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TORONTO 2021

Toronto announces its Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema selections

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- A total of 41 films will be presented in both sections while more titles are added to the Gala and Special Presentations programmes

Toronto announces its Discovery and Contemporary World Cinema selections
Nobody Has to Know by Bouli Lanners and Tim Mielants

UPDATE (20 August 2021): The TIFF Docs, Midnight Madness and Wavelengths sections have been announced, and new titles have been added to the Contemporary World Cinema and the Special Presentations sections.

The 46th Toronto International Film Festival (9-18 September) has announced the line-up of its Contemporary World Cinema programme, which this year includes 20 titles from around the world, along with its Discovery programme, where 16 films from up-and-coming filmmakers are featured. Plus, recently confirmed films have been added to the Gala and Special Presentations sections, whose initial line-ups were announced last week (read news). The TIFF Rewind programme has also been announced, highlighting memorable films from  past TIFF editions along with conversations and Q&As with directors and cast members.

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Diana Sanchez, Senior Director Film at TIFF, said: “TIFF Programmers continue discovering compelling and diverse stories from around the globe. With these two programmes, Contemporary World Cinema and Discovery, audiences can look forward to this stellar lineup to immerse themselves in. TIFF is dedicated to amplifying the voices of Black and Indigenous filmmakers and filmmakers of colour, emerging Canadian talent, and powerful storytellers who identify as women, and we are eager for Festival-goers to experience this lineup that showcases these unique perspectives.”

The complete list of films selected:

Contemporary World Cinema

7 Prisoners - Alexandre Moratto (Brazil)
Are You Lonesome Tonight?
- Wen Shipei (China)
Compartment No. 6 [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juho Kuosmanen
film profile
]
- Juho Kuosmanen (Finland/Russia/Estonia/Germany)
Costa Brava [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Mounia Akl (Lebanon/Norway/Sweden/France/Spain/Denmark/Qatar)
The Daughter [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Manuel Martín Cuenca (Spain)
The Gravedigger's Wife [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Khadar Ayderus Ahmed (Finland/Germany/France)
The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Luana Bajrami
film profile
]
- Luàna Bajrami (Kosovo/France)
Întregalde [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Radu Muntean
film profile
]
- Radu Muntean (Romania)
Jockey - Clint Bentley (USA)
Kicking Blood - Blaine Thurier (Canada)
La Soga 2 - Manny Perez (USA)
Maria Chapdelaine - Sébastien Pilote (Canada)
Medusa - Anita Rocha da Silveira (Brazil)
Murina [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović
film profile
]
- Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović (Croatia/Brazil/USA/Slovenia)
Nobody Has to Know [+see also:
film review
interview: Bouli Lanners
film profile
]
- Bouli Lanners (France/Belgium/UK)
The Odd-Job Men [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Neus Ballús
film profile
]
- Neus Ballús (Spain)
The Other Tom - Rodrigo Plá, Laura Santullo (Mexico/USA)
Out of Sync [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Juanjo Giménez
film profile
]
- Juanjo Giménez (Spain)
Small Body [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Laura Samani
film profile
]
 - Laura Samani (Italy/France/Slovenia)
Terrorizers - Ho Wi Ding (Taiwan)
True Things [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Harry Wootliff
film profile
]
- Harry Wootliff (UK)
Unclenching The Fists [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Kira Kovalenko (Russia)
Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Edwin (Indonesia/Singapore/Germany)
The Wheel - Steve Pink (USA)
Whether the Weather is Fine [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Carlo Francisco Manatad (Philippines/France/Singapore/Indonesia/Germany/Qatar)

Discovery

Aloners - Hong Sung-eun (South Korea)
Anatolian Leopard [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Emre Kayış (Germany/Denmark/Turkey/Poland)
As In Heaven [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Tea Lindeburg (Denmark)
A Banquet - Ruth Paxton (UK)
Dug Dug - Ritwik Pareek (India)
Farha [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Darin J. Sallam (Jordan/Sweden/Saudi Arabia)
The Game [+see also:
film review
interview: Ana Lazarevic
film profile
]
- Ana Lazarevic (Serbia/USA)
Learn To Swim - Thyrone Tommy (Canada)
Lo Invisible [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Javier Andrade (France/Ecuador)
Paka - Nithin Lukose (India)
Quickening - Haya Waseem (Canada)
Scarborough - Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson (Canada)
Snakehead - Evan Jackson Leong (USA)
To Kill The Beast - Agustina San Martín (Argentina/Brazil/Chile)
Tug of War - Amil Shivji (Tanzania/South Africa/Germany/Qatar)
Wildhood - Bretten Hannam (Canada)

Gala Presentations

The Good House - Maya Forbes, Wallace Wolodarsky (USA)
Silent Night - Camille Griffin (UK)
The Worst Person In The World [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Joachim Trier
film profile
]
- Joachim Trier (Norway/France/Sweden/Denmark) (*Previously announced as a Special Presentation)
Belfast [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Kenneth Branagh (UK)
Clifford the Big Red Dog - Walt Becker (USA/UK/Canada)
Dear Evan Hansen - Stephen Chbosky (USA)
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain - Will Sharpe (UK)
Jagged - Alison Klayman (USA)
Last Night in Soho [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Edgar Wright (UK)
The Mad Women’s Ball [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Mélanie Laurent (France)
Night Raiders - Danis Goulet (Canada/New Zealand)
One Second - Zhang Yimou (China)
The Survivor - Barry Levinson (USA/Canada/Hungary)

Special Presentations

Ahed’s Knee [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Nadav Lapid
film profile
]
- Nadav Lapid (Israel/France/Germany)
The Box - Lorenzo Vigas (USA/Mexico)
The Falls
- Chung Mong-Hong (Taiwan)
France [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Bruno Dumont
film profile
]
- Bruno Dumont (France/Germany/Italy/Belgium)
The Humans - Stephen Karam (USA)
Inu-Oh - Masaaki Yuasa (Japan/China)
Lingui, The Sacred Bonds [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, Achou…
film profile
]
- Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (Chad/France/Germany/Belgium)
Mothering Sunday [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Eva Husson
film profile
]
- Eva Husson (UK)
The Power of the Dog - Jane Campion (Australia/New Zealand)
Sundown [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Michel Franco (Mexico)
Where Is Anne Frank? [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ari Folman
film profile
]
- Ari Folman (Belgium/France/Netherlands/Luxembourg/Israel)
Wolf - Nathalie Biancheri (UK/Ireland/Poland)
Ali & Ava [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Clio Barnard (UK)
All My Puny Sorrows - Michael McGowan (Canada)
Benediction [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Terence Davies (UK)
Bergman Island [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Mia Hansen-Løve
film profile
]
- Mia Hansen-Løve (France)
Charlotte - Eric Warin, Tahir Rana (Canada/France/Belgium)
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over - Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner (USA)
Drive My Car - Ryusuke Hamaguchi (Japan)
Encounter - Michael Pearce (UK/USA)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye - Michael Showalter (USA)
The Guilty - Antoine Fuqua (USA)
I’m Your Man [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maria Schrader
film profile
]
- Maria Schrader (Germany)
Inexorable [+see also:
film review
interview: Fabrice Du Welz
film profile
]
- Fabrice du Welz (Belgium/France)
Lakewood - Phillip Noyce (Canada)
The Middle Man [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Bent Hamer (Norway/Canada/Germany/Denmark)
Official Competition [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat (Spain/Argentina)
Paris, 13th District [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Jacques Audiard (France)
Petite Maman [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Céline Sciamma (France)
The Starling - Theodore Melfi (USA)
The Story of My Wife [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ildikó Enyedi
film profile
]
- Ildikó Enyedi (Hungary/Germany/Italy/France)
Three Floors [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Nanni Moretti (Italy/France)
Violet - Justine Bateman (USA)

TIFF Docs

Attica - Stanley Nelson (USA)
Beba - Rebeca Huntt (USA/Mexico)
Becoming Cousteau - Liz Garbus (USA)
Burning - Eva Orner (Australia)
Comala - Gian Cassini (Mexico)
The Devil’s Drivers - Mohammed Abugeth, Daniel Carsenty (Qatar/France/Lebanon/Germany)
Flee [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Jonas Poher Rasmussen
film profile
]
- Jonas Poher Rasmussen (Denmark/France/Sweden/Norway)
Hold Your Fire - Stefan Forbes (USA)
Listening to Kenny G - Penny Lane (USA)
Oscar Peterson: Black + White - Barry Avrich (Canada)
The Rescue - E. Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin (USA/UK)
Three Minutes – A Lengthening [+see also:
trailer
interview: Bianca Stigter
film profile
]
- Bianca Stigter (Netherlands/UK)
Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace - Heather Hatch (Canada)

Midnight Madness

After Blue (Dirty Paradise) [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Bertrand Mandico (France)
DASHCAM - Rob Savage (UK/USA)
Saloum [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]
- Jean Luc Herbulot (Senegal/France)
Titane [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Julia Ducournau, Vincent Li…
film profile
]
- Julia Ducournau (France)
You Are Not My Mother - Kate Dolan (Ireland)
Zalava - Arsalan Amiri (Iran)

Wavelengths

Futura [+see also:
film review
trailer
film profile
]
- Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, Alice Rohrwacher (Italy)
The Girl and the Spider [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Ramon Zürcher and Silvan Zü…
film profile
]
- Ramon Zürcher, Silvan Zürcher (Switzerland)
Neptune Frost - Saul Williams, Anisia Uzeyman (Rwanda/USA)
A Night of Knowing Nothing [+see also:
film review
film profile
]
- Payal Kapadia (India/France)
Ste. Anne - Rhayne Vermette (Canada)
The Tsugua Diaries [+see also:
film review
trailer
interview: Maureen Fazendeiro and Migu…
film profile
]
- Maureen Fazendeiro, Miguel Gomes (Portugal)

Wavelengths Shorts

The Capacity for Adequate Anger - Vika Kirchenbauer (Germany)
Dear Chantal (Querida Chantal) - Nicolás Pereda (Mexico/Spain)
earthearthearth - Daïchi Saïto (Canada)
Inner Outer Space - Laida Lertxundi (Spain)
Polycephaly in D - Michael Robinson (USA)
“The red filter is withdrawn.” (“Le-deu-pil-teo-ga Cheol-hoe-doeb-ni-da.”) - Minjung Kim (South Korea)
Train Again - Peter Tscherkassky (Austria)

TIFF Rewind

Antoine Fuqua on Training Day
Christopher Guest, Eugene Levy and Catherine O’Hara on Best in Show
Patricia Cardoso and America Ferrera on HBO’s Real Women Have Curves
Viggo Mortensen on Eastern Promises [+see also:
trailer
film profile
]

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