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Toronto International Film Festival unveils 2019 lineup: Joker, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Knives Out

on July 23, 2019, 10:48am

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced its preliminary 2019 lineup. Set to kick off on September 5th, this year’s sprawling ensemble of films include some of the most highly anticipated features of the season, including a handful of genuine surprises.

Among the many highlights include Todd Phillip’s Joker starring Joaquin Phoenix, Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood starring Tom Hanks,  Steven Soderbergh’s Panama Papers thriller The Laundromat, and Rian Johnson’s star-studded Knives Out.

That’s just the tip of the free-floating, awards season iceberg: Elsewhere on the lineup, Noah Baumbach returns with Marriage Story, Taika Waititi debuts Jojo Rabbit, James Mangold revs up Ford v Ferrari, and Cardi B’s Hustlers brings the heat.

That’s all without mentioning Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx’s civil rights drama Just Mercy, Bruce Springsteen’s performance film Western Stars, Edward Norton’s passion project Motherless Brooklyn, and the Safdie Brothers’ Uncut Gems.

“Some of the year’s biggest films will land in Toronto this September,” said Bailey, Co-Head and Artistic Director of TIFF. “We’re thrilled to unveil Galas and Special Presentations that bring the brightest lights in film to our Festival audience. Our new programming team has been hard at work for months to deliver the compelling stories, acclaimed filmmakers, and top onscreen talent that mark our two highest-profile sections.”

“I’m delighted to step into my first Festival as TIFF Co-Head to such a powerful slate of films,” said Vicente, Co-Head and Executive Director of TIFF. “Fast-paced, boundary-pushing, satirical — this lineup has films representing every corner of the cinematic landscape on top of a strong number of World Premieres. It’s a pleasure to be able to share these films with audiences for the first time.”

Consult the full lineup below and stay tuned for more coverage on Consequence of Sound.

GALAS 2019

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood Marielle Heller | USA
World Premiere

Abominable Jill Culton | USA
World Premiere

American Woman Semi Chellas | Canada
Canadian Premiere

Blackbird Roger Michell | United Kingdom
World Premiere

Clemency Chinonye Chukwu | USA
International Premiere

Ford v Ferrari James Mangold | USA
Canadian Premiere

The Goldfinch John Crowley | USA
World Premiere

Harriet Kasi Lemmons | USA
World Premiere

Hustlers Lorene Scafaria | USA
World Premiere

Joker Todd Phillips | USA
North American Premiere

Just Mercy Destin Daniel Cretton | USA
World Premiere

*Opening Night Film*
Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band Daniel Roher | Canada
World Premiere

Ordinary Love Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn | United Kingdom
World Premiere

*Closing Night Film*
Radioactive Marjane Satrapi | United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Sky Is Pink Shonali Bose | India
World Premiere

The Song of Names François Girard | Canada
World Premiere

True History of the Kelly Gang Justin Kurzel | Australia
World Premiere

Western Stars Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen | USA
World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2019

A Herdade Tiago Guedes | Portugal
North American Premiere

Bad Education Cory Finley | USA
World Premiere

Coming Home Again Wayne Wang | USA/South Korea
World Premiere

Dolemite Is My Name Craig Brewer | USA
World Premiere

Ema Pablo Larraín | Chile
North American Premiere

Endings, Beginnings Drake Doremus | USA
World Premiere

Frankie Ira Sachs | France/Portugal
North American Premiere

The Friend Gabriela Cowperthwaite | USA
World Premiere

Greed Michael Winterbottom | United Kingdom
World Premiere

Guest of Honour Atom Egoyan | Canada
North American Premiere

Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) Sebastian Borensztein | Argentina/Spain
International Premiere

Honey Boy Alma Har’el | USA
International Premiere

Hope Gap William Nicholson | United Kingdom
World Premiere

How to Build a Girl Coky Giedroyc | United Kingdom
World Premiere

*Opening Special Presentations Film*
I Am Woman Unjoo Moon | Australia
World Premiere

Jojo Rabbit Taika Waititi | USA
World Premiere

Judy Rupert Goold | United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Knives Out Rian Johnson | USA
World Premiere

La Belle Époque Nicolas Bedos | France
North American Premiere

The Laundromat Steven Soderbergh | USA
North American Premiere

The Lighthouse Robert Eggers | USA
North American Premiere

Marriage Story Noah Baumbach | USA
Canadian Premiere

Military Wives Peter Cattaneo | United Kingdom
World Premiere

Motherless Brooklyn Edward Norton | USA
International Premiere

No.7 Cherry Lane Yonfan | Hong Kong
North American Premiere

The Other Lamb Malgorzata Szumowska | Belgium/Ireland/USA
World Premiere

Pain and Glory Pedro Almodóvar | Spain
Canadian Premiere

The Painted Bird Václav Marhoul | Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovakia
North American Premiere

Parasite (Gisaengchung) Bong Joon-ho | South Korea
Canadian Premiere

Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) Katrin Gebbe | Germany/Bulgaria
North American Premiere

The Personal History of David Copperfield Armando Iannucci | United Kingdom
World Premiere

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) Céline Sciamma | France
Canadian Premiere

The Report Scott Z. Burns | USA
International Premiere

Saturday Fiction (Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan) Lou Ye | China
North American Premiere

The Two Popes Fernando Meirelles | USA/United Kingdom/Italy/Argentina
Canadian Premiere

Uncut Gems Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | USA
International Premiere

Weathering With You Makoto Shinkai | Japan
North American Premiere

While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) Alejandro Amenábar | Spain/Argentina
World Premiere

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