TIFF 2016 Announces Discovery Lineup, ‘In Conversation With…’ Guests, VR Offerings and Much More

The annual fall festival has nearly completed its full lineup announcement, with plenty of offer cinephiles of every stripe.
The Eagle Huntress
"The Eagle Huntress"

Next month’s Toronto International Film Festival has nearly completed its lineup announcements, and each one is more impressive than the last. Today’s TIFF picks feature a number of slate additions for sections as varied as the forward-focused Discovery, their burgeoning POP VR section and even a handful of last minute additions to the TIFF Docs list. New titles of note that have just been announced include the Cannes hit “The Red Turtle,” Wayne Roberts’ “Katie Says Goodbye” and the well-regarded “Sand Storm,” all of which will screen as part of Discovery.

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Both the Next Wave and TIFF Kids section pull titles from other, previously announced sections to create an appealing lineup for the next generation of cinephiles. Standout titles include “Moonlight,” “My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea” and “The Eagle Huntress.”

Additionally, the festival has announced the lineup for its signature “In Conversation With…” series, which aims to offer “intimate, in-depth, personal and compelling discussions from cinema’s preeminent talent.” Participants include Hiam Abbass, Kunle Afolayan and Genevieve Nnaji, Sônia Braga, Isabelle Huppert, Karan Johar, Mark Wahlberg and Zhang Ziyi.

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Below is the seventh round of additions to the TIFF 2016 lineup, including picks from the Discovery, Next Wave, TIFF Kids and POP VR  sections, along with new additions to the TIFF Docs section.

The festival runs September 8 – 18.


Blessed Benefit (Inshallah Estafadet),” Mahmoud al Massad, Jordan/Germany/Netherlands, World Premiere
Boys in the Trees,” Nicholas Verso, Australia, North American Premiere

"Boys in the Trees"
“Boys in the Trees”

Divines,” Houda Benyamina, France/Qatar, North American Premiere
The Empty Box (La caja vacía),” Claudia Sainte-Luce, France/Mexico, World Premiere
The Fury of a Patient Man (Tarde para la ira),” Raúl Arévalo, Spain, North American Premiere
The Giant (Jätten),” Johannes Nyholm, Sweden/Denmark, World Premiere
GODLESS (Bezbog),” Ralitza Petrova, Bulgaria/Denmark/France, North American Premiere
Guilty Men (Pariente),” Iván D. Gaona, Colombia, North American Premiere
The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki (Hymyilevä Mies),” Juho Kuosmanen, Finland/Germany/Sweden, North American Premiere
Heartstone (Hjartasteinn),” Guðmundur Arnar Guðmundsson, Iceland/Denmark, North American Premiere

"Sand Storm"
“Sand Storm”

Hunting Flies,” Izer Aliu, Norway, World Premiere
In the Blood (I blodet),” Rasmus Heisterberg, Denmark, World Premiere
In the Radiant City,” Rachel Lambert, USA, World Premiere
Jeffrey,” Yanillys Perez, Dominican Republic/France, World Premiere
Jesús,” Fernando Guzzoni, France/Chile/Germany/Greece/Colombia, International Premiere
Joe Cinque’s Consolation,” Sotiris Dounoukos, Australia, International Premiere
Kati Kati,” Mbithi Masya, Kenya/Germany, World Premiere
Katie Says Goodbye,” Wayne Roberts, USA, World Premiere
Le Ciel Flamand (Flemish Heaven),” Peter Monsaert, Belgium, World Premiere
“The Levelling,” Hope Dickson Leach, United Kingdom, World Premiere
“Little Wing (Tyttö nimeltä Varpu),” Selma Vilhunen, Finland/Denmark, World Premiere
“Mad World (Yat Nim Mou Ming),” Wong Chun, Hong Kong, World Premiere
“Marija,” Michael Koch, Germany/Switzerland, North American Premiere

Hailee Steinfeld and Woody Harrelson
“The Edge of Seventeen”STX Entertainment

“Noces,” Stephan Streker, Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan, International Premiere
“Park,” Sofia Exarchou, Greece/Poland, World Premiere
“The Red Turtle,” Michael Dudok de Wit, France/Belgium/Japan, North American Premiere
“Sámi Blood (Sameblod),” Amanda Kernell, Sweden/Denmark/Norway, North American Premiere
“Sand Storm (Sufat Chol),” Elite Zexer, Israel, Canadian Premiere
“Wùlu,” Daouda Coulibaly, France/Senegal, International Premiere

Previously announced Canadian titles in the Discovery programme include Tony Elliott’s “ARQ,” Kevan Funk’s “Hello Destroyer,” Stella Meghie’s “Jean of the Joneses,” Johnny Ma’s “Old Stone,” Vincent Biron’s “Prank” and Ashley McKenzie’s “Werewolf.”

TIFF Docs (additions)

“Gringo: The Dangerous Life of John McAfee,” Nanette Burstein, USA, World Premiere
“Off Frame AKA Revolution Until Victory,” Mohanad Yaqubi, Palestine/France/Qatar, World Premiere
“The Terry Kath Experience,” Michelle Sinclair, USA, World Premiere

Next Wave

“Divines,” Houda Benyamina, France/Qatar (Discovery)
“The Edge of Seventeen,” Kelly Fremon Craig, USA (Gala Presentations)


“Handsome Devil,” John Butler, Ireland (Contemporary World Cinema)
“India in a Day,” Richie Mehta, India/United Kingdom (TIFF Docs)
“Layla M.,” Mijke de Jong, Netherlands/Belgium/Germany/Jordan (Platform)
“Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins, USA (Platform)
“My Entire High School Sinking Into the Sea,” Dash Shaw, USA (Vanguard)
“Noces,” Stephan Streker, Belgium/France/Luxembourg/Pakistan (Discovery)
“The Wedding Ring (Zin’naariyâ!),” Rahmatou Keïta, Niger/Burkina Faso/France (Contemporary World Cinema)
“Window Horses (The Poetic Persian Epiphany of Rosie Ming),” Ann Marie Fleming, Canada (Special Presentations)


“The Eagle Huntress,” Otto Bell, USA, Canadian Premiere
“The Day My Father Became a Bush (Toen mijn vader een struik werd),” Nicole van Kilsdonk, Netherlands/Belgium/Croatia, World Premiere

"The Red Turtle"
“The Red Turtle”

“My Life as a Courgette (Ma Vie de Courgette),” Claude Barras, Switzerland/France North, American Premiere
“Miss Impossible (Jamais contente),” Emilie Deleuze, France, North American Premiere


POP VR’s five selections will play consecutively, allowing viewers to experience all the projects in one sitting. POP VR will take place from September 16 to 18 between 9am and 9pm.

“Ch’aak’ S’aagi (Eagle Bone),” Tracy Rector, USA, International Premiere
“Invasion!,” Maureen Fan, Eric Darnell, Michael Hutchinson, USA, Canadian Premiere
“Jafri,” Michael Beets, Australia, North American Premiere
“KÀ The Battle Within,” Felix & Paul Studios/Cirque du Soleil Media, Canada World Premiere
“Right to Pray,” Memesys Culture Lab, India, World Premiere

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