TIFF Interest List 2019

by Col Needham | created - 1 month ago | updated - 5 days ago | Public

This is a list to track films I want to catch at The Toronto International Film Festival in 2019. As usual it is an excellent line-up and, starting with over 100 films, obviously no chance of catching all of these in 10 days, but I will try my best.

As I watch things they will be moved to this list.

The list is in alphabetical order.

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1. A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)

108 min | Biography, Drama

82 Metascore

Based on the true story of a real-life friendship between Fred Rogers and journalist Tom Junod.

Director: Marielle Heller | Stars: Tom Hanks, Christine Lahti, Wendy Makkena, Matthew Rhys

Votes: 482

LFF

2. Abominable (I) (2019)

PG | 97 min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy

61 Metascore

Three teenagers must help a Yeti return to his family while avoiding a wealthy man and a zoologist who want it for their own needs.

Directors: Jill Culton, Todd Wilderman | Stars: Chloe Bennet, Albert Tsai, Tenzing Norgay Trainor, Joseph Izzo

Votes: 4,438 | Gross: $20.61M

3. True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

124 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

Based on Peter Carey's novel. The story of Australian bush-ranger Ned Kelly and his gang as they flee from authorities during the 1870s.

Director: Justin Kurzel | Stars: George MacKay, Essie Davis, Nicholas Hoult, Orlando Schwerdt

Votes: 95

4. Clemency (2019)

113 min | Drama

76 Metascore

Years of carrying out death row executions have taken a toll on prison warden Bernadine Williams. As she prepares to execute another inmate, Bernadine must confront the psychological and ... See full summary »

Director: Chinonye Chukwu | Stars: Alfre Woodard, Vernee Watson, Aldis Hodge, LaMonica Garrett

Votes: 191

5. The Song of Names (2019)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama

Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century. Beneath the film's stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history.

Director: François Girard | Stars: Clive Owen, Jonah Hauer-King, Tim Roth, Catherine McCormack

Votes: 65

6. The Sky Is Pink (2019)

143 min | Drama, Family, Romance

55 Metascore

It is based on the love story of a couple spanning 25 years, told through the lens of their spunky teenage daughter Aisha Chaudhary, who was diagnosed with a Pulmonary fibrosis .

Director: Shonali Bose | Stars: Zaira Wasim, Priyanka Chopra, Farhan Akhtar, Rohit Saraf

Votes: 1,352

7. Ordinary Love (2019)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of a breast cancer diagnosis towards the wife.

Directors: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn | Stars: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot, Amit Shah

Votes: 39

LFF

8. American Woman (2019)

85 min | Drama

49 Metascore

Inspired by the headline-dominating kidnapping of heiress Patty Hearst in 1974, this atmospheric drama is a fictionalized re-imagining of her time in hiding, from the perspective of Jenny, a political activist assigned to take care of her.

Director: Semi Chellas | Stars: Hong Chau, Ellen Burstyn, David Cubitt, Sarah Gadon

Votes: 32

9. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Wesley Snipes, Keegan-Michael Key

Votes: 420

10. The Laundromat (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Drama

58 Metascore

A widow investigates an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gary Oldman, Sharon Stone, Meryl Streep, Melissa Rauch

Votes: 568

Netflix on 18 October

11. Heroic Losers (2019)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Based on the book from Eduardo Sacheri "The Night of the Heroic Losers" (Alfaguara Novel Prize 2016). In a far-flung town in the province of Buenos Aires, many things are about to die out. ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastián Borensztein | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Luis Brandoni, Chino Darín, Verónica Llinás

Votes: 1,068

12. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Udo Kier

Votes: 431

13. The Friend (I) (2019)

124 min | Drama

44 Metascore

After learning that his terminally ill wife has six months to live, a man welcomes the support of his best friend who moves into their home to help out. His impact on the whole family is much greater than anyone could have imagined.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, Gwendoline Christie

Votes: 114

14. While at War (2019)

107 min | Drama, History, War

55 Metascore

Writer Miguel de Unamuno faces himself and his ideals after the 1936's military coup d'etat.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández, Santi Prego, Nathalie Poza

Votes: 1,041

15. How to Build a Girl (2019)

102 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

The novel charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, moves to London, and gets a job as music critic in the ... See full summary »

Director: Coky Giedroyc | Stars: Jameela Jamil, Emma Thompson, Chris O'Dowd, Lucy Punch

Votes: 38

16. I Am Woman (2019)

116 min | Biography, Drama, History

The story of 1970s musician and activist Helen Reddy.

Director: Unjoo Moon | Stars: Evan Peters, Danielle Macdonald, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Matty Cardarople

Votes: 47

17. The Other Lamb (2019)

97 min | Drama, Horror

A girl was born into an all-female cult led by a man in their compound begins to question his teachings and her own reality.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Michiel Huisman, Raffey Cassidy, Denise Gough, Kelly Campbell

Votes: 88

18. Guest of Honour (2019)

105 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Veronica wants to remain in jail for a sexual assault she knows she's been wrongfully indicted for. She and her father, Jim, find themselves acting out of the bounds of good behavior as the past haunts them.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Laysla De Oliveira, David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, Tennille Read

Votes: 177

19. Military Wives (2019)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Teresa Mahoney, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 23

20. Coming Home Again (2019)

86 min | Drama

A Korean American man takes care of his sick mother as she teaches him her traditional recipes.

Director: Wayne Wang | Stars: Justin Chon, Jackie Chung, Christina July Kim, Leesa Kim

Votes: 20

21. Saturday Fiction (2019)

126 min | Drama, History

51 Metascore

Yu Jin is working undercover gathering intelligence for the Allies.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Li Gong, Mark Chao, Pascal Greggory, Xiangli Huang

Votes: 122

22. Instinct (III) (2019)

108 min | Drama, Thriller

In spite of her expertise and experience, a seasoned psychologist is completely infatuated by the sex offender she is treating in a penal institution.

Director: Halina Reijn | Stars: Carice van Houten, Marwan Kenzari, Marie-Mae van Zuilen, Pieter Embrechts

Votes: 395

23. Spider (2019)

105 min | Thriller

Three friends are part of an opposition group in the chaotic Chile of the early 70's and together commit a political crime that changes the history of the country and incidentally involves them in a betrayal that separates them forever.

Director: Andrés Wood | Stars: María Valverde, Mercedes Morán, Caio Blat, Pedro Fontaine

Votes: 242

24. Synonyms (2019)

123 min | Drama

85 Metascore

A young Israeli man absconds to Paris to flee his nationality, aided by his trusty Franco-Israeli dictionary.

Director: Nadav Lapid | Stars: Tom Mercier, Quentin Dolmaire, Louise Chevillotte, Uria Hayik

Votes: 1,655

25. Beanpole (2019)

130 min | Drama

81 Metascore

1945, Leningrad. WWII has devastated the city, demolishing its buildings and leaving its citizens in tatters, physically and mentally. Two young women search for meaning and hope in the struggle to rebuild their lives amongst the ruins.

Director: Kantemir Balagov | Stars: Konstantin Balakirev, Andrey Bykov, Olga Dragunova, Timofey Glazkov

Votes: 1,077

26. Atlantics (2019)

104 min | Drama

81 Metascore

In a popular suburb of Dakar, workers on the construction site of a futuristic tower, without pay for months, decide to leave the country by the ocean for a better future. Among them is Souleiman, the lover of Ada, promised to another.

Director: Mati Diop | Stars: Abdou Balde, Aminata Kane, Ibrahima Mbaye, Amadou Mbow

Votes: 430

Netflix on 29 November

27. A White, White Day (2019)

109 min | Drama

In a remote Icelandic town, an off duty police chief begins to suspect a local man for having had an affair with his wife, who recently died in a car accident. Gradually his obsession for ... See full summary »

Director: Hlynur Palmason | Stars: Ingvar Sigurdsson, Ída Mekkín Hlynsdóttir, Hilmir Snær Guðnason, Sara Dögg Ásgeirsdóttir

Votes: 386

28. Invisible Life (2019)

139 min | Drama

Two sisters born in Rio de Janeiro make their way through life, each mistakenly believing the other is living out her dreams half a world away.

Director: Karim Aïnouz | Stars: Fernanda Montenegro, Carol Duarte, Julia Stockler, Gregório Duvivier

Votes: 370

29. Chicuarotes (2019)

95 min | Drama

A group of teenagers in Mexico City set out to enrich their lives.

Director: Gael García Bernal | Stars: Dolores Heredia, Ricardo Abarca, Daniel Giménez Cacho, Benny Emmanuel

Votes: 692

30. The Climb (2019)

R | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

82 Metascore

A look at the friendship between two guys that spans over many years.

Director: Michael Angelo Covino | Stars: Michael Angelo Covino, Kyle Marvin, Gayle Rankin, Judith Godrèche

Votes: 109

31. Flatland (2019)

117 min | Adventure, Western

A contemporary Western, a journey of self-discovery for three different but equally trapped women. A portrait of femininity against a hostile land, questioning what it means to be a woman today in South Africa and the world at large.

Director: Jenna Cato Bass | Stars: Faith Baloyi, Nicole Fortuin, Izel Bezuidenhout, De Klerk Oelofse

Votes: 90

32. Tammy's Always Dying (2019)

85 min | Drama

On the 29th of every month, when the welfare runs out, Catherine talks her alcoholic mother off of the same bridge. Literally. Catherine, a connoisseur of bad decisions, dreams of being ... See full summary »

Director: Amy Jo Johnson | Stars: Felicity Huffman, Anastasia Phillips, Clark Johnson, Lauren Holly

Votes: 23

33. White Lie (2019)

96 min | Drama

78 Metascore

A popular undergrad faking cancer struggles to maintain her secret.

Directors: Yonah Lewis, Calvin Thomas | Stars: Kacey Rohl, Amber Anderson, Martin Donovan, Thomas Olajide

Votes: 38

34. Incitement (2019)

123 min | Thriller

Details the year leading to the assassination of Israel's Prime Minister, Yitzhak Rabin (1922-1995), from the point of view of the assassin.

Director: Yaron Zilberman | Stars: Yehuda Nahari Halevi, Amitay Yaish Ben Ousilio, Anat Ravnitzki, Yoav Levi

Votes: 148

35. The Father (2019)

87 min | Comedy, Drama

Vasil has just lost his long-time partner in life, his wife Valentina. When a woman at her funeral proclaims that the dead woman called her cell phone, Vasil seeks out the help of a ... See full summary »

Directors: Kristina Grozeva, Petar Valchanov | Stars: Ivan Barnev, Ivan Savov, Tanya Shahova, Hristofor Nedkov

Votes: 55

36. The County (2019)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

A widowed farmer begins a new life on her own terms by fighting against corruption and injustice in her community.

Director: Grímur Hákonarson | Stars: Arndís Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Þorsteinn Bachmann, Ævar Þór Benediktsson, Þorsteinn Gunnar Bjarnason

Votes: 82

37. Antigone (I) (2019)

109 min | Drama

A modern adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy which falls within a social realism. To the law of men, the young Antigone apposes her own sets of values.

Director: Sophie Deraspe | Stars: Nahéma Ricci, Rawad El-Zein, Antoine DesRochers, Sebastien Beaulac

Votes: 25

38. 37 Seconds (2019)

115 min | Drama

Yuma is a young Japanese woman who suffers from cerebral palsy. Torn between her obligations towards her family and her dream to become a manga artist, she struggles to lead a self-determined life.

Director: Hikari | Stars: Makiko Watanabe, Minori Hagiwara, Shunsuke Daitô, Shizuka Ishibashi

Votes: 112

39. Bombay Rose (2019)

93 min | Animation, Drama, Romance

BOMBAY ROSE is a beautiful hand-painted animation created by award winning animator Gitanjali Rao. A romance set on the streets of Bombay we witness Kamala and Salim's quest for love in this chaotic and beautiful city.

Director: Gitanjali Rao | Stars: Anurag Kashyap, Shishir Sharma, Makrand Deshpande, Virendra Saxena

Votes: 23

40. Our Lady of the Nile (2019)

93 min | Drama

A coming-of-age story about of a group of Rwandan schoolgirls at a Belgian-run Catholic boarding school.

Director: Atiq Rahimi | Stars: Pascal Greggory, Belinda Rubango, Malaika Uwamahoro, Clariella Bizimana

Votes: 7

41. Proxima (2019)

107 min | Action, Drama

75 Metascore

An astronaut prepares for a one-year mission aboard the International Space Station.

Director: Alice Winocour | Stars: Eva Green, Matt Dillon, Lars Eidinger, Sandra Hüller

Votes: 114

42. Martin Eden (2019)

129 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Martin Eden struggles to rise above his destitute, proletarian circumstances through an intense and passionate pursuit of self-education, hoping to achieve a place among the literary elite.

Director: Pietro Marcello | Stars: Luca Marinelli, Jessica Cressy, Vincenzo Nemolato, Marco Leonardi

Votes: 587

43. It Must Be Heaven (2019)

97 min | Comedy

69 Metascore

Filmmaker Elia Suleiman travels to different cities and finds unexpected parallels to his homeland of Palestine.

Director: Elia Suleiman | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Ali Suliman, Elia Suleiman, Kwasi Songui

Votes: 317

44. The Whistlers (2019)

97 min | Comedy, Crime

74 Metascore

A policeman intent on freeing a crooked businessman from a prison on Gomera, an island in the Canaries. However, he must first learn the difficult local dialect, a language which includes hissing and spitting.

Director: Corneliu Porumboiu | Stars: Vlad Ivanov, Catrinel Marlon, Rodica Lazar, Agustí Villaronga

Votes: 624

45. Zombi Child (2019)

103 min | Fantasy

73 Metascore

Haiti, 1962. A man is brought back from the dead to work in the hell of sugar cane plantations. 55 years later, a Haitian teenager tells her friends her family secret - not suspecting that ... See full summary »

Director: Bertrand Bonello | Stars: Louise Labeque, Wislanda Louimat, Katiana Milfort, Mackenson Bijou

Votes: 361

46. The Vast of Night (2019)

89 min | Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi

In the twilight of the 1950s, two youths seek the source of a mysterious frequency that has descended upon a town in New Mexico, in Andrew Patterson's pitch-perfect sci-fi thriller.

Director: Andrew Patterson | Stars: Sierra McCormick, Jake Horowitz, Gail Cronauer, Bruce Davis

Votes: 109

47. Color Out of Space (2019)

111 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

66 Metascore

A town is struck by a meteorite and the fallout is catastrophic.

Director: Richard Stanley | Stars: Nicolas Cage, Joely Richardson, Q'orianka Kilcher, Tommy Chong

Votes: 331

48. Gundala (2019)

123 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Indonesia's preeminent comic book superhero and his alter ego Sancaka enter the cinematic universe to battle the wicked Pengkor and his diabolical squad of orphan assassins.

Director: Joko Anwar | Stars: Abimana Aryasatya, Tara Basro, Bront Palarae, Ario Bayu

Votes: 1,890