Piers Handling, CEO and Director of TIFF, and Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of TIFF, today unveiled the first round of titles premiering in the Gala and Special Presentation programs of the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival.

Starting September 6th the annual international film festival which is at the forefront of Hollywood buzz around Oscar-worthy films will have some stellar premieres and notably Black films from biggest and best of talented creators in entertainment.

Here’s a sneak peek of films we’re excited to check out at this year’s festival!

6THE HATE U GIVE

We’ve been excited for this film for a while and we’re even more hyped to see it make its premiere at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. George Tillman, Jr.’s The Hate U Give will make its World Premiere debut. Based on the critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller by Angela Thomas, a timely, powerful and thought-provoking story of race and identity, told from the perspective of Starr Carter, played by Amandla Stenberg.

 

5WIDOWS

Steve McQueen’s Widows, will make its World Premiere at the festival. The film is a crime drama starring Viola Davis and based on a U.K. TV series. The film is co-written by McQueen and screenwriter Gillian Flynn, and also stars Michelle Rodriguez, Elizabeth Debicki, Cynthia Erivo, Colin Farrell, Daniel Kaluuya, Jacki Weaver, Robert Duvall and Liam Neeson.

4WHERE HANDS TOUCH

Amma Asante best known for her work in films like Belle and A United Kingdom brings her latest film Where Hands Touch to TIFF. The British romance drama war film stars Amandla Stenberg, and George MacKay.

3MONSTERS AND MEN

We here at BGN are familiar with the film Monsters and Men directed by Reinaldo Marcus Green. I reviewed it myself during Sundance and the film came with a standing ovation during the premiere.  One night, in front of a bodega in Brooklyn’s Bed–Stuy neighborhood, Manny Ortega witnesses, and records a white police officer wrongfully gun down an unarmed Black man who’s known for selling loosies to the local residents. The film stars Anthony Ramos and John David Washington.

2THE WEEKEND

 

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Everything, Everything director Stella Meghie brings her film The Weekend to TIFF. The film, which Meghie also wrote, centers on an acerbic comedian who goes away for the weekend with an ex-boyfriend and his new girl. Over the course of the weekend, they’re drawn into an unexpected romantic entanglement with the arrival of another guest. The film stars Sasheer Zamata, Tone Bell, and DeWanda Wise

1IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK

Black Films TIFF

Based on the James Baldwin novel of the same name, the highly anticipated from Oscar winner Barry Jenkins’ If Beale Street Could Talk will make its debut at TIFF. The film stars Regina King, Colman Domingo, Brian Tyree Henry, Diego Luna, Dave Franco, and Ed Skrein.

 

More announcements from TIFF will be released soon. Below is a full list of what was presented today via press release:

GALAS 2018
Beautiful Boy Felix van Groeningen, USA
World Premiere

Everybody Knows Asghar Farhadi, Spain/France/Italy
North American Premiere

First Man Damien Chazelle, USA
Canadian Premiere

Galveston Mélanie Laurent, USA
Canadian Premiere

The Hate U Give George Tillman, Jr., USA
World Premiere

Hidden Man Jiang Wen, China
International Premiere

High Life Claire Denis, Germany/France/Poland/United Kingdom
World Premiere

Husband Material Anurag Kashyap, India
World Premiere

The Kindergarten Teacher Sara Colangelo, USA
Canadian Premiere

The Land of Steady Habits Nicole Holofcener, USA
World Premiere

Life Itself Dan Fogelman, USA
World Premiere

The Public Emilio Estevez, USA
World Premiere

Red Joan Sir Trevor Nunn, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Shadow Zhang Yimou, China
North American Premiere

A Star is Born Bradley Cooper, USA
North American Premiere

What They Had Elizabeth Chomko, USA
International Premiere

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Widows Steve McQueen, United Kingdom/USA
World Premiere

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2018

Ben is Back Peter Hedges, USA
World Premiere

Burning Lee Chang-dong, South Korea
North American Premiere

Can You Ever Forgive Me? Marielle Heller, USA
International Premiere

Capernaum Nadine Labaki, Lebanon
North American Premiere

Cold War Paweł Pawlikowski, Poland/United Kingdom/France
Canadian Premiere

Colette Wash Westmoreland, United Kingdom
Canadian Premiere

Dogman Matteo Garrone, Italy/France
Canadian Premiere

The Front Runner Jason Reitman, USA
International Premiere

Giant Little Ones Keith Behrman, Canada
World Premiere

Girls of the Sun (Les filles du soleil) Eva Husson, France
International Premiere

Hotel Mumbai Anthony Maras, Australia
World Premiere

The Hummingbird Project Kim Nguyen, Canada
World Premiere

If Beale Street Could Talk Barry Jenkins, USA
World Premiere

Manto Nandita Das, India
North American Premiere

Maya Mia Hansen-Løve, France
World Premiere

Monsters and Men Reinaldo Marcus Green, USA
Canadian Premiere

*Special Presentations Opening Film*

MOUTHPIECE Patricia Rozema, Canada
World Premiere

Non-Fiction Olivier Assayas, France
Canadian Premiere

The Old Man & The Gun David Lowery, USA

International Premiere

 

Papi Chulo John Butler, Ireland
World Premiere

Roma Alfonso Cuarón, Mexico/USA
Canadian Premiere

*Special Presentations Closing Film*

Shoplifters Hirokazu Kore-eda, Japan
Canadian Premiere

The Sisters Brothers Jacques Audiard, USA/France/Romania/Spain
North American Premiere

Sunset László Nemes, Hungary/France
North American Premiere

Through Black Spruce Don McKellar, Canada
World Premiere

The Wedding Guest Michael Winterbottom, United Kingdom
World Premiere

The Weekend Stella Meghie, USA
World Premiere

Where Hands Touch Amma Asante, United Kingdom
World Premiere

White Boy Rick Yann Demange, USA
International Premiere

Wildlife Paul Dano, USA
Canadian Premiere