The 46th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival® (TIFF) is on September 9–18, 2021

The 46th edition of TIFF is on September 9–18, 2021.

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The Toronto International Film Festival® welcomes back audiences to in-person screenings.


Dune

Denis Villeneuve’s adventure/drama/sci-fi film Dune will screen as a special event.


The Toronto International Film Festival® announced some of the films at the festival

Here are twelve films that will be at the film festival.

Le Bal des Folles (Amazon Studios)

Le Bal des Folles is a thriller film. The director of the movie is Mélanie Laurent. (France)

Cast

Mélanie Laurent
Lou de Laâge
Emmanuelle Bercot
Martine Chevallier
Benjamin Voisin
Cédric Khan
Grégoire Bonnet

Synopsis

A woman who was unfairly institutionalized at the Salpêtrière hospital and manages to escape.


Belfast (Focus Features)

Belfast is a drama film. The director of the movie is Kenneth Branagh. (United Kingdom)

Cast

Judi Dench
Caitriona Balfe
Jamie Dornan
Ciarán Hinds
Jude Hill
Lara McDonnell

Synopsis

A young boy and his working class family experience the tumultuous late 1960s.


Benediction (Bankside Films)

Benediction is a drama film. The director of the movie is Terence Davies. (United Kingdom)

Cast

Jack Lowden as Siegfried Sassoon
Peter Capaldi as Older Siegfried Sassoon
Jeremy Irvine as Ivor Novello
Simon Russell Beale as Robbie Ross
Calam Lynch as Stephen Tennant
Tom Blyth as Glen Byam Shaw
Kate Phillips
Geraldine James
Gemma Jones
Anton Lesser
Ben Daniels as Dr Rivers
Lia Williams
Jude Akuwudike
Suzanne Bertish

Synopsis

The story of English poet, writer and soldier Siegfried Sassoon.


Charlotte (Elevation Pictures and MK2 Mile End)

Charlotte is an animated drama film. The directors are Eric Warin and Tahir Rana. (Canada/Belgium/France)

Synopsis

An account of German-Jewish artist Charlotte Salomon living in the south of France between 1941 and 1943.


Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over

Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over is a documentary film. The directors are Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner (USA)

Cast

Dionne Warwick
Olivia Newton-John
Elton John
Quincy Jones
Gladys Knight
Gloria Estefan
Burt Bacharach
Bill Clinton
Smokey Robinson
Melissa Manchester
Berry Gordy
Carlos Santana
Clive Davis
Jesse Jackson
Cissy Houston
Valerie Simpson
Damon Elliott
Jerry Blavat
David Elliott
Charles Rangel
Chuck Jackson
Kenneth Cole
Lonnie Bunch
Kevin Robert Frost

Synopsis

The movie tells the dramatic story of Dionne Warwick’s meteoric rise from New Jersey gospel choirs to international cross-over super stardom


The Guilty (Netflix)

The Guilty is a crime/drama/thriller film. The director of the movie is Antoine Fuqua. (USA)

Cast

Jake Gyllenhaal as Joe Bayler
Ethan Hawke
Peter Sarsgaard
Riley Keough
Paul Dano
Byron Bowers
Da’Vine Joy Randolph
David Castaneda
Christina Vidal
Adrian Martinez
Bill Burr
Beau Knapp
Edi Patterson

Synopsis

A demoted police officer assigned to a call dispatch desk is conflicted when he receives an emergency phone call from a kidnapped woman.


Jagged (HBO)

Jagged is a documentary film. The director of the movie is Alison Klayman. (USA)

Synopsis

A documentary on iconic Canadian singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette


Lakewood

Lakewood is a thriller film. The director of the movie is Philip Noyce. (Canada)

Cast

Naomi Watts
Sierra Maltby as Emily

Synopsis

A mother desperately races against time to save her child as authorities place her small town on lockdown.


Last Night in Soho (Focus Features)

Last Night in Soho is a drama/horror/mystery film. The director of the movie is Edgar Wright. (United Kingdom)

Cast

Thomasin McKenzie as Eloise
Anya Taylor-Joy as Sandy
Matt Smith as Jack
Diana Rigg as Miss Collins
Rita Tushingham as Peggy Turner
Terence Stamp
Jessie Mei Li as Lara
Michael Ajao
Synnøve Karlsen as Jocasta
Margaret Nolan
Lisa McGrills
James and Oliver Phelps

Synopsis

A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.


Night Raiders (Elevation Pictures and Samuel Goldwyn Films)

Night Raiders is a sci-fi film. The director of the movie is Danis Goulet. (Canada/New Zealand)

Cast

Elle-Máijá Tailfeathers as Niska
Brooklyn Letexier-Hart as Waseese
Alex Tarrant as Leo
Amanda Plummer as Roberta
Violet Nelson as Somonis

Synopsis

A mother joins an underground band of vigilantes to try and rescue her daughter from a state-run institution.


Petite Maman (Elevation Pictures and NEON)

Petite Maman is a drama/fantasy film. The director of the movie is Céline Sciamma (France)

Cast

Joséphine Sanz as Nelly
Gabrielle Sanz as Marion
Stéphane Varupenne as Father
Nina Meurisse as Mother
Margo Abascal as Grandmother

Synopsis

Nelly has just lost her grandmother and is helping her parents clean out her mother’s childhood home. She explores the house and the surrounding woods. One day she meets a girl her same age building a treehouse.


The Starling (Netflix)

The Starling is a comedy/drama film. The director of the movie is Theodore Melfi. (USA)

Cast

Melissa McCarthy (Thunder Force) as Lilly Maynard
Chris O’Dowd as Jack Maynard
Kevin Kline as Larry
Timothy Olyphant as Travis Delp
Daveed Diggs
Skyler Gisondo
Loretta Devine
Laura Harrier
Rosalind Chao as Fawn
Kimberly Quinn
Emily Tremaine as Alice
Scott MacArthur as Ralph
Elisabeth Rohm as Nancy Rothwelder
Veronica Falcón as Rosario Alvarez
Jimmy O. Yang

Synopsis

After Lilly suffers a loss, a combative Starling takes nest beside her quiet home. The feisty bird taunts and attacks the grief-stricken Lilly. On her journey to expel the Starling, she rediscovers her will to live and capacity for love.


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