TIFF 2019: Toronto International Film Festival Reveals Galas and Special Presentations Lineup

TIFF 2019 announced the first round of titles selected for the Gala and Special Presentations programmes at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival.

TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente announced the first round of titles selected today for the TIFF 2019 lineup which included the Gala and Special Presentations programmes at the 44th Toronto International Film Festival. This first batch of films from the 2019 Official Selection features 18 Galas and 38 Special Presentations.

“Some of the year’s biggest films will land in Toronto this September,” said Bailey, Co-Head and Artistic Director of TIFF. “We’re thrilled to unveil Galas and Special Presentations that bring the brightest lights in film to our Festival audience. Our new programming team has been hard at work for months to deliver the compelling stories, acclaimed filmmakers, and top onscreen talent that mark our two highest-profile sections.”

“I’m delighted to step into my first Festival as TIFF Co-Head to such a powerful slate of films,” said Vicente, Co-Head and Executive Director of TIFF. “Fast-paced, boundary-pushing, satirical — this lineup has films representing every corner of the cinematic landscape on top of a strong number of World Premieres. It’s a pleasure to be able to share these films with audiences for the first time.”

Of the Gala films announced today, 50% of titles are directed or co-directed by women — a record number for the programme. This year’s selection also includes 29 World Premieres, 6 International Premieres, 13 North American Premieres, and 8 Canadian Premieres.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019. For more information on the Toronto International Film Festival, visit their official site.

TIFF 2019 Lineup

Gala Presentations at TIFF 2019

Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band 

Director: Daniel Roher
Country: Canada

*Opening Night Film

A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood

Director: Marielle Heller
Production Designer: Jade Healy
Country: USA


Director: Jill Culton and Todd Wilderman
Production Designer: Max Boas
Country: USA


Director: Roger Michell
Production Designer: John Paul Kelly
Country: UK

Ford v Ferrari

Director: James Mangold
Production Designer: François Audouy
Country: USA


Director: Kasi Lemmons
Production Designer: Warren Alan Young
Country: USA


Director: Lorene Scafaria
Production Designer: Jane Musky
Country: USA


Director: Todd Phillips
Production Designer: Mark Friedberg
Country: USA

Just Mercy 

Director: Destin Daniel Cretton
Production Designer: Sharon Seymour
Country: USA

Ordinary Love

Director: Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn
Production Designer: Nigel Pollock
Country: UK

The Goldfinch

Director: John Crowley
Production Designer: K.K. Barrett
Country: USA

The Sky Is Pink 

Director: Shonali Bose
Production Designer: Aradhana Seth
Country: India

The Song of Names 

Director: François Girard
Production Designer: François Séguin
Country: Canada

True History of the Kelly Gang 

Director: Justin Kurzel
Production Designer: Karen Murphy
Country: Australia

Western Stars 

Director: Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen
Country: USA

American Woman

Director: Semi Chellas
Production Designer: Zazu Myers
Country: Canada


Director: Chinonye Chukwu
Production Designer: Margaux Rust
Country: USA

*Closing Night Film

Director: Marjane Satrapi
Production Designer: Michael Carlin
Country: UK

Special Presentations at TIFF 2019

A Herdade

Director: Tiago Guedes
Production Designer: Isabel Branco
Country: Portugal

Bad Education

Director: Cory Finley
Production Designer: Meredith Lippincott
Country: USA

Coming Home Again

Director: Wayne Wang
Production Designer: N/A
Country: USA/South Korea

The Two Popes

Director: Fernando Meirelles
Production Designer: Mark Tildesley
Country: USA/UK/Italy/Argentina

Dolemite Is My Name

Director: Craig Brewer
Production Designer: Clay A. Griffith
Country: USA


Director: Pablo Larraín
Production Designer: Estefania Larrain
Country: Chile

Endings, Beginnings

Director: Drake Doremus
Production Designer: Almitra Corey
Country: USA


Director: Ira Sachs
Production Designer: N/A
Country: France/Portugal


Director: Michael Winterbottom
Production Designer: Denis Schnegg
Country: UK

Guest of Honour 

Director: Atom Egoyan
Production Designer: Phillip Barker
Country: Canada

Heroic Losers (La odisea de los giles)

Director: Sebastian Borensztein
Production Designer: Daniel Gimelberg
Country: Argentina/Spain

Honey Boy

Director: Alma Har’el
Production Designer: JC Molina
Country: USA

Hope Gap

Director: William Nicholson
Production Designer: Simon Rogers
Country: UK

How to Build a Girl

Director: Coky Giedroyc
Production Designer: Amanda McArthur
Country: UK

I Am Woman

Director: Unjoo Moon
Production Designer: Michael Turner
Country: Australia

Jojo Rabbit

Director: Taika Waititi
Production Designer: Ra Vincent
Country: USA


Director: Rupert Goold
Production Designer: Kave Quinn
Country: UK

Knives Out

Director: Rian Johnson
Production Designer: David Crank
Country: USA

La Belle Époque

Director: Nicolas Bedos
Production Designer: Stéphane Rozenbaum
Country: France

Marriage Story

Director: Noah Baumbach
Production Designer: Jade Healy
Country: USA

Military Wives 

Director: Peter Cattaneo
Production Designer: John Beard
Country: UK

Motherless Brooklyn

Director: Edward Norton
Production Designer: Beth Mickle
Country: USA

No.7 Cherry Lane

Director: Yonfan
Production Designer: N/A
Country: Hong Kong

Pain and Glory

Director: Pedro Almodóvar
Production Designer: Antxón Gómez
Country: Spain

Parasite (Gisaengchung)

Director: Bong Joon-ho
Production Designer: Ha-jun Lee
Country: South Korea

Pelican Blood (Pelikanblut)

Director: Katrin Gebbe
Production Designer: Silke Fischer
Country: Germany/Bulgaria

Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu)  

Director: Céline Sciamma
Production Designer: Thomas Grézaud
Country: France

Saturday Fiction (Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan)

Director: Lou Ye
Production Designer: N/A
Country: China

The Friend

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite
Production Designer: Cara Brower
Country: USA

The Laundromat

Director: Steven Soderbergh
Production Designer: Howard Cummings
Country: USA

The Lighthouse

Director: Robert Eggers
Production Designer: Craig Lathrop
Country: USA

The Other Lamb

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska
Production Designer: N/A
Country: Belgium/Ireland/USA

The Painted Bird

Director: Václav Marhoul
Production Designer: Jan Vlasák
Country: Czech Republic/Ukraine/Slovakia

The Personal History of David Copperfield 

Director: Armando Iannucci
Production Designer: Cristina Casali
Country: UK

The Report 

Director: Scott Z. Burns
Production Designer: Ethan Tobman
Country: USA

Uncut Gems

Director: Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
Production Designer: Sam Lisenco
Country: USA

Weathering With You

Director: Makoto Shinkai
Production Designer: Hiroshi Takiguchi
Country: Japan

While at War (Mientras Dure La Guerra)

Director: Alejandro Amenábar
Production Designer: Juan Pedro De Gaspar
Country: Spain/Argentina

What do you think of the TIFF 2019 lineup so far? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

Posted by Rose Lagacé

Rose Lagacé is a production designer for film & television by day and an emerging filmmaker by night. Rose is also the creator and editor of Art Departmental where she celebrates the art and craft of production design.

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