Toronto Film Festival 2016 Preview

Toronto Film Festival 2016 Preview

For forty years, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has brought together filmmakers and film lovers in eleven days crammed full of some of the most diverse and varied film programming one can find at any given film festival. The Toronto Film Festival 2016 is no exception, as they once again offer films by some of the greatest filmmakers that promise to bring some of the most celebrated actors and actresses to the Canadian city to celebrate their love of film.

There are a number of movies having their World Premieres at the Toronto Film Festival 2016 that no one has seen beyond the filmmakers, but then other movies that already premiered at the Cannes Film Festival over the summer and others that maybe played the other recent festivals, like Venice or Telluride.

As you’ll notice, a lot of the movies premiering at TIFF already have distribution — listed, along with the release date, when applicable — but there are still a few hidden gems in there looking for distribution.


There are a lot of other movies playing at the Toronto Film Festival 2016, and while I wish I could tell you more about all of them, there will be a few from returning veteran filmmakers that have already played at Cannes that will also be screened at TIFF.

Some of these include:

Maren Ade’s Toni Erdmann (Sony Pictures Classics – Dec. 25)

Pedro Almodovar’s Julietta (Sony Pictures Classics – Dec. 21)

Andrea Arnold’s American Honey (A24 – Sept. 30)

Olivier Assayas’ Personal Shopper (IFC Films)

Park Chan-Wook’s The Handmaiden (Magnolia – Oct. 21)

Asghar Farhadi’s The Salesman (Cohen Media – Dec. 9)

Mia Hansen Love’s Things to Come (IFC – Dec. 2)

Jim Jarmusch’s Paterson starring Adam Driver (Bleecker Street – Dec. 28) and his Iggy Pop doc Gimme Danger (Magnolia – Oct. 28)

Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake (IFC Films – Dec. 23)

Kleber Mendoca Filho’s Aquarius (Oct. 14)

Francois Ozon’s Frantz (Music Box Films)

Lee Tamahori’s The Patriarch

Michael Dudo de Wit’s animated The Red Turtle (Sony Pictures Classics – Jan. 20, 2017)

Paul Verhoeven’s Elle (Sony Pictures Classics – Nov. 11)

Thomas Winterberg’s The Commune

Kim Jee Woon’s The Age of Shadows (Sept. 23) 

Beyond the films mentioned, there are many, MANY more movies at the Toronto Film Festival 2016 than we can possibly include in this preview, but part of the joy of going to the festival is discovering new movies that you might not have checked out otherwise.

The Toronto International Film Festival begins on September 8 and runs through September 18.