Jul 24, 2023
Ethan Hawke will bring his latest directorial effort “Wildcat,” which stars his daughter, Maya Hawke, as novelist Flannery O’Connor.
Toronto Film Festival 2023 Lineup Includes Alexander Payne, Richard Linklater, Anna Kendrick, George C. Wolfe and Ethan Hawke Movies
Two labor strikes may be upending Hollywood’s awards season and the film festivals that serve as launching pads for many Oscar contenders, but the Toronto International Film Festival signaled Monday that it still plans to showcase the best in cinema, unveiling its 2023 slate of movies.
Alexander Payne, Richard Linklater, Kore-eda Hirokazu and Justine Triet are among the auteurs who will be screening their latest works at the festival. Payne will be on hand with “The Holdovers,” a comedy set in a boarding school that reunites him with “Sideways” star Paul Giamatti, while Linklater is showing “Hitman,” an action-comedy with Glen Powell and Adria Arjona. Kore-eda and Triet will screen “Monster” and “Anatomy of a Fall,” both of which premiered at Cannes, where the latter won the Palme d’Or.
All told, the festival’s first wave of selections includes 60 films, representing 70 countries around the world. But the lineup is also notable in its lack of splashy studio premieres, like “Dune: Part 2” or the musical adaptation of “The Color Purple,” a sign that some of these films may move their release dates if the actors and screenwriters strikes stretch deeper into the fall.
Movie studios are worried about opening these films if the actors who star in them are on the picket lines and can’t promote their work. Some stars are working to get waivers from SAG-AFTRA to do press for films that are independently financed or are looking for distribution. Other indie studios are just pushing ahead with their release plans, hoping that a resolution is reached before they debut their movies. The festival is taking place between Sept. 7 to Sept. 17, which is rapidly approaching, and since the guilds and the studios have yet to resume talks, it’s unclear if a deal will be hammered out by the time stars should be dusting off their passports to head up north.
That’s not to say that TIFF, as Toronto is known to the artists and executives who routinely attend it, will be devoid of major premieres (even if its red carpets are a little less celebrity-packed). Craig Gillespie’s “Dumb Money,” a dramedy about the GameStop short squeeze from Sony that stars Seth Rogen and Paul Dano, as well as several Netflix films like George C. Wolfe’s “Rustin,” David Yates’ “Pain Hustlers,” and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin’s “Nyad,” will all screen at the festival. And Apple will bring “Flora and Son,” a heart-warming musical drama from “Sing Street” filmmaker John Carney,” after buying it out of Sundance for $20 million. But many of the movies, such as “Lee” with Kate Winslet as photographer Elizabeth “Lee” Miller and the Jodie Comer survival drama “The End We Start From,” that hit the festival will arrive without a studio home. They are looking to leverage strong reviews into a sale.
The lineup also has several movies from directors best known for their work in front of the camera, including Michael Keaton (“Knox Goes Away”), Chris Pine (“Poolman”), Anna Kendrick (“Woman of the Hour”), and Viggo Mortensen (“The Dead Don’t Hurt”). Ethan Hawke will bring his latest directorial effort “Wildcat,” which stars his daughter, Maya Hawke, as novelist Flannery O’Connor.
The festival’s backers have stressed that they plan to continue with their plans and in a statement TIFF’s CEO Cameron Bailey emphasized that breadth and depth of the lineup.
“This year’s Galas & Special Presentations showcase a rich tapestry of talent, vision, and storytelling,” he said. “From thought-provoking narratives to breathtaking visuals and stories so unreal they have to be real, each work embodies the power of cinema to inspire, challenge, and move audiences. Get ready to experience an unforgettable celebration of film and a memorable and star-studded festival, showcasing the best of global cinema for film lovers in September.”
But without many movie stars, will festival-goers and media show up in the numbers they once did?
See the complete lineup below:
A Difficult Year Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache | FranceInternational Premiere
A Normal Family Hur Jin-ho | South KoreaWorld Premiere
American Fiction Cord Jefferson | USAWorld Premiere
Anatomy of a Fall Justine Triet | FranceCanadian Premiere
Close to You Dominic Savage | Canada/United KingdomWorld Premiere
Days of Happiness Chloé Robichaud | CanadaWorld Premiere
El Rapto Daniela Goggi | ArgentinaNorth American Premiere
Ezra Tony Goldwyn | USAWorld Premiere
Fingernails Christos Nikou | USAInternational Premiere
Four Daughters Kaouther Ben Hania | France/Tunisia/Germany/Saudi ArabiaNorth American Premiere
His Three Daughters Azazel Jacobs | USAWorld Premiere
Hitman Richard Linklater | USANorth American Premiere
In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon Alex Gibney | USAWorld Premiere
Kidnapped Marco Bellocchio | Italy/France/GermanyNorth American Premiere
Knox Goes Away Michael Keaton | USAWorld Premiere
La Chimera Alice Rohrwacher | Italy/France/SwitzerlandNorth American Premiere
Last Summer Catherine Breillat | FranceNorth American Premiere
Les Indésirables Ladj Ly | FranceWorld Premiere
Memory Michel Franco | USA/MexicoNorth American Premiere
Monster Kore-eda Hirokazu | JapanNorth American Premiere
Mother Couch Niclas Larsson | USAWorld Premiere
North Star Kristin Scott Thomas | United KingdomWorld Premiere
One Life James Hawes | United KingdomWorld Premiere
Pain Hustlers David Yates | USAWorld Premiere
Poolman Chris Pine | USAWorld Premiere
Reptile Grant Singer | USAWorld Premiere
Rustin George C. Wolfe | USAInternational Premiere
Seven Veils Atom Egoyan | CanadaWorld Premiere
Shoshana Michael Winterbottom | United Kingdom/ItalyWorld Premiere
Sing Sing Greg Kwedar | USAWorld Premiere
SmugglersRyoo Seung-wan | South KoreaNorth American Premiere
Swan Song Chelsea McMullan | CanadaWorld Premiere
The Beast Bertrand Bonello | France/CanadaNorth American Premiere
The Burial Maggie Betts | USAWorld Premiere
The Convert Lee Tamahori | Australia/New ZealandWorld Premiere
The Critic Anand Tucker | United KingdomWorld Premiere
The Dead Don’t Hurt Viggo Mortensen | Mexico/Canada/DenmarkWorld Premiere
The Holdovers Alexander Payne | USAInternational Premiere
The Peasants DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman | Poland/Serbia/LithuaniaWorld Premiere
The Zone of Interest Jonathan Glazer | United Kingdom/Poland/USACanadian Premiere
Together 99 Lukas Moodysson | Sweden/DenmarkWorld Premiere
Unicorns Sally El Hosaini, James Krishna Floyd | United Kingdom/USA/SwedenWorld Premiere
Uproar Paul Middleditch, Hamish Bennett | New ZealandWorld Premiere
Wicked Little Letters Thea Sharrock | United KingdomWorld Premiere
Wildcat Ethan Hawke | USAInternational Premiere
Woman of the Hour Anna Kendrick | USAWorld Premiere
GALA PRESENTATIONS 2023
Concrete Utopia Um Tae-Hwa | South KoreaNorth American Premiere
Dumb Money Craig Gillespie | USAWorld Premiere
Fair Play Chloe Domont | USAInternational Premiere
Flora and Son John Carney | Ireland/USACanadian Premiere
Hate to Love: Nickelback Leigh Brooks | CanadaWorld Premiere
Lee Ellen Kuras | United KingdomWorld Premiere
Next Goal Wins Taika Waititi | USAWorld Premiere
NYADElizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USAInternational Premiere
Punjab ’95 Honey Trehan | IndiaWorld Premiere
Solo Sophie Dupuis | CanadaWorld Premiere
The End We Start From Mahalia Belo | United KingdomWorld Premiere
The Movie Emperor Ning Hao | ChinaWorld Premiere
The New Boy Warwick Thornton | AustraliaNorth American Premiere
The Royal Hotel Kitty Green | Australia/United KingdomCanadian Premiere