Toronto International Film Festival 2018: Discovery

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1. aKasha (2018)

78 min | Comedy, Romance

A Kasha is a universal offbeat love story set in a time of civil war - but the war is in Sudan and it is happening right now. We follow Adnan, an AK47-loving rebel, his long-suffering love ... See full summary »

Director: Hajooj Kuka | Stars: Abdallah Alnur, Ganja Chakado, Ekram Marcus, Kamal Ramadan

Votes: 32

2. An Elephant Sitting Still (2018)

230 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Four people in a Chinese city live through a complicated day as their lives intersect.

Director: Bo Hu | Stars: Yu Zhang, Yuchang Peng, Uvin Wang, Congxi Li

Votes: 2,036 | Gross: $0.03M

3. Aniara (2018)

R | 106 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

58 Metascore

A spaceship carrying settlers to Mars is knocked off course, causing the consumption-obsessed passengers to consider their place in the universe.

Directors: Pella Kagerman, Hugo Lilja | Stars: Emelie Jonsson, Bianca Cruzeiro, Arvin Kananian, Anneli Martini

Votes: 669 | Gross: $0.04M

4. Blind Spot (2018)

98 min | Drama

BLIND SPOT is a story about the grey zones in mental illness; the blind spots hard to discover, as experienced by a mother realizing her daughter struggling with far worse issues than she realized.

Director: Tuva Novotny | Stars: Teodor Barsnes-Simonsen, Anders Baasmo Christiansen, Per Frisch, Ellen Heyerdahl Janzon

Votes: 393

5. Clara (III) (2018)

105 min | Sci-Fi

43 Metascore

An obsessive astronomer and a curious artist form an unlikely bond which leads them to a profound, scientific discovery.

Director: Akash Sherman | Stars: Patrick J. Adams, Troian Bellisario, Will Bowes, Jennifer Dale

Votes: 1,555

6. Complicity (2018)

116 min | Drama

A Chinese man moves illegally to Japan in order to improve his life and gain opportunity. He buys and assumes a false identity at considerable cost and is, therefore, more than happy to ... See full summary »

Director: Kei Chikaura | Stars: Yulai Lu, Tatsuya Fuji, Sayo Akasaka, Kio Matsumoto

Votes: 28

7. Consequences (II) (2018)

Thriller

Just released from prison, Jessie vows to do the right thing. Will his mistakes from the past outshine his future?

Director: Michael D. Anglin | Stars: Hannah Goldie Alltmont, Michael D. Anglin, John L. Armijo, Loran Bolding

Votes: 6

8. Emu Runner (2018)

Family

Emu Runner is a lyrical story about the impact a mother's death has on an Aboriginal family living in an isolated community, which is perched on an ancient river and surrounded by sprawling... See full summary »

Director: Imogen Thomas | Stars: Wayne Blair, Georgia Blizzard, Rob Carlton, Maurial Spearim

Votes: 12

9. Ever After (2018)

90 min | Horror

68 Metascore

It has been two years since a zombie virus epidemic infected all but two German cities. Vivi and Eva flee the struggling community in Weimar for the one other safe-haven: Jena.

Director: Carolina Hellsgård | Stars: Marco Albrecht, Trine Dyrholm, Gro Swantje Kohlhof, Maja Lehrer

Votes: 100

10. Farming (2018)

107 min | Drama

Based on the writer/director's childhood, FARMING tells story of a young Nigerian boy, 'farmed out' by his parents to a white British family in the hope of a better future. Instead, he becomes the feared leader of a white skinhead gang.

Director: Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje | Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Damson Idris, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje

Votes: 66

11. Fig Tree (I) (2018)

93 min | Drama

16 year old Jewish Mina, is trying to navigate between a surreal routine dictated by the civil war in Ethiopia and her last days of youth with her Christian boyfriend Eli. When she ... See full summary »

Director: Aalam-Warqe Davidian | Stars: Betalehem Asmamawe, Rodas Gizaw, Weyenshiet Belachew, Yohannes Musa

Votes: 51

12. Firecrackers (2018)

93 min | Drama

A teenage girl and her friend run into problems when they plan to leave town.

Director: Jasmin Mozaffari | Stars: Michaela Kurimsky, Karena Evans, Callum Thompson, David Kingston

Votes: 150

13. Float Like a Butterfly (2018)

PG | 101 min | Drama

From the producers of Once and Sing Street, Float Like a Butterfly is a powerful and timely story of a girl's fight for freedom and belonging. In a gender-reversal of classic film Billy ... See full summary »

Director: Carmel Winters | Stars: Hazel Doupe, Dara Devaney, Johnny Collins, Ciaran Bermingham

Votes: 57

14. Freaks (2018)

104 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

63 Metascore

In this genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, a bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father's protective and paranoid control.

Directors: Zach Lipovsky, Adam B. Stein | Stars: Emile Hirsch, Bruce Dern, Lexy Kolker, Amanda Crew

Votes: 356

15. Girl (II) (2018)

R | 105 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Lara is a 15-year-old girl, born in the body of a boy, who dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Director: Lukas Dhont | Stars: Victor Polster, Arieh Worthalter, Oliver Bodart, Tijmen Govaerts

Votes: 7,256

16. Gwen (II) (2018)

84 min | Drama, History, Horror

A dark folk tale set in the hills of Wales during the industrial revolution.

Director: William McGregor | Stars: Mark Lewis Jones, Maxine Peake, Richard Harrington, Eleanor Worthington-Cox

Votes: 78

17. Helmet Heads (2018)

84 min | Comedy, Drama

Mancha is an easygoing bike messenger with no big expectations in life. His only cares in the world are riding his motorcycle, being with his girlfriend Clara, and hanging out with his ... See full summary »

Director: Ernesto Villalobos | Stars: Janko Navarro, Harvey Monestel, William Quirós, Charly Mora

Votes: 26

18. Her Job (2018)

89 min | Drama

Panayiota gets for the first time a job as a cleaner in an attempt to support her family. While at her work environment she faces a ruthless system of exploitation, she spends the happiest ... See full summary »

Director: Nikos Labôt | Stars: Marisha Triantafyllidou, Dimitris Imellos, Maria Filini, Eleni Karagiorgi

Votes: 128

19. Icebox (2018)

TV-14 | 88 min | Drama

A young boy becomes trapped inside America's rigid immigration process. (Feature adaptation of the 2016 short film, "Icebox.")

Director: Daniel Sawka | Stars: Genesis Rodriguez, Anthony Gonzalez, Priyom Haider, Sarah Minnich

Votes: 464

20. Jirga (2018)

78 min | Drama, War

Former Australian soldier, Mike Wheeler, returns to Afghanistan, seeking redemption from the family of a civilian man he killed during the war.

Director: Benjamin Gilmour | Stars: Sam Smith, Mohammad Mosam, Kefayat Lag Humani, Naqibullah Khan Shinwari

Votes: 122

21. Light as Feathers (2018)

86 min | Drama

15 year old Eryk lives with his mother, grandmother and great-grandmother in a small village in Poland. He has a too intimate relation with his manipulative and dominant mother. Eryk is in ... See full summary »

Director: Rosanne Pel | Stars: Erik Walny, Ewa Makula, Klaudia Przybylska

Votes: 45

22. Lionheart (2018)

TV-PG | 95 min | Comedy

Running a company can be challenging, especially if you are a female in a male-dominated industry. Looking to prove her worth, Adaeze steps up to the challenge when her father is forced to take a step back due to health issues.

Director: Genevieve Nnaji | Stars: Genevieve Nnaji, Nkem Owoh, Pete Edochie, Onyeka Onwenu

Votes: 884

23. Manta Ray (2018)

105 min | Drama

Near a coastal village of Thailand, by the sea where thousands of Rohingya refugees have drowned, a local fisherman finds an injured man lying unconscious in the forest. He rescues the ... See full summary »

Director: Phuttiphong Aroonpheng | Stars: Aphisit Hama, Wanlop Rungkumjad, Rasmee Wayrana

Votes: 286

24. Phoenix (2018)

86 min | Drama

From a young age, Jill has acted as the responsible adult in her small family. She cares for her loving but mentally unstable mother and her younger brother. The news that their estranged ... See full summary »

Director: Camilla Strøm Henriksen | Stars: Ylva Bjørkaas Thedin, Maria Bonnevie, Sverrir Gudnason, Casper Falck-Løvås

Votes: 95

25. Rafiki (2018)

83 min | Drama, Romance

68 Metascore

"Good Kenyan girls become good Kenyan wives," but Kena and Ziki long for something more. When love blossoms between them, the two girls will be forced to choose between happiness and safety.

Director: Wanuri Kahiu | Stars: Samantha Mugatsia, Neville Misati, Nice Githinji, Charlie Karumi

Votes: 863 | Gross: $0.13M

26. Screwdriver (2018)

108 min | Drama

Palestinian director Bassam Jarbawi's debut feature film tackles the physical and emotional toll of one man's return home after 15 years in an Israeli jail.

Director: Bassam Jarbawi | Stars: Ziad Bakri, Areen Omari, Jameel Khoury, Yasmine Qaddumi

Votes: 104

27. Summer Survivors (2018)

91 min | Drama

Summer Survivors is a road film, where a psychologist Indre is ordered to take two young patients - Paulius and Juste - to a psychiatric hospital in a seaside town. Indre is a psychology ... See full summary »

Director: Marija Kavtaradze | Stars: Adrija Cepaite-Palsauskiene, Gelmine Glemzaite, Vilija Grigaityte, Giedre Gudeikiene

Votes: 393

28. Tel Aviv on Fire (2018)

100 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Salam, an inexperienced young Palestinian man, becomes a writer on a popular soap opera after a chance meeting with an Israeli soldier. His creative career is on the rise - until the ... See full summary »

Director: Sameh Zoabi | Stars: Kais Nashif, Lubna Azabal, Yaniv Biton, Maisa Abd Elhadi

Votes: 440

29. The Crossing (2018)

99 min | Drama

Studying in Hong Kong but living in Shenzhen (the port city of Mainland China), Peipei has spent 16 years in her life travelling between these two cities. To realize the dream of seeing ... See full summary »

Director: Bai Xue | Stars: Gang Jiao, Elena Kong, Kai Chi Liu, Hongjie Ni

Votes: 360

30. The Dig (2018)

97 min | Thriller

After serving fifteen years for murder, Callahan returns home to find Sean, his victim's father searching for the body. Callahan soon realises that the only way to get rid of him is to help... See full summary »

Directors: Andy Tohill, Ryan Tohill | Stars: Francis Magee, Moe Dunford, Lorcan Cranitch, Emily Taaffe

Votes: 248

31. The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia (2018)

92 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi

Celeste is a widow living a tranquil, unadventurous existence in Havana, fulfilling her daily shifts as a tour guide at the local planetarium. One day when several "Cubans" mysteriously ... See full summary »

Director: Arturo Infante | Stars: María Isabel Díaz Lago, Omar Franco, Néstor Jiménez, Yerlín Pérez

Votes: 51

32. The Load (2018)

98 min | Drama

Vlada works as a truck driver during the NATO bombing of Serbia in 1999. Tasked with transporting a mysterious load from Kosovo to Belgrade, he drives through unfamiliar territory, trying ... See full summary »

Director: Ognjen Glavonic | Stars: Leon Lucev, Pavle Cemerikic, Tamara Krcunovic, Ivan Lucev

Votes: 398

33. The Mercy of the Jungle (2018)

91 min | Drama, War

The Mercy of the jungle is a road movie that deals with wars in Congo through the eyes of two lost soldiers in the jungle by showcasing their struggle, weakness and hope.

Director: Joël Karekezi | Stars: Stéphane Bak, Marc Zinga, Ibrahim Ahmed, Abby Mukiibi Nkaaga

Votes: 68

34. The Third Wife (2018)

R | 96 min | Drama

72 Metascore

19th century rural Vietnam, fourteen-year-old May is ready to become the third wife of a wealthy landowner. Little did she know that her hidden desires will take her by surprise and force ... See full summary »

Director: Ash Mayfair | Stars: Long Le Vu, Mai Thu Huong Maya, Nguyen Phuong Tra My, Nhu Quynh Nguyen

Votes: 496 | Gross: $0.05M

35. Tito and the Birds (2018)

73 min | Animation, Action, Drama

76 Metascore

The film tells the story of a boy who is responsible, along with his father, for finding the cure for an illness that is contracted after the person takes a fright.

Directors: Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto, Gustavo Steinberg | Stars: Denise Fraga, Pedro Henrique, Matheus Nachtergaele, Mateus Solano

Votes: 160 | Gross: $0.00M

36. Too Late to Die Young (2018)

110 min | Drama

79 Metascore

Democracy comes back to Chile during the summer of 1990. In an isolated community, Sofía (16), Lucas (16) and Clara (10), face their first loves and fears, while preparing for New Year's ... See full summary »

Director: Dominga Sotomayor Castillo | Stars: Demian Hernández, Antar Machado, Magdalena Tótoro, Matías Oviedo

Votes: 404 | Gross: $0.01M

37. Touch Me Not (I) (2018)

123 min | Drama

65 Metascore

Together, a filmmaker and her characters venture into a personal research project about intimacy. On the fluid border between reality and fiction, Touch Me Not follows the emotional journeys of Laura, Tómas and Christian, offering a deeply empathic insight into their lives.

Director: Adina Pintilie | Stars: Laura Benson, Tómas Lemarquis, Christian Bayerlein, Grit Uhlemann

Votes: 1,521 | Gross: $0.01M

38. Woman at War (2018)

Not Rated | 101 min | Adventure, Comedy, Drama

81 Metascore

Halla becomes a determined environmental activist, but this threatens a long-held hope of hers.

Director: Benedikt Erlingsson | Stars: Halldóra Geirharðsdóttir, Jóhann Sigurðarson, Juan Camillo Roman Estrada, Jörundur Ragnarsson

Votes: 3,023 | Gross: $0.85M



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