Wednesday, April 17, 2024

Toronto Film Fest Announces Galas With a Strike Work Around: Stars Who Directed Movies Including Ethan Hawke, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Tony Goldwyn, Michael Keaton

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The Toronto Film Festival has figured out a work around so they can get past the SAG strike prohibition of actors promoting movies.

TIFF announced its galas and special presentations today and the list is heavy on movies directed by stars. This way, name directors will show up, giving TIFF at least a little star power.

The actors who directed movies include Ethan Hawke, Michael Keaton, Chris Pine, Anna Kendrick, Viggo Mortensen, Tony Goldwyn, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

TIFF also has movies by name directors like John Carney, George C. Wolfe, Alex Gibney (a Paul Simon doc and maybe Paul will come), Taika Waititi, Michael Winterbottom, and Canada’s own Atom Egoyan.

Cameron Bailey and his team did a good job figuring this out. It will be worth the trip across the border after all!

GALA PRESENTATIONS 2023
*Previously announced

Concrete Utopia Um Tae-Hwa | South Korea
North American Premiere
Sales Title – North America Rights Available

Dumb Money Craig Gillespie | USA
World Premiere

Fair Play Chloe Domont | USA
International Premiere

Flora and Son John Carney | Ireland/USA
Canadian Premiere

Hate to Love: Nickelback Leigh Brooks | Canada
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Lee Ellen Kuras | United Kingdom
World Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

*Next Goal Wins Taika Waititi | USA
World Premiere

NYAD Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA
International Premiere

Punjab ’95 Honey Trehan | India
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Solo Sophie Dupuis | Canada
World Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

The End We Start From Mahalia Belo | United Kingdom
World Premiere
Sales Title – North American Rights Available

The Movie Emperor Ning Hao | China
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

The New Boy Warwick Thornton | Australia 
North American Premiere
Sales Title – North American Rights Available

The Royal Hotel Kitty Green | Australia/United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere


SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2023
*Previously announced 

A Difficult Year Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache | France
International Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

A Normal Family Hur Jin-ho | South Korea
World Premiere
Sales Title – North American Rights Available

American Fiction Cord Jefferson | USA
World Premiere

Anatomy of a Fall Justine Triet | France
Canadian Premiere

Close to You Dominic Savage | Canada/United Kingdom
World Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

Days of Happiness Chloé Robichaud | Canada
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

El Rapto Daniela Goggi | Argentina
North American Premiere
Sales Title – North American Rights Available

Ezra Tony Goldwyn | USA
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Fingernails Christos Nikou | USA
International Premiere

Four Daughters Kaouther Ben Hania | France/Tunisia/Germany/Saudi Arabia
North American Premiere
Sales Title – Some Rights Available

His Three Daughters Azazel Jacobs | USA
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Hit Man Richard Linklater | USA
North American Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon Alex Gibney | USA
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Kidnapped Marco Bellocchio | Italy/France/Germany
North American Premiere

Knox Goes Away Michael Keaton | USA
World Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

La Chimera Alice Rohrwacher | Italy/France/Switzerland
North American Premiere

Last Summer Catherine Breillat | France
North American Premiere

*Les Indésirables Ladj Ly | France
World Premiere
Sales Title – North America Rights Available

Memory Michel Franco | USA/Mexico
North American Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available 

Monster Kore-eda Hirokazu | Japan
North American Premiere

Mother Couch Niclas Larsson | USA
World Premiere

North Star Kristin Scott Thomas | United Kingdom
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

One Life James Hawes | United Kingdom
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Pain Hustlers David Yates | USA
World Premiere

Poolman Chris Pine | USA
World Premiere 
Sales Title – Some Rights Available

Reptile Grant Singer | USA
World Premiere

Rustin George C. Wolfe | USA
International Premiere

*Seven Veils Atom Egoyan | Canada
World Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

Shoshana Michael Winterbottom | United Kingdom/Italy
World Premiere
Sales Title – North American Rights Available

Sing Sing Greg Kwedar | USA
World Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

Smugglers Ryoo Seung-wan | South Korea
North American Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Swan Song Chelsea McMullan | Canada
World Premiere
Sales Title – Some Rights Available

The Beast Bertrand Bonello | France/Canada
North American Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

The Burial Maggie Betts | USA
World Premiere

The Convert Lee Tamahori | Australia/New Zealand
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

The Critic Anand Tucker | United Kingdom
World Premiere
Sales Title – Some Rights Available

The Dead Don’t Hurt Viggo Mortensen | Mexico/Canada/Denmark
World Premiere
Sales Title – North American Rights Available

The Holdovers Alexander Payne | USA
International Premiere 

The Peasants DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman | Poland/Serbia/Lithuania
World Premiere
Sales Title – Some Rights Available

The Zone of Interest Jonathan Glazer | United Kingdom/Poland/USA
Canadian Premiere

Together 99 Lukas Moodysson | Sweden/Denmark
World Premiere 

Unicorns Sally El Hosaini, James Krishna Floyd | United Kingdom/USA/Sweden
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Uproar Paul Middleditch, Hamish Bennett | New Zealand
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Wicked Little Letters Thea Sharrock | United Kingdom
World Premiere
Sales Title – International Rights Available

Wildcat Ethan Hawke | USA
International Premiere
Sales Title – North American Rights Available

Woman of the Hour Anna Kendrick | USA
World Premiere
Sales Title – US Rights Available

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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