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TIFF 2018 News Roundup! More Films, Mira Nair Heads Platform Prize Jury

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We’ve received even more news from the Toronto Film Festival, or TIFF 2018. The film festival showcases hundreds of films a year with different programs running for the festival. It is among the most prominent film festivals in North America and continues to be a great place for Oscar films to take flight. With so much news, we rounded up some of the noteworthy additions to the festival.

“Vox Lux” and “Greta” Added to TIFF Special Presentations

It appears that “A Star is Born” will not be the only musical making waves for Oscars in 2018. The addition of “Vox Lux” to TIFF means that it’s being taken seriously as a potential awards player. “Vox Lux” is directed by Brady Corbet, and stars Natalie PortmanJude Law, and Raffey Cassidy. Two children experience a tragedy that shapes their life, with fame and fortune within reach.

Meanwhile, Neil Jordan‘s “Greta” tells the story of a young New York woman (Chloë Grace Moretz) and a widow named Greta (Isabelle Huppert). Over time, it becomes apparent that Greta’s motives become sinister. The film seeks to understand loneliness, manipulation, and obsession.

Mira Nair Joins TIFF Platform Prize Journey

Director Mira Nair will join the Toronto Platform Prize Jury, which annually gives $250,000 to filmmakers taking risks. The award is presented during the final day of the festival at the awards. The lineup of films chosen for the Jury prize consists of up to 12 films.

Nair is not alone on the jury. She’ll be joined be Hungarian director Béla Tarr and South Korean director Lee Chang-dong. Nair became a popular director after the release of “Salaam Bombay” in 1988. That feature won the Camera d’Or and picked up a Best Foreign Language nomination at the Oscars. Her followups, “Monsoon Wedding” and “The Namesake” have drawn acclaim.

“The Joy Luck Club” Gets a 25th Anniversary Screening

In 1993, “The Joy Luck Club” made its premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. Director Wayne Wang‘s film followed three generations of Chinese-Americans in San Francisco, California. It was a rare moment that brought Asian Cinema to the masses. Wang and several members of the cast will attend the screening.

The Films Screening in the TIFF Kids Section

The Elephant Queen” Dir. Victoria Stone, Mark Deeble, UK/Kenya

Icebox” Dir. Daniel Sawka, USA

Minuscule – Mandible From Far Way” Dir. Thomas Szabo, Hélène Giraud, France

Tito and the Birds” Dir. Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, André Catoto, Brazil


Diamantino” Dir. Gabriel Abrantes, Daniel Schmidt, Portugal/France/Brazil

Fig Tree” Dir. Aäläm-Wärqe Davidian, Israel/Germany/France/Ethiopia

Firecrackers” Dir. Jasmin Mozaffari, Canada

Giant Little Ones” Dir. Keith Behrman, Canada

Girl” Dir. Lukas Ghont, Belgium

The Grizzlies,” Dir. Miranda de Pencier, Canada

The Hate U Give,’ Dir. George Tillman Jr., USA

Mid90s” Dir. Jonah Hill, USA

Phoenix” Dir.  Camilla Strøm Henriksen, Norway/Sweden

Rafiki” Dir.  Wanuri Kahiu, Kenya/South Africa/France/Lebanon/Norway/Netherlands/Germany/USA

Teen Spirit” Dir. Max Minghalla, United Kingdom

What do you think of the TIFF news? Will the new films added to the lineup make any headway? Can the programming shine a light on any of these Oscar players? Let us know in the comments below! 

The Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) runs from September 6th to September 16th, 2018. 

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Written by Alan French

Alan French is a movie buff, a TV lover, and a sports fanatic. His favorite TV shows are 'Parks and Recreation,' 'Rick and Morty' and 'Game of Thrones.' He's also a Spielberg fanatic. You can find him on Twitter and Medium @TheAlanFrench.


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