“Not since its inaugural year in 2001 have there been so many first appearances among the feature-film selections. Some of these films made their world premieres during the Festival and are now debuting their works on the international festival circuit, which is remarkable for first-time directors — I couldn’t be prouder.” —Cameron Bailey, CEO, TIFF
"[Martin Scorsese] pushes the conventions of filmmaking. He's an exciting filmmaker, who even though he returns to the same themes, he always does it in a different way." —Alicia Malone
"Something consciously I was trying to do was to honour the sense of space, but also the sense of time. Allowing the scenes to flow in which the camera is more like a ghost that comes from the future and is in that place and is just witnessing." —Alfonso Cuarón
Director James Gray breaks down how Joaquin Phoenix is able to naturally depict internal conflict.
Master director Zhang Yimou returns with his “love letter to cinema” in which a man escapes a labour camp for a glimpse of his beloved daughter.
A dance is so much more than just a dance in Rosana Matecki’s Saturday Night, a supremely elegant look at the refuge a warm ballroom provides to lonely Latin American immigrants during a harsh Montreal winter.
RBG directors Julie Cohen and Betsy West present a touching portrait of Julia Child, whose cookbooks and TV shows revolutionized American cuisine in Julia.
Two siblings returning to the family ranch to care for their ailing father must confront painful truths, in Scott McGehee and David Siegel’s latest.
Olivia Colman and Colin Firth star in this deeply affecting adaptation of Graham Swift’s bittersweet novel about secret love in post-WWI England.
Payal Kapadia’s electrifying debut feature is a fever dream of impossible love tied to a broader reflection on contemporary India.
Belgian writer, director, and actor Bouli Lanners’ latest is an engrossing drama about one man’s amnesia and the love story that rewrites his past.
Penélope Cruz, Antonio Banderas, and Oscar Martínez star in Mariano Cohn and Gastón Duprat’s ingenious, icy behind-the-scenes satire of movie-making.
Starring in and directing their own razor-sharp script, the Toronto team of Khadijah Roberts-Abdullah and Araya Mengesha play twins trying to navigate their own, and each other’s, complex responses to both the lockdown and the fight for racial justice during the long hot summer of 2020 in DEFUND.
Penny Lane’s documentary Listening to Kenny G takes a witty and provocative look at the easy-listening saxophonist’s story while asking: what makes music good or bad?
An Afro-sonic sci-fi musical composed by Saul Williams, in which a cosmic romance between an intersex hacker and a coltan miner seeds the revolution.
A mother and daughter’s fraught relationship takes unexpected turns while they quarantine during COVID, in the latest from Chung Mong-Hong (A Sun).
This documentary collects accounts of 9/11, recorded in the months after the attacks, and present-day testimonials from the same eyewitnesses.
Halaifonua Finau and Tom Hern’s exciting new series retells the story of how the Polynesian Panther Party was founded in 1970s Aotearoa (New Zealand).
In this astutely played and beautifully shot drama, Beity by Isabelle Mecattaf, a look at an anxious day in a wealthy Beirut household becomes a moving rumination on the pain felt by parents of grown children seeking better lives far from home.
Set in northeastern Italy in 1900, Laura Samani’s feature debut Small Body follows a grieving mother on a mythopoetic journey to give her stillborn child a name.
Captives, cops, and robbers in New York City’s longest hostage siege reflect in Hold Your Fire, this suspenseful and enlightening take on an event long misunderstood.
Albert Shin demonstrates all his directorial prowess and knack for creating stark yet vivid characters with this remarkable drama, Together, about two strangers who convene at a seaside motel in South Korea with very particular intentions in mind.
Juho Kuosmanen’s charming new film follows two strangers who form an unexpected bond while sharing a long train ride across Russia.
Tim Roth stars in writer-director Michel Franco’s chilling drama about a wealthy Briton attempting to abandon his life while vacationing in Acapulco.
What begins as a typically demanding day for a Syrian girl working in Lebanon’s potato fields becomes one that alters her life’s direction, in Trumpets in the Sky a richly detailed and continually surprising drama by director Rakan Mayasi.