, Mauro Addis, Fausto Verginelli, a refugee from West Africa, he wants to
Giorgio Colangeli make his way to the north of Europe. Anna
Production: Picture Show requires protection from the man who will
Via Luca Domenico Capozi, 48 chase her down to keep his secret from
Rome 00132 Italy
info@pictureshow.it
becoming public. Along the way, the two
of them dip in and out of contact with the
CONTACT INFORMATION world, hiding away, trying to construct a new
International Sales Agent: Fandango
(see page 359)
life together despite having been brought
together by forces beyond their control.
This is a film of small and quietly observed
moments that create an atmosphere punctu-
ated by a sense of loss, whether it is Basim

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Touch Me Not
Moving seamlessly between erotic clubs Feature, Touch Me Not is, for those brave
Adina Pintilie and closed-door reflections, Touch Me Not enough to engage with desire, an exhilarat-
ROMANIA/GERMANY/CZECH REPUBLIC/ is a self-assured journey into the intimate ing plunge into the endless possibilities of
BULGARIA/FRANCE, 2018 lives of Laura, Tómas, Christian, and Grit. the human body and mind.
English Opening windows into a world of those who DIMITRI EIPIDES
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
125 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) dare to break with social conventions and
access the hidden aspects of their sexuality, Adina Pintilie was born in Bucharest,
Production Company: Manekino Film, Rohfilm
Productions, Les Films de L’Etranger, Agitprop, Pink the film revels in a space where anyone —no where she studied at the Ion Luca
Caragiale National University of
Producer: Bianca Oana, Philippe Avril, Adina Pintilie matter the obstacle — has the possibility of Theatre and Film. Her work includes
Screenplay: Adina Pintilie touching their inner rebel. the documentary Don’t Get Me Wrong
Cinematographer: George Chiper-Lillemark
Editor: Adina Pintilie In what feels like galaxies beyond the (07) and the short documentary
Production Designer: Adrian Cristea sexual revolution of the 1960s, Touch Me Oxigen (10). Her debut feature film,
Touch Me Not (18), won the Golden
Sound: Veselin Zografov, Dominik Dolejší Not invites us to start as a tabula rasa and Bear at the Berlin International
Music: Einstürzende Neubauten, Ivo Paunov
Principal Cast: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, transcend all previously imagined limits. To Film Festival.
Christian Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann, Adina Pintilie, call the film body positive and brave would
Hanna Hofmann, Seani Love, Irmena Chichikova, be an understatement: it is a tour de force,
Rainer Steffen, Georgi Naldzhiev, Dirk Lange,
Anett Sawallisch a supernova of identity. Within protective
spaces that are entirely free of judgment,
Production: Manekino Film Adina Pintilie and her protagonists explore
Iulia Hasdeu Str. No 7, Sector 1
Bucharest 010835 Romania new perspectives on human relationships,
office@manekinofilm.ro and we, as viewers, are challenged to ques-
tion our own self-knowledge and continue
CONTACT INFORMATION
Canadian Distributor: Kino Lorber our journey of self-discovery beyond the
US Distributor: Kino Lorber cinema in our everyday lives.
International Sales Agent: Doc & Film International A shattering exploration of the fine line
(see page 359)
between fiction and reality, Pintilie’s feature
debut is a studied, elaborate, and unsettlingly
daring dialogue with the inner self. Winner
of the Berlinale Golden Bear and Best First

196 discovery
Rooz-haye Narenji
This empowering story of self-sacrifice and Working from a finely tuned script
Orange Days a riveting fight against the odds takes place co-written with Jamileh Darolshafaie,
in northern Tehran. Arash Lahooti’s Orange Lahooti crafts a portrait of pithy endur-
Arash Lahooti Days showcases an inspiring performance ance, visible in every assured gesture of
IRAN, 2018
from Hadieh Tehrani as a woman struggling Tehrani’s performance. Standing shoul-
Farsi to prove her worth in a man’s world. der to shoulder with the finest works of
WORLD PREMIERE Aban, an overworked contractor in her cinema from Iran’s established auteurs,
102 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
forties, is dead set on outbidding her male Orange Days is an absorbing drama
Executive Producer: Shahnam Shahbaz Zadeh competitor Kazem to harvest, with her inspiring us to battle through life’s chal-
Producer: Alireza Ghasemkhan
Screenplay: Arash Lahooti, Jamileh Darolshafaie
crew of seasonal female workers, the largest lenges without losing track of our loved ones
Cinematographer: Farshad Mohammadi orange orchard in the region. Tough as nails or ourselves.
Editor: Mehdi Hosseinvand and proudly self-sufficient, she wins the ten- DIMITRI EIPIDES
Production Designer: Fazel Jian
Sound: Bahman Ardalan, Hassan Shabankarech
der by going so far as to put up her house as
Music: Christoph Rezaie collateral. But she soon finds herself doing Arash Lahooti was born in Tehran.
Principal Cast: Hadieh Tehrani, Ali Mosaffa, damage control when it feels like the entire He studied film editing at the
Applied Science College in Yazd,
Mehran Ahmadi, Alireza Ostadi, Zhila Shahi,
Sadaf Asgari, Roya Hosseni, Amin Golestaneh,
operation is being sabotaged at every step Iran. He is the director of documen-
Akram Alamdar, Leili Farhadpour of the way. First, unpaid workers threaten tary features Trucker and the Fox

Production: Alireza Ghasemkhan


to go on strike. Then a mysterious break-in (13), Hero and the Cloak (15), and

PO Box 15875-4769 robs her of the first harvest. On top of that, Pale Blue (16). Orange Days (18) is
his first narrative feature film.
Tehran 15875 Iran her distracted husband (Ali Mosaffa) seems
shahnam1355@gmail.com
no longer willing to recognize her efforts in
CONTACT INFORMATION maintaining their household. With every-
International Sales Agent: Iranian Independents thing unravelling, Aban will have to give
(see page 359)
up her shielded stoicism and her illusion
of control and put her faith in the goodwill
of providence.

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El viaje extraordinario
A compassionate and candid woman abandoned high school where the chosen
de Celeste García with an endless curiosity for life, Celeste few are forced to bunk together in squalid
The Extraordinary Journey (Maria Isabel Diaz) is a retired and widowed conditions as they await transportation to
teacher living a tranquil, unadventurous another world, she makes new friends and
of Celeste Garcia existence in Havana. Her part-time job even ignites a romance.
at the planetarium keeps her busy, but Melding humour, absurdity, and politi-
Arturo Infante she goes home to a careless adult son who cal commentary, Arturo Infante’s film
CUBA/GERMANY, 2018 ignores her, and her selfish sister visits poignantly questions how many light years
Spanish
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only when she is looking for something. one should traverse to find happiness.
92 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) One day, the government announces the DIANA SANCHEZ

Production Company: Producciones de la 5ta Avenida/


surprising news that aliens have been living
FassB Filmproduktion Gmbh & Co.KG/ on Earth and that these unusual guests are Arturo Infante was born in Cuba.
Match Factory Productions now returning the favour by inviting humans He studied screenwriting at the
International School of Cinema
Producer: Claudia Calvino, Ernst Fassbender
Screenplay: Arturo Infante
to their world. Celeste had always thought and Television of San Antonio de
Cinematographer: Javier Labrador that her “Russian” neighbour Pauline was Los Baños. He is the director of the
Editor: Joanna Montero eccentric — she now realizes her friend was short films El televisor (01), El Intruso
Production Designer: Alain Ortiz
Sound: Daniel “Gato” Garcés Najar
truly from another planet. While people rush (05), Flash Forward (06), and Gozar,
comer y partir (07). The Extraordinary
Music: Magda Rosa Galbán, Juan Antonio Leyva to put their names forward to be selected Journey of Celeste Garcia (18) is his
Principal Cast: Maria Isabel Díaz, Omar Franco, in an extraterrestrial lottery, Celeste first feature film.
Néstor Jiménez, Yerlin Pérez
discovers that Pauline has left her a
Production: Producciones de la 5ta Avenida personal invitation. To everyone’s surprise,
Calle i # 456 e/ 21 & 23
Havana 00 Cuba
she agrees to accept.
personal@la5taavenida.com And thus begins the hilarious, tongue-in-
cheek feature debut by Cuban filmmaker
CONTACT INFORMATION
International Sales Agent: The Match Factory
Arturo Infante. The Extraordinary Journey
(see page 359) of Celeste Garcia follows Celeste as she
prepares for her intergalactic trip while
playfully reflecting on contemporary
Cuban society. As she travels by train to an

198 discovery
Teret
One of the most critically lauded films A testament to Glavonić’s assured dir-
The Load to premiere at Cannes this year, Ognjen ection, The Load’s performances resonate
Glavonić’s fiction debut is a remarkable loudly within the governing quietude that
Ognjen Glavonić follow-up to his award-winning 2016 docu- guides its contemplative rhythm. Blending
SERBIA/FRANCE/CROATIA/IRAN/QATAR, 2018 mentary, Depth Two. Displaying a beguiling the suspense of Clouzot’s The Wages of Fear
Serbian atmosphere, impressive formal control, and with his own essayistic consideration of nar-
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
98 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
multi-layered thematic investigation of war rative and formal architecture, Glavonić has
and the historical scars it inflicts on people composed an empathetic requiem for his
Production Company: Non-Aligned Films/
Cinéma Defacto/Kinorama/Three Gardens Film
and places, The Load announces the arrival generation’s inheritance of — and reconcili-
Producer: Ognjen Glavonić, Stefan Ivančić, Sophie Erbs, of an auteur. ation with — history’s wounds of war.
Dragana Jovović The setting is Kosovo during the 1999 DIMITRI EIPIDES
Screenplay: Ognjen Glavonić
Cinematographer: Tatjana Krstevski
NATO bombing. Grizzled Vlada (Leon
Editor: Jelena Maksimović Lučev), a compassionate but taciturn fam- Ognjen Glavonić was born in the for-
Production Designer: Zorana Petrov ily man, is dropped off in the middle of a mer Yugoslavia. He has directed the
Sound: Jakov Munižaba, Gilles Bénardeau short films Zivan Pujic Jimmy (09)
Principal Cast: Ivan Lučev, Leon Lučev, Pavle Čemerikić,
no-man’s land with brief and strict instruc- and Rhythm Guitar, Back Vocals (10).
Tamara Krcunović tions: he is to drive a truck of undisclosed His documentary features include
Production: Non-Aligned Films
cargo under lock and key across to Belgrade, Zivan Makes a Punk Festival (14) and
Valjevska 8 without stopping or drawing any attention. Depth Two (16). The Load (18) is his
narrative feature debut.
Pancevo 26000 Serbia Setting off across an apocalyptic, war-torn
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landscape, Vlada’s journey will take us on
CONTACT INFORMATION a winding narrative marked by digressive
US Distributor: Grasshopper Film stopovers where individual stories, lost
International Sales Agent: New Europe Film Sales
(see page 359)
family heirlooms, and national monu-
ments portray a country fractured by war
and complicity.
Anchored to Lučev’s Vlada, a modern-day
Charon, we move through the expressionis-
tic geography detailed by Tatjana Krstevski’s
visually claustrophobic cinematography.

discovery 199
Tel Aviv on Fire
One of the most irreverent cinematic spins Zoabi’s ingenious satire exudes a deadpan
Sameh Zoabi on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the latest audacity that’s hard to resist, while Nashef’s
LUXEMBOURG/FRANCE/ISRAEL/BELGIUM, from writer-director Sameh Zoabi follows a outwardly unflappable middleman grounds
2018 fledging soap-opera scenarist charged with this battle of ideologies in comic pragma-
Arabic, Hebrew concocting plot twists to suit viewers on tism. I don’t imagine films like this can
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
97 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) both sides. bring peace to the Middle East, but making
A slacker sliding into middle age with little everyone laugh at the same thing feels like a
Production Company: Samsa Film/TS Productions/
Lama Films/Artémis Productions to show for it, Salam (Kais Nashef ) lands a step in the right direction.
Screenplay: Sameh Zoabi, Dan Kleinman production-assistant gig on Tel Aviv on Fire, JANE SCHOETTLE
Cinematographer: Laurent Brunet a popular Palestinian evening soap for which
Editor: Catherine Schwartz
Production Designer: Christina Schaffer his uncle is showrunner. A banal, offhand Sameh Zoabi was born in Iksal,
Sound: Alain Sironval, Pia Dumont, David Gillain remark made during a shoot puts Salam in Israel. He studied film at Tel Aviv
University and Columbia University,
Music: André Dziezuk hot water with the show’s head writer but New York. His directorial credits
Principal Cast: Lubna Azabal, Kais Nashef,
Maisa Abd Elhadi, Yaniv Biton curries favour with its star (Lubna Azabal), include Man Without a Cell Phone
a French diva who barely speaks Arabic. (10), Family Albums (12), and Under
Production: Samsa Film
238C, rue de Luxembourg, It’s only Salam’s first day and he already the Same Sun (13). Tel Aviv on Fire
(18) is his latest film.
Bertrange L-8077 Luxembourg gets promoted.
samsa@samsa.lu Yet just as Salam’s prospects rise, he has
CONTACT INFORMATION a fateful encounter with Assi (Yaniv Biton),
International Sales Agent: Indie Sales an Israeli military officer at the Ramallah
(see page 359) checkpoint. During his interrogation of
Salam — who must cross daily to get between
home and work — Assi sees an opportunity
to influence Tel Aviv on Fire, which in his
mind is far too unflattering to its Israeli
characters. Salam has just begun life as a
writer and he’s already forced to compro-
mise his integrity — while the entire country
watches flabbergasted.

200 discovery
The Dig
Winner of Best Irish Feature at the 2018 the soil, The Dig draws us in with narrative
Andy Tohill, Ryan Tohill Galway Film Fleadh, Andy and Ryan Tohill’s momentum and a sense of place. Yet the
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 feature directorial debut is a gripping thriller film may have no greater asset than the ver-
English in which a terrible crime committed long ago satile Dunford, who starred in The Lodgers,
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE takes a painfully circuitous route to resolu- which screened at last year’s Festival, and
97 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
tion. Finely scripted by Stuart Drennan, The also appears in two other films at this year’s
Production Company: Out of Orbit Dig surveys lives stalled by grief and trauma Festival, Rosie and Black 47. The Dig’s sus-
Executive Producer: Andrew Reid, Kathleen Ying McKinley
Producer: Brian J. Falconer — and dark secrets hidden where almost no pense and depth relies on Dunford, who
Screenplay: Stuart Drennan one can find them. delivers in spades with a performance so
Cinematographer: Angus Mitchell After serving 15 years in prison for mur- perfectly graded as to hold our emotions cap-
Editor: Helen Sheridan
Production Designer: Ashleigh Jeffers der, Ronan Callahan (Moe Dunford) returns tive until the film’s final, poignant moments.
Sound: Chris Woodcock to his rural Northern Ireland home to find his MICHÈLE MAHEUX
Music: James Everett property dotted with flags and pockmarked
Principal Cast: Moe Dunford, Emily Taaffe, Francis Magee,
Lorcan Cranitch with excavations. Sean (Lorcan Cranitch), Andy Tohill was born in Belfast. He
the father of Ronan’s victim, has spent the has edited short films, television, and
Production: Out of Orbit feature documentaries. Alongside his
51 Malone Rd. years since his daughter’s disappearance frequent collaborator and brother
Belfast, Northern Ireland BT9 6RY United Kingdom digging relentlessly in search of her remains. Ryan Tohill, he has directed the short
brian@outoforbit.tv Ronan’s reappearance reopens wounds films Eye-Line (12) and Insulin (15).
for his victim’s family, but there is the hope The Dig (18) is his first feature.

he might at least bring them some peace by


revealing where the body was buried. The
problem is that Ronan was drunk on the Ryan Tohill was born in Belfast and
night of the crime and remembers nothing worked in the art department for
television and film. Alongside his
about it. Has he repressed those memories? frequent collaborator and brother
Or is there a more troubling reason for his Andy Tohill, he has directed the short
lack of recall? films Eye-Line (12) and Insulin (15).
With its handheld camerawork giving The Dig (18) is his first feature.

the proceedings a sense of urgency and the


striking locations evoking lives tethered to

discovery 201
Her Job
A compassionate look at middle-aged each careful step alongside Panayiota,
Nikos Labôt emancipation and empowerment, Nikos watching her fidgety apprehension slowly
GREECE/FRANCE/SERBIA, 2018 Labôt’s feature debut follows the bloom morph into cheerful exaltation. Brimming
Greek of an Athenian housewife as she emerges with genuine encouragement, Her Job is a
WORLD PREMIERE from her domestic cocoon. beautiful commentary on the often isolating
90 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Thirty-seven-year-old Panayiota leads a aspects of domestic life, and the existence of
Production Company: Homemade Films/Sister quiet, modest life with her husband (a domi- our inner caterpillars, waiting to grow their
Productions/Sense production
Producer: Maria Drandaki neering presence who spends his meagre wings of independence.
Screenplay: Nikos Labôt, Katerina Kleitsioti unemployment income at gambling par- DIMITRI EIPIDES
Cinematographer: Dionysis Eftymiopoulos lours), her rebellious teenage daughter, and
Editor: Dounia Sichov
Sound: Benoît Gargonne, Jean-Guy Veran her sensitive younger son. Sacrificing and Nikos Labôt is a Greek filmmaker.
Music: ONNO servile (and nearly illiterate) Panayiota is He studied film directing in Athens.
His short films include Kinisi 0-0 (01),
Principal Cast: Marisha Triantafyllidou, Dimitris Imellos trapped within a domestic environment that Impro Walk (07), and The Dog (09).
Production: Homemade Films prevents her from achieving independence. He co-directed the feature documen-
14, Fratti St. One day, an opportunity for employment tary The Immortals at the Southern
Athens 11742 Greece
maria@homemadefilms.gr as a cleaner at a nearby mall stirs in her Point of Europe (13). Her Job (18) is
his first feature film.
the excitement of a new life. Eager but
CONTACT INFORMATION introverted, she quickly becomes a model
International Sales Agent: Jour2Fête
(see page 359) employee, gains financial independence, and
expands her social life beyond the walls of
her apartment. Back home, the family looks
on with respect at Panayiota’s blossoming
freedom. Yet her newly gained autonomy
stands to be prematurely pruned by a series
of layoffs at work.
With a finely crafted script and a touch-
ing performance by Marisha Triantafyllidou,
Labôt constructs a compassionate story of
self-determination and discovery. We take

202 discovery
Light as Feathers
Sometimes adolescence is so fraught and buddies, quarrel with his family, work at a
Rosanne Pel fleeting it gives you whiplash. You’ve barely goose farm, and struggle to forge a serious
NETHERLANDS, 2018 stumbled out of childish innocence when relationship with Klaudia, who is younger
Polish one wrong turn catapults you into the terra and rightfully apprehensive when con-
WORLD PREMIERE incognita of adulthood. Writer-director fronted with Eryk’s fumbling attempts at
85 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Roseanne Pel’s feature debut captures emotional connection.
Production Company: Family Affair Films the confusion of those dizzying transi- It’s painfully clear that Eryk lacks a
Producer: Floor Onrust
Screenplay: Rosanne Pel tional years with unusual sensitivity and positive male role model. When he asks his
Cinematographer: Aafke Beernink startling acuteness. mother what his father was like, she simply
Editor: Xander Nijsten Eryk (Eryk Walny) lives with his mother placates him, telling him he’s the only man
Sound: Mark Glynn
Principal Cast: Eryk Walny, Ewa Makula, and grandmother in a Polish village. He’s she loves. Yet as the film proceeds there is
Klaudia Przybylska a big, handsome boy, likeable and naïve — the suggestion that, in spite of his father’s
Production: Family Affair Films imagine Harry Styles as a linebacker. His absence, Eryk is following in his footsteps.
Entrepotdok 77a mother Ewa (Ewa Makula) barely seems Only in the final moments do we sense the
Amsterdam 1018 AD Netherlands his elder; in fact, the two are sometimes possibility that this confused young man will
floor@familyaffairfilms.nl
mistaken for lovers and they share an learn to walk on his own.
CONTACT INFORMATION alarming codependency underscored by MICHÈLE MAHEUX
International Sales Agent: Wide jealousy and proprietary feelings. Yet Eryk is
(see page 359)
secretly trysting with his neighbour Klaudia Rosanne Pel received her master’s
(Klaudia Przybylska), whom he treats with degree at the Netherlands Film
Academy. She has directed the short
both tenderness and brutality, as though he films UIt Zicht (09), Newroz (10), and
doesn’t know the difference. Heraut (11). Light as Feathers (18) is
Shot over several years, Light as Feathers her feature debut.
eschews the compression of high drama in
favour of smaller events that unfold over
time. We see Eryk goof around with his

discovery 203
Kraben Rahu
Dedicated to the Rohingya refugees who have watch and his debut feature tells a com-
Manta Ray perished at sea or were found dead in mass plex story of friendship with minimalistic
graves, Manta Ray ponders the concepts of ease. Images of great beauty accompany
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng identity and foreignness, and the reluctance the concise dialogue of a simple script that
THAILAND/FRANCE/CHINA, 2018 to welcome “strangers” into our lives. perfectly embraces the narrative style of this
Thai Nobi (Wanlop Rungkumjad), a fisherman jewel-like film.
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE
105 minutes | Colour and Black and White/
living near a coastal village in Thailand, col- GIOVANNA FULVI
DCP (D-Cinema) lects stones from the forest to help him catch
Production Company: Diversion/Les Films de l’Etranger
giant manta rays. A tangled mess of roots, Phuttiphong Aroonpheng was born
Producer: Mai Meksawan, Philippe Avril branches, and vines glimmering with twin- in Thailand and graduated with a
degree in fine arts from Silpakorn
Screenplay: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng kling lights, the forest, its surface covered in University. His short films include
Cinematographer: Nawarophaat Rungphiboonsophit
Editor: Lee Chatametikool
fallen leaves, hides not only the shiny rocks, Going to the Sea (06), The Most
Production Designer: Sarawut Karwnamyen but also human bodies, buried in haste. The Beautiful Man in the World (07), A Tale
Sound: Chalermrat Kaweewattana, Arnaud Rolland, “mute” (Aphisit Hama), is one of those bod- of Heaven (10), and Ferris Wheel (15).
Charles Bussienne Manta Ray (18) is his debut feature.
Music: Mathieu Gabry, Christine Ott
ies, except when Nobi finds him, he is alive,
Principal Cast: Wanlop Rungkumjad, Aphisit Hama, covered in mud, and severely injured. Nobi
Rasmee Wayrana takes him home, cares for him, and names
Production: Diversion him Thongchai, after a famous singer.
9/9 Soi Tiwanon 48, Tiwanon Road Nobi has difficulty communicating with
Nonthaburi 11000 Thailand
maimeksawan@gmail.com
the non-verbal Thongchai, but the two men
nevertheless grow fond of each other. When
CONTACT INFORMATION the fisherman suddenly disappears at sea,
International Sales Agent: Jour2Fête
(see page 359)
Thongchai anxiously looks for him around
town and on the fishing boats. Unable to find
him, he continues to live in Nobi’s house,
fishing in the way he had been taught. His
identity blurs into Nobi’s until one day he’s
surprised by an unexpected visitor.
Phuttiphong Aroonpheng is a talent to

204 discovery
Kazenoki Wa Koto
No Youni An illegal Chinese immigrant, living on A rare China-Japan co-production,
the margins in Japan, decides one day to Complicity is a precious marvel. This first
Complicity adopt someone else’s name in order to feature from Chikaura, whose similarly
survive. Touching on issues of identity and themed short Signature screened at the
Kei Chikaura human interaction, Complicity is an accom- Festival in 2017, is a timely story of isolation,
JAPAN/CHINA, 2018 plished and deeply moving debut for director trust, friendship, and resistance against fear.
Japanese, Mandarin Kei Chikaura. GIOVANNA FULVI
WORLD PREMIERE Chen Liang (Lu Yulai) has left his native
116 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Henan where he lived with his ill mother Kei Chikaura is a Japanese-born,
Production Company: Creatps Inc./Mystigri Pictures and elderly grandmother. Wanting to pur- German-based filmmaker. He has
Executive Producer: Kei Chikaura, Luan Jinxin, Ding Jie directed the short films Empty House
Producer: Kei Chikaura, Hu Wei sue a new life away from his responsibilities (13), The Lasting Persimmon (15),
Screenplay: Kei Chikaura and family pressures to have a respect- and the Festival selection Signature
Cinematographer: Yutaka Yamazaki able career, he decides to move to Japan. (17). Complicity (18) is his debut
Editor: Kei Chikaura
Production Designer: Kyoko Heya However, settling down in a new place isn’t feature film.

Sound: Yutaka Tsurumaki as easy as he thought.


Principal Cast: Lu Yulai, Tatsuya Fuji, Sayo Akasaka, For Liang, beginning this new chapter
Kio Matsumoto
means experiencing the hardships that can
Production: Creatps Inc. come with being an illegal immigrant. Just
1-27-4 Ebisunishi
Shibuya-ku, Tokyo 1500021 Japan getting a fake ID and a phone cost him a
cinema@creatps.co.jp fortune, so when he unexpectedly receives
a call about a job, he accepts without hesita-
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International Sales Agent: MPM Premium tion — even though the call was intended for
(see page 359) someone else. To his surprise, the offer is for
a traditional Japanese soba restaurant. As he
becomes the pupil of an elderly master chef
(the legendary Tatsuya Fuji, In the Realm of
the Senses), the ancient trade and the spirit
of soba seep into Liang’s everyday life. What
will he lose if his secret is revealed?

discovery 205
Jirga
Writer-director Benjamin Gilmour and While this story of a former soldier
Benjamin Gilmour Australian actor Sam Smith have created returning to the scene of his past battles is
AUSTRALIA, 2018 one of the most enthralling films of the year deeply felt, another engaging and important
Pashto, English with Jirga, shot in the starkly beautiful but aspect of the film is its insight into the rich
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE dangerous landscapes straddling Pakistan culture and traditions of Afghan Muslims.
78 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
and Afghanistan. Ultimately, Jirga is a film that rejects sim-
Production Company: Felix Media Mike (Smith), an Australian ex-soldier, plistic ideas about war, and embraces the
Executive Producer: Bridget Ikin, David Gross
Producer: John Maynard returns to Afghanistan in search of a civil- human search for forgiveness, redemption,
Screenplay: Benjamin Gilmour ian family that he knows he wronged three and mercy.
Cinematographer: Benjamin Gilmour years earlier. His journey from the bustling JANE SCHOETTLE
Editor: Nikki Stevens
Sound: Liam Egan streets of Kabul to the small village where he
Music: AJ True hopes to find the family is filled with delays, Benjamin Gilmour is based in
Principal Cast: Sam Smith detours, danger, and, some unexpected northern New South Wales. He is a
filmmaker, author, and paramedic.
Production: Felix Media respites of beauty and peace. Relentless in His feature films include Son of a Lion
Carriageworks 245 Wilson St. Eveleigh his quest for forgiveness, Mike ultimately (07), the documentary Paramedico
Sydney, NSW 2015 Australia
john@felixmedia.com.au puts his life in the hands of the village jus- (12), and Jirga (18).
tice system — the Jirga — accepting that the
decision of this tribal authority of elders will
be binding and irrevocable.
A simple yet elegantly-told tale with
remarkable emotional resonance, Jirga was
as gripping to make as it is to watch: Political
censorship resulted in lost funding, which
led to Gilmour and Smith deciding to scrape
the film together themselves with little
money in a highly charged environment,
casting real-life former Taliban members
and filming in the mountains of Jalalabad.

206 discovery
Homecoming
Based on the popular podcast, Homecoming (including a show-stopping performance
Sam Esmail, Eli Horowitz, follows a caseworker in a military reintegra- from Bobby Cannavale), as well as elegant
Micah Bloomberg tion facility as she prepares an endearing long takes and a quirky, often-dry sense of
veteran for his return to civilian life. In humour. Homecoming echoes the paranoia
USA, 2018
English her first episodic role, Julia Roberts (also of a Cold War mentality and resonates all too
WORLD PREMIERE at the Festival in Ben is Back) delivers a chillingly for the modern age.
120 minutes (4 episodes) | Colour/DCP 4K nuanced performance as the kind-hearted MICHAEL LERMAN
(D-Cinema)
Heidi Bergman, a therapist who wants to
Director: Sam Esmail take a holistic approach to the experimen- Sam Esmail was born in Hoboken, New Jersey. He studied
Production Company: Amazon Studios/
Universal Cable Productions tal treatment, much to the chagrin of her at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts and received an MFA in
directing from the AFI Conservatory in LA. He is the direc-
Executive Producer: Chad Hamilton, Eli Horowitz, boss. Opposite her is Stephan James (2015 tor of the feature film Comet (14). He is also the creator
Micah Bloomberg, Sam Esmail, Julia Roberts, TIFF Rising Star, also in this year’s If Beale and showrunner of the television show Mr. Robot (15– ).
Chris Giliberti, Matt Lieber, Alex Blumberg, Lisa Gillan,
Marisa Yeres Gill Street Could Talk) as Walter Cruz, a gentle Homecoming (18– ) is his latest series.
Producer: John G. Lenic soldier whose trauma is constantly simmer-
Screenplay: Eli Horowitz, Micah Bloomberg ing under the surface. The two appear to be Eli Horowitz is a designer, podcaster, and editor. He is co-
Cinematographer: Tod Campbell
Editor: Roseanne Tan, Justin Krohn, Franklin Peterson making progress, but paranoia pervades for creator of Homecoming (18– ), based on his podcast of the
same name.
Production Designer: Anastasia White Walter and his compatriots as they roam the
Sound: Kevin Buchholz hollow corridors of the claustrophobic rehab
Music: Maggie Phillips
Principal Cast: Julia Roberts, Bobby Cannavale, centre, a place that may hold a few secrets Micah Bloomberg is a sound mixer, podcaster, and writer. He
is co-creator of Homecoming (18– ), based on his podcast
Stephan James, Shea Whigham, Alex Karpovsky, of its own. of the same name.
Sissy Spacek Leaning into noir, director Sam Esmail,
Guest Stars: Dermot Mulroney, Jeremy Allen White,
Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Hong Chau best known for creating Mr. Robot, faith-
fully adapts this mystery of the mind.
Production: Amazon Studios
1620 26th Street Juggling two time frames, signalled by
Santa Monica, CA 90404 USA different screen ratios, the show carries a
morgan.ressa@amazonstudios.com fragmented, eerie feel, always leaving you
CONTACT INFORMATION guessing which parts of the story are more
Canadian Distributor: Amazon Studios trustworthy than others. Esmail brings his
US Distributor: Amazon Studios
(see page 359) signature eccentric characters to the mix

220 primetime
Stockholm
When the dead body of a renowned econo- older demographic, Stockholm is, above all,
Daniel Syrkin mist is discovered in his apartment by his an endearing portrait of friendship in the
ISRAEL, 2018 four closest friends, the quartet is faced twilight years.
Hebrew with a difficult dilemma — what to do MICHAEL LERMAN
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE next. Stopping short of making funeral
160 minutes (4 episodes) | Colour/DCP
(D-Cinema) arrangements, it suddenly occurs to the Daniel Syrkin was born in Moscow.
group that their friend was on the cusp of He graduated from Tel Aviv’s School
Director: Daniel Syrkin of Cinema. He is the co-creator of
Creator: Noa Yedlin winning the Nobel Prize. Determined to the television shows The Gordin Cell
Production Company: Artza Productions retain some integrity for their friend, while (12–15) and Mossad 101 (15– ), and
Executive Producer: Anat Koffler also gaining, by proxy, some notoriety for director of Stockholm (18– ).
Producer: Dafna Prenner, Shai Eines
Screenplay: Noa Yedlin, Esty Namdar themselves, they decide to keep the secret
Cinematographer: Ofer Inov for a few days. They close the blinds, blast
Editor: Michal Shaltial, Ronny Klimovsky the air conditioning, and start taking shifts
Production Designer: Neta Dror
Sound: Yuval Bar tending to the body. It’s not long before they
Music: Didi Erez find themselves staging fake phone calls and
Principal Cast: Sasson Gabai, Tiki Dayan, Gidi Gov, desperately looking for spare keys, all in the
Dov Glickman, Leora Rivlin
name of keeping their friend “alive.”
Production: Artza Productions Fluctuating between broad comedy and
47 Kibbutz Galuyot St.
Tel Aviv 6655033 Israel intelligent character drama, Stockholm is
info@artza.co.il a hilarious and touching miniseries about
lifelong bonds formed and the secrets
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International Sales Agent: Keshet International that have intertwined themselves inside
(see page 359) of them. Director Daniel Syrkin and his
accomplished cast, including award win-
ning actor Sasson Gabai (also at the Festival
in The Other Story), strike the perfect
balance in tone, lending chutzpah to the
comedy behind serious topics. Playing like
a Jewish version of The Big Chill for an

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Float Like a Butterfly
Set in the 1960s, this rousing tale of filial Butterfly offers both a universal story about
Carmel Winters love and personal freedom follows the for- a young person fulfilling their promise and a
IRELAND, 2018 tunes of a young Irish Traveller with a gift glimpse into a rarely seen milieu.
English for pugilism. Encouraged from a tender age With the verdant Irish countryside sur-
WORLD PREMIERE by her father’s affection for Muhammad rounding them and stirring folk hymns
101 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Ali, Frances (Hazel Doupe, who imbues her buoying their spirits, Frances and her fam-
Production Company: Samson Films/Port Pictures Ltd character with arresting self-possession) ily undertake an adventure that reminds us
Executive Producer: Lesley McKimm
Producer: Martina Niland, David Collins has the fire and discipline to be a great to fight for our dreams… while delivering a
Screenplay: Carmel Winters fighter — if only people could see past their knockout punch to useless stereotypes.
Cinematographer: Michael Lavelle narrow notions regarding her gender. MICHÈLE MAHEUX
Editor: Julian Ulrichs
Production Designer: Toma McCullim Frances was still little when her mother
Sound: Fiachra O’Hanlon died and her father, Michael (Dara Devaney), Carmel Winters was born in Cork.
Music: Stephen Warbeck was incarcerated. When Michael is released She studied drama and English at
Principal Cast: Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney, Trinity College, Dublin. She is an
Johnny Collins, Hilda Fay, Lalor Roddy years later, he decides to pack up the caravan, award-winning playwright and film-
take the kids, and go a-roaming. Frances is maker. Her directorial credits include
Production: Samson Films
The Barracks, 76 Irishtown Road by now a feisty adolescent ready to prove her the short film Limbo (08) and the fea-
Dublin 4 Ireland grit in any ring that will take her, but along ture Snap (10). Float Like a Butterfly
(18) is her latest film.
info@samsonfilms.com with Michael’s troubling penchant for drink
CONTACT INFORMATION come old-fashioned macho attitudes, such as
International Sales Agent: WestEnd Films the idea that boys should fight while girls are
(see page 359) best off wedded and pregnant just as soon as
womanhood looms. Various altercations on
the road as well as a ripe old grudge with a
bigoted police officer provide Frances with
opportunity to prove her abilities. But will
the otherwise loving Michael’s sexist views
allow her to shine?
Written and directed by playwright and
filmmaker Carmel Winters, Float Like a

208 discovery
Gwen
Set in 19th-century rural Wales, this exqui- Making evocative use of his windswept
William McGregor sitely eerie feature debut from English location, its overcast skies and rugged
UNITED KINGDOM, 2018 writer-director William McGregor follows alpine beauty, McGregor creates a world
English the fates of a mother and two daughters in which the lines separating the vagaries
WORLD PREMIERE struggling to endure a series of calamities of nature from the malice of men can be
84 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
of increasingly mysterious origin. difficult to parse.
Production Company: Endor Productions Ltd/BFI/ Gwen (Eleanor Worthington-Cox) lives Witnessing events as if through Gwen’s
Great Point Media/Ffilm Cymru Wales
Executive Producer: Lizzie Francke, Adam Partridge, on a farm in the hills of Snowdonia with her watchful, innocent eyes, we are never more
Fergus Haycock, Paul Grindey, Charles Moore mother, Elen (Maxine Peake) and little sister than one step ahead of her — and always on
Producer: Tom Nash, Hilary Bevan Jones Mari. Like nearly all the local men, Gwen’s the lookout for something sinister emerging
Screenplay: William McGregor
Cinematographer: Adam Etherington father is away at war. Elen, Gwen, and Mari from the edge of the frame.
Editor: Mark Towns must already maintain a punishing work KERRI CRADDOCK
Production Designer: Laura Ellis Cricks schedule to keep the farm going, but they
Sound: Jonny Seale
Music: James Edward Barker are plagued by one ominous occurrence William McGregor was born in
Principal Cast: Maxine Peake, Eleanor Worthington-Cox after another, as well as by a town that begins Norfolk, England. He studied at the
University for the Creative Arts in
Production: Endor Productions Ltd to become suspicious of their behaviour. Farnham. His directorial credits
20 Greek Street A neighbouring family perishes from cholera; include the short films Who’s Afraid of
London W1D 4DU United Kingdom potatoes are rotting in the soil; Elen becomes the Water Sprite? (09) and The Little
sam@endorporproductions.co.uk
ill and there is no money for medicine. (10), and the television series Poldark
(15–). Gwen (18) is his feature debut.
CONTACT INFORMATION And their sheep — someone has slaugh-
International Sales Agent: Great Point Media tered every one of their sheep. Who could
US Sales Agent: Great Point Media
(see page 359) possibly wish such misfortune on this
humble family?
McGregor infuses Gwen with spectral
atmospherics and a captivating balance of
disparate elements: the story feels drawn
from some ancient myth, the encroaching
manifestations of the industrial revolution
supply historical context, and key moments
show the influence of modern horror.

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Icebox
Fleeing gang violence and in fear for his Based on his award-winning short film of
Daniel Sawka life, 12-year-old Oscar makes the harrowing the same name, director Daniel Sawka cre-
USA, 2018 decision to leave his family and his home in ates an intimate portrait set in an exposed
Spanish, English Honduras. Taking only a few belongings in environment where schoolyard antics
WORLD PREMIERE a knapsack and the scribbled phone number play out between barbed wire. At the heart
86 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
for an uncle he’s only met twice, he piles into of this story is a child’s innate desire for
Production Company: Gracie Films/Endeavor Content the back of a truck in hopes of a better life. permanence and human connection in a
Producer: James L. Brooks, Richard Sakai, Julie Ansell,
David Greathouse Oscar’s journey is cut short when he’s society where the very concept of home is
Screenplay: Daniel Sawka spotted by a drone and taken in by border in constant flux.
Cinematographer: Carolina Costa control. From first exposure, his introduc- JENNIFER BARKIN
Editor: Salvador Pérez García, Tracey Wadmore-Smith
Production Designer: Sue Tebbutt tion to the United States is both complicated
Sound: Edwardo Santiago and hostile and things do not improve when Daniel Sawka was born in Sweden.
Music: Steve Mazzaro, Hans Zimmer he reaches the immigrant detention facility, He studied acting at the Royal
Principal Cast: Anthony Gonzalez, Genesis Rodriguez, Conservatoire of Scotland and
Omar Leyva, Johnny Ortiz, Matthew Moreno, better known as the icebox. At night, he lies attended the Directing Program at
Jessica Juarez awake shivering under his space blanket, the AFI Conservatory in Los Angeles.
Production: Gracie Films wondering how long it will be before he’ll His short films include Reverb (10),
10201 W. Pico Blvd. have his case heard before a judge. Though Quality Time (14), and Threshold (12).
Icebox (18) is his debut feature.
Los Angeles, California 90064 USA surrounded by kids in similarly dire circum-
jansell333@aol.com
stances, his isolation is palpable. Recommended for ages 11+
CONTACT INFORMATION Unable to reach his uncle, Oscar uses his Content Advisories: coarse language, violence, child
International Sales Agent: William Morris limited phone time to call home. His mom, placed in perilous situation, child held down against
Endeavor Entertainment
US Sales Agent: William Morris Endeavor Entertainment overjoyed to hear his voice, assumes that their will and tattooed, guns fired in the direction of chil-
dren, young women referred to in a derogatory manner
(see page 359) her son has arrived safely in the care of her
brother, and he doesn’t have the heart to
tell her differently. This affecting call is a TIFF Kids
reminder that Oscar is simply a kid who’s Entertaining and illuminating: films from around the world for

been forced to assume adult responsibilities.


the whole family.

The normal childhood he risked his life to


reclaim slips further away and further away.

210 discovery
Summer Survivors
Marija Kavtaradze’s light-hearted but plex characters that shine through natural
Marija Kavtaradze emotionally piercing Summer Survivors performances.
LITHUANIA, 2018 marks the second outstanding debut A road-trip Breakfast Club, Summer
Lithuanian from Lithuania at the Festival in as many Survivors delights in its prudent visual and
WORLD PREMIERE years (following Egle Vertelyte’s Miracle). sound design, skewing each compositional
91 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
Recalling the compassionate cinema of element to make it stand out just enough to
Production Company: M-Films/Afterschool John Hughes and its humorous approach mirror mental illness’s hidden latency under
Executive Producer: Marija Fridinovaité
Producer: Marija Razguté, Klementina Remeikaité to coping with life’s bitter truths, the film the mask of normalcy.
Screenplay: Marija Kavtaradze accompanies its young protagonists on a A joyful ode to the human spirit’s resilient
Cinematographer: Laurynas Bareiša, Vytautas Katkus road trip to a seaside psychiatric clinic — and nature, Kavtaradze’s film feeds us the bitter
Editor: Domas Petronis
Production Designer: Aurimas Akšys on an illuminating journey. pill hidden among life’s multi-coloured
Sound: Julius Grigelionis Twenty-something Indre (Indré chocolates, gently nudging us closer to
Music: Domas Strupinskas Patkauskaité), a recent psychology post- empathy and acceptance.
Principal Cast: Indré Patkauskaité, Paulius Markevičius,
Gelminé Glemžaité graduate, has just joined a leading clinic DIMITRI EIPIDES
when she’s tasked with escorting Paulius
Production: M-Films
Šiltadaržio Str. 6 (Paulius Markevičius), a patient who has Marija Kavtaradze was born in Vilnius,
Vilnius 01124 Lithuania bipolar disorder, to another facility. Tagging Lithuania. She studied film directing at
the Lithuanian Academy of Music and
marija@m-films.lt along for the ride are Juste (Gelminé Theatre. She has directed the short
Glemžaité), a quiet young woman under films Youngblood (13), Normal People
observation following a recent suicide Don’t Explode Themselves (13), and
attempt, and the clinic’s lead nurse. Along Igloo (15). Summer Survivors is her
debut feature.
their journey, they break through each oth-
er’s barriers, delve into the sources of their
various traumas, and discover the lasting
imprints left on their fragile souls.
Writer-director Kavtaradze crafts an
incredibly moving and mature portrait
of mental illness, prioritizing gentle
humour over melodrama to create com-

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ENDZEIT
With women in every major creative role, With its pulse-pounding confrontations,
ENDZEIT — EVER AFTER ENDZEIT is a different kind of zombie ENDZEIT absolutely delivers as horror,
movie. Set during a terrifying near-future but with a distinct and refreshing perspec-
Carolina Hellsgård zombie apocalypse, Carolina Hellsgård’s tive. It also poses existential questions about
GERMANY, 2018 sophomore feature is chilling and doom- our world.
German
WORLD PREMIERE
laden, but it’s also a transfixing, gorgeous, Featuring a striking cameo from Danish
90 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema) and unusually intimate sort-of road movie actor Trine Dyrholm (Love is All You Need,
Production Company: Grown Up Films
— in which humanity has come to its end and Nico, 1988), ENDZEIT suggests there are
Executive Producer: Ingelore König nature is reclaiming its terrain. things worse than civilization’s collapse.
Producer: Claudia Schröter A plague has swept the world. Weimar Vivi takes consolation in the stars, which
Screenplay: Olivia Vieweg
Cinematographer: Leah Striker
and Jura, the only surviving cities, have shine more brightly than they had before
Editor: Ruth Schönegge, Julia Oehring very different approaches to the epidemic. the disaster. It’s the end of the world as we
Production Designer: Jenny Roesler In Weimar, Vivi (Gro Swantje Kohlhof ) know it — and she feels fine.
Music: Franziska Henke
Principal Cast: Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Maja Lehrer,
— vulnerable and numb as a result of apoc- KERRI CRADDOCK
Trine Dyrholm alypse-triggered tragedies — reluctantly
Production: Grown Up Films
volunteers at the city’s perimeter. It is at the Carolina Hellsgård was born in
Richard-Breslau-Straße 9 ramshackle outer fences, requiring constant Sweden and is based in Berlin. She
studied experimental media design
Erfurt, Thuringia 99094 Germany defence from attacks by infectious cannibal at the Berlin University of Arts and
info@grownupfilms.de
revenants, that she meets Eva (Maja Lehrer) film directing and screenwriting at
— whose icy stoicism makes a striking con- the California Institute of the Arts in
trast to Vivi’s delicate fragility. Following Los Angeles. She made her feature
directorial debut with Wanja (15).
an attack at their post, they board an auto- ENDZEIT (18) is her latest film.
mated supply train bound for Jura, whose
more humane approach to the victims of the
epidemic offers some hope for the future.
When the train unexpectedly breaks down,
Vivi and Eva are left to fend for themselves
in a countryside teeming with dangers and
marvels they never dreamed of.

212 discovery
The Mercy of the Jungle
Kivu is the borderland where the Democratic character. But Karekezi also imbues the
Joël Karekezi Republic of Congo and Rwanda meet. It is film with details that speak volumes about
BELGIUM/FRANCE/GERMANY, 2018 here, in a dense network of forests and hills, the myriad smaller tragedies that are the
French, Swahili that Rwandan director Joël Karekezi’s by-products of such wars, above all the
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE engrossing second feature unfolds. Set in forced recruitment of child soldiers. The
91 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
1998, shortly after the start of the Second senseless losses surrounding Xavier and
Production Company: Neon Rouge Production/ Congo War, The Mercy of the Jungle follows Faustin accrue to the point where neither
Tact Production
Producer: Aurélien Bodinaux a pair of lost Rwandan soldiers as they navi- will be able to fight for their lives without
Screenplay: Joël Karekezi, Casey Schroen, gate the wilderness and confront their own also considering the toll their actions take
Aurélien Bodinaux existential crises. on others.
Cinematographer: Joachim Philippe
Editor: Antoine Donnet Sergeant Xavier is a veteran of Rwanda’s KIVA REARDON
Production Designer: Geneviève Leyh ethnic conflicts, while Private Faustin is
Sound: Benoît de Clerck, Philippe Grivel a fresh recruit eager to avenge the killing Joël Karekezi was born in Rwanda.
Music: Line Adam, Nirere Shanel
Principal Cast: Marc Zinga, Stéphane Bak of his father and brothers. One night their He studied filmmaking at Uganda’s
Maisha Film Lab and at CinéCours.
battalion scrambles away to hunt down a He made his feature directorial
Production: Neon Rouge Production
266, rue Léopold I group of rebels, and Xavier and Faustin are debut with Imbabazi: The Pardon
Bruxelles 1020 Belgium left behind just as Congolese militia begin (13). The Mercy of the Jungle (18)
aurelien@neonrouge.com swarming the area. They have no option but is his latest film.

CONTACT INFORMATION to head west, embarking on a long journey


International Sales Agent: Urban Distribution through a hostile landscape teeming with
International enemy patrols, wildlife, and mercenary
(see page 359)
mining operations. Thwarted by hunger
and illness, the men must learn to rely on
each other’s very different skill sets if they
are to survive.
The Mercy of the Jungle excels as a
propulsive, atmospheric odyssey about
resourcefulness and camaraderie — an
odyssey in which the jungle is itself a central

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Mafak
After more than a decade in an Israeli jail, exploration of mental trauma, an invisible
Screwdriver newly released Ziad doesn’t recognize the effect of the ongoing Occupation.
world around him. He is a free man but KIVA REARDON
Bassam Jarbawi his friends have moved on, technology has
PALESTINIAN TERRITORIES/USA/QATAR, 2018 changed, and dating seems impossible. Bassam Jarbawi was born in Palestine
Arabic, Hebrew Though hailed as a hero for his involve- and studied film at Columbia University
NORTH AMERICAN PREMIERE in New York. He has worked as a pro-
108 minutes | Colour/DCP (D-Cinema)
ment in a failed attack on a settler — the act duction manager, editor, and writer. His
that led to his imprisonment — the young previous credits include the short film
Production Company: Rimsh Film/Dialectic
Executive Producer: Dr. Nabil Qaddumi
Palestinian man has doubts about whether Chicken Heads (09). Screwdriver (18)
Producer: Shrihari Sathe, Yasmine Qaddumi, his actions had any real meaning. is his latest film.
Bassam Jarbawi Now living back at home in Ramallah,
Screenplay: Bassam Jarbawi
Cinematographer: David McFarland
Ziad’s attempts to adjust to life on the
Editor: Bassam Jarbawi, Christopher Radcliff outside prove to be frustratingly slow:
Production Designer: Bashar Hassuneh he has no education, no trade, and he’s
Sound: Ryan Billia, Raja Dubayah
Music: Jon Natchez
weighed down by an incredible sadness as
Principal Cast: Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury, he tries to live what feels like an already
Yasmine Qaddumi, Mariam Basha, Amir Khoury lost life. (Ziad Bakri, member of the famed
Production: Rimsh Film Palestinian acting family, portrays the
Zanbaqa Al-Tireh #3 protagonist’s anguish and heavy stoicism
Ramallah, Palestine
yqaddumi@gmail.com
with striking intensity.) When he meets a
young Palestinian-American filmmaker, it
becomes clear Ziad’s problems aren’t just
sociological, but also psychological. And
with no real help to heal this unseen wound,
it seems that he might end up exactly where
he began.
Shot on location in the West Bank with
an almost entirely Palestinian crew, Bassam
Jarbawi’s feature debut is an important

214 discovery
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Sorry For Your Loss
Haunted by memories of her late husband, Touching on themes of mental illness,
James Ponsoldt, Matt (TIFF ’17 Rising Star Mamoudou Steinkellner’s portrait of Leigh and Matt’s
Kit Steinkellner Athie, also at the Festival in The Front world (or what’s left of it) is an intricate and
Runner), young advice columnist Leigh complex one where grief represents differ-
USA, 2018
English (Elizabeth Olsen in a truly revelatory role) ent things to different people. The result is
WORLD PREMIERE spends her days teaching barre classes at an honest story, not about a widow trying
120 minutes (4 episodes) | Colour/DCP 4K the dance studio owned by her mom (Janet to pick up the pieces to move on, but rather
(D-Cinema)
McTeer), alongside her sister, Jules (Kelly about one who uses the lenses of others in
Directors: James Ponsoldt, Jessica Yu, Allison Anders
Marie Tran), a recovering drug addict. Since her life to see what the pieces truly are.
Production Company: Big Beach
Executive Producer: Elizabeth Olsen, James Ponsoldt, Matt died, it’s become cramped having MICHAEL LERMAN
Kit Steinkellner, Lizzy Weiss, Robin Schwartz, Leigh’s grief, Jules’s insecurities, and their
Marc Turtletaub, Peter Saraf, Jon Liebman, Cynthia Pett,
mother’s impractical New-Age remedies all Kit Steinkellner is an American
Brad Petrigala
Producer: Franco Bario under one roof. Forced to face reality, Leigh author, producer, and playwright.
She is the author of the graphic novel
Screenplay: Kit Steinkellner, Lizzy Weiss, Terrence Coli must clean out her old home and confront Quince, and wrote for the series Z:
Cinematographer: Xavier Grobet
that there may be demons from Matt’s past The Beginning of Everything (15–17).
Editor: Darrin Navarro, Hilda Rasula
Production Designer: Gerald Sullivan that she never even knew existed. Sorry For Your Loss (18– ) is her latest
Sound: Wade Barnett Cleverly eschewing the standard pity- project.
Music: Keegan DeWitt
party techniques prevalent in most films or
Principal Cast: Elizabeth Olsen, Kelly Marie Tran,
Jovan Adepo, Mamoudou Athie, Janet McTeer shows about loss, creator Kit Steinkellner’s
script draws characters with limits to their James Ponsoldt was born in Athens,
Production: Big Beach Georgia, and studied film at Columbia
648 Broadway, 7th Floor empathy. As time passes by, it becomes University and UCLA. He has directed
New York, NY 10012 USA clear that, in Leigh’s life, no one feels more episodes of the television series
molly@bigbeach.com
sorry for her than herself. Director James Parenthood (10–15) and Master of

CONTACT INFORMATION Ponsoldt lends his assured hand to the pro- None (15–), as well as the features
Smashed (12), The Spectacular Now
Canadian Distributor: Facebook ceedings in the first four episodes, playing (13), and The Circle (17). Sorry For
US Distributor: Facebook Watch
his usual magic trick of coaxing perfor- Your Loss (18– ) is his new project.
(see page 359)
mances that seem as natural as breathing
from seasoned actors.

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Ad Vitam
The world has finally cracked the code on The script, penned by Cailley along with
Thomas Cailley bodily technology and a new regeneration co-writer Sébastien Mounier, handles tra-
FRANCE, 2018 process allows human beings to live forever. ditional, existential science-fiction themes
French When a rash of possibly connected teenage with fresh and surprising beats, keeping the
INTERNATIONAL PREMIERE suicides rocks the seemingly evergreen pop- audience on their toes through each frame,
104 minutes (2 episodes) | Colour/DCP
(D-Cinema) ulation, a hard-boiled detective must enlist and leaving us plenty to chew on while we
the help of a rebellious twentysomething to eagerly await more. This is episodic film-
Production Company: KELIJA/ARTE France
Producer: Katia Raïs uncover the truth behind what happened. making at its finest.
Screenplay: Thomas Cailley, Sébastien Mounier Together, they dive into an underworld of MICHAEL LERMAN
Cinematographer: Yves Cape alternative religions, hidden conspiracies,
Editor: Camille Toubkis, Lilian Corbeille
Production Designer: François Gila Girard, and life (or death) choices. Thomas Cailley was born in
Karine Charpentier Starting with a strong visual metaphor, Clermont-Ferrand, France. He is
the director of the short film Paris
Sound: Jérôme Chenevoy a lone soul in a glowing jellyfish costume Shanghai (11), and the feature Love
Music: HiTnRuN
Principal Cast: Yvan Attal, Garance Marillier, wandering through a rave, Ad Vitam puts at First Fight (14). He also has writ-
Niels Schneider, Rod Paradot, Anne Azoulay, many other science-fiction TV shows to ten episodes for the television show
Hanna Schygulla, Ariane Labed shame by giving the viewer a thoughtful, Trepalium (16– ). He is the director of
Ad Vitam (18– ).
Production: KELIJA digestible, and completely believable take
7 rue du Dôme on its lofty concept.
Boulogne-Billancourt, NA 92100 France
kelija@Lagardere-studios.com Thomas Cailley, the writer-director of
beloved Cannes title Love at First Fight,
CONTACT INFORMATION brings his uniquely dreamy sensibility to
International Sales Agent: Lagardère Studios Distribution
(see page 359) the show, giving its world an air of mystery.
Cultivating a listless, Bogartian charm,
perennial French actor Yvan Attal joins
relative newcomer, Garance Marillier (who
made a splash with her performance in Julia
Ducournau’s Raw), and both bring enough
subtle weight to their characters to carry
the emotional beats of the story throughout.

218 primetime
Folklore:
The term “folklore” dates back to 1846 when off themes of class, justice, and storytell-
A Mother’s Love & Pob Englishman William Thoms coined a word ing itself, the show is packed with as much
to describe popular antiquities, stories from insight as fear. Punctuated with a few
Eric Khoo the populous that had been passed through surprise genre twists, “A Mother’s Love”
INDONESIA/THAILAND/SINGAPORE, 2018 from generations. In 2018, Singaporean and “Pob” represent some of the best, most
Indonesian, Thai, English
WORLD PREMIERE cinematic multihyphenate Eric Khoo trans- frightening short-form content coming out
112 minutes (2 episodes) | Colour and forms the concept by culling together some of Asia today.
Black and White/DCP (D-Cinema) of the best genre directors from Asia to tell MICHAEL LERMAN
Directors: Joko Anwar (A Mother’s Love), creepy tales that speak to their respective
Pen-ek Ratanaruang (Pob) cultures, in settings both historical and Eric Khoo was born in Singapore.
Production Company: Home Box Office (Singapore) Pte
Ltd/Zhao Wei Films contemporary. He is the director of numerous films
including the features Me Pok Man
Executive Producer: Jonathan Spink, Jessica Kam, Joko Anwar, the genius behind such great (95), 12 Storeys (97), Be With Me
Eric Khoo, Garon De Silva Indonesian films as A Copy of My Mind and (05), My Magic (08), Tatsumi (11), and
Producer: Audrey Wee, Tia Hasibuan, Soros Sukhum,
Tan Fong Cheng, Thisbe Goh, Chanel Xu, Huang Junxiang Satan’s Slaves, tells the tale of an impover- the Festival selections In the Room
Screenplay: Joko Anwar, Pen-ek Ratanaruang ished maid and her son, who, after being (15), Wanton Me (16), and Ramen
Shop (18). He is the showrunner of
Cinematographer: Ical Tanjung, Chankij Chamnivikaipong locked o