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Toronto International Film Festival, 2018

SEPTEMBER 6-16, 2018


The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is one of the largest and most prominent film festivals in the world. The festival aims to transform the way people view the world by presenting the best of international and Canadian cinema. TIFF offers screenings, lectures, discussions, festivals, workshops, events, professional development and opportunities to interact and learn from filmmakers from Canada and around the world.

The 43rd edition of the festival consists of 21 world premieres, 7 international premieres, 8 North American premieres and 11 Canadian premieres. The jury panel includes names like Lee Chang-dong, Béla Tarr and Margarethe von Trotta.

Indian Connect


This Anurag Kashyap directorial is a modern-day, complicated love triangle, with themes of societal and familial pressure. The romantic drama is set in Punjab. It features Abhishek Bachchan, Vicky Kaushal and Taapsee Pannu as the lead cast.


Directed by Nandita Das, Manto is a biographical drama, it is based on the life of Urdu author-writer-playwright-lyricist Saadat Hasan Manto. The film sheds light on the controversial life of Manto, the charges of obscenity for his work and his relationship with his wife Safia, his biggest support. With Nawazuddin Siddiqui in the titular role, Tahir Raj Bhasin and Rasika Duggal play significant parts. 

Gala Presentations

Beautiful Boy

The film revolves around a meth-addict son, who goes through a process of survival, recovery and relapse as his father watches him deal with the addiction. This adaptation of David Sheff’s memoir is helmed by Belgian director Felix Van Groeningen. Steve Carell and Timothée Chalamet play the leads.

First Man

Red Joan

Hidden Man

Special Presentations

Ben Is Back

New truths are unfurled and a mother’s love for her drug-addict son is put to test as she does everything in her power to keep her son safe, who unexpectedly returns to his family home. Directed by Peter Hedges, Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges play mother and son.

Papi Chulo


Giant Little Ones

Women Directors

Can You Ever Forgive Me?

A biopic on the life of bestselling writer Lee Israel, Marielle Heller’s film traces the life of a jaded biographer who sells phony historical letters in the black market to earn a living. Eventually, she is confronted with ethical complications. The comedy drama features Melissa McCarthy and Richard E Grant in main roles.

Girls Of The Sun

The Weekend

Where Hands Touch

Debut Directors

A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut is about a country music artiste, Jackson Maine, who falls in love with Ally, a struggling singer. Even as his career starts rolling, he is torn fighting his inner demons. The musical-romance stars Cooper and pop sensation Lady Gaga in lead roles.

Hotel Mumbai

The thriller is based on the true story of the 2008 Taj Hotel attack in Mumbai. It centres on a group of people trapped in the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel during the attacks. Directed by Australian director Anthony Maras, the film features Anupam Kher, Dev Patel, Armie Hammer and Jason Isaacs in pivotal roles.


TIFF launched a fundraising campaign a year ago to support gender parity in films. It has made a five-year commitment to increase the participation, skills and opportunities for women, on and off camera, including film critics and journalists. The Share Her Journey rally will take place on September 8 to shed light on the inequality faced by women in the film industry. The women’s march will be attended by actresses and female filmmakers who will protest against under-representation of women, gender inequality and sexual harassment in the movie business.


Apart from juried awards, the film festival’s major prize is the People’s Choice Award. This award is reserved for a feature-length film. The winner is decided by the audience present at the venue.


– Titas Chowdhury

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