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New TIFF '16 Films: Masters, Experimental Films, Lagos, World Cinema, and More

From Wavelengths to Galas and Special Presentations to the world

Aug 16, 2016

Another exceptional slate of TIFF '16 films are announced today, including new additions to the Galas and Special Presentations programmes, the Masters programme, the City to City lineup this year's city is Lagos, Nigeria), daring and experimental works in the Wavelengths programme, and this year's Contemporary World Cinema films.

Take a look at all the Festival films we've announced to date, and read on for details about today's newly announced films.

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Two Galas and 14 Special Presentations are added to the highly anticipated Galas and Special Presentations lineups today. From thought-provoking stories to passionate tales, and filled with international talent and global stars, these films will thrill, inspire, and resonate with audiences.

Toronto audiences will be among the first to see new films by directors Gerard Barrett, Emmanuelle Bercot, Terry George, Walter Hill, Sang-il Lee, David Leveaux, Alexey Mizgirev, Miwa Nishikawa, and Jordan Roberts, as well as compelling new films by Antonio Campos, Joseph Cedar, Philippe Falardeau, James Franco, Ken Loach, Terrence Malick, and Robin Swicord.

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TIFF shines its spotlight on eight fearless features from the city of Lagos, Nigeria, for the eighth edition of the City to City programme. The lineup showcases gutsy new works by contemporary directors living and working in one of the world’s biggest film industries.

City to City showcases filmmakers living and working in a selected city, regardless of where their films are set. Cities featured in past programmes include London, Seoul, Athens, Mumbai, Buenos Aires, Istanbul and Tel Aviv.

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An exciting and diverse selection of new works from international filmmakers are featured in the Contemporary World Cinema programme. Offering a variety of perspectives from around the world, this year’s lineup draws from Brazil, China, Colombia, France, Haiti, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Singapore, South Africa, Taiwan, Turkey, and more. The Contemporary World Cinema programme is generously sponsored by Sun Life Financial.

Also included in the programme are the latest from directors Danis Tanović, Joachim Lafosse, Kleber Mendonça Filho, Avi Nesher, Adam Leon, Boo Junfeng, Lee Tamahori, Ryszard Bugajski, Yousry Nasrallah, Tizza Covi, Erik Skjoldbjærg, Midi Z, and Zhang Yang.

For the fifth year, the Festival partners with the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs on the Contemporary World Speakers series. This initiative pairs five films in the Contemporary World Cinema programme with expert scholars from the Munk School. Audiences will have the opportunity to interact with filmmakers and scholars in extended discussions following each film’s second public screening. Speakers include Janice Stein, Teresa Kramarz, Ron Levi, Ritu Birla, and Stephen J. Toope.

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Fifty-one films, videos, and installation works make up the 16th edition of TIFF's Wavelengths programme, an international forum for film and video art that challenges the mainstream and seeks to replenish and redefine the art of cinema. Curated by Andréa Picard, with contributions from members of TIFF’s international programming team (namely Steve Gravestock, Giovanna Fulvi, and Diana Sanchez), Wavelengths comprises four programmes of experimental short films and videos, 14 category-defying feature-length fiction, documentary, and essay films, and a trio of exhibitions which engage the moving image in enthralling and powerful ways.

This year’s programme features an exciting mix of master and award-winning filmmakers, leading contemporary artists, and emerging new talent.

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The 2016 Masters programme lineup features the latest bold, exciting, and moving works from masters of contemporary cinema from around the world, including Pedro Almodóvar, Wim Wenders, Hirokazu Kore-eda, Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, Hong Sang-soo, and many others.

See all Festival films announced so far, and keep checking the Festival homepage for the latest updates. See you on September 8.