TIFF ’17: Hochelaga to world premiere in gala screening

The Toronto festival unveiled the second-wave of lineups for its Masters, World Cinema and Primetime programs, as well as added six gala premieres and 32 special presentations.

use credit below - shutterstock_tiff_2014TIFF on Tuesday unveiled the second-wave lineups for its Masters, World Cinema, Primetime and Wavelengths programs, as well as a number of additions to its gala premieres and special presentations programs.

In the gala section, François Girard’s Hochelaga, Terre des Âmes (Canada) will receive a world-premiere screening alongside five other newly announced projects, with Bille August’s 55 Steps (U.S), John Curran’s Chappaquiddick (U.S.), Tali Shalom-Ezer’s My Days of Mercy (U.S.) and Paolo Virzì’s The Leisure Seeker (Italy), also set to make world bows. These six projects join the two previously announced gala premieres, Fixer Joseph Cedar’s Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer (U.S./Israel) and Terry George’s The Promise (U.S./Spain).

Meanwhile Mark Raso’s Kodachrome (Canada/U.S.) will premiere alongside 17 other projects in the special presentations program, including Aaron Sorkin’s Molly’s Game (U.S.), Peter Landesman’s Mark Felt – The Man Who Brought Down the White House (U.S.), Feng Xiaogang’s Youth (China), Michael Noer’s Papillon (Serbia/Montenegro/Malta) and Robert Schwentke’s The Captain (Germany/France/Poland). In total, 32 new films were added to the special presentations program, taking the total to 46.

TIFF also announced the remainder of the TV-focused Primetime program following last week’s announcement that Alias Grace (CBC/Netflix) would premiere in the program. New additions to the lineup include German series Dark, from showrunners Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese; U.S. series The Deuce from showrunners David Simon, George Pelecanos; season two of U.S. series The Girlfriend Experience, from showrunners Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan; and Brazilian series Under Pressure, from Andrucha Waddington and Jorge Furtado.

Elsewhere, 11 films were announced for the Masters program. In addition to the previously announced world premiere of Alanis Obomsawin’s Our People Will Be Healed (Canada), the program will also screen Hong Sangsoo’s The Day After (Geu-hu) (South Korea), Agnès Varda’s Faces Places (France), Paul Schrader’s First Reformed (U.S.), Michael Haneke’s Happy End (France/Austria/Germany), Robert Guédiguian’s The House By the Sea (France), Andrey Zvyagintsev’s Loveless (Russia/France/Belgium/Germany), Aki Kaurismäki’s The Other Side of Hope (Finland/Germany), Paolo Taviani and Vittorio Taviani’s Rainbow – A Private Affair (Italy/France), Hirokazu Kore-eda’s The Third Murder (Japan) and Lucrecia Martel’s Zama (Argentina/Brazil/Spain/France/Netherlands/Mexico/Portugal/U.S.).

The Toronto festival also unveiled its 48-film World Cinema program, which includes the world premiere of Netherlands/Italy/Canada coproduction Tulipani, Love, Honour and a Bicycle, directed by Dutch filmmaker Mike van Diem. Among the program’s other world premieres are Anahí Berneri’s Alanis (Argentina), Urszula Antoniak’s Beyond Words (Netherlands/Poland), Kazuya Shiraishi’s Birds Without Names (Japan), Antonio Méndez Esparza’s Life and nothing more (Spain/U.S.), Brian O’Malley’s The Lodgers (Ireland) and Khalo Matabane’s The Number (South Africa).

There were also a number of Canadian projects announced among 40 projects in the Wavelengths short-film program. Francesco Gagliardi’s Some Cities will screen in the Wavelengths 1: Appetite for Destruction section, while Ephraim Asili’s Fluid Frontiers (U.S./Canada) and Rawane Nassif’s Turtles Are Always Home (Canada/Lebanon/Qatar) will screen in the Wavelengths 2: Fluid Frontiers program. In addition, Parastoo Anoushahpour, Ryan Ferko, and Faraz Anoushahpour’s Heart of a Mountain (Taiwan/Canada) is set for the Wavelengths 3: Figures in the Landscape section.

This year’s TIFF runs from Sept. 7 to 17.

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