2020 Toronto International Film Festival: Festival Guide

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1. Nomadland (2020)

R | 107 min | Drama

7.4
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93 Metascore

A woman in her sixties, after losing everything in the Great Recession, embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad.

Director: Chloé Zhao | Stars: Frances McDormand, David Strathairn, Linda May, Gay DeForest

Votes: 105,690

Category: Gala Presentations

2. The Father (I) (2020)

PG-13 | 97 min | Drama

8.3
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88 Metascore

A man refuses all assistance from his daughter as he ages. As he tries to make sense of his changing circumstances, he begins to doubt his loved ones, his own mind and even the fabric of his reality.

Director: Florian Zeller | Stars: Anthony Hopkins, Olivia Colman, Mark Gatiss, Olivia Williams

Votes: 71,577

Category: Special Presentations

3. Another Round (2020)

Not Rated | 117 min | Comedy, Drama

7.8
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80 Metascore

Four high school teachers consume alcohol on a daily basis to see how it affects their social and professional lives.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Mads Mikkelsen, Thomas Bo Larsen, Magnus Millang, Lars Ranthe

Votes: 84,602

Category: Special Presentations

4. I Care a Lot (2020)

R | 118 min | Comedy, Crime, Thriller

6.3
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66 Metascore

A crooked legal guardian who drains the savings of her elderly wards meets her match when a woman she tries to swindle turns out to be more than she first appears.

Director: J Blakeson | Stars: Rosamund Pike, Peter Dinklage, Eiza González, Dianne Wiest

Votes: 102,994

Category: Gala Presentations

5. Shadow in the Cloud (2020)

R | 83 min | Action, Horror, War

4.8
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66 Metascore

A female WWII pilot traveling with top secret documents on a B-17 Flying Fortress encounters an evil presence on board the flight.

Director: Roseanne Liang | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Nick Robinson, Beulah Koale, Taylor John Smith

Votes: 17,435

Category: Midnight Madness

6. Ammonite (2020)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

6.5
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72 Metascore

1840s England, acclaimed but overlooked fossil hunter Mary Anning and a young woman sent to convalesce by the sea develop an intense relationship, altering both of their lives forever.

Director: Francis Lee | Stars: Kate Winslet, Saoirse Ronan, Gemma Jones, James McArdle

Votes: 10,637

Category: Gala Presentations

7. Shiva Baby (2020)

Not Rated | 77 min | Comedy

7.2
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79 Metascore

At a Jewish funeral service with her parents, a college student runs into her sugar daddy.

Director: Emma Seligman | Stars: Rachel Sennott, Danny Deferrari, Fred Melamed, Polly Draper

Votes: 5,599

Category: Discovery

8. Pieces of a Woman (2020)

R | 126 min | Drama

7.1
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66 Metascore

When a young mother's home birth ends in unfathomable tragedy, she begins a year-long odyssey of mourning that fractures relationships with loved ones in this deeply personal story of a woman learning to live alongside her loss.

Director: Kornél Mundruczó | Stars: Vanessa Kirby, Shia LaBeouf, Ellen Burstyn, Iliza Shlesinger

Votes: 40,409

Category: Gala Presentations

9. Summer of 85 (2020)

90 min | Drama

6.9
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64 Metascore

While boating, Alexis's boat capsizes and almost drowns before being rescued by David, who ultimately ends up as the friend of his dreams.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Félix Lefebvre, Benjamin Voisin, Philippine Velge, Valeria Bruni Tedeschi

Votes: 5,182

Category: Special Presentations

10. Joe Bell (2020)

90 min | Biography, Drama

5.4
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61 Metascore

The true story of a small town, working class father who embarks on a solo walk across the U.S. to crusade against bullying after his son is tormented in high school for being gay.

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green | Stars: Mark Wahlberg, Connie Britton, Morgan Lily, Gary Sinise

Votes: 302

Category: Gala Presentations

11. One Night in Miami... (2020)

R | 114 min | Drama

7.1
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83 Metascore

A fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the Civil Rights Movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.

Director: Regina King | Stars: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge, Leslie Odom Jr.

Votes: 26,841

Category: Gala Presentations

12. Concrete Cowboy (2020)

R | 111 min | Drama

6.3
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67 Metascore

Sent to live with his estranged father for the summer, a rebellious teen finds kinship in a tight-knit Philadelphia community of Black cowboys.

Director: Ricky Staub | Stars: Idris Elba, Lorraine Toussaint, Caleb McLaughlin, Jharrel Jerome

Votes: 6,450

Category: Gala Presentations

13. Penguin Bloom (2020)

TV-14 | 95 min | Drama

6.8
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54 Metascore

A family takes in an injured Magpie that makes a profound difference in their lives.

Director: Glendyn Ivin | Stars: Naomi Watts, Griffin Murray-Johnston, Andrew Lincoln, Essi Murray-Johnston

Votes: 6,472

Category: Special Presentations

14. The Third Day (2020)

340 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

6.4
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A man and a woman make separate journeys to a mysterious island off the British coast.

Stars: Jude Law, John Dagleish, Mark Lewis Jones, Paddy Considine

Votes: 8,362

Category: Primetime

15. New Order (2020)

R | 86 min | Drama

6.4
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62 Metascore

A lavish high-society wedding unexpectedly turns into a class struggle that leads to a violent coup.

Director: Michel Franco | Stars: Naian González Norvind, Fernando Cuautle, Diego Boneta, Samantha Yazareth Anaya

Votes: 3,661

Category: Contemporary World Cinema

16. Falling (I) (2020)

R | 112 min | Drama

6.4
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63 Metascore

John Peterson lives with his partner Eric and their adopted daughter in Southern California. When he is visited by his aging father Willis from Los Angeles who is searching for a place to retire, their two very different worlds collide.

Director: Viggo Mortensen | Stars: Viggo Mortensen, Lance Henriksen, Terry Chen, Sverrir Gudnason

Votes: 3,173

Category: Special Presentations

17. Quo vadis, Aida? (2020)

101 min | Drama, History, War

7.8
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97 Metascore

Aida is a translator for the UN in the small town of Srebrenica. When the Serbian army takes over the town, her family is among the thousands of citizens looking for shelter in the UN camp.

Director: Jasmila Zbanic | Stars: Jasna Djuricic, Izudin Bajrovic, Boris Ler, Dino Bajrovic

Votes: 15,822

Category: Contemporary World Cinema

18. David Byrne's American Utopia (2020)

TV-14 | 105 min | Documentary, Music, Musical

8.3
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93 Metascore

Spike Lee documents the former Talking Heads frontman's brilliant, timely 2019 Broadway show, based on his recent album and tour of the same name.

Director: Spike Lee | Stars: David Byrne, Jacqueline Acevedo, Gustavo Di Dalva, Daniel Freedman

Votes: 3,117

Category: Gala Presentations

19. Night of the Kings (2020)

R | 93 min | Drama, Fantasy

6.5
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83 Metascore

A young man is sent to "La Maca", a prison of Ivory Coast in the middle of the forest ruled by its prisoners. With the red moon rising, he is designated by the Boss to be the new "Roman" and must tell a story to the other prisoners.

Director: Philippe Lacôte | Stars: Bakary Koné, Steve Tientcheu, Jean Cyrille Digbeu, Rasmané Ouédraogo

Votes: 1,237

Category: Contemporary World Cinema

20. The Disciple (2020)

TV-MA | 129 min | Drama, Music

7.2
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83 Metascore

Self-doubt, sacrifice and struggle converge into an existential crisis for a devoted classical vocalist as the mastery he strives for remains elusive.

Director: Chaitanya Tamhane | Stars: Aditya Modak, Arun Dravid, Sumitra Bhave, Deepika Bhide Bhagwat

Votes: 1,486

Category: Special Presentations

21. Violation (2020)

Unrated | 107 min | Drama, Horror

5.4
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70 Metascore

A troubled woman on the edge of divorce returns home to her younger sister after years apart. But when her sister and brother-in-law betray her trust, she embarks on a vicious crusade of revenge.

Directors: Dusty Mancinelli, Madeleine Sims-Fewer | Stars: Madeleine Sims-Fewer, Anna Maguire, Jesse LaVercombe, Obi Abili

Votes: 1,683

Category: Midnight Madness

22. Limbo (VI) (2020)

R | 104 min | Drama

7.2
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82 Metascore

Omar is a promising young musician. Separated from his Syrian family, he is stuck on a remote Scottish island awaiting the fate of his asylum request.

Director: Ben Sharrock | Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Kenneth Collard, Amir El-Masry, Vikash Bhai

Votes: 574

Category: Discovery

23. A Suitable Boy (2020– )

TV-14 | 60 min | Drama, Romance

5.7
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A vast, panoramic tale charting the fortunes of four large families and exploring India and its rich and varied culture at a crucial point in its history.

Stars: Tanya Maniktala, Ishaan Khattar, Mahira Kakkar, Danesh Razvi

Votes: 4,431

Category: Primetime

24. Trickster (I) (2020)

60 min | Drama, Fantasy, Mystery

6.8
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Jared is an Indigenous teen struggling to keep his dysfunctional family above water. When he starts seeing strange things - talking ravens, doppelgängers, skin monsters - his already chaotic life is turned upside down.

Stars: Joel Oulette, Crystle Lightning, Kalani Queypo, Anna Lambe

Votes: 1,257

Category: Primetime

25. Spring Blossom (2020)

73 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

5.9
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68 Metascore

A 16 year old girl, bored with her own age group, becomes involved with an older man at a theater she passes.

Director: Suzanne Lindon | Stars: Suzanne Lindon, Arnaud Valois, Frédéric Pierrot, Florence Viala

Votes: 365

Category: Discovery

26. Bruised (2020)

129 min | Drama, Sport

7.3
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A disgraced MMA fighter finds redemption in the cage and the courage to face her demons when the son she had given up as an infant unexpectedly reenters her life.

Director: Halle Berry | Stars: Adan Canto, Halle Berry, Shamier Anderson, Stephen McKinley Henderson

Votes: 40

Category: Gala Presentations

27. Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020)

95 min | Drama, Romance

6.6
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70 Metascore

Márta, a forty-year-old neurosurgeon, falls in love. She leaves her shining American career behind and returns to Budapest to start a new life with the man. But the love of her life claims they have never met before.

Director: Lili Horvát | Stars: Natasa Stork, Viktor Bodó, Benett Vilmányi, Zsolt Nagy

Votes: 1,081

Category: Contemporary World Cinema

28. Beginning (I) (2020)

Not Rated | 125 min | Drama

6.6
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81 Metascore

In a sleepy provincial town, a Jehovah's Witness community is attacked by an extremist group. In the midst of this conflict, the familiar world of Yana, the wife of the community leader, ... See full summary »

Director: Dea Kulumbegashvili | Stars: Ia Sukhitashvili, Rati Oneli, Kakha Kintsurashvili, Saba Gogichaishvili

Votes: 1,348

Category: Discovery

29. Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds (2020)

TV-PG | 97 min | Documentary

7.0
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72 Metascore

A new documentary from Werner Herzog about meteors and comets and their influence on ancient religions and other cultural and physical impacts they've had on Earth.

Directors: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer | Stars: Werner Herzog, Clive Oppenheimer, Simon Schaffer, Jon Larsen

Votes: 2,111

Category: TIFF Docs

30. Gaza mon amour (2020)

87 min | Drama

6.9
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Gaza, today. Sixty-year-old fisherman Issa is secretly in love with Siham, a woman who works at the market with her daughter Leila. When he discovers an ancient phallic statue of Apollo in ... See full summary »

Directors: Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser | Stars: Salim Dau, Hiam Abbass, Maisa Abd Elhadi, George Iskandar

Votes: 280

Category: Discovery

31. Notturno (2020)

TV-MA | 100 min | Documentary

6.2
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75 Metascore

Gianfranco Rosi's new documentary is an immersive portrait of those trying to survive in the war-torn Middle East.

Director: Gianfranco Rosi

Votes: 794

Category: Masters

32. Under the Open Sky (2020)

126 min | Crime

7.1
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A middle-aged former yakuza is released from prison after thirteen years where he was placed for murder. He is struggling to adapt to society and freedom, find a job and communicate ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Isao Hashizume, Meiko Kaji, Yukiya Kitamura, Masami Nagasawa

Votes: 306

Category: Contemporary World Cinema

33. 76 Days (2020)

PG-13 | 93 min | Documentary, Drama

7.1
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84 Metascore

Raw and intimate, this documentary captures the struggles of patients and frontline medical professionals battling the COVID-19 pandemic in Wuhan.

Directors: Weixi Chen, Hao Wu, Anonymous

Votes: 867

Category: TIFF Docs

34. MLK/FBI (2020)

TV-PG | 104 min | Documentary

6.9
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81 Metascore

Based on newly declassified files, Sam Pollard's resonant film explores the US government's surveillance and harassment of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Director: Sam Pollard | Stars: Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover, David Garrow, Clarence B. Jones

Votes: 841

Category: TIFF Docs

35. Wildfire (II) (2020)

85 min | Drama

6.0
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The story of two sisters who grew up on the fractious Irish border. When one of them, who has been missing, finally returns home, the intense bond with her sister is re-ignited. Together ... See full summary »

Director: Cathy Brady | Stars: Nora-Jane Noone, Nika McGuigan, Kate Dickie, Martin McCann

Votes: 102

Category: Discovery

36. True Mothers (2020)

140 min | Drama

6.8
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64 Metascore

A woman with an adopted child is contacted unexpectedly by the child's birth mother.

Director: Naomi Kawase | Stars: Hiromi Nagasaku, Arata Iura, Aju Makita, Reo Sato

Votes: 719

Category: Special Presentations

37. City Hall (2020)

272 min | Documentary

7.4
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88 Metascore

A look at Boston's city government, covering racial justice, housing, climate action, and more.

Director: Frederick Wiseman | Star: Marty Walsh

Votes: 448

Category: TIFF Docs

38. Beans (2020)

92 min | Drama

6.9
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Based on true events, Tracey Deer's debut feature chronicles the 78-day standoff between two Mohawk communities and government forces in 1990 in Quebec.

Director: Tracey Deer | Stars: Kiawentiio, Violah Beauvais, Rainbow Dickerson, Joel Montgrand

Votes: 162

Category: Discovery

39. The New Corporation: The Unfortunately Necessary Sequel (2020)

105 min | Documentary

7.1
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Exposes how companies are desperately rebranding as socially responsible - and how that threatens democratic freedoms.

Directors: Jennifer Abbott, Joel Bakan | Stars: Anjali Appadurai, Chris Barrett, Heidi Boghosian, Wendy Brown

Votes: 275

Category: TIFF Docs

40. Lift Like a Girl (2020)

92 min | Documentary

7.7
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From a scrappy, vacant-lot training site in Alexandria, Egypt to the Olympic Games, 14 year-old Zebiba ("raisin" in Arabic) stands at the precipice between childhood and weightlifting ... See full summary »

Director: Mayye Zayed

Votes: 47

Category: TIFF Docs

41. Fauna (I) (2020)

70 min | Drama

6.0
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A pair of estranged offspring visit their parents in an abandoned Mexican village.

Director: Nicolás Pereda | Stars: Gabino Rodríguez, Luisa Pardo, Francisco Barreiro, Teresa Sánchez

Votes: 164

Category: Wavelengths

42. Enemies of the State (2020)

103 min | Documentary

6.7
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76 Metascore

An American family becomes entangled in a bizarre web of secrets and lies when their hacker son is targeted by the U.S. government, making them all ENEMIES OF THE STATE.

Director: Sonia Kennebeck | Stars: Joel Widman, Stuart Anderson, Nemo Baletic, Angela Barbosa

Votes: 44

Category: TIFF Docs

43. No Ordinary Man (2020)

83 min | Documentary

5.0
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No Ordinary Man is an in-depth look at the life of musician and trans culture icon Billy Tipton. Complicated, beautiful and historically unrivaled, this groundbreaking film shows what is ... See full summary »

Directors: Aisling Chin-Yee, Chase Joynt | Stars: Billy Tipton Jr., Holden Bernstein, Kate Bornstein, Ryan Cassata

Votes: 85

Category: TIFF Docs

44. Memory House (2020)

87 min | Drama

5.9
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Cristovam, a native from the brazilian hinterland, works in a milk factory in a former Austrian colony in Brazil. He feels lonely, ostracized by cultural and ethnic differences. One day, he... See full summary »

Director: João Paulo Miranda Maria | Stars: Antonio Pitanga, Ana Flavia Cavalcanti, Sam Louwyck, Soren Hellerup

Votes: 181

Category: Discovery

45. The Inheritance (II) (2020)

100 min | Drama

7.0
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86 Metascore

A young man inherits his grandmother's house and, with the encouragement of his girlfriend, turns it into a Black socialist collective where community forms the basis of family.

Director: Ephraim Asili | Stars: Aurielle Akerele, Shirley Chisholm, Chris Jarell, Michael A. Lake

Votes: 44

Category: Gala Presentations

46. The Best Is Yet to Come (2020)

114 min | Drama

6.5
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82 Metascore

China, 2003. Bright-eyed and bushy-tailed journalism intern Han Dong decides to change the fate of 100 million people with a single article.

Director: Jing Wang | Stars: Bai-Ke, Fox, Zhangke Jia, Miao Miao

Votes: 62

Category: Discovery

47. Bandar Band (2020)

75 min | Drama, Music

7.0
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Manijeh Hekmat's music-infused twist on a road movie follows a band's day-long journey across a flooded landscape to Tehran.

Director: Manijeh Hekmat | Stars: Reza Koolaghani, Pegah Ahangarani, Mahdieh Mousavi, Amir Hossein Taheri

Votes: 40

Category: Contemporary World Cinema

48. Get the Hell Out (2020)

100 min | Comedy, Horror

5.4
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Taiwan's parliament turns deadly when a virus transforms politicians into ravenous zombie mutants.

Director: I.-Fan Wang | Stars: Herman Du Plessis, Bruce Hung, Francesca Kao, Megan Lai

Votes: 344

Category: Midnight Madness

49. Inconvenient Indian (2020)

90 min | Documentary

7.9
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Michelle Latimer's adaptation of Thomas King's book explores the cultural colonization of Indigenous peoples in North America.

Director: Michelle Latimer | Stars: Alethea Arnaquq-Baril, Nyla Innuksuk, Thomas King, Gail Maurice

Votes: 42

Category: TIFF Docs

50. 180 Degree Rule (2020)

83 min | Drama

6.0
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A school teacher from Tehran is preparing to attend a wedding in northern Iran. When her husband suddenly forbids her to go, she makes a choice that will place her on a painful path zig to atonement.

Director: Farnoosh Samadi | Stars: Sadaf Asgari, Sahar Dolatshahi, Azita Hajian, Mohammad Heidari

Votes: 89

Category: Discovery




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