From September 8 to 18, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) will return for its 46th annual celebration of cinema from around the world. The 11-day event will include screenings of films from big-name and lesser-known directors and will include many Canadian and world premieres. Documentary on David Bowie by Brett Morgen Lunar Reveriethe historical epic directed by Viola Davis The female kingand Steven Spielberg’s semi-autobiographical novel The Fablemansare just a few of the highly anticipated features that will be showcased during the festival, along with many more.
The following list highlights films from the sports and thriller genres that will be screened and features both films with star-studded Hollywood actors as well as more independent projects that focus on telling the important and visionary stories that TIFF is known for. to celebrate.
ten Alice, darling
Alice, darling is a Canadian-American psychological thriller from Mary Nighy in her directorial debut. The film stars multi-talented actress Anna Kendrick as a woman in an abusive relationship who is taken on a girls’ weekend by two of her friends (played by Wunmi Mosaku and Kaniehtiio Horn) who are hoping to reconnect. with her. A character study that captures the “anxious psychology” of a woman trying to hide the fact that she lives under the control of an abusive man. According to Empire, Alice, darling was picked up by Lionsgate, which will distribute the film after its TIFF debut.
9 Decision to leave
A South Korean Romantic Mystery, Decision to leave is director Park Chan-wook’s 11th film since he began his career 30 years ago, which has already won Best Director at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. Starring award-winning Chinese actors Tang Wei and Park Hae- he in the lead roles, the film follows a classic thriller premise with a detective falling in love with a widow who is the prime suspect in his latest murder investigation. Critics praised the project, which boasts Chan-wook’s signature noir style, and celebrated the multi-layered plot and surprising twists. Decision to leave landed at number one at the Korean box office when it debuted in June 2022 and will be released by streaming service MUBI in the United States in October.
8 Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads
Inside director Rian Johnson’s sequel to 2019’s comedy mystery Knives outfor which he received an Oscar nomination for Best Original Screenplay, Glass onion: a mystery at loggerheads brings back the majority of the star-studded cast from the first film. Acclaimed actor Daniel Craig takes on the lead role of southern detective Benoit Blanc, who travels to Greece to take care of his latest case. The film also stars Edward Norton, Janelle Monáe, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline, Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista. After its premiere at TIFF, Glass Onion will be released on Netflix in late 2022, and the streaming service has already purchased the rights to a third installment in the series.
seven holy spider
Based on the true story of Saeed Hanaei, who murdered 16 sex workers in Iran’s spiritual capital of Mashhad from 2000 to 2001, Ali Abbasi’s Persian-language crime thriller holy spider follows a journalist who begins to investigate the serial killer and finds herself in a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Actress Zar Amir Ebrahimi plays the lead role of journalist named Rahimi and her work won her the 2022 Cannes Film Festival award for best actress – which sparked pushback from the Iranian government. Director Abbasi said his intention to create a fictional female protagonist from which to tell the story was to highlight the misogyny inherent in Iranian society, which ultimately saw Saeed (played by Mehdi Bajestani in the film) as a hero by conservatives at the time of his arrest.
Writer and director Nikyatu Jusu made her debut with the American horror film Nanny. The project stars actress Anna Diop as an undocumented Senegalese immigrant who comes to the United States to work as a nanny for a wealthy Manhattanite, played by Michelle Monaghan. She begins to have violent visions as she prepares for the son she left behind to join her in the United States. Billed as an exploration of the lure of the American dream from the immigrant experience, Nanny received the Grand Jury Prize at the 2022 Sundance Film Festival – making Jusu the second black filmmaker to win the award. The film will have a limited theatrical release in November 2022 and will be available to stream on Amazon Prime Video the following month.
Director Albert Serra has moved away from the 17th century landscape of his previous works to explore contemporary French Polynesia in his latest political thriller Pacification. With a clever title and a haunting island backdrop, the film stars prolific French actor Benoît Magimel as French high commissioner and Tahitian ambassador De Roller, a government puppet who thrives as a white intruder. tasked with presenting an image of peaceful cooperation with the locals. In what Slant Magazine called “a hypnotic look at contemporary malaise,” Pacification is sure to captivate fans of Serra’s notoriously languid storytelling. The film will hit theaters in the United States in late 2022.
4 The good nurse
Based on Charles Graeber’s 2013 book of the same name, Tobias Lindholm’s latest crime thriller The good nurse is a fictionalized depiction of the pursuit and capture of a real-life American serial killer named Charles Cullen, who murdered 300 patients during his 16 nursing careers. Oscar-winning actress Jessica Chastain stars as a nurse who rightly suspects her friend and colleague of quietly murdering patients and is tasked with helping the investigation into Cullen – played by the English actor popular Eddie Redmayne. After its premiere at TIFF, The good nurse will be available to stream on Netflix in late 2022.
Gravity is the second feature film by Franco-Burkinabe actor, screenwriter and director Cédric Ido, after the success of Castle, released in 2017. This fantasy sci-fi drama follows a mysterious gravity-altering planetary event in a futuristic Parisian suburb controlled by a group of cosmically connected youths. It stars French actors Max Gomis, Jean-Baptiste Anoumon, Steve Tientcheu and Olivier Rosemberg. Gravity was selected by TIFF to be part of their competitive program titled Platform which promotes unique directorial visions and is one of two sci-fi projects to be included, alongside Stéphane Lafleur viking.
Director Sally El Hosaini, who has already won several film festival awards for her first feature film in 2012 my brother the devilcelebrates the strength of the human spirit and athleticism in its epic drama swimmers. The film follows the true story of Syrian sisters Sara and Yusra Mardini, who made a dangerous escape from their war-torn country before settling in Europe and competing for a chance to swim in the Olympics in summer of 2016 in Rio. Real sisters Nathalie and Manai Issa take on the lead roles. After its premiere at TIFF, swimmers will be released on Netflix in late 2022.
Inspired by the 19th century phenomenon “fasting girls” and based on Emma Donoghue’s 2016 novel of the same name, wonderment is a period psychological thriller that follows a nurse assigned to investigate the case of a young girl from the Irish Midlands who has not eaten for four months but is still alive and well. Award-winning English actress Florence Pugh plays the aforementioned nurse and child actress Kíla Lord Cassidy as “the wonder” Anna O’Donnell. Directed by Sebastián Lelio, the project has already been nominated for Best Picture at the San Sebastián International Film Festival and will also premiere on Netflix later this year.