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Toronto cracks open 2017 door

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has named 47 titles which will get gala or pspecial presentation screenings at this year’s edition of North America’s most prestigious festival.

No NZ or Australian titles are in the mix as yet. The festival has a previously-flagged strong focus on female filmmakers this year and a smaller programme overall, although the latter decision is not obvious from the scale of today’s announcement.

Deniz Gamze Ergüven’s Kings, Haifaa Al Mansour’s Mary Shelley, Susanna White’s Woman Walks Ahead and Long Time Running from Nicholas de Pencier and Jennifer Baichwal (a mentor for DEGNZ last year) are all announced.

Other Toronto-bound filmmakers with NZ connections are mo-cap king Andy Serkis’ Breathe, almost hobbit-charmer Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water (pictured, top). 2012 Big Screen Symposium presenter Ben Lewin’s cutely-titled The Catcher Was A Spy also plays Toronto.

 

 

The full list of first titles announced is here. The Toronto International Film Festival runs 7 – 17 September.

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