Meraj Dhir’s TIFF.40 Round Up: His Top Ten List of Must See Films at This Year’s Festival!

Everything from Best Director at Cannes Winner The Assassin by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, a reimaging of the Christ story from the perspective of Judas, to the Hollywood sci fi film The Martian.

A beautiful assassin (Shu Qi) is sent to kill the powerful lord who was once her betrothed, in this sumptuous martial-arts epic from Taiwanese master Hou Hsiao-hsien (Flight of the Red Balloon).

MASTERS

THE ASSASSIN

NIE YINNIANG

Directed by Hou Hsiao-Hsien
Taiwan | 104 minutes | North American Premiere

SUN | SEP 13 9:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 1 | SUBTITLED
TUE | SEP 15 5:00 PM | The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema | SUBTITLED

The astonishing feature debut by director Robert Eggers evokes Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining in its tale of a family of settlers in 17th-century New England who encounter mysterious, possibly supernatural forces when they are exiled from their village and forced to live on the outskirts of an ominous forest.

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

THE WITCH

Directed by Robert Eggers USA/Canada | 90 minutes | Canadian Premiere

FRI | SEP 18 6:15 PM | Ryerson SAT | SEP 19 9:15 PM | The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Director and star Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche reimagines the tale of the Biblical traitor in this stunningly shot historical drama.

CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA

STORY OF JUDAS

HISTOIRE DE JUDAS

Directed by Rabah Ameur-Zaïmeche
France | 99 minutes | North American Premiere

WED | SEP 16 7:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 | SUBTITLED
THU | SEP 17 9:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 4 | SUBTITLED
SAT | SEP 19 9:45 AM | Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 11 | SUBTITLED

A young man returns to his dying hometown and discovers a dark family secret that could tear apart the lives of those he left behind, in this contemporary adaptation of Ibsen’s The Wild Duck starring Academy Award winner Geoffrey Rush, Ewen Leslie, Paul Schneider, Miranda Otto, Anna Torv, with Odessa Young and Sam Neill.

The Daughter |courtesy of TIFF

The Daughter |courtesy of TIFF

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

THE DAUGHTER

Directed by Simon Stone Australia | 96 minutes | North American Premiere

FRI | SEP 11 5:00 PM | Elgin/Winter Garden Theatres Winter Garden Theatre SAT | SEP 12 8:45 AM | Isabel Bader

Japanese cinematic extremist Takashi Miike (13 Assassins) returns to his gonzo roots with this mind-melter that finds room for vampires, gangsters, earthquakes, volcanoes, monsters, martial arts, and even a yakuza knitting circle.

MIDNIGHT MADNESS

YAKUZA APOCALYPSE

GOKUDO DAISENSO

Directed by Takashi Miike
Japan | 115 minutes | North American Premiere

FRI | SEP 18 11:59 PM | Ryerson | SUBTITLED
SAT | SEP 19 3:00 PM | Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 2 | SUBTITLED

Stranded on Mars, a NASA astronaut (Matt Damon) struggles to survive on the arid planet while his ground crew races to mount a rescue mission, in this interplanetary epic from director Ridley Scott.

GALA PRESENTATIONS

THE MARTIAN

Directed by Ridley Scott USA | 130 minutes | World Premiere

FRI | SEP 11 9:30 PM | Roy Thomson Hall | PREMIUM 3D SAT | SEP 12 12:00 PM | Roy Thomson Hall | 3D THU | SEP 17 3:00 PM | Princess of Wales | 3D FRI | SEP 18 6:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2 | 3D

Winner of the Palme d’Or at this year’s Cannes, this powerful drama from director Jacques Audiard (A Prophet, Rust & Bone) follows a former Tamil Tiger soldier as he flees from the aftermath of the Sri Lankan civil war to begin a new life in a Parisian suburb.

Dheepan |courtesy of TIFF

Dheepan |courtesy of TIFF

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

DHEEPAN

Directed by Jacques Audiard
France | 114 minutes | North American Premiere

FRI | SEP 11 9:00 PM | Elgin/Winter Garden Theatres Visa Screening Room (Elgin) | SUBTITLED
SAT | SEP 12 8:30 AM | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1 | SUBTITLED

French provocateur Gaspar Noé (Enter the Void) continues to push the envelope with this 3D melodrama featuring explicit, unsimulated sex.

Love |courtesy of TIFF

Love |courtesy of TIFF

VANGUARD

LOVE

Directed by Gaspar Noé France | 134 minutes | North American Premiere

TUE | SEP 15 8:45 PM | Ryerson | 3D SUBTITLED THU | SEP 17 6:00 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1 | 3D SUBTITLED

Thirteen women find themselves trapped in a Gaza hair salon during a stand-off between police and a local gangster, in this audacious and incisive feature debut from twin brothers Tarzan and Arab Nasser.

DISCOVERY

DÉGRADÉ

Directed by Arab Nasser, Tarzan Nasser
Palestine/France/Qatar | 84 minutes | North American Premiere

MON | SEP 14 7:45 PM | Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 11 | SUBTITLED
WED | SEP 16 3:15 PM | AGO Jackman Hall | SUBTITLED

Hong Kong master Johnnie To (Drug War, Mad Detective) directs superstars Chow Yun-fat and Sylvia Chang in this spectacular movie musical about high-level corporate intrigue.

Office |courtesy of TIFF

Office |courtesy of TIFF

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

OFFICE

Directed by Johnnie To China/Hong Kong | 117 minutes | North American Premiere

SAT | SEP 12 9:00 PM | Ryerson | 3D SUBTITLED MON | SEP 14 12:30 PM | TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3 | 3D SUBTITLED THU | SEP 17 8:30 PM | Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 1 | 3D SUBTITLED


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