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TIFF Reveals First Slate of 2016 Titles, Including ‘Magnificent Seven,’ ‘American Honey,’ ‘La La Land’ and ‘Birth of A Nation’

The festival's Galas and Special Presentations sections already boast a number of festival favorites and early awards contenders.

La La Land Movie

“La La Land”

Summit Entertainment

The Toronto International Film Festival — aka TIFF — has announced its first round of picks for this year’s festival, including Galas and Special Presentations, along with the festival’s opening night selection, Antoine Fuqua’s “The Magnificent Seven,” and their closing night pick, Kelly Fremon Craig’s feature directorial debut “The Edge of Seventeen.” Filled with early awards contenders, returning filmmakers and favorites from other festivals from around the globe, it’s a meaty selection of offerings that firmly announces the imminent arrival of the cinematic bonanza otherwise known as the fall festival season.

There are plenty of familiar faces here, including Denis Villeneuve, who will be bringing his “Arrival” to the same festival that has also screened his “Sicario” and “Prisoners” in previous years. The year after debuting his “Being Charlie” at TIFF, director Rob Reiner will return with his Woody Harrelson-starring biopic “LBJ.” Lone Scherfig, who has screened films like “An Education” and “The Riot Club” at past festivals, will debut her romantic comedy, “Their Finest,” which stars Gemma Arterton. And fashion giant Tom Ford’s second film, “Nocturnal Animals,” will play at the festival, where he screened his acclaimed debut “A Single Man” back in 2008.

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Another TIFF favorite returning to the fold? Werner Herzog, with his long-anticipated Michael Shannon-starrer “Salt and Fire,” which premiered earlier this year in Shanghai.

The lineup also includes a number of festival favorites that have played elsewhere, including Kenneth Longeran’s Sundance premiere, “Manchester By the Sea,” which Amazon and Roadside Attractions have already set up with the very awards-friendly release date of November 18. Sundance’s other big debut, Nate Parker’s “The Birth of a Nation,” will also screen at the festival before Fox Searchlight opens it in wide release later this fall.

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Other offerings that have debuted at other festivals include Cannes hits like “Paterson,” “Toni Erdmann,” “Loving” and “American Honey.” Damien Chazelle’s “La La Land” will open Venice before making its way to TIFF, while “Queen of Katwe” will follow its TIFF world premiere by opening the London Film Festival in October. Another rising star is France’s Mia Hansen-Løve, whose “Things To Come” bowed at the Berlinale earlier this year.

Below are the first additions to the TIFF 2016 lineup, including both Galas and Special Presentations. Stay tuned for more programming announcements in the days to come.

The festival runs September 8 – 18.

Opening Night Film

The Magnificent Seven,” Antoine Fuqua, USA, World Premiere

Closing Night Film

The Edge of Seventeen,” Kelly Fremon Craig, USA, World Premiere


Arrival,” Denis Villeneuve, USA, Canadian Premiere
Deepwater Horizon,” Peter Berg, USA, World Premiere
The Headhunter’s Calling,” Mark Williams, Canada, World Premiere
The Journey is the Destination,” Bronwen Hughes, United Kingdom/South Africa, World Premiere
JT + The Tennessee Kids,” Jonathan Demme, USA, World Premiere
LBJ,” Rob Reiner, USA, World Premiere
Lion,” Garth Davis, Australia, World Premiere

"Queen of Katwe"

“Queen of Katwe”


Loving,” Jeff Nichols, USA, North American Premiere
A Monster Calls,” J.A. Bayona, USA/Spain, World Premiere
Planetarium,” Rebecca Zlotowski, France/Belgium, North American Premiere
Queen of Katwe,” Mira Nair, South Africa/Uganda, World Premiere
The Rolling Stones Olé Olé Olé! : A Trip Across Latin America,” Paul Dugdale, United Kingdom, World Premiere
The Secret Scripture,” Jim Sheridan, Ireland, World Premiere



Snowden,” Oliver Stone, Germany/USA, World Premiere
Strange Weather,” Katherine Dieckmann, USA, World Premiere
Their Finest,” Lone Scherfig, United Kingdom, World Premiere
A United Kingdom,” Amma Asante, United Kingdom, World Premiere

Special Presentations

The Age of Shadows (Miljeong),” Kim Jee woon, South Korea, North American Premiere
All I See Is You,” Marc Forster, Thailand, World Premiere
American Honey,” Andrea Arnold, USA, North American Premiere

"American Honey"

“American Honey”


American Pastoral,” Ewan McGregor, USA, World Premiere
Asura: The City of Madness,” Kim Sung-soo, South Korea, World Premiere
Barakah Meets Barakah (Barakah yoqabil Barakah),” Mahmoud Sabbagh, Saudi Arabia, North American Premiere
Barry,” Vikram Gandhi, USA, World Premiere
Birth of the Dragon,” George Nolfi, USA/China/Canada, World Premiere
The Birth of a Nation,” Nate Parker, USA, International Premiere

"The Birth of a Nation"

“The Birth of a Nation”

Fox Searchlight

Bleed for This,” Ben Younger, USA, Canadian Premiere
Blue Jay,” Alex Lehmann USA, World Premiere
Brimstone,” Martin Koolhoven, Netherlands/Germany/France/Belgium/Sweden/United Kingdom, North American Premiere
BrOTHERHOOD,” Noel Clarke, United Kingdom, International Premiere
Carrie Pilby,” Susan Johnson, USA, World Premiere



Catfight,” Onur Tukel, USA, World Premiere
City of Tiny Lights,” Pete Travis, United Kingdom, World Premiere
The Commune (Kollektivet),” Thomas Vinterberg, Denmark/Sweden/Netherlands, North American Premiere
Daguerrotype (Le Secret de la chambre noire),” Kiyoshi Kurosawa, France/Japan/Belgium, World Premiere
A Death in the Gunj,” Konkona Sensharma, India, World Premiere
Denial,” Mick Jackson, USA/United Kingdom, World Premiere

"The Handmaiden"

“The Handmaiden”

Amazon Studios

Elle,” Paul Verhoeven, France, North American Premiere
Foreign Body” (Jassad Gharib, Corps Etranger), Raja Amari, Tunisia/France, World Premiere
Frantz,” François Ozon, France/Germany, Canadian Premiere
The Handmaiden” (Agassi), Park Chan-wook, South Korea, North American Premiere
Harmonium (Fuchi ni tatsu),” Kôji Fukada, Japan/France, North American Premiere
I Am Not Madame Bovary,” Feng Xiaogang, China, World Premiere
The Journey,” Nick Hamm, United Kingdom, North American Premiere
King of the Dancehall,” Nick Cannon, USA/Jamaica, World Premiere
La La Land,” Damien Chazelle, USA, Canadian Premiere
The Limehouse Golem,” Juan Carlos Medina, United Kingdom, World Premiere
Manchester by the Sea,” Kenneth Lonergan, USA, Canadian Premiere

"Manchester By The Sea"

“Manchester By The Sea”

Mascots,” Christopher Guest, USA, World Premiere
Maudie,” Aisling Walsh, Canada/Ireland, Canadian Premiere
Neruda,” Pablo Larraín, Chile/Argentina/Spain/France, Canadian Premiere
Nocturnal Animals,” Tom Ford, USA/United Kingdom, North American Premiere
The Oath,” Baltasar Kormákur, Iceland, World Premiere
Orphan (Orpheline),” Arnaud des Pallières, France, World Premiere
Paris Can Wait,” Eleanor Coppola, USA, World Premiere



Amazon/Bleecker Street

Paterson,” Jim Jarmusch, USA, North American Premiere
The Salesman,” Asghar Farhadi, North American Premiere
Salt and Fire,” Werner Herzog, Germany/USA/France/Mexico, North American Premiere
Sing,” Garth Jennings, USA/France, World Premiere
Souvenir,” Bavo Defurne, Belgium/Luxembourg/France, North American Premiere

"Toni Erdmann"

“Toni Erdmann”

Things to Come (L’Avenir),” Mia Hansen-Løve, France/Germany, Canadian Premiere
Toni Erdmann,” Maren Ade, Germany, Canadian Premiere
Trespass Against Us,” Adam Smith, United Kingdom, World Premiere
Una,” Benedict Andrews, United Kingdom, Canadian Premiere
Unless,” Alan Gilsenan, Canada/Ireland, World Premiere
The Wasted Times (Luo Man Di Ke Xiao Wang Shi),” Cheng Er, China, World Premiere

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