World Premiere of ‘The Swimmers’ to open the 2022 Toronto International Film Festival

The World Premiere of Sally El Hosaini‘s powerful new drama The Swimmers will be the Opening Night Gala Presentation for the 47th Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday 8 September 2022.

Directed by Sally El Hosaini from a screenplay by El Hosaini and multi-award-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne, the film stars Manal Issa, Nathalie Issa, Ahmed Malek, Matthias Schweighöfer, Ali Suliman, Kinda Alloush, James Krishna Floyd, and Elmi Rashid Elmi.

Based on a true story, Working Title and Netflix’s deeply moving film follows the journey from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics. Two young sisters embark on a harrowing journey as refugees, putting both their hearts and champion swimming skills to heroic use.

Produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Ali Jaafar and Tim Cole with Stephen Daldry executive producing.

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