Toronto International Film Festival
September 8 to 18, 2016. Visit the official website: TIFF.net. ShareThis
The World’s Leading Public Film Festival
The Toronto International Film Festival is the biggest and brightest public film festival on the planet. World premieres, galas, shmoozes and parties comprise this illustrious event where stars, directors and industry honchos make the rounds. Whether you’re a cinephile or just love to see the celebs, TIFF is the place to be.
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TIFF 2015 Movie Guide (2016 info coming soon!)
With over 300 films ranging from star-studded Hollywood dramas to raw and unscripted documentaries, TIFF (a.k.a. The Festival of Festivals) has something for every type of film buff. Here are our picks for the best bets in each genre.
TIFF Movie Guide
If you’re in the mood for: Thriller
Remember (Atom Egoyan): Starring Christopher Plummer, this dramatic thriller tells the story of an elderly Holocaust survivor looking to hunt down and exact revenge on the guard who killed his family during the war.
Disierto (Jonás Cuarón): This psychological thriller follows a group of immigrants stalked by a vigilante as they attempt to sneak into the United States via the Sonoran Desert. The film stars Mexican actor Gael García Bernal.
Black Mass (Scott Cooper): Based on the book by the same name, Johnny Depp portrays the real-life Irish American gangster Whitey Bulger, a man who spent 30 years as an FBI informant embedded in the upper tiers of the Boston underworld.
If you’re in the mood for: Oscar Buzz
The Martian (Ridley Scott): In this sci-fi thriller, Matt Damon plays an astronaut stranded on Mars. As he attempts survival amidst arid Martian surroundings, his ground crew on Earth plans an epic rescue mission.
Freeheld (Peter Sollett): The true story of terminally ill New Jersey police officer Laurel Hester and her 2005 quest to pass pension rights to her domestic partner. The case became a landmark for LGBT rights in America. The star-studded cast includes Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carrell and Michael Shannon.
Demolition (Jean-Marc Vallée): Following a family tragedy, a New York investment banker (Jake Gyllenhaal) embarks on a random trail of destruction.
If you’re in the mood for: Canadian Content
Beeba Boys (Deepa Mehta): The story of Sikh gangsters in Vancouver and their violent campaign to seize control of local drug and arms rackets.
Forsaken (Jon Cassar): A resentful gunfighter attempts to reconcile with his estranged father, while a group of land-grabbers causes chaos in their town. Shot in Alberta, this film stars father-son duo Donald and Kiefer Sutherland.
Hyena Road (Paul Gross): This war drama tells the story of a group of Canadian soldiers in Afghanistan charged with fending off the Taliban to hold a crucial highway link.
If you’re in the mood for: Art-House Mastery
Anomalisa (Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson): Kaufman’s first venture into stop-motion animation tells the story of a motivational speaker who attempts transcendence from his melancholic life.
Office (Johnnie To): A tale of corporate intrigue in Hong Kong told through movie musical format, starring Chow Yun-Fat and Sylvie Change. A must-see for fans of To’s films.
Parched (Leena Yadav): Set in rural India, this visual film depicts the lives of four women who rise up against the binding traditions of their communities.
If you’re in the mood for: Drama
Son of Saul (László Nemes): This winner of the Grand Prix at the Cannes Film Festival tells the tale of the great lengths undertaken by one Auschwitz prisoner to secure a Jewish burial for a small boy he is tasked with disposing of.
Dheepan (Jacques Audiard): Winner of the Palme d’Or at Cannes, this film describes the claustrophobic world of an ex-Sri Lankan soldier as he attempts to build a new life for himself in the suburbs of Paris.
The Club (Pablo Lorraín): Four priests, exiled at a seaside monastery for venial transgressions, are brought back to the world to answer for molestation charges in this black comedic drama.
Keep an eye on the TIFF website for more information about screening dates and ticket sales.
TIFF Bell Lightbox: Experience TIFF All Year
All year round, visit TIFF’s new home at the TIFF Bell Lightbox, a stunning complex at the corner of King and John Streets. With 5 public cinemas, 2 galleries, a bistro, restaurant and lounge, it’s your ticket to the world of cinema in the heart of Toronto. See the film schedule & purchase tickets at TIFF.net.