Saturday, September 23, 2023

The 2023 Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) Centerpiece Lineup

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) announced earlier this morning 47 films from 45 countries for its Centerpiece program, which was previously known as Contemporary World Cinema. They also added a few new titles to their Special Presentations, Galas and Documentary lineups.

“We are very excited to present the new Centrepiece program, a cinematic journey that transcends boundaries and embraces the art of human experience,” said Anita Lee, TIFF’s Chief Programming Officer. “The rebranding of the TIFF program, formerly Contemporary World Cinema, is a reflection of the festival’s vision to provide an elevated platform for international cinema, for acclaimed titles from festivals around the globe, highly anticipated premieres from Canadian and international talents, and the latest work of influential filmmaking luminaries.”

Centerpiece Program 2023
About Dry Grasses – Nuri Bilge Ceylan | Turkey/France/Germany/Sweden
North American Premiere

A Happy Day – Hisham Zaman | Norway/Denmark
World Premiere

A Ravaging Wind – Paula Hernández | Argentina/Uruguay
World Premiere

A Road to A Village – Nabin Subba | Nepal
World Premiere

Banel & Adama – Ramata-Toulaye Sy | France/Senegal/Mali
North American Premiere

Chuck Chuck Baby – Janis Pugh | United Kingdom
International Premiere

City of Wind – Lkhagvadulam Purev-Ochir |
France/Mongolia/Portugal/Netherlands/Qatar/Germany
North American Premiere

Close Your Eyes – Víctor Erice | Spain/Argentina
North American Premiere

Death of a Whistleblower – Ian Gabriel | South Africa
World Premiere

Fallen Leaves – Aki Kaurismäki | Finland/Germany
Canadian Premiere

Fitting In – Molly McGlynn | Canada
Canadian Premiere

Green Border – Agnieszka Holland | Poland/Czech Republic/France/Belgium
North American Premiere

Hey, Viktor! – Cody Lightning | Canada
Canadian Premiere

Holiday – Edoardo Gabbriellini | Italy
World Premiere

Humanist Vampire Seeking Consenting Suicidal Person – Ariane Louis-Seize | Canada
North American Premiere

I Do Not Come To You By Chance – Ishaya Bako | Nigeria
World Premiere

In Flames – Zarrar Kahn | Canada/Pakistan
North American Premiere

Inshallah a Boy – Amjad Al Rasheed | Jordan/France/Saudi Arabia/Qatar/Egypt
North American Premiere

Irena’s Vow – Louise Archambault | Canada/Poland
World Premiere

Je’vida – Katja Gauriloff | Finland
Canadian Premiere

Kanaval – Henri Pardo | Canada/Luxembourg
World Premiere

Limbo – Ivan Sen | Australia
North American Premiere

Lost Ladies – Kiran Rao | India
World Premiere

Mountains – Monica Sorelle | USA
International Premiere

National Anthem – Luke Gilford | USA
International Premiere

Perfect Days – Wim Wenders | Japan
Canadian Premiere

Robot Dreams – Pablo Berger | Spain/France
North American Premiere

Shadow of Fire – Shinya Tsukamoto | Japan
North American Premiere

Shayda – Noora Niasari | Australia
Canadian Premiere

Sira – Apolline Traoré | Burkina Faso/Senegal/France/Germany
North American Premiere

Snow Leopard – Pema Tseden | China
North American Premiere

Sweet Dreams – Ena Sendijarević | Netherlands/ Sweden/ Indonesia/France
North American Premiere

The Breaking Ice – Anthony Chen | China
North American Premiere

The Delinquents – Rodrigo Moreno | Argentina/Brazil/Luxembourg/Chile
North American Premiere

The Feeling That the Time for Something Has Passed – Joanna Arnow | USA
North American Premiere

The Monk and the GunPawo Choyning Dorji | Bhutan/France/USA/Taiwan
International Premiere

The Nature of Love – Monia Chokri | Canada/France
North American Premiere

The Reeds – Cemil Ağacıkoğlu | Turkey/Bulgaria
World Premiere

The Settlers – Felipe Gálvez Haberle | Chile/Argentina/France/Denmark/United
Kingdom/Taiwan/Sweden/Germany
North American Premiere

The Teachers’ Lounge – Ilker Çatak | Germany
North American Premiere

They Shot the Piano Player – Fernando Trueba, Javier Mariscal | Spain/France
Canadian Premiere

Toll – Carolina Markowicz | Brazil/Portugal
World Premiere

Upon Open Sky – Mariana Arriaga, Santiago Arriaga | Mexico/Spain
North American Premiere

We Grown Now – Minhal Baig | USA
World Premiere

Woodland – Elisabeth Scharang | Austria
World Premiere

Your Mother’s Son – Jun Robles Lana | Philippines
World Premiere

Galas
A Normal Family – Hur Jin-ho | South Korea
World Premiere

Finestkind – Brian Helgeland | USA
World Premiere

Smugglers – Ryoo Seung-wan | South Korea
North American Premiere

Thank You For Coming – Karan Boolani | India
World Premiere

Special Presentations
Daddio – Christy Hall | United States
International Premiere

El Sabor de la Navidad – Alejandro Lozano | Mexico
World Premiere

Evil Does Not Exist – Ryûsuke Hamaguchi | Japan
North American Premiere

Quiz Lady – Jessica Yu | USA
World Premiere

Ru – Charles-Olivier Michaud | Canada
World Premiere

The Movie Teller – Lone Scherfig | Spain/France/Chile
World Premiere

The Promised Land – Nikolaj Arcel | Denmark/Germany/Sweden
Canadian Premiere

Documentary
I am Sirat – A collaboration between Deepa Mehta and Sirat Taneja | Canada
World Premiere

The 48th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 7th – 17th. The Special Presentations & Gala lineup for TIFF 2023 can be read here, along with the Documentary lineup here, the Platform programming here, the Discovery & Midnight Madness programming here and the Short Cuts programming here.

What do you think of this announcement? Are you excited to see any of these shorts? What other titles do you think will screen at this year’s TIFF? Are you planning on going? Please let us know your thoughts in the comments section below or on our Twitter account.

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

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