Toronto International Film Festival News: First Wave of Film Gala and Special Presentation Titles Announced

TIFF 2017 News: First Wave of Film Gala and Special Presentation Titles Announced

The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival is almost here. The 10-day festival begins on September 7, 2017, and runs until September 17, 2017. Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey tease festival-goers each year by slowly announcing the festival’s lineup and this year is no different. Today, July 25, 2017, an official release was sent out announcing some of the titles being shown at the festival.

The announcement featured a total of 47 titles which consisted of 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations. The films in this initial lineup include 25 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 6 North American Premieres and 8 Canadian Premieres.


Breathe Andy Serkis, United Kingdom World Premiere

The Catcher Was A Spy Ben Lewin, USA World Premiere

C’est la vie! Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France World Premiere *Closing Night Film*

Darkest Hour Joe Wright, United Kingdom Canadian Premiere

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom Canadian Premiere

Kings Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium World Premiere

Long Time Running Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Canada World Premiere

Mary Shelley Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA World Premiere

The Mountain Between Us Hany Abu-Assad, USA World Premiere

Mudbound Dee Rees, USA International Premiere

Stronger David Gordon Green, USA World Premiere

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film Neil Burger, USA World Premiere

The Wife Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden World Premiere

Woman Walks Ahead Susanna White, USA World Premiere


Battle of the Sexes Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA International Premiere

BPM (Beats Per Minute) Robin Campillo, France North American Premiere

The Brawler Anurag Kashyap, India World Premiere

The Breadwinner Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg World Premiere

Call Me By Your Name Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France Canadian Premiere

Catch the Wind Gaël Morel, France International Premiere

The Children Act Richard Eyre, United Kingdom World Premiere

The Current War Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA World Premiere

Disobedience Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom World Premiere

Downsizing Alexander Payne, USA Canadian Premiere

A Fantastic Woman Sebastián Lelio, Chile Canadian Premiere

First They Killed My Father Angelina Jolie, Cambodia Canadian Premiere

The Guardians Xavier Beauvois, France World Premiere

Hostiles Scott Cooper, USA International Premiere

The Hungry Bornila Chatterjee, India World Premiere

I, Tonya Craig Gillespie, USA World Premiere

Lady Bird Greta Gerwig, USA International Premiere *Special Presentations Opening Film*

mother! Darren Aronofsky, USA North American Premiere

Novitiate Maggie Betts, USA International Premiere

Omerta Hansal Mehta, India World Premiere

Plonger Mélanie Laurent, France World Premiere

The Price of Success Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France International Premiere

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women Angela Robinson, USA World Premiere

The Rider Chloé Zhao, USA Canadian Premiere

A Season in France Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France World Premiere

The Shape of Water Guillermo del Toro, USA Canadian Premiere

Sheikh Jackson Amr Salama, Egypt World Premiere *Special Presentations Closing Film*

The Square Ruben Östlund, Sweden North American Premiere

Submergence Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain World Premiere

Suburbicon George Clooney, USA North American Premiere

Thelma Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark International Premiere

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri Martin McDonagh, USA North American Premiere

Victoria and Abdul Stephen Frears, United Kingdom North American Premiere

What films out of the line-up are you excited to see? Feel free to comment in the box below and stay tuned to WLE coverage of the Toronto International Film Festival this September.

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