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Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, ‘Demolition’ to Open

Toronto International Film Festival Reveals First Slate of Titles: New Ridley Scott and Cary Fukunaga Films Top List, 'Demolition' to Open

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Now that the New York Film Festival has completed its major marquee announcements — including picks for Opening Night (“The Walk”), Closing Night (“Miles Ahead”) and Centerpiece (“Steve Jobs”) — the Toronto International Film Festival has taken center stage, unveiling two major sections of its upcoming programming, including both Galas and Special Presentations picks. This year’s TIFF will open with the world premiere of Jean-Marc Vallee’s Jake Gyllenhaal-starring “Demolition.”

This first announcement speaks to the wide variety of films featured every year at TIFF, a lineup rife with expected titles (including Ridley Scott’s Matt Damon-starring “The Martian,” Stephen Frears’ Lance Armstrong biopic “The Program” and the Canadian premiere of Scott Cooper’s fact-based “Black Mass,” which will bow at the Venice Film Festival) and some exciting outliers, like Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson’s long-anticipated animated film, “Anomalisa,” Sebastian Schipper’s one-take “Victoria” and Cary Fukunaga’s Netflix-owned “Beasts of No Nation.”

Other big names include Tom Hooper’s “The Danish Girl” (starring TIFF breakout Eddie Redmayne), Lenny Abrahamson’s book-based “Room,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ darkly funny “The Lobster,” TIFF favorite Denis Villeneuve’s “Sicario” and Peter Sollett’s hotly anticipated true story, “Freeheld.” That’s still just a small sample of the goodies that await TIFF-goers within this announcement, which only contains less than fifty titles, but still manages to be the festival fans equivalent of Christmas morning.

Although this slate boasts 25 world premieres, there are some notable festival repeats here, including John Crowley’s period piece “Brooklyn” and Adam Salky’s “I Smile Back” (bolstered by a dramatic performance by Sarah Silverman), which both debuted at Sundance in January, and Cannes standouts like the Palme d’Or-winning “Dheepan” from Jacques Audiard and Laszlo Nemes’ star-making “Son of Saul.” This lineup, though only a taste of what TIFF will hold this year, already offers a wide selection of the films that will likely remain in the awards season conversation for many months to come.

Below are the first additions to the TIFF 2015 lineup. The festival runs September 10 – 20.

Opening Night

Demolition,” directed by Jean-Marc Vallee, USA, World Premiere


Beeba Boys,” directed by Deepa Mehta, Canada, World Premiere

Eye in the Sky,” directed by Gavin Hood, UK, World Premiere 

Forsaken,” directed by Jon Cassar, Canada, World Premiere

Freeheld,” directed by Peter Sollett, USA, World Premiere

Hyena Road (Hyena Road: Le Chemin du Combat),” directed by Paul Gross, Canada, World Premiere

Lolo,” directed by Julie Delpy, France, World Premiere

LEGEND,” directed by Brian Helgeland, United Kingdom, International Premiere

The Man Who Knew Infinity,” directed by Matt Brown, United Kingdom 

The Martian,” directed by Ridley Scott, USA, World Premiere

The Program,” directed by Stephen Frears, United Kingdom, World Premiere

Remember,” directed by Atom Egoyan, Canada, North American Premiere

Septembers of Shiraz,” directed by Wayne Blair, USA, World Premiere

Stonewall,” directed by Roland Emmerich, USA, World Premiere

The Dressmaker,” directed by Jocelyn Moorhouse, Australia, World Premiere 

Special Presentations

Anomalisa,” directed by Charlie Kaufman and Duke Johnson, USA, Canadian Premiere

Beasts of No Nation,” directed by Cary Fukunaga, Ghana, Canadian Premiere

Black Mass,” directed by Scott Cooper, USA, Canadian Premiere

Brooklyn,” directed by John Crowley, United Kingdom/Ireland/Canada, Canadian Premiere

The Club,” directed by Pablo Larrian, Chile, North American Premiere

Colonia,” directed by Florian Gallenberger, Germany/Luxembourg/France, World Premiere

The Danish Girl,” directed by Tom Hooper, United Kingdom/Sweden, North American Premiere

The Daughter,” directed by Simon Stone, Australia, North American Premiere

Desierto,” directed by Jonás Cuarón, Mexico, World Premiere

Dheepan,” directed by Jacques Audiard, France, North American Premiere

Families (Belles Familles),” directed by Jean-Paul Rappeneau, France, World Premiere

The Family Fang,” directed by Jason Bateman, USA, World Premiere

Guilty (Talvar),” directed by Meghna Gulzar, India, World Premiere

I Smile Back,” directed by Adam Salky, USA, Canadian Premiere

The Idol (Ya Tayr El Tayer),” directed by Hany Abu-Assad, United Kingdom/Palestine, World Premiere

The Lady in the Van,” directed by Nicolas Hytner, USA, World Premiere

Len and Company,” directed by Tim Godsall, USA, North American Premiere

The Lobster,” directed by Yorgos Lanthimos, Ireland/United Kingdom/Greece/France/Netherlands, North American Premiere

Louder than Bombs,” directed by Joachim Trier, Norway/France/Denmark, North American Premiere
Maggie’s Plan,” directed by Rebecca Miller, USA, World Premiere
Mountains May Depart (Shan He Gu Ren),” directed by Jia Zhang-ke, China/France/Japan, North American Premiere

Office,” directed by Johnnie To, China/Hong Kong, International Premiere

Parched,” directed by Leena Yadav, India/USA, World Premiere

Room,” directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Ireland/Canada, Canadian Premiere
Sicario,” directed by Denis Villeneuve, USA, North American Premiere
Son of Saul (Saul Fia),” directed by László Nemes, Hungary, Canadian Premiere
Spotlight,” directed by Tom McCarthy, USA, Canadian Premiere

Summertime,” directed by Catherine Corsini, France, North American Premiere

Sunset Song,” directed by Terence Davies, United Kingdom/Luxembourg, World Premiere
Trumbo,” directed by Jay Roach, USA, World Premiere
Un plus une,” directed by Claude Lelouch, France, World Premiere
Victoria,” directed by Sebastian Schipper, Germany, Canadian Premiere
Where To Invade Next,” directed by Michael Moore, USA, World Premiere
Youth,” directed by Paolo Sorrentino, Italy/France/United Kingdom/Switzerland, North American Premiere

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