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Toronto Film Festival lineup announced: ‘Joker,’ ‘Ford v Ferrari,’ Meryl Streep and more

The Toronto International Film Festival released their galas and special presentations lineup on Tuesday morning, the first in a series of announcements prior to
the Sept. 5
start of the festival.

With the Venice Film Festival also announcing its program
this week, this fall’s film festivals are beginning to come into focus. Many of the titles premiering as part of the circuit that includes Telluride, Venice, Toronto, New York and L.A.’s AFI Fest hope to gain
awards season traction.

Among the TIFF galas are some much anticipated titles and many presumed awards season contenders including “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” directed by Marielle Heller and starring Tom Hanks, “Ford v Ferrari,” directed by James Mangold and starring Christian Bale and Matt Damon, “Harriet,” directed by Kasi Lemmons and starring Cynthia Erivo, “Just Mercy,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton and starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx and Brie Larson and “The Goldfinch,” directed by John Crowley and starring Ansel Elgort and Nicole Kidman.


In a record number for the festival, 50% of the gala films announced are directed or co-directed by women. This year’s 18 galas and 38 special presentations includes 29 world premieres, six international premieres (films that debuted in the U.S.), 13 North American premieres, and eight Canadian premieres.

Among the more surprising titles in the galas lineup is “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the notorious
villain from the DC Comics gallery of characters. Being part of TIFF brings an air of respectability to the filmmaker behind “The Hangover” trilogy
and also adds
to a movie with origins in the super hero universe.

Speaking from Toronto on Monday, both executive director
Joana Vicente and artistic

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