TIFF 2017: Special Presentations

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1. Una Mujer Fantástica (2017)

12 | 104 min | Drama

86 Metascore

Marina, a transgender woman who works as a waitress and moonlights as a nightclub singer, is bowled over by the death of her older boyfriend.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco, Aline Küppenheim

Votes: 16,271 | Gross: $2.02M

2. Une saison en France (2017)

12 | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

An African high school teacher flees his war-torn country for France, where he falls in love with a Frenchwoman who offers a roof for him and his family.

Director: Mahamat-Saleh Haroun | Stars: Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire, Aalayna Lys, Ibrahim Burama Darboe

Votes: 161

3. Battle of the Sexes (2017)

AL | 121 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

73 Metascore

The true story of the 1973 tennis match between World number one Billie Jean King and ex-champ and serial hustler Bobby Riggs.

Directors: Jonathan Dayton, Valerie Faris | Stars: Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Andrea Riseborough, Sarah Silverman

Votes: 39,267 | Gross: $12.64M

4. 120 battements par minute (2017)

12 | 143 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Members of the advocacy group ACT UP Paris demand action by the government and pharmaceutical companies to combat the AIDS epidemic in the early 1990s.

Director: Robin Campillo | Stars: Nahuel Pérez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adèle Haenel, Antoine Reinartz

Votes: 9,433 | Gross: $0.13M

5. The Brawler (I)

Action, Drama | Announced

After getting out of prison Eric is trying to put his life back together. Reconnecting with his girlfriend and daughter whom he has never met, all why trying to stay away from the element ... See full summary »

Star: K.C. Clyde

6. The Breadwinner (2017)

12 | 94 min | Animation, Drama, Family

78 Metascore

In 2001, Afghanistan is under the control of the Taliban. When her father is captured, a determined young girl disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Director: Nora Twomey | Stars: Saara Chaudry, Soma Chhaya, Noorin Gulamgaus, Laara Sadiq

Votes: 11,762 | Gross: $0.31M

7. Call Me by Your Name (2017)

12 | 132 min | Drama, Romance

93 Metascore

In 1980s Italy, a romance blossoms between a seventeen year-old student and the older man hired as his father's research assistant.

Director: Luca Guadagnino | Stars: Armie Hammer, Timothée Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg, Amira Casar

Votes: 134,567 | Gross: $18.10M

8. Der Hauptmann (2017)

16 | 118 min | Drama, History, War

67 Metascore

In the last moments of World War II, a young German soldier fighting for survival finds a Nazi captain's uniform. Impersonating an officer, the man quickly takes on the monstrous identity of the perpetrators he is trying to escape from.

Director: Robert Schwentke | Stars: Max Hubacher, Milan Peschel, Frederick Lau, Bernd Hölscher

Votes: 3,187 | Gross: $0.11M

9. Prendre le large (2017)

103 min | Drama

A middle-aged factory worker's life is upended when she follows her employer to Morocco.

Director: Gaël Morel | Stars: Sandrine Bonnaire, Mouna Fettou, Kamal El Amri, Ilian Bergala

Votes: 128

10. The Children Act (2017)

9 | 105 min | Drama

62 Metascore

As her marriage crumbles, a judge must decide a case involving a teenage boy who is refusing a blood transfusion on religious principle.

Director: Richard Eyre | Stars: Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci, Ben Chaplin, Fionn Whitehead

Votes: 4,352 | Gross: $0.51M

11. The Conformist (2017)

123 min | Drama

A police informant in a town on the Sino-Russian border finds his double life catching up with him.

Director: Shangjun Cai | Stars: Bo Huang, Lu Huang, Andrey Iskanov, Hua Liu

Votes: 19

12. The Cured (2017)

R | 95 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

57 Metascore

A disease that turns people into zombies has been cured. The once-infected zombies are discriminated against by society and their own families, which causes social issues to arise. This leads to militant government interference.

Director: David Freyne | Stars: Ellen Page, Sam Keeley, Tom Vaughan-Lawlor, Stuart Graham

Votes: 4,152 | Gross: $0.02M

13. The Current War (2017)

PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, History

42 Metascore

The dramatic story of the cutthroat race between electricity titans Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to determine whose electrical system would power the modern world.

Director: Alfonso Gomez-Rejon | Stars: Katherine Waterston, Benedict Cumberbatch, Nicholas Hoult, Tom Holland

Votes: 523

14. Disobedience (2017)

12 | 114 min | Drama, Romance

74 Metascore

A woman returns to her Orthodox Jewish community that shunned her for her attraction to a female childhood friend. Once back, their passions reignite as they explore the boundaries of faith and sexuality.

Director: Sebastián Lelio | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Rachel McAdams, Alessandro Nivola, Anton Lesser

Votes: 14,211 | Gross: $3.48M

15. Downsizing (2017)

12 | 135 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

63 Metascore

A social satire in which a man realizes he would have a better life if he were to shrink himself to five inches tall, allowing him to live in wealth and splendor.

Director: Alexander Payne | Stars: Matt Damon, Christoph Waltz, Hong Chau, Kristen Wiig

Votes: 67,008 | Gross: $24.45M

16. The Escape (II) (2017)

101 min | Drama

75 Metascore

An ordinary woman makes an extraordinary decision which will change her life forever.

Director: Dominic Savage | Stars: Gemma Arterton, Dominic Cooper, Marthe Keller, Frances Barber

Votes: 892 | Gross: $0.01M

17. Eye on Juliet (2017)

96 min | Drama

A security robot operator in Detroit forms a connection with a young woman in North Africa who is trying to escape her engagement to a much older man.

Director: Kim Nguyen | Stars: Joe Cole, Lina El Arabi, Brent Skagford, Faycal Zeglat

Votes: 148

18. First They Killed My Father (2017)

16 | 136 min | Biography, Drama, History

72 Metascore

Cambodian author and human rights activist Loung Ung recounts the horrors she suffered as a child under the rule of the deadly Khmer Rouge.

Director: Angelina Jolie | Stars: Sareum Srey Moch, Phoeung Kompheak, Sveng Socheata, Mun Kimhak

Votes: 9,208

19. The Florida Project (2017)

12 | 111 min | Drama

92 Metascore

Set over one summer, the film follows precocious six-year-old Moonee as she courts mischief and adventure with her ragtag playmates and bonds with her rebellious but caring mother, all while living in the shadows of Walt Disney World.

Director: Sean Baker | Stars: Brooklynn Prince, Bria Vinaite, Willem Dafoe, Christopher Rivera

Votes: 63,539 | Gross: $5.90M

20. Foxtrot (II) (2017)

12 | 113 min | Drama

90 Metascore

A troubled family must face the facts when something goes terribly wrong at their son's desolate military post.

Director: Samuel Maoz | Stars: Lior Ashkenazi, Sarah Adler, Yonaton Shiray, Shira Haas

Votes: 3,879 | Gross: $0.62M

21. Les gardiennes (2017)

12 | 138 min | Drama

81 Metascore

Women are left behind to work a family farm during the Great War.

Director: Xavier Beauvois | Stars: Nathalie Baye, Laura Smet, Iris Bry, Cyril Descours

Votes: 1,007 | Gross: $0.18M

22. Hostiles (2017)

16 | 134 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

65 Metascore

In 1892, a legendary Army Captain reluctantly agrees to escort a Cheyenne chief and his family through dangerous territory.

Director: Scott Cooper | Stars: Scott Shepherd, Rosamund Pike, Ava Cooper, Stella Cooper

Votes: 44,607 | Gross: $29.82M

23. The Hungry (2017)

100 min | Drama

An adaptation of William Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus set in contemporary New Delhi. The Hungry is a contemporary retelling of Shakespearian tragedy Titus Andronicus, set in the ... See full summary »

Director: Bornila Chatterjee | Stars: Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Neeraj Kabi, Antonio Aakeel

Votes: 528

24. I Love You, Daddy (2017)

R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama

56 Metascore

When a successful television writer's daughter becomes the interest of an aging filmmaker with an appalling past, he becomes worried about how to handle the situation.

Director: Louis C.K. | Stars: Louis C.K., Chloë Grace Moretz, Rose Byrne, Charlie Day

Votes: 2,855

25. I, Tonya (2017)

16 | 120 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

77 Metascore

Competitive ice skater Tonya Harding rises amongst the ranks at the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, but her future in the activity is thrown into doubt when her ex-husband intervenes.

Director: Craig Gillespie | Stars: Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Allison Janney, Julianne Nicholson

Votes: 120,684 | Gross: $30.01M

26. Aus dem Nichts (2017)

12 | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

65 Metascore

Katja's life collapses after the death of her husband and son in a bomb attack. After a time of mourning and injustice, Katja seeks revenge.

Director: Fatih Akin | Stars: Numan Acar, Adam Bousdoukos, Diane Kruger, Denis Moschitto

Votes: 18,699 | Gross: $0.32M

27. Journey's End (I) (2017)

R | 107 min | Drama, War

73 Metascore

Set in a dugout in Aisne in 1918, it is the story of a group of British officers, led by the mentally disintegrating young officer Stanhope, as they await their fate.

Director: Saul Dibb | Stars: Paul Bettany, Sam Claflin, Stephen Graham, Tom Sturridge

Votes: 4,120 | Gross: $0.16M

28. The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)

16 | 121 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

73 Metascore

Steven, a charismatic surgeon, is forced to make an unthinkable sacrifice after his life starts to fall apart, when the behavior of a teenage boy he has taken under his wing turns sinister.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Barry G. Bernson, Herb Caillouet, Bill Camp, Raffey Cassidy

Votes: 77,936 | Gross: $2.29M

29. Kodachrome (2017)

AL | 105 min | Drama

57 Metascore

Set during the final days of the admired photo development system known as Kodachrome, a father and son hit the road in order to reach the Kansas photo lab before it closes its doors for good.

Director: Mark Raso | Stars: Ed Harris, Jason Sudeikis, Elizabeth Olsen, Bruce Greenwood

Votes: 7,307

30. Lady Bird (2017)

12 | 94 min | Comedy, Drama

94 Metascore

In 2002, an artistically inclined seventeen-year-old girl comes of age in Sacramento, California.

Director: Greta Gerwig | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Laurie Metcalf, Tracy Letts, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 156,870 | Gross: $48.96M

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31. Lean on Pete (2017)

16 | 121 min | Adventure, Drama

80 Metascore

A teenager gets a summer job working for a horse trainer and befriends the fading racehorse, Lean on Pete.

Director: Andrew Haigh | Stars: Charlie Plummer, Amy Seimetz, Travis Fimmel, Steve Buscemi

Votes: 7,121 | Gross: $1.16M

32. Escobar (2017)

16 | 123 min | Action, Biography, Crime

42 Metascore

A journalist strikes up a romantic relationship with notorious drug lord Pablo Escobar.

Director: Fernando León de Aranoa | Stars: Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz, Peter Sarsgaard, Julieth Restrepo

Votes: 10,627 | Gross: $0.02M

33. The Making of 'Thriller' (1983 Video)

PG | 70 min | Documentary, Music

From Michael Jackson we take a look behind the "Thrills" of Thriller

Director: Jerry Kramer | Stars: Michael Jackson, John Landis, Rick Baker, Kelly Kimball

Votes: 673

34. Michael Jackson: Thriller (1983 Video)

13 min | Short, Horror, Music

A night at the movies turns into a nightmare when Michael and his date are attacked by a hoard of bloodthirsty zombies - only a "Thriller" can save them now.

Director: John Landis | Stars: Michael Jackson, Ola Ray, Forrest J. Ackerman, Reed Armstrong

Votes: 13,755

35. Zhui bu (2017)

106 min | Action, Thriller

68 Metascore

Accused of heinous crimes he didn't commit, a prosecutor sets out on a mission to clear his name.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Hanyu Zhang, Masaharu Fukuyama, Stephy Qi, Ji-won Ha

Votes: 1,855

36. Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down the White House (2017)

AL | 103 min | Biography, Drama, History

49 Metascore

The story of Mark Felt, who under the name "Deep Throat" helped journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein uncover the Watergate scandal in 1972.

Director: Peter Landesman | Stars: Liam Neeson, Diane Lane, Marton Csokas, Tony Goldwyn

Votes: 8,046 | Gross: $0.77M

37. Marrowbone (2017)

R | 110 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller

63 Metascore

A young man and his three younger siblings, who have kept secret the death of their beloved mother in order to remain together, are plagued by a sinister presence in the sprawling manor in which they live.

Director: Sergio G. Sánchez | Stars: George MacKay, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Mia Goth

Votes: 13,820 | Gross: $0.00M

38. Molly's Game (2017)

12 | 140 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

71 Metascore

The true story of Molly Bloom, an Olympic-class skier who ran the world's most exclusive high-stakes poker game and became an FBI target.

Director: Aaron Sorkin | Stars: Jessica Chastain, Idris Elba, Kevin Costner, Michael Cera

Votes: 89,737 | Gross: $28.78M

39. El autor (2017)

112 min | Comedy, Drama

58 Metascore

A man obsessed with the idea of writing "high literature" starts to cause conflicts around him to write about it.

Director: Manuel Martín Cuenca | Stars: Javier Gutiérrez, María León, Adelfa Calvo, Adriana Paz

Votes: 2,508

40. Mother! (2017)

16 | 121 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery

75 Metascore

A couple's relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.

Director: Darren Aronofsky | Stars: Jennifer Lawrence, Javier Bardem, Ed Harris, Michelle Pfeiffer

Votes: 141,749 | Gross: $17.80M

41. Motorrad (2017)

92 min | Thriller

Director Vicente Amorim film is a wild and weird allegorical thriller. A gang of young dirt bikers on a ride across an isolated region of Brazil find themselves being hunted by a machete ... See full summary »

Director: Vicente Amorim | Stars: Guilherme Prates, Carla Salle, Emilio Dantas, Pablo Sanábio

Votes: 185

42. Novitiate (2017)

R | 123 min | Drama

73 Metascore

Set in the early 1960s and during the era of Vatican II, a young woman in training to become a nun struggles with issues of faith, the changing church and sexuality.

Director: Maggie Betts | Stars: Melissa Leo, Lisa Stewart, Alyssa Brindley, Chelsea Lopez

Votes: 2,642 | Gross: $0.58M

43. Numéro une (2017)

110 min | Drama, Thriller

A high executive is asked if she'd like to be the first female CEO in a water company, ruled by the government. But she'll not be the only one running for the job. She'll face some hard and dirty competition.

Director: Tonie Marshall | Stars: Emmanuelle Devos, Suzanne Clément, Richard Berry, Sami Frey

Votes: 288

44. Omerta (2017)

98 min | Action, Biography, Crime

A recounting of the story of infamous British-born terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who kidnapped and murdered Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in 2002.

Director: Hansal Mehta | Stars: Rajkummar Rao, Rajesh Tailang, Satwant Kaur, Blake Allan

Votes: 568

45. On Chesil Beach (2017)

12 | 110 min | Drama, Music, Romance

62 Metascore

Based on Ian McEwan's novel. In 1962 England, a young couple find their idyllic romance colliding with issues of sexual freedom and societal pressure, leading to an awkward and fateful wedding night.

Director: Dominic Cooke | Stars: Billy Howle, Saoirse Ronan, Andy Burse, Rasmus Hardiker

Votes: 4,662 | Gross: $0.75M

46. Outside In (2017)

109 min | Drama

76 Metascore

An ex-con struggling to readjust to life in his small town forms an intense bond with his former high school teacher.

Director: Lynn Shelton | Stars: Edie Falco, Jay Duplass, Kaitlyn Dever, Ben Schwartz

Votes: 1,514 | Gross: $0.07M

47. Papillon (I) (2017)

16 | 133 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

52 Metascore

Wrongfully convicted for murder, Henri Charriere forms an unlikely relationship with fellow inmate and quirky convicted counterfeiter Louis Dega, in an attempt to escape from the notorious penal colony on Devil's Island.

Director: Michael Noer | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Damijan Oklopdzic, Christopher Fairbank, Jason Ryan

Votes: 17,344 | Gross: $2.34M

48. Plonger (2017)

102 min | Drama

A restless photographer leaves her family to "find herself" and takes up deep-sea diving.

Director: Mélanie Laurent | Stars: Gilles Lellouche, María Valverde, Ibrahim Ahmed, Marie Denarnaud

Votes: 204

49. Le prix du succès (2017)

92 min | Comedy, Drama

A comedian's relationship with his family crumbles when he reaches a level of success in his career.

Director: Teddy Lussi-Modeste | Stars: Tahar Rahim, Roschdy Zem, Maïwenn, Grégoire Colin

Votes: 190

50. Professor Marston and the Wonder Women (2017)

12 | 108 min | Biography, Drama

68 Metascore

The story of psychologist William Moulton Marston, and his polyamorous relationship with his wife and their mistress who would inspire his creation of the superheroine, Wonder Woman.

Director: Angela Robinson | Stars: Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote, Connie Britton

Votes: 15,673 | Gross: $1.58M

51. Le Fidèle (2017)

16 | 130 min | Crime, Drama