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99 Homes

99 Homes

Ramin Bahrani | USA

Desperate to save his family home, an unemployed construction worker (Andrew Garfield) joins an unscrupulous realtor (Michael Shannon) in the dirty business of foreclosing on the disenfranchised, in this enthralling and timely drama from acclaimed director Ramin Bahrani (Man Push Cart, Chop Shop).

American Heist

American Heist

Sarik Andreasyan | USA

Two brothers (Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen) with troubled pasts become embroiled in a high-stakes bank robbery, in this indie action thriller also starring Jordana Brewster and Akon.

Before We Go

Before We Go

Chris Evans | USA

Chris Evans makes his directorial debut with this winning romance about two strangers (Evans and Alice Eve, Star Trek: Into Darkness) who spend a long, magical night in NYC after missing the last train at Grand Central Terminal.

Beyond the Lights

Beyond the Lights

Gina Prince-Bythewood | USA

A rising young musician (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Belle) falls into a passionate love affair with the cop assigned to protect her (Nate Parker), in this moving and inspirational romance from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball).

Breakup Buddies

Breakup Buddies

Ning Hao | China

Recently cuckolded and reeling from a messy divorce, a hapless former singer hits the road — and the bar — with his all-too-helpful best bud, in this raunchy romantic comedy from director Ning Hao (No Man's Land).

Cake

Cake

Daniel Barnz | USA

While struggling with her own trauma, a woman in a chronic-pain support group (Jennifer Aniston) begins to investigate the suicide of a fellow group member (Anna Kendrick) and develops an unexpected relationship with the woman’s husband (Sam Worthington), in this highly anticipated drama also starring William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman.

Clouds of Sils Maria

Clouds of Sils Maria

Olivier Assayas | France/USA

A veteran stage star (Juliette Binoche) turns to her assistant (Kristen Stewart) for solace as she jousts with an arrogant younger actress (Chloë Grace Moretz), in the brilliant new film from French auteur Olivier Assayas (Summer Hours, Something in the Air).

The Cobbler

The Cobbler

Thomas McCarthy | USA

A lonely NYC shoe repairman (Adam Sandler) discovers a magical heirloom that allows him to "walk in another man’s shoes," in this charming fantasy co-starring Dustin Hoffman, Steve Buscemi and Ellen Barkin.

Coming Home

Coming Home

Zhang Yimou | China

In the aftermath of the Cultural Revolution, an amnesiac woman (superstar Gong Li) struggles to regain her memory and reconnect with her long-imprisoned husband, in this enthralling and emotional drama from Chinese master Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern, Hero).

The Dead Lands

The Dead Lands

Toa Fraser | New Zealand/United Kingdom

In this dazzling action epic set in pre-colonial New Zealand, the young son of a murdered tribal chieftain seeks vengeance on his family’s killers by learning the ancient Maori martial arts from a legendary warrior.

Dearest

Dearest

Peter Ho-sun Chan | China/Hong Kong

Drawing on true stories about the charged issue of child abduction in China, director Peter Ho-sun Chan (Comrades, Almost a Love Story) crafts a moving drama about a man who stops at nothing in his quest to recover his missing son.

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2

Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2

Johnnie To | Hong Kong/China

Hong Kong action auteur Johnnie To indulges his silly side with this hilariously inventive sequel to his hit romantic comedy, two former lovers find themselves irresistibly drawn back together — despite the fact that each is engaged to someone else.

The Drop

The Drop

Michaël R. Roskam | USA

A Brooklyn bartender finds himself caught between the cops and a crew of Chechen mobsters, in this gritty crime drama starring Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust & Bone), Noomi Rapace and the late, great James Gandolfini.

Eden

Eden

Mia Hansen-Løve | France

Greta Gerwig and Brady Corbet star in the exhilarating new film from French auteur Mia Hansen-Løve (Goodbye First Love), which traces the rise of the French electronic-music boom in the 1990s.

Elephant Song

Elephant Song

Charles Binamé | Canada

Xavier Dolan, Bruce Greenwood and Catherine Keener star in this big-screen adaptation of the play by Nicolas Billon, about a psychiatrist who is drawn into a complex mind game when he questions a disturbed patient (Dolan) about the disappearance of a colleague.

An Eye for Beauty

An Eye for Beauty

Denys Arcand | Canada

Romantic drama becomes a means for a sharply observant societal critique in the new film from Academy Award winner Denys Arcand (The Barbarian Invasions), about a married Québécois architect who embarks upon a torrid love affair with a young Toronto woman.

Far From Men

Far From Men

David Oelhoffen | France

In this gritty tale of survival adapted from a short story by Albert Camus, a reclusive teacher (Viggo Mortensen) helps a villager accused of murder (Reda Kateb, Un prophète) escape into the mountains during the Algerian War.

Force Majeure

Force Majeure

Ruben Östlund | Sweden/Norway/Denmark/France

An impulsive decision in a moment of crisis drives a wedge between a husband and wife, in this gripping moral drama from provocative director Ruben Östlund (Play) that became a word-of-mouth sensation at this year’s Cannes.

The Gate

The Gate

Régis Wargnier | France/Belgium/Cambodia

Two decades after forging an unlikely alliance in Pol Pot’s Cambodia, a French ethnologist and a former Khmer Rouge official meet again after the latter is arrested for crimes against humanity, in this searing drama from top French director Régis Wargnier (Indochine, East/West).

Gemma Bovery

Gemma Bovery

Anne Fontaine | France

Gemma Arterton glows as the title character — a passionate young Englishwoman whose dull married life in a provincial Norman town steers her towards adultery — in this updating of Flaubert’s masterpiece Madame Bovary from French director Anne Fontaine (Coco Before Chanel).

Gentlemen

Gentlemen

Mikael Marcimain | Sweden

In this deliciously pulpy, Pynchon-like counter-history of postwar Sweden, a would-be novelist discovers the story of a lifetime when his host — a bon vivant and possible spy with friends in the highest of places — reveals the existence of a decades-spanning conspiracy by Europe’s ultra-wealthy elite, who are secretly remodelling the continent to serve their own sinister needs.

Gomorrah

Gomorrah

Stefano Sollima | Italy

The first two episodes of a twelve-part television series based on Italian journalist Roberto Saviano's gripping exposé of the Camorra, which was previously adapted into the award-winning 2008 feature film by Matteo Garrone.

Good Kill

Good Kill

Andrew Niccol | USA

A troubled Air Force officer (Ethan Hawke) in charge of directing drone strikes enters a moral minefield as the rationale for targeting purported terrorists becomes ever more murky, in this bold, challenging and timely drama from writer-director Andrew Niccol (Gattaca, Lord of War).

The Good Lie

The Good Lie

Philippe Falardeau | USA

An American woman (Reese Witherspoon) takes four refugees from the Sudanese civil war under her wing, in this hotly anticipated, based-on-fact drama from Monsieur Lazhar director Philippe Falardeau.

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Hector and the Search for Happiness

Peter Chelsom | Germany/Canada

A dissatisfied London psychiatrist (Simon Pegg) embarks on a continent-crossing trip to discover the secret of happiness, in this globe-trotting comedy that also features Rosamund Pike, Toni Collette, Stellan Skarsgard, Jean Reno and Christopher Plummer.

Human Highway (Director's Cut)

Human Highway (Director's Cut)

Bernard Shakey, Dean Stockwell, Neil Young | USA

The director's cut version of Neil Young's mind-bending 1982 post-apocalyptic musical comedy, in which the rock legend writes, directs and stars alongside an eclectic and eccentric cast including Dean Stockwell, Russ Tamblyn, Dennis Hopper and Devo.

The Humbling

The Humbling

Barry Levinson | USA

An aged and addled actor (Al Pacino) has his world turned upside down after he embarks upon an affair with a much younger woman (Greta Gerwig), in this acidulous adaptation of the Philip Roth novel from director Barry Levinson (Rain Man, Bugsy, Wag the Dog).

Hungry Hearts

Hungry Hearts

Saverio Costanzo | Italy

A young married couple in New York City engages in a fateful struggle over the life of their newborn child, in this eerie, claustrophobic suspense drama from Italian director Saverio Costanzo (Private, In Memory of Me, The Solitude of Prime Numbers).

The Imitation Game

The Imitation Game

Morten Tyldum | USA/United Kingdom

Benedict Cumberbatch stars as brilliant Cambridge mathematician, cryptanalyst and pioneering computer scientist Alan Turing, who spearheaded the Enigma code-breaking operation during World War II and was later persecuted by the British government for his homosexuality.

PLEASE NOTE: The Imitation Game will have an additional screening on Thursday, September 11 at 10:00pm (Princess of Wales). Tickets go on sale Friday, September 5 at 7am.

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Kahlil Gibran's The Prophet

Roger Allers, Gaëtan Brizzi, Paul Brizzi, Joan Gratz, Mohammed Saeed Harib, Tomm Moore, Nina Paley, Bill Plympton, Joann Sfar, Michal Socha | Canada/France/Lebanon/Qatar/USA

Director Roger Allers (The Lion King) assembled an array of internationally acclaimed animators to realize episodes from the classic text by the renowned Lebanese poet, which are woven into the tale of a mischievous young girl (voiced by Beasts of the Southern Wild’s Quvenzhané Wallis) who attempts to free an imprisoned poet (Liam Neeson).

The Keeping Room

The Keeping Room

Daniel Barber | USA

In this stunning suspense drama, three women (Brit Marling, Hailee Steinfeld and Muna Otaru) left alone on an isolated farm during the last days of the American Civil War are besieged by a pair of murderous Yankee scouts.

The Last Five Years

The Last Five Years

Richard LaGravenese | USA

A struggling actress (Anna Kendrick) and her novelist lover (Jeremy Jordan) look back on the last half-decade of their relationship from very different viewpoints, in this adaptation of the hit Broadway musical from writer-director Richard LaGravenese.

Learning to Drive

Learning to Drive

Isabel Coixet | USA

After her husband leaves her, a Manhattan writer (Patricia Clarkson) finds solace in her biweekly lessons with a Sikh driving instructor (Ben Kingsley), in this adaptation of Katha Pollitt’s 2002 essay for The New Yorker.

Love & Mercy

Love & Mercy

Bill Pohlad | USA

Paul Dano and John Cusack play younger and older iterations of Brian Wilson in this chronicle of the Beach Boys founder’s decades-long struggles with mental health and substance abuse.

Madame Bovary

Madame Bovary

Sophie Barthes | United Kingdom/Belgium

Mia Wasikowska stars as the disgruntled provincial wife yearning to breathe free in this gorgeously shot adaptation of Gustave Flaubert's classic novel, co-starring Paul Giammati, Olivier Gourmet, Ezra Miller and Rhys Ifans.

Manglehorn

Manglehorn

David Gordon Green | USA

Left heartbroken by the woman he loved and lost forty years ago, an eccentric small-town locksmith (Al Pacino) tries to start his life over again with the help of a new friend (Holly Hunter), in the new film from David Gordon Green (George Washington, All the Real Girls).

Mary Kom

Mary Kom

Omung Kumar | India

Priyanka Chopra stars in this hard-hitting and thrilling biopic based on the life of World Boxing Champion and Olympic bronze medalist Mary Kom.

Men, Women & Children

Men, Women & Children

Jason Reitman | USA

The latest feature from Jason Reitman (Up in the Air, Labor Day) follows a group of teenagers and their parents as they attempt to navigate the many ways the internet has changed their relationships, their communication, their self-image, and their love lives. A sterling ensemble cast includes Judy Greer, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt, Ansel Elgort, J.K. Simmmons, and Emma Thompson.

Miss Julie

Miss Julie

Liv Ullmann | Norway/United Kingdom/Ireland/France

Jessica Chastain, Colin Farrell and Samantha Morton star in this stunning adaptation of the classic August Strindberg play directed by legendary actress and filmmaker Liv Ullmann.

Mommy

Mommy

Xavier Dolan | Canada

The hotly anticipated new film from Québécois wunderkind Xavier Dolan shared the Special Jury Prize at Cannes.

Mr. Turner

Mr. Turner

Mike Leigh | United Kingdom

Timothy Spall won the Best Actor prize at Cannes for his magnificent performance as J.M.W. Turner, in Mike Leigh’s gorgeously rendered biopic of the famed British landscape painter.

My Old Lady

My Old Lady

Israel Horovitz | USA

A harried New Yorker (Kevin Kline) trying to sell the Parisian apartment he’s inherited from his late father runs up against its current occupants — a spirited elderly woman (Maggie Smith) and her acid-tongued daughter (Kristin Scott Thomas) — in this warm and witty comedy-drama from the great American playwright Israel Horovitz.

Ned Rifle

Ned Rifle

Hal Hartley | USA

American indie icon Hal Hartley completes the trilogy he began with Henry Fool and Fay Grim with this delightfully offbeat tale about Henry and Fay’s teenage son Ned, who emerges from a witness protection program with a single, fixed purpose: to kill his father for ruining his mother’s life.

Nightcrawler

Nightcrawler

Dan Gilroy | USA

A drifter and petty thief (Jake Gyllenhaal) joins the nocturnal legions of scuzzy freelance photographers who scour the city for gruesome crime-scene footage, in this gripping portrait of the dark side of L.A. from veteran screenwriter and first-time director Dan Gilroy.

October Gale

October Gale

Ruba Nadda | Canada

In this taut psychological thriller from director Ruba Nadda (Cairo Time), a doctor (Patricia Clarkson) takes in a mysterious man (Scott Speedman) when he washes ashore at her remote cottage with a gunshot wound — and soon discovers that his would-be killer (Tim Roth) is on his way to finish the job.

Pasolini

Pasolini

Abel Ferrara | France/Italy/Belgium

Willem Dafoe uncannily embodies the legendary Italian filmmaker, poet and novelist Pier Paolo Pasolini in this biopic from controversial director Abel Ferrara (Bad Lieutenant, Go Go Tales).

Phoenix

Phoenix

Christian Petzold | Germany

A concentration-camp survivor (Nina Hoss) searches ravaged postwar Berlin for the husband who might have betrayed her to the Nazis, in this gripping drama from leading German filmmaker Christian Petzold (Jerichow, Barbara).

Preggoland

Preggoland

Jacob Tierney | Canada

Festival favourite Jacob Tierney (The Trotsky) directs this saucy, sharply-written comedy-drama about a boozing, live-at-home thirtysomething (screenwriter-star Sonja Bennett) who finds her world turned upside down when she lies about being pregnant.

Pride

Pride

Matthew Warchus | United Kingdom

In 1984 Britain, a ragtag band of activists from London’s queer community form an unlikely, anti-Thatcherite alliance with striking Welsh miners, in this hilarious and inspirational comedy-drama.

The Reach

The Reach

Jean-Baptiste Leonetti | USA

A high-rolling corporate shark (Michael Douglas) and his impoverished young guide (Jeremy Irvine, War Horse) play the most dangerous game during a hunting trip in the Mojave desert, in this lean, mean cat-and-mouse thriller.

Red Amnesia

Red Amnesia

Wang Xiaoshuai | China

A retired widow has her daily routine derailed when she starts receiving mysterious, anonymous phone calls, in this scintillating thriller from Chinese master Wang Xiaoshuai (Beijing Bicycle).

Return to Ithaca

Return to Ithaca

Laurent Cantet | France

Five old friends in Havana reflect on their lives, experiences and unrealized dreams, in this thoughtful, delicate and affecting character study from lauded director Laurent Cantet (The Class).

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Revenge of the Green Dragons

Andrew Lau, Andrew Loo | USA

Executive produced by Martin Scorsese, this dizzying, decade-spanning crime saga from Hong Kong directors Andrew Lau (Infernal Affairs) and Andrew Loo follows two best friends as they rise through the ranks of New York's Chinese underworld in the 1980s.

Roger Waters The Wall

Roger Waters The Wall

Roger Waters, Sean Evans | United Kingdom

A rib-rattling, sonically stupendous account of the Pink Floyd frontman’s continent-crossing concert tour with his epic stage show The Wall Live.

Rosewater

Rosewater

Jon Stewart | USA

The Daily Show’s Jon Stewart makes his directorial debut with the true story of Iranian-Canadian journalist Maziar Bahari (played by Gael García Bernal), whose appearance on Stewart’s show in 2009 precipitated his five-month imprisonment by the Iranian government.

The Search

The Search

Michel Hazanavicius | France

A nine-year-old Chechen orphan and a teenaged Russian soldier encounter the many terrible faces of war during the 1999 Russian invasion of the breakaway republic, in this searing drama from Academy Award-winning director Michel Hazanavicius (The Artist).

A Second Chance

A Second Chance

Susanne Bier | Denmark

A veteran police officer (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Game of Thrones) with a wife and new baby makes a fateful decision when he is brought back into contact with a pair of junkie parents, in this morally complex drama from Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier (Brothers, In a Better World).

Shelter

Shelter

Paul Bettany | USA

Homeless on the streets of New York, two people from very different worlds (Jennifer Connelly and Anthony Mackie) find strength and solace in each other, in the moving directorial debut by acclaimed actor Paul Bettany.

The Sound and the Fury

The Sound and the Fury

James Franco | USA

James Franco directs and stars alongside Tim Blake Nelson and Joey King in this adaptation of William Faulkner's modernist masterpiece about the ill-fated Mississippi Compson clan.

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

Theodore Melfi | USA

A cantankerous, cash-strapped, loose-living retiree (Bill Murray) becomes a spectacularly unlikely role model for his twelve-year-old neighbour, in this delightful comedy co-starring Melissa McCarthy, Chris O'Dowd, Terrence Howard and Naomi Watts.

PLEASE NOTE: St. Vincent will have an additional screening on Friday, September 12 at 9:30pm (Princess of Wales). Tickets go on sale Wednesday, September 3 at 9am.

Still Alice

Still Alice

Richard Glatzer, Wash Westmoreland | USA

A successful Columbia University professor (Julianne Moore) struggles to maintain her mind and self after being diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s, in this adaptation of the Lisa Genova novel co-starring Kristen Stewart, Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth.

The Theory of Everything

The Theory of Everything

James Marsh | United Kingdom/USA

While students at Cambridge, Stephen Hawking (Eddie Redmayne, Les Misérables) and Jane (Felicity Jones, The Invisible Woman) fall deeply in love. His earth-shattering diagnosis leads him to embark on his ambitious study of the nature of time with Jane fighting tirelessly by his side, in this moving adaptation of Jane Hawking’s memoir from Academy Award-winning director James Marsh (Man on Wire).

Three Hearts

Three Hearts

Benoît Jacquot | France

A twist of fate leaves a hapless accountant (Benoît Poelvoorde) romantically torn between two sisters (Charlotte Gainsbourg and Chiara Mastroianni), in the new film from Festival veteran Benoît Jacquot (Farewell, My Queen).

Time Out of Mind

Time Out of Mind

Oren Moverman | USA

A New York man forced into a homeless shelter (Richard Gere) tries to reconnect with his estranged daughter (Jena Malone), in this emotional drama from director Oren Moverman (The Messenger).

PLEASE NOTE: The 9:15am screening (TIFF Bell Lightbox 1) of Time Out of Mind on Saturday, September 13 has moved to 6:00pm (Visa Screening Room - Elgin).

Top Five

Top Five

Chris Rock | USA

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, Top Five tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist forces him to confront both the career that made him famous and the life he left behind. Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Gabrielle Union, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric the Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che and Jay Pharoah.

Two Days, One Night

Two Days, One Night

Luc Dardenne, Jean-Pierre Dardenne | Belgium/France

A working-class mother (Marion Cotillard) fights to hold onto her job, in the new film from master filmmakers Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne.

Welcome to Me

Welcome to Me

Shira Piven | USA

A woman suffering from Borderline Personality Disorder (Kristen Wiig) becomes an overnight celebrity after a huge lottery jackpot allows her to launch her own off-the-wall talk show.

While We're Young

While We're Young

Noah Baumbach | USA

Noah Baumbach’s exploration of aging, ambition and success stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as a middle-aged couple whose career and marriage are overturned when a disarming young couple enters their lives. Also starring Amanda Seyfried, Adam Driver, Charles Grodin, Maria Dizzia and Adam Horovitz.

Whiplash

Whiplash

Damien Chazelle | USA

An ambitious young drummer (Miles Teller) at a prestigious music academy clashes with a hard-driving instructor (J.K. Simmons) in this sizzling drama that is already one of the year’s most talked-about films.

Wild Tales

Wild Tales

Damian Szifron | Argentina/Spain

More than living up to its title, director Damián Szifron’s compendium of outrageous, hilarious and truly bizarre anecdotes offers a subversive, blackly comic portrait of contemporary Argentina.