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 Portman, Jude 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
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“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