The Toronto International Film Festival is steadily becoming the World’s premiere film festival, and Oscar predictor. 2018’s rich lineup is sure to propel that reputation forward. With screenings easily accessible to the public, TIFF is truly an event for anyone that finds themselves in the city from September 6-16. That means TIFF 2018 is almost upon us!
While the festival’s wide-ranging programming offers something for everyone, sifting through the schedule can be a daunting task for a more casual viewer. But don’t be deterred! We’ve prepared 6 picks to give you your best and most varied experience at TIFF. These films are sure to keep you comfortably at the centre of the cultural commentary emanating from the Lightbox.
Individual tickets go on-sale on September 3rd. If you miss out on tickets for a particular screening, keep checking the TIFF schedule for screenings of popular films added throughout the festival.
Beautiful Boy tells a story of torment experienced by one family watching their son descend into heavy drug use, based on the dual memoirs of Nic and David Sheff. The film features what are sure to be harrowing performances by Academy Award Nominees Steve Carell, and Timothée Chalamet, as father and son. Felix van Groeningen’s English-Language debut already has its share of Oscar buzz, and the reasons why are clear.
The Hate U Give may not jump out as a must-see simply because it is a YA adaptation. That would be a mistake. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Angie Thomas, this film explores the consequences of police brutality against young black bodies. When Starr Carter witnesses the shooting of her friend, she is propelled into activism in the pursuit of justice. Directed by George Tillman Jr., and adapted by Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give is not to be missed.
The Death & Life of John F. Donovan is the highly-anticipated English-language debut of Canadian filmmaker Xavier Dolan. Chronicling the death of a famous film heartthrob (Kit Harrington), through his correspondence with a young boy (Jacob Tremblay) this film explores themes of scandal, cruelty, and love. Dolan is one of the most exciting contemporary Canadian filmmakers, and TIFF if the perfect venue to catch his latest work.
Widows is a heist drama from Steve McQueen following the pursuit of four widows carrying out their husbands’ last job. Directed by McQueen, and penned by McQueen and bestselling author Gillian Flynn, Widows is sure to be a thrill. As a bonus, it stars a bevy of talented actresses, including Viola Davis and Elizabeth Debicki.
The Grizzlies is based on the true story of intergenerational trauma in Kugluktuk Nunavut, and a teacher’s efforts to better the lives of his students who live there. From the screenplay by Moira Walley-Beckett, and Graham Yost, and the direction of Miranda de Pencier, The Grizzlies is a must-see for Canadians, and film-goers alike.
If Beale Street Could Talk is the adaptation of James Baldwin’s book of the same name, by Academy Award-Winner Barry Jenkins. It tells the story of a pregnant woman who seeks to prove her fiancée’s innocence after he is falsely imprisoned. Jenkins’ film features an all-star cast of KiKi Layne, Stephan James, Regina King, Diego Luna, Pedro Pascal, and Brian Tyree Henry.