The Toronto International Film Festival made public its first batch of films for its 2015 lineup this morning. Forty-nine films made the cut, but only a disappointing seven (about 14%) were directed by women. More features will be announced in the coming days and weeks.
Those seven female-helmed works are Deepa Mehta’s “Beeba Boys,” Julie Delpy’s “Lolo” and Jocelyn Moorhouse’s “The Dressmaker” in the Galas section, as well as Meghna Gulzar’s “Guilty,” Rebecca Miller’s “Maggie’s Plan,” Leena Yadav’s “Parched” and Catherine Corsini’s “Summertime” in the Special Presentations section.
Some female-led star performances will also make their premieres at TIFF 2015, including those by Julianne Moore and Ellen Page in “Freeheld,” Helen Mirren in “Eye in the Sky,” Saoirse Ronan in “Brooklyn,” Sarah Silverman in “I Smile Back,” Emily Blunt in “Sicario” and Maggie Smith in “The Lady in the Van.”
Here are the women-directed (in bold) and the women-centric films so far announced for this year’s TIFF:
“Beeba Boys,” director Deepa Mehta, Canada (World Premiere)
“Freeheld,” director Peter Sollett, USA (World Premiere)
“Lolo,” director Julie Delpy, France (World Premiere)
“The Dressmaker,” director Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia (World Premiere)
“Eye in the Sky,” director Gavin Hood, United Kingdom (World Premiere)
“Brooklyn,” director John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada (Canadian Premiere)
“The Danish Girl,” director Tom Hooper, United Kingdom/Sweden (North American Premiere)*
“Guilty,” director Meghna Gulzar, India (World Premiere)
“I Smile Back,” director Adam Salky, USA (Canadian Premiere)
“The Lady in the Van,” director Nicolas Hytner, USA (World Premiere)
“Maggie’s Plan,” director Rebecca Miller, USA (World Premiere)
“Parched,” director Leena Yadav, India/USA (World Premiere)
“Room,” director Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada (Canadian Premiere)
“Sicario,” director Denis Villeneuve, USA (North American Premiere)
“Summertime,” director Catherine Corsini, France (North American Premiere)
“Victoria,” director Sebastian Schipper, Germany (Canadian Premiere)
* Needless to say, “The Danish Girl” will end up with a Best Actor nods for star Eddie Redmayne.