The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), one of the world's most significant and long-considered a launching pad for studios and production companies with awards season contenders, unveiled the first round of titles that will screen at the 43rd annual event (in the Gala and Special Presentations sections specifically), which runs from September 6—16, 2018.
Of note, given Shadow and Act's specific interests, here are films from black filmmakers and featuring black talent in prominent roles:
If Beale Street Could Talk — Directed by Barry Jenkins. Starring Stephan James, Kiki Layne, Regina King, Teyonah Parris and more.
Official TIFF description: Director Barry Jenkins’ ambitious follow-up to Moonlight adapts James Baldwin’s poignant novel about a woman fighting to free her falsely accused husband from prison before the birth of their child.
The Weekend — Directed by Stella Meghie. Starring Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, DeWanda Wise, Y'Lan Noel, Kim Whitley.
Official TIFF description: An acerbic comedian (Sasheer Zamata) because romantically entangled with her ex (Tone Bell), his new girlfriend (DeWanda Wise) and another guest (Y’Lan Noel) during a weekend getaway in the newest feature from Stella Meghie (Jean of the Joneses).
Widows — Directed by Steve McQueen. Black talent includes Viola Davis, Cynthia EriVo, Daniel Kaluuya, Brian Tyree Henry.
Official TIFF description: Amandla Stenberg stars in director Amma Asante’s (A United Kingdom) disquieting coming-of-age romance about a black German teenager who falls in love with a member of the Hitler Youth.
White Boy Rick — Directed by Yann Demange. Black talent includes YG, Jonathan Majors, RJ Cyler, Brian Tyree Henry and Taylour Paige.
Official TIFF description: Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern, Eddie Marsan, and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this fact-based crime drama about a 1980s-era petty hustler who became a drug boss then FBI informant before the age of 16.
The Public — Directed by Emilio Estevez. Black talent includes Gabrielle Union, Jeffrey Wright and Michael K. Williams.
Official TIFF description: A sit-in by patrons at a public library escalates into a police standoff and a media sideshow in Emilio Estevez's arresting drama that explores issues surrounding homelessness, mental health and community featuring Estevez, Alec Baldwin, Taylor Schilling, Jeffrey Wright, Jena Malone, Gabrielle Union, Christian Slater and Michael K. Williams.
The Hate U Give — Directed by George Tillman. Starring Amandla Stenberg, Regina Hall, Russell Hornsby, Common, Algee Smith, Lamar Johnson, Issa Rae, Anthony Mackie, Dominique Fishback.
Official TIFF description: A timely commentary in the Black Lives Matter era, George Tillman Jr.'s adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas follows Starr, a promising student and cherished daughter, whose life is upended, then galvanized, when a friend is senselessly shot dead by police.
Life Itself — Directed by Dan Fogleman. Black talent includes Samuel L. Jackson.
Official TIFF description: Writer, director and producer Dan Fogelman’s (This Is Us) affecting drama about life, love and loss ambitiously set across years and continents, features an impressive ensemble cast, including Oscar Isaac, Olivia Wilde, Annette Bening, Olivia Cooke, Mandy Patinkin and Antonio Banderas.
High Life — Directed by Clare Denis. Black talent includes Andre 3000.
Official TIFF description: Master French filmmaker Claire Denis’s long-anticipated English-language debut and provocative sci-fi drama stars Robert Pattinson, Juliette Binoche, Mia Goth and André Benjamin as a group of criminals sent into deep space.
Monsters and Men — Directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. Starring John David Washington, Anthony Ramos, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Nicole Beharie, Jasmine Cephas Jones, Rob Morgan, Chante Adams. (premiered first at Sundance, our review)
Official TIFF description: When a black man is shot dead by police, three members of his community face different but severe consequences if they reveal their knowledge of the murder or the systemic corruption behind it, in writer-director Reinaldo Marcus Green’s bracing feature debut.
The full list is below. A few more announcements should come soon.
Beautiful Boy, Felix van Groeningen, USA
Galveston, Mélanie Laurent, USA
Everybody Knows, Asghar Farhadi, Spain/France/Italy
First Man, Damien Chazelle, USA
The Hate U Give, George Tillman,Jr.,USA
Hidden Man, Jiang Wen, China
High Life, Claire Denis, Germany/France/Poland/United Kingdom
Husband Material, Anurag Kashyap, India
The Kindergarten Teacher, Sara Colangelo, USA
The Land of Steady Habits, Nicole Holofcener, USA
Life Itself, Dan Fogelman, USA
The Public, Emilio Estevez, USA
Red Joan, Sir Trevor Nunn, United Kingdom
A Star Is Born, Bradley Cooper, USA
Shadow, Zhang Yimou, China
What They Had, Elizabeth Chomko, USA
Widows, Steve McQueen, United Kingdom/USA
￼￼SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2018
Ben is Back, Peter Hedges, USA
Burning, Lee Chang-dong, South Korea
Can You Ever Forgive Me?, Marielle Heller, USA
Capernaum, Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
Cold War, Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland/UnitedKingdom/France
Colette, Wash Westmoreland, United Kingdom
Dogman, Matteo Garrone, Italy/France
The Front Runner, Jason Reitman, USA
Giant Little Ones, Kwith Behrman, Canada
Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil), Eva Husson, France
Hotel Mumbai, Anthony Maras, Australia
The Hummingbird Project, Kim Nguyen, Canada
Maya, Mia Hansen-Løve, France
Manto, Nandita Das, India
Monsters and Men, Reinaldo Marcus Green, USA
Mouthpiece, Patricia Rozema, Canada
Non-Fiction, Olivier Assayas, France
Old Man & the Gun, David Lowery, USA
Papi Chulo, John Butler, Ireland
Roma, Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico/USA
￼Shoplifters, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
The Sisters Brothers, Jacques Audiard, USA/France/Romania/Spain
Sunset, László Nemes, Hungary/France
Through Black Spruce, Don McKellar, Canada
The Weekend, Stella Meghie, USA
Where Hands Touch, Amma Asante, United Kingdom
White Boy Rick, Yann Demange, USA
Wildlife, Paul Dano, USA