47th Toronto International Film Festival announces films in the Gala & Special Presentations programmes

TIFF has announced the selections in the Gala and Special Presentations programmes for the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, taking place from 8 to 18 September 2022.

This list of films from the 2022 Official Selection features 18 Galas and 45 Special Presentations.


Butcher’s Crossing. Image credit: Courtesy of TIFF

Cameron Bailey, TIFF CEO, comments:

“We’re excited to welcome some of the most celebrated figures in movies back to Toronto to present their Gala and Special Presentation films. With stories that span six continents and feature performances you just have to see, this lineup delivers the rich experiences we wait all year for. Cinema is alive. Red carpets are back. And the best audience in the world awaits them in Toronto.”


A Jazzman’s Blues. Image credit: Courtesy of TIFF

GALA PRESENTATIONS 2022

Alice, Darling Mary Nighy | Canada, USAWorld Premiere 

Anna Kendrick captures the anxious psychology of a woman in an abusive relationship as her friends try to reconnect with her while on a cottage getaway.

Black Ice Hubert Davis | Canada World Premiere

This incisive, urgent documentary examines the history of anti-Black racism in hockey, from the segregated leagues of the 19th century to professional leagues today, where Black athletes continue to struggle against bigotry.

Butcher’s Crossing Gabe Polsky | USAWorld Premiere 

Set in the 1870s, Gabe Polsky’s adaptation of John Williams’ literary western stars Nicolas Cage as a buffalo hunter who lures a naïve young man into an ambitious expedition in the Colorado Rockies.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever Peter Farrelly | USA World Premiere

Peter Farrelly’s follow-up to the Oscar-winning Green Book (TIFF People’s Choice Award, 2018) stars Zac Efron as John “Chickie” Donohue, a merchant seaman who in 1967 accepted a bet to personally deliver a case of beer from New York to his army buddies in Vietnam. Russell Crowe and Bill Murray co-star.

The Hummingbird Francesca Archibugi | Italy, FranceWorld Premiere

Based on the novel by Sandro Veronesi, this profoundly moving nonlinear epic depicts the strange, wondrous life of Marco Carrera (Pierfrancesco Favino) from childhood through adulthood to his final years.

Hunt Lee Jung-jae | South Korea North American Premiere

Korean action star Lee Jung-jae (The Housemaid, Deliver Us from Evil) makes his directorial debut with this 1980s-set thriller, in which he plays an intelligence chief who uncovers a plot to assassinate the president of South Korea while hunting for a mole within his own agency.

A Jazzman’s Blues Tyler Perry | USA World Premiere

Tyler Perry’s latest — though the screenplay is the first one he ever wrote — stars Joshua Boone, Solea Pfeiffer, Amirah Vann, Austin Scott, and Ryan Eggold in a story of forbidden love and family secrets that reaches from the 1940s to the 1980s.

Kacchey Limbu Shubham Yogi | IndiaWorld Premiere

Set in Mumbai, director Shubham Yogi’s feature debut follows a pair of siblings who find themselves on competing cricket teams as they struggle to balance familial loyalty with the pursuit of their passions.

Moving On Paul Weitz | USAWorld Premiere

Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin star in this fusion of audacious comedy and bracing drama about estranged pals who are reunited when a beloved mutual friend dies, leaving her widower the target of a revenge plan.

Paris Memories Alice Winocour | France North American Premiere

A piercing examination of what it means to live through devastating violence, the latest from Festival regular Alice Winocour brilliantly dramatizes the way trauma can render our fragments of memory into a puzzle.

Prisoner’s Daughter Catherine Hardwicke | USA World Premiere

Granted a compassionate release, a dying convict (Brian Cox) tries to reconnect with his daughter (Kate Beckinsale) and the grandson he’s never known — but his violent past comes back to haunt them all, in this drama from Thirteen and Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke.

Raymond & Ray Rodrigo García | USAWorld Premiere

An intricate drama shot through with audacious gallows humour, the latest from writer-director Rodrigo García stars Ewan McGregor and Ethan Hawke as long-estranged half-brothers who reunite to bury their father.

Roost Amy Redford | USAWorld Premiere

Part thriller, part thoughtful domestic drama, Amy Redford’s new film looks at troubles that arise between a mother (Summer Phoenix) and her teen daughter (Grace Van Dien) after the latter is seduced online by a 28-year-old man.

Sidney Reginald Hudlin | USAWorld Premiere

This sweeping documentary portrait of the late, great Sidney Poitier surveys his films, life story, and litany of accomplishments as an artist and activist who forever changed what it means to be Black in America.

The Son Florian Zeller | United KingdomNorth American Premiere

Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, and Anthony Hopkins star in The Father director Florian Zeller’s immersive drama about a family struggling to support a teenager in the throes of a mental health crisis.

***** Opening Night Film *****The Swimmers Sally El Hosaini | United KingdomWorld Premiere

This soaring epic dramatizes the true story of two sisters who left their home in war-torn Syria for a new life in Europe — and the chance to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics.

What’s Love Got To Do With It? Shekhar Kapur | United KingdomWorld Premiere

Buoyed by an ensemble including Lily James, Shazad Latif, and Emma Thompson, Shekhar Kapur’s smart, effervescent romantic comedy follows a filmmaker who decides to document her best friend’s journey toward arranged marriage.

The Woman King Gina Prince-Bythewood | USAWorld Premiere

Featuring a thrilling performance from Oscar winner Viola Davis, this epic tale brings to life the true story of the Agojie, the all-female military regiment charged with protecting the embattled African Kingdom of Dahomey.


Chevalier. Image credit: Courtesy of TIFF

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2022Allelujah Sir Richard Eyre | United Kingdom World Premiere 

Set in a Yorkshire geriatric hospital, this glorious reunion of Oscar winner Judi Dench and director Richard Eyre is a spirited homage to the idiosyncrasies of old age and the fortitude of health care workers.All Quiet on the Western Front Edward Berger | USA, Germany World Premiere

This impassioned, visually arresting interpretation of the classic German anti-war novel makes the pacifist case to contemporary audiences through its depiction of the horrible madness of World War I and the tragedy of a doomed generation.The Banshees Of Inisherin Martin McDonagh | United Kingdom, Ireland, USANorth American Premiere

In Bruges stars Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson reteam for this pitch-black comic fable of wounded friendship and the perils of petty grievance, the latest from Oscar-winning writer-director Martin McDonagh (Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri).Blueback Robert Connolly | AustraliaWorld Premiere

Mia Wasikowska, Radha Mitchell, and Eric Bana star in a story about an intimate mother–daughter relationship, forged by the women’s keen desire to protect the inhabitants of the pristine blue oceans on the Australian coast where they live.The Blue Caftan Maryam Touzani | Morocco, France, Belgium, DenmarkNorth American Premiere

Writer-director Maryam Touzani returns to the Festival with a tender tribute to tradition and the craft of love.Broker Hirokazu Kore-eda | South KoreaCanadian Premiere

Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) directs this beautifully crafted and achingly touching crowd-pleaser about an unconventional family formed under the strangest of circumstances.Brother Clement Virgo | Canada World Premiere

Clement Virgo’s staggering adaptation of David Chariandy’s novel, the story of two Trinidadian Canadian brothers whose dreams are dashed by violent reality in 1990s Scarborough, is sure to be received as one of the most powerful films of the year.Bros Nicholas Stoller | USAWorld Premiere

This insightful rom-com about a witty, cynical podcaster navigating romance with an earnest, handsome lawyer is a pitch-perfect portrait of queer New York in all its variety.Catherine Called Birdy Lena Dunham | United Kingdom World Premiere 

A 13th-century teenager (Bella Ramsey) rebels against her father (Andrew Scott) when he tries to marry her off to a wealthy man, in Lena Dunham’s playful adaptation of Karen Cushman’s bestselling novel.Causeway Lila Neugebauer | USAWorld Premiere

Oscar winner Jennifer Lawrence gives a heart-rending performance in Lila Neugebauer’s feature directorial debut, which peers deep into the wounds that soldiers retain from armed conflict — and those they carried with them going in.Chevalier Stephen Williams | USAWorld Premiere

Featuring a dynamic performance from Kelvin Harrison Jr. (Waves), this opulent historical drama — brimming with intrigue, romance, and sumptuous music — turns the spotlight on a brilliant Black artist whose legacy has been woefully obscured.Corsage Marie Kreutzer | Austria, France, GermanyNorth American Premiere

A visually stunning contemporary waltz through the life of the extravagant Empress Elisabeth of Austria (Vicky Krieps), whose beauty and corsetry was famed in lands far and wide.Decision to Leave Park Chan-wook | South KoreaNorth American Premiere

A dramatic love story is the beating heart of Park Chan-wook’s mesmerizing and lavish noir masterpiece, featuring the charismatic Chinese star Tang Wei.Devotion JD Dillard | USA World Premiere 

Set during the Korean War, this visceral film tells the story of the US Navy’s first Black aviator and his dedicated wingman, pilots who both confront geopolitical uncertainty and racist hostility with uncommon valour.Driving Madeleine Christian Carion | FranceInternational Premiere

A seemingly simple taxi ride across Paris evolves into a profound meditation on the realities of the driver, whose personal life is in shambles, and his fare, an elderly woman whose warmth belies her shocking past.El Suplente Diego Lerman | Argentina, Italy, Mexico, Spain, FranceWorld Premiere

A substitute teacher in Buenos Aires must step out of his teaching duties when one of his students is threatened by a local drug kingpin, in this remarkable reflection of the social tensions many students and teachers deal with every day in different corners of the Americas.Empire of Light Sam Mendes | United Kingdom, USACanadian Premiere

Olivia Colman stars in this tender love story about a troubled woman working at a beautiful seaside cinema in 1980s England, told tenderly by director Sam Mendes and captured exquisitely by master cinematographer Roger Deakins.

The Eternal Daughter Joanna Hogg | United KingdomNorth American Premiere

This haunting mystery from director Joanna Hogg (The Souvenir) stars Tilda Swinton in a mesmerizing dual role as both a middle-aged daughter and her elderly mother, who are forced to confront past memories while visiting an eerily empty old manor.The Fabelmans Steven Spielberg | USAWorld Premiere

Steven Spielberg’s most personal film yet is based on the master director’s childhood passion for moviemaking, and the family dynamics that found their way into his work.Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery Rian Johnson | USAWorld Premiere

Famed Southern detective Benoit Blanc (Daniel Craig) travels to Greece for his latest case, in Rian Johnson’s follow-up to Knives Out starring Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., and Kate Hudson.Good Night Oppy Ryan White | USA International Premiere

A spirited documentary about the exploration rover Opportunity, its ambitious 15-year journey across Mars, and the team of scientists and engineers that made the vessel part of their aerospace family.The Good Nurse Tobias Lindholm | USAWorld Premiere 

Jessica Chastain plays a hospital nurse faced with the growing suspicion that her co-worker and friend (Eddie Redmayne) is quietly killing off patients, in this true-crime thriller from Tobias Lindholm.Holy Spider Ali Abbasi | Denmark, Germany, Sweden, FranceCanadian Premiere

In Iran’s spiritual capital, Mashhad, a dangerous and brutal cat-and-mouse-game unfolds between a serial killer and a journalist seeking justice.Joyland Saim Sadiq | Pakistan North American Premiere

A Pakistani family confronts emotional intimacy and social expectations when their son begins performing with a trans dancer, in Saim Sadiq’s staggering debut feature — winner of the Un Certain Regard Jury Prize and the Queer Palm at the Cannes Film Festival.The King’s Horseman Biyi Bandele | Nigeria World Premiere

Writer-director Biyi Bandele (Half of a Yellow Sun) returns to the Festival with a cinematic adaptation of Wole Soyinka’s acclaimed anti-colonial stage play, Death and the King’s Horseman.The Lost King Stephen Frears | United Kingdom World Premiere 

Stephen Frears’ latest retells the true story of an amateur historian (Sally Hawkins) battling skepticism and bureaucracy in a quest to locate the final resting place of King Richard III.A Man of Reason Jung Woo-sung | South KoreaWorld Premiere

The directorial debut of Korean superstar Jung Woo-sung (The Good, The Bad, The Weird) has everything you crave in a modern thriller: hi-octane action sequences, memorable characters, and Jung himself in the leading role.

The Menu Mark Mylod | USAWorld Premiere

The culture of haute cuisine gets thoroughly roasted in this sizzling satire, starring Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit) and Ralph Fiennes, about a destination-dining experience with spicy surprises.Moonage Daydream Brett Morgen | USANorth American Premiere

A kaleidoscopic weave of archival performances and candid interviews, this portrait of David Bowie from director Brett Morgen (Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck) immerses us in the restless starman’s singular galaxy of music, art, and identity.My Policeman Michael Grandage | United Kingdom World Premiere

This tale of forbidden romance and changing social conventions follows three people — policeman Tom (Harry Styles/Linus Roache), teacher Marion (Emma Corrin/Gina McKee), and museum curator Patrick (David Dawson/Rupert Everett) — and their emotional journey spanning decades.Nanny Nikyatu Jusu | USAInternational Premiere

A young Senegalese newcomer to New York is haunted by violent visions while working as a nanny and planning for the arrival of her own son, in writer-director Nikyatu Jusu’s mystical feature debut exploring the dangerous allure of the American Dream in the immigrant experience.No Bears Jafar Panahi | IranNorth American Premiere

Jafar Panahi continues to push against the boundaries of the medium with his latest film, involving two parallel love stories and the dire consequences that can bubble up out of seemingly insignificant artistic pursuits.

On the Come Up Sanaa Lathan | USAWorld Premiere 

A talented high-school student dreams of making it big in the world of battle rap, in Sanaa Lathan’s debut feature based on the New York Times bestseller by Angie Thomas (The Hate U Give).One Fine Morning Mia Hansen-Løve | FranceCanadian Premiere

Festival favourite Mia Hansen-Løve illuminates the wonder and turbulence of everyday life with this chronicle of a woman (Léa Seydoux) swept up in her obligations as a mother, daughter, worker, and lover.Other People’s Children Rebecca Zlotowski | FranceNorth American Premiere 

Virginie Efira stars as a teacher whose new relationship with a single father becomes complicated when she begins to connect with his young daughter, in this romantic drama from Rebecca Zlotowski (TIFF 2016’s Planetarium).

The Return of Tanya Tucker: Featuring Brandi Carlile Kathlyn Horan | USAInternational Premiere

Country legend Tanya Tucker is invited back into the studio by singer-songwriter-producer Brandi Carlile to make Tucker’s first album of original music in 17 years.Saint Omer Alice Diop | France North American Premiere

In this extraordinary narrative debut by acclaimed documentarian Alice Diop, a young novelist is forced to confront her personal traumas as she observes the trial of a woman accused of infanticide.Sanctuary Zachary Wigon | USAWorld Premiere

The heir to a hotel empire (Christopher Abbott) and the dominatrix who has primed him for success (Margaret Qualley) battle it out in a hotel room as he tries to end their relationship.Stories Not to be Told Cesc Gay | SpainWorld Premiere  

Writer-director Cesc Gay returns to the Festival with five tales of human vulnerability and the hilarious, painful, and extremely awkward curveballs life sometimes throws us. Triangle of Sadness Ruben Östlund | Sweden, United Kingdom, USA, France, Greece North American Premiere

Ruben Östlund’s latest Palme d’Or–winning satire explores hypocrisy, greed, and thirst for power amongst the idle rich (and the luxury-cruise industry).Walk Up Hong Sangsoo | South KoreaWorld Premiere

Korean auteur Hong Sangsoo adds a new chapter to his impressive body of work, taking a gently delightful new perspective on themes dear to his poetics.Wendell & Wild Henry Selick | USAWorld Premiere

Featuring the voices of Jordan Peele, Keegan-Michael Key, Angela Bassett, and Lyric Ross, this aminated comedy-adventure from BAFTA winner Henry Selick (Coraline) follows a pair of demon brothers who ally with a goth teenager to defeat their archnemesis.The Whale Darren Aronofsky | USANorth American Premiere

Brendan Fraser gives a career-defining performance in Darren Aronofsky’s arrestingly intimate drama about a reclusive English professor struggling with personal relationships and self-acceptance, adapted from the stage play by Samuel D. Hunter.Women Talking Sarah Polley | USAInternational Premiere 

Frances McDormand, Claire Foy, Rooney Mara, and Jessie Buckley star in Sarah Polley’s fearless adaptation of Miriam Toews’ acclaimed novel about a cloistered world where women struggle with an epidemic of abuse.The Wonder Sebastián Lelio | United Kingdom, IrelandCanadian Premiere

Based on the novel by Emma Donoghue and directed by Sebastián Lelio, The Wonder stars Florence Pugh as a nurse in 19th-century Ireland hired to investigate the case of a child who has not eaten for four months.

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