TIFF 2019 Lineup Includes Joker, Jojo Rabbit & Knives Out

Expect films from Rian Johnson, Steven Soderbergh, and Marielle Heller

We’re still only in July, but cinephiles are already looking ahead to this September when the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) once again descends upon the city. Last week, TIFF announced Daniel Roher’s musical bio-pic Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band will kick off TIFF 2019 as the Opening Gala film. This morning, TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced the first wave of films slated for this year’s festival. And there are some exciting titles in that opening lineup.

TIFF revealed 18 Galas and 38 Special Presentations that will screen at TIFF 2019. Some of the noteworthy announcements include the world premiere of Marielle Heller’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (starring Tom Hanks), the Canadian premiere of James Mangold’s Ford v Ferrari, and the North American Premiere of Todd Phillips’ much-hyped Joker.

TIFF is the largest and most glamorous of fall festivals, but it still must compete with smaller fests for the season’s most exclusive world premieres. Venice, Telluride and NYFF are all chomping at the bit to premiere the season’s next Moonlight or Ladybird. Right now, TIFF has a handful of enviable premieres in their early slate. Some of their major scores include World Premieres for Kasi Lemmons Harriet, Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, and Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit.

And while they may not be World Premieres, I’m going out of my way to catch Steven Soderbergh’s The Laundromat, Robert Eggers’ The Lighthouse, Noah Baumbach’s Marriage Story, Pedro Almodóvar’s Pain and Glory, and Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie’s Uncut Gems. And once TIFF kicks off, the first place you will find me is lining up for Bong Joon-ho’s Parasite (Gisaengchung). Believe that!


TIFF 2019 Gala and Special Presentations programmes:



A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood – Marielle Heller | USA * World Premiere

Abominable – Jill Culton | USA * World Premiere

American Woman – Semi Chellas | Canada * Canadian Premiere

Blackbird – Roger Michell | United * World Premiere


Clemency – Chinonye Chukwu | USA * International Premiere

Ford v Ferrari – James Mangold | * Canadian Premiere

The Goldfinch – John Crowley | * World Premiere

Harriet – Kasi Lemmons | * World Premiere


Hustlers – Lorene Scafaria | * World Premiere

Joker – Todd Phillips | * North American Premiere

Just Mercy – Destin Daniel Cretton | USA *World Premiere

*Opening Night Film* Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band – Daniel Roher | Canada * World Premiere


Ordinary Love – Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn | United Kingdom * World Premiere

*Closing Night Film* Radioactive – Marjane Satrapi | United Kingdom * World Premiere

The Sky Is Pink – Shonali Bose | India * World Premiere

The Song of Names – François Girard | Canada * World Premiere


True History of the Kelly Gang – Justin Kurzel | Australia *World Premiere

Western Stars – Thom Zimny, Bruce Springsteen | USA * World Premiere




A Herdade –Tiago Guedes | Portugal * North American Premiere

Bad Education – Cory Finley | USA * World Premiere

Coming Home Again Wayne Wang | USA/South Korea * World Premiere

Dolemite Is My Name – Craig Brewer | USA * World Premiere

Ema – Pablo Larraín | Chile *North American Premiere

Endings, Beginnings – Drake Doremus | USA * World Premiere

Frankie – Ira Sachs | France/Portugal * North American Premiere

The Friend – Gabriela Cowperthwaite | USA*  World Premiere

Greed – Michael Winterbottom | United Kingdom * World Premiere

Guest of Honour Atom Egoyan | Canada * North American Premiere

Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles) – Sebastian Borensztein | Argentina/Spain * International Premiere

Honey Boy – Alma Har’el | USA * International Premiere

Hope Gap – William Nicholson | United Kingdom * World Premiere

How to Build a Girl – Coky Giedroyc | United Kingdom * World Premiere

*Opening Special Presentations Film* I Am Woman – Unjoo Moon | Australia * World Premiere

Jojo Rabbit – Taika Waititi | USA * World Premiere

Judy – Rupert Goold | United Kingdom *Canadian Premiere

Knives Out – Rian Johnson | USA * World Premiere

La Belle Époque – Nicolas Bedos | France * North American Premiere

The Laundromat – Steven Soderbergh | USA * North American Premiere

The Lighthouse – Robert Eggers | USA * North American Premiere

Marriage Story – Noah Baumbach | USA * Canadian Premiere

Military Wives – Peter Cattaneo | United Kingdom * World Premiere

Motherless Brooklyn – Edward Norton | USA* International Premiere

No. 7 Cherry Lane – Yonfan | Hong Kong * North American Premiere

The Other Lamb – Malgorzata Szumowska | Belgium/Ireland/USA * World Premiere

Pain and Glory – Pedro Almodóvar | Spain * Canadian Premiere

The Painted Bird – Václav Marhoul | Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovakia * North American Premiere

Parasite (Gisaengchung) – Bong Joon-ho | South Korea * Canadian Premiere

Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut) – Katrin Gebbe | Germany/Bulgaria * North American Premiere

The Personal History of David Copperfield – Armando Iannucci | United Kingdom * World Premiere

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) – Céline Sciamma | France * Canadian Premiere

The Report – Scott Z. Burns | USA * International Premiere

Saturday Fiction (Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan) –  Lou Ye | China * North American Premiere

The Two Popes – Fernando Meirelles | USA/United Kingdom/Italy/Argentina * Canadian Premiere

Uncut Gems – Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | USA * International Premiere

Weathering With You – Makoto Shinkai | Japan * North American Premiere

While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra) – Alejandro Amenábar | Spain/Argentina * World Premiere


The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 05 – 15th 2019.

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