Thursday, December 8, 2022

The 2020 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Lineup

By Matt Neglia 

The 2020 edition of the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will continue on despite the coronavirus pandemic with an unprecedented shorter number of films than year’s past. This year’s festival will have to adapt like never before with physical screenings, drive-ins and digital screenings. There will be no in-person press and industry screenings or media events, with all of those taking place online. Since there will be no cast and crew in person, all red carpets, press conferences and industry talks will be virtual.

​The full lineup for this year’s festival has been announced below.

180 Degree Rule dir. Farnoosh Samadi – Iran
76 Days dir. Hao Wu, Anonymous, Weixi Chen – USA
Ammonite dir. Francis Lee – United Kingdom
Another Round (Druk) dir. Thomas Vinterberg – Denmark
Bandar Band dir. Manijeh Hekmat – Iran/Germany
Beans dir. Tracey Deer – Canada
Beginning (Dasatskisi) dir. Dea Kulumbegashvili – Georgia/France
The Best is Yet to Come (Bu Zhi Bu Xiu) dir. Wang Jing – China
Bruised dir. Halle Berry – USA
City Hall dir. Frederick Wiseman USA
Concrete Cowboy dir. Ricky Staub – USA
David Byrne’s American Utopia dir. Spike Lee – USA (Opening Night Film)
The Disciple dir. Chaitanya Tamhane – India
Enemies of the State dir. Sonia Kennebeck – USA
Falling dir. Viggo Mortensen – Canada/United Kingdom
The Father dir. Florian Zeller – United Kingdom/France
Fauna dir. Nicolás Pereda – Mexico/Canada
Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds dir. Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer – United Kingdom/USA
Gaza mon amour dir. Tarzan Nasser, Arab Nasser – Palestine/France/Germany/Portugal/Qatar
Get the Hell Out (Tao Chu Li Fa Yuan) dir. I-Fan Wang – Taiwan
Good Joe Bell dir. Reinaldo Marcus Green – USA
I Care A Lot dir. J Blakeson – United Kingdom
Inconvenient Indian dir. Michelle Latimer – Canada
The Inheritance dir. Ephraim Asili – USA
Lift Like a Girl (Ash Ya Captain) dir. Mayye Zayed – Egypt/Germany/Denmark
Limbo dir. Ben Sharrock – United Kingdom
Memory House (Casa de Antiguidades) dir. João Paulo Miranda Maria – Brazil/France
MLK/FBI dir. Sam Pollard – USA
The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel dir. Joel Bakan, Jennifer Abbott – Canada
New Order (Nuevo orden) dir. Michel Franco – Mexico
Night of the Kings (La Nuit des Rois) dir. Philippe Lacôte – Côte d’Ivoire/France/Canada/Senegal
Nomadland dir. Chloé Zhao – USA
No Ordinary Man dir. Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt – Canada
Notturno dir. Gianfranco Rosi – Italy/France/Germany
One Night in Miami dir. Regina King – USA
Penguin Bloom dir. Glendyn Ivin – Australia
Pieces of a Woman dir. Kornél Mundruczó – USA/Canada/Hungary
Preparations to Be Together For an Unknown Period of Time (Felkészülés meghatározatlan ideig tartó együttlétre) dir. Lili Horvát – Hungary
Quo Vadis, Aïda? dir. Jasmila Žbanić – Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey
Shadow In The Cloud dir. Roseanne Liang | USA/New Zealand
Shiva Baby dir. Emma Seligman – USA/Canada
Spring Blossom dir. Suzanne Lindon – France
A Suitable Boy dir. Mira Nair – United Kingdom/India (Closing Night Presentation)
Summer of 85 (Été 85) dir. François Ozon – France
The Third Day dir. Felix Barrett, Dennis Kelly – United Kingdom
Trickster dir. Michelle Latimer – Canada
True Mothers (Asa Ga Kuru) dir. Naomi Kawase – Japan
Under the Open Sky (Subarashiki Sekai) dir. Miwa Nishikawa – Japan
Violation dir. Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Dusty Mancinelli – Canada
Wildfire dir. Cathy Brady – United Kingdom/Ireland

Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director and Co-Head of TIFF says, “We began this year planning for a 45th Festival much like our previous editions, but along the way we had to rethink just about everything. This year’s lineup reflects that tumult. The names you already know are doing brand new things this year, and there’s a whole crop of exciting new names to discover. We’re thankful to every filmmaker and company that joined us on this adventure, and we can’t wait to share these brilliant films with our audiences.”

Joana Vicente, Executive Director and Co-Head of TIFF adds, “TIFF 2020 is a special edition and symbolizes what is possible when collaboration, ingenuity, and passion take centre stage. It’s also a time for us to celebrate and affirm some of the founding values of TIFF, including the power film has to propel us forward as a society and present a diversity of voices. I’m proud and excited to share these films with audiences.”

The festival will run from September 10th -September 20th. What do you think of the lineup? Anything jump out at you? You can find more information here. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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Matt Neglia
Matt Negliahttps://nextbestpicture.com/
Obsessed about the Oscars, Criterion Collection and all things film 24/7. Critics Choice Member.

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