Discovery Toronto 2019

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1. 1982 (2019)

100 min | Drama, History

During the 1982 invasion of Lebanon at a private school on the outskirts of Beirut, 11-year-old Wissam tries to tell a classmate about his crush on her, while his teachers on different ... See full summary »

Director: Oualid Mouaness | Stars: Nadine Labaki, Mohamad Dalli, Ghassan Maalouf, Aliya Khalidi

Votes: 93

2. A Bump Along the Way (2019)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

A boozy 44-year-old single mother becomes pregnant from a one-night-stand, much to the shame of her buttoned-up teen daughter.

Director: Shelly Love | Stars: Bronagh Gallagher, Lola Petticrew, Mary Moulds, Dan Gordon

Votes: 90

3. Africa (2019)

82 min | Drama

Struggling with post-retirement life, 68-year-old Meir goes out on a personal journey to reconstruct his shaken sense of meaning and vitality, in this cinematic experience of an aging parent crafted by the hands of his loving son.

Director: Oren Gerner | Stars: Maya Gerner, Meir Gerner, Oren Gerner

Votes: 22

4. August (2019)

85 min | Drama, History

Cuba, summer 1994. In the midst of Periodo Especial, one of the greatest crises in the country's history, thousands of Cuban rafters try to reach the United States illegally, never sure if ... See full summary »

Director: Armando Capó | Stars: Damián González Guerrero, Alejandro Guerrero Machado, Glenda Delgado Dominguez, Luis Ernesto Barcenas

Votes: 17

5. Bring Me Home (2019)

108 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

A dedicated mother in search of her missing son follows a tip that leads her to a fishing village where corrupt police officers might have the answers to her mystery.

Director: Seung-woo Kim | Stars: Yeong-ae Lee, Hae-Joon Park, Won-geun Lee, Yoo Jae-Myung

Votes: 46

6. Black Conflux (2019)

100 min | Drama

The seemingly separate lives of an anxious, disillusioned teen girl and a troubled, alienated man converge fatefully in this haunting exploration of womanhood, isolation, and toxic masculinity, set in 1980s Newfoundland.

Director: Nicole Dorsey | Stars: Ella Ballentine, Ryan McDonald, Olivia Scriven, Luke Bilyk

Votes: 43

7. Calm With Horses (2019)

101 min | Drama

In darkest rural Ireland, ex-boxer Douglas 'Arm' Armstrong has become the feared enforcer for the drug-dealing Devers family, whilst also trying to be a good father to his autistic ... See full summary »

Director: Nick Rowland | Stars: Barry Keoghan, Ned Dennehy, Niamh Algar, Anthony Welsh

Votes: 75

8. Comets (2019)

70 min | Drama, Romance

Three decades after their separation, Irina and Nana remain mesmerized by memories of earlier days, but when Irina returns to the small community she left to reconcile with the past and their complex feelings.

Director: Tamar Shavgulidze | Stars: Nino Kasradze, Ketevan Gegeshidze, Nina Mazodier, Mariam Iremashvili

Votes: 32

9. Certified Mail (2019)

95 min | Drama

Since her husband went to jail, Hala has to face her suicidal thoughts alone. Her strength has to come from within as society does not help nor forgive a depressed woman, specially if she is a mother.

Director: Hisham Saqr | Stars: Basma, Passant Shawky

Votes: 15

10. Disco (2019)

94 min | Drama

When a champion dancer begins to falter, her family questions her faith and prompts her to search for more radical solutions.

Director: Jorunn Myklebust Syversen | Stars: Josefine Frida Pettersen, Espen Reboli Bjerke, Nicolai Cleve Broch, Andreas Preus Efskin

Votes: 176

11. Easy Land (2019)

90 min | Drama

Follows a Serbian refugees mother and daughter, as they struggle to navigate the many obstacles facing newcomers to Canada.

Director: Sanja Zivkovic | Stars: Mirjana Jokovic, Nina Kiri, Daniel Kash, Richard Clarkin

Votes: 20

12. Entwined (2019)

89 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

City doctor Panos relocates to a remote village in order to offer his services to the community. It's love at first sight when he sets eyes on Danae, who lives in isolation, with a ... See full summary »

Director: Minos Nikolakakis | Stars: Prometheus Aleifer, John De Holland, Maria Eglezaki, Anastasia Rafaella Konidi

Votes: 46

13. Hearts and Bones (2019)

111 min | Drama

In Ben Lawrence's beautifully acted debut feature, a war photographer Hugo Weaving and a refugee Andrew Luri discover a photograph that threatens to destroy them both. Daniel Fisher Weaving... See full summary »

Director: Ben Lawrence | Stars: Hugo Weaving, Andrew Luri, Hayley McElhinney, Bolude Watson

Votes: 111

14. Hope (2019)

126 min | Drama, Romance

The relationship between artist-partners Tomas and Anja is put to the test after Anja gets a life-threatening diagnosis.

Director: Maria Sødahl | Stars: Andrea Bræin Hovig, Stellan Skarsgård, Terje Auli, Ingrid Bugge

Votes: 78

15. Kuessipan (2019)

117 min | Drama

Two girls grow up as best friends in an Innu community. While Mikuan has a loving family, Shaniss is picking up the pieces of her shattered childhood. As children, they promised each other ... See full summary »

Director: Myriam Verreault | Stars: Brigitte Poupart, Étienne Galloy, Sharon Ishpatao Fontaine, Yamie Grégoire

Votes: 68

16. Murmur (2019)

84 min | Drama

Donna has recently been convicted of "Driving While Impaired" and is ordered to perform community service at the local animal shelter. When an elderly dog is scheduled to be euthanized, ... See full summary »

Director: Heather Young | Stars: Andria Edwards, Shan MacDonald

Votes: 28

17. Lina from Lima (2019)

83 min | Drama

A woman travels from Peru to work as a housekeeper in Chile.

Director: María Paz González | Stars: Emilia Ossandon, Cecilia Cartasegna, Javiera Contador, Magaly Solier

Votes: 33

18. Love Me Tender (2019)

83 min | Drama

Suffering from agoraphobia, Seconda is unable to leave her house. When she finally succeeds, new challenges push this assertive super anti-heroine's limits even further.

Director: Klaudia Reynicke | Stars: Antonio Bannò, Giorgia Del Don, Muriel Del Don, Anna Galante

Votes: 36

19. Pompei (2019)

95 min | Drama

Victor and his little brother scrape by through the thieving of artifacts as part of a community of vagrant children.

Directors: Anna Falguères, John Shank | Stars: Aliocha Schneider, Garance Marillier, Vincent Rottiers, Judith Williquet

Votes: 11

20. Noura's Dream (2019)

90 min | Drama

With her abusive husband in jail and a coveted divorce pending, hardworking Noura can almost grasp a happy, new life with lover Lassaad - but when the best-laid plans are upended, Noura must tap her unshakable will to fulfill her dream.

Director: Hinde Boujemaa | Stars: Hind Sabri, Lotfi Abdelli, Hakim Boumsaoudi, Imen Cherif

Votes: 94

21. En komikers uppväxt (2019)

92 min | Drama

Novelist Jonas Gardell adapts his own bestseller about growing up in 1970s-era Sweden with its countless perils, heartbreaks, and shifting alliances, in this painfully savvy feature from director Rojda Sekersöz (Beyond Dreams).

Director: Rojda Sekersöz | Stars: Jakob Eklund, Gizem Erdogan, Arvin Kananian, Johan Rheborg

Votes: 139

22. Sea Fever (2019)

89 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

The crew of a West of Ireland trawler, marooned at sea, struggle for their lives against a growing parasite in their water supply.

Director: Neasa Hardiman | Stars: Connie Nielsen, Hermione Corfield, Dougray Scott, Olwen Fouéré

Votes: 77

23. Simple Women (2019)

85 min | Drama

An Italian female director with epilepsy is trying to make a film about the life of famed Romanian actress Elina Löwensohn discovers that her real-life subject bears little resemblance to the star she idolized.

Director: Chiara Malta | Stars: Jasmine Trinca, Elina Löwensohn, Francesco Acquaroli, Jay Natelle

Votes: 20

24. Raf (2019)

91 min | Comedy, Drama

Raf paints walls pink. Raf sees no future for herself. Raf meets Tal. Tal is charismatic. Tal is rich. Tal changes everything.

Director: Harry Cepka | Stars: Grace Glowicki, Jesse Stanley, Harry Cepka, Victor Dolhai

Votes: 28

25. Son-Mother (2019)

102 min | Drama

A widow who works tirelessly at a failing factory in sanctions-gripped Iran receives a marriage proposal that could mean financial security, but could also tear her family apart.

Director: Mahnaz Mohammadi | Stars: Raha Khodayari, Mahan Nasiri, Reza Behboodi, Maryam Boubani

Votes: 36

26. Stories from the Chestnut Woods (2019)

81 min | Drama

In a decaying forest on the Yugoslav-Italian border in the years after World War II, a stingy, old carpenter and a lonely, young chestnut seller share imaginative memories of the past as ... See full summary »

Director: Gregor Bozic | Stars: Massimo De Francovich, Ivana Roscic, Renzo Gariup, Tomi Janezic

Votes: 106

27. The Audition (2019)

90 min | Drama

Anna Bronsky is a violin teacher at the Conservatoire. Against the advice of her colleagues, she imposes the admission of a pupil, in whom she sees a great talent. With a lot of involvement... See full summary »

Director: Ina Weisse | Stars: Nina Hoss, Simon Abkarian, Jens Albinus, Ilja Monti

Votes: 79

28. The Antenna (2019)

115 min | Horror, Thriller

In a dystopian Turkey, the Government begins installing new TV antennas to homes throughout the country. Mehmet, a superintendent at a crumbling apartment complex, has to supervise the ... See full summary »

Director: Orcun Behram | Stars: Gül Arici, Elif Cakman, Murat Saglam, Enis Yildiz

Votes: 105

29. Sweetness in the Belly (2019)

110 min | Drama

An orphan in Ethiopia spins escapes as a refugee to England, where upon growing up she works to aid fellow immigrants and refugees in reuniting with their families.

Director: Zeresenay Mehari | Stars: Dakota Fanning, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Kunal Nayyar, Wunmi Mosaku

Votes: 28

30. The Giant (II) (2019)

100 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

A teenager's small town life is changed forever when a series of murders begin on the same night that her missing boyfriend suddenly reappears.

Director: David Raboy | Stars: Odessa Young, Ben Schnetzer, Jack Kilmer, Madelyn Cline

Votes: 46

31. The Lost Okoroshi (2019)

95 min | Action, Adventure, Drama

Haunted by dreams of an ancestral Okoroshi masquerade, a disillusioned security guard wakes up one morning to find himself transformed into a mute, purple spirit, in Abba Makama's surrealist romp through the sprawling city of Lagos.

Director: Abba Makama | Stars: Seun Ajayi, Judith Audu, Tope Tedela, Ifu Ennada

Votes: 20

32. The Obituary of Tunde Johnson (2019)

104 min | Drama

A wealthy, Nigerian-American teen is pulled over by police, shot to death and immediately awakens, reliving the same day over and over, trapped in a terrifying time loop - forced to confront difficult truths about his life and himself.

Director: Ali LeRoi | Stars: Steven Silver, Spencer Neville, Nicola Peltz, David James Elliott

Votes: 36

33. The Rest of Us (I) (2019)

80 min | Drama

Two mother-daughter duos must contend with their grief and complicated relationships with one another when the person who connects them dies.

Director: Aisling Chin-Yee | Stars: Heather Graham, Sophie Nélisse, Jodi Balfour, Abigail Pniowsky

Votes: 24

34. Two of Us (2019)

95 min | Comedy, Drama

Pensioners Nina and Madeleine have hidden their deep and passionate love for many decades, but their bond is put to the test when they are suddenly unable to move freely between each other's apartments.

Director: Filippo Meneghetti | Stars: Barbara Sukowa, Martine Chevallier, Léa Drucker, Jérôme Varanfrain

Votes: 68

35. Zana (2019)

97 min | Drama

Haunted by her long suppressed past and pressured by family to seek treatment from mystical healers for her infertility, a Kosovar woman struggles to reconcile the expectations of motherhood with a legacy of wartime brutality.

Director: Antoneta Kastrati | Stars: Adriana Matoshi, Astrit Kabashi, Fatmire Sahiti, Mensur Safqiu

Votes: 4,074

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