25 world premieres announced thus far, including 'The Current War,' 'I, Tonya,' 'Breathe,' 'Stronger'

By Joey Nolfi
July 25, 2017 at 10:55 AM EDT
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The 2017 Toronto International Film Festival has unveiled its first round of programming for its upcoming 42nd edition.

TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey and CEO Piers Handling announced the first round of films screening in the Galas and Special Presentations sections, including 25 world premieres among 47 films announced thus far.

Among the lineup are new films from Angelina Jolie, who makes her fourth major directorial bow with First They Killed My Father, Jennifer Lawrence and Darren Aronofsky’s collaborative thriller mother!, Emma Stone and Steve Carell’s sports biopic Battle of the Sexes, Margot Robbie’s Tonya Harding drama I, Tonya, Benedict Cumberbatch’s Thomas Edison/George Westinghouse historical picture The Current War, Andy Serkis’ Breathe, Martin McDonagh’s Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri, Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water, George Clooney’s Suburbicon, Boston Marathon bombing drama Stronger, and Alexander Payne’s Downsizing, which was previously announced as part of the 2017 Venice International Film Festival.

Other films showing include early-year festival favorites, including Cannes’ BPM (Beats Per Minute), Luca Guadagnino’s Sundance drama Call Me By Your Name, starring Timothée Chalamet and Armie Hammer, and Dee Rees’ Mudbound, which also bowed at Sundance in January.

Alongside fellow festivals in Telluride, New York, and Venice, TIFF has established itself as an essential cog in the four-armed fall festival Oscar machine, with its prestigious People’s Choice Award signaling either a Best Picture win or nomination for eight of its last 10 winners since 2007. In addition to screening strong Cannes holdovers like Toni Erdmann, Aquarius, Elle, and American Honey last year, TIFF premiered — and consequently thrust into the Oscar race — Garth Davis’ Lion, which earned a total of six nominations, and hosted special screenings of fellow Best Picture contenders Arrival, Manchester by the Sea, La La Land, and eventual winner Moonlight.

The first portion of TIFF’s 2017 lineup, which will show throughout the festival’s Sept. 7-17 run (tickets available now here), includes:

SPECIAL SCREENINGS: 

Battle of the Sexes | Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, USA
International Premiere

BPM (Beats Per Minute) | Robin Campillo, France
North American Premiere

The Brawler | Anurag Kashyap, India
World Premiere

The Breadwinner | Nora Twomey, Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg
World Premiere

Call Me By Your Name | Luca Guadagnino, Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

Catch the Wind | Gaël Morel, France
International Premiere

The Children Act | Richard Eyre, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Current War | Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, USA
World Premiere

Disobedience | Sebastián Lelio, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Downsizing | Alexander Payne, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Fantastic Woman | Sebastián Lelio, Chile
Canadian Premiere

First They Killed My Father | Angelina Jolie, Cambodia
Canadian Premiere

The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois, France
World Premiere

Hostiles | Scott Cooper, USA
International Premiere

The Hungry | Bornila Chatterjee, India
World Premiere

I, Tonya | Craig Gillespie, USA
World Premiere

Special Presentations Opening Film
Lady Bird | Greta Gerwig, USA
International Premiere

mother! | Darren Aronofsky, USA
North American Premiere

Novitiate | Maggie Betts, USA
International Premiere

Omerta | Hansal Mehta, India
World Premiere

Plonger | Mélanie Laurent, France
World Premiere

The Price of Success | Teddy Lussi-Modeste, France
International Premiere

Professor Marston & the Wonder Women | Angela Robinson, USA
World Premiere

The Rider | Chloé Zhao, USA
Canadian Premiere

A Season in France | Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, France
World Premiere

The Shape of Water | Guillermo del Toro, USA
Canadian Premiere

Special Presentations Closing Film
Sheikh Jackson | Amr Salama, Egypt
World Premiere

The Square | Ruben Östlund, Sweden
North American Premiere

Submergence | Wim Wenders, France/Germany/Spain
World Premiere

Suburbicon | George Clooney, USA
North American Premiere

Thelma | Joachim Trier, Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark
International Premiere

Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri | Martin McDonagh, USA
North American Premiere

Victoria and Abdul | Stephen Frears, United Kingdom
North American Premiere

GALA PRESENTATIONS:

Breathe | Andy Serkis, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Catcher Was A Spy | Ben Lewin, USA
World Premiere

Closing Night Film
C’est la vie! | Olivier Nakache, Eric Toledano, France
World Premiere

Darkest Hour | Joe Wright, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool | Paul McGuigan, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Kings | Deniz Gamze Ergüven, France/Belgium
World Premiere

Long Time Running | Jennifer Baichwal, Nicholas de Pencier, Canada
World Premiere

Mary Shelley | Haifaa Al Mansour, Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/USA
World Premiere

The Mountain Between Us | Hany Abu-Assad, USA
World Premiere

Mudbound | Dee Rees, USA
International Premiere

Stronger | David Gordon Green, USA
World Premiere

Untitled Bryan Cranston/Kevin Hart Film | Neil Burger, USA
World Premiere

The Wife | Björn Runge, United Kingdom/Sweden
World Premiere

Woman Walks Ahead | Susanna White, USA
World Premiere

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