TIFF 2021 Line-Up

Features (40min. and up) are in bold
Shorts are in italics
★ - I have seen this film and feel that it is worth seeing (5.5 and higher)
✘ - I have seen this film and wish I hadn't (3.9 and lower)
● - I have seen this film and am more or less okay with that
○ - I am seriously considering making an attempt to see this film during the festival
16mm, 35mm, 70mm - It'll be screened from a film print

Colour coding:
NYFF - Slate and Main
SUNDANCE - All slight, everywhere 
LOCARNO - Zeros and Ones
VENICE - They Carry Death
NOTABLE - Movies I am actively looking forward to, for whatever reason

(Colours trump whatever is below them, so e.g. a film that played both Cannes and Locarno will be gold, unless e.g. it ends up in the NYFF Main Slate in which case it will become purple)


Special Presentations (30; Two years ago: 55)
Ahed’s Knee (Nadav Lapid)
Ali & Ava (Clio Barnard)
All My Puny Sorrows (Michael McGowan)
Benediction (Terence Davies)
Charlotte (Eric Warin & Tahir Rana)
The Box (Lorenzo Vigas)
Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over (Dave Wooley & David Heilbroner)
Drive My Car (Ryusuke Hamaguchi)
Encounter (Michael Pearce)
The Eyes of Tammy Faye (Michael Showalter)
The Falls (Chung Mong-Hong)
France (Bruno Dumont)
The Guilty (Antoine Fuqua) ○
The Humans (Stephen Karam)
I’m Your Man (Maria Schrader)
Inexorable (Fabrice du Welz) ○
Inu-Oh (Masaki Yuasa)
Lingui, the Sacred Bonds (Mahamat-Saleh Haroun)
The Middle Man (Bent Hamer)
Mothering Sunday (Eva Husson)
Official Competition (Mariano Cohn & Gastón Duprat)
Petite Maman (Céline Sciamma)
The Power of the Dog (Jane Campion)
The Starling (Theodore Melfi) ○
The Story of My Wife (Ildikó Enyedi)
Sundown (Michel Franco)
Three Floors (Nanni Moretti)
Violet (Justine Bateman) ○
Where Is Anne Frank? (Ari Folman)
Wolf (Nathalie Biancheri)


Contemporary World Cinema (25; Two years ago: 55)
Are You Lonesome Tonight? (Wen Shipei)
Compartment No. 6 (Juho Kuosmanen)
Costa Brava, Lebanon (Mounia Akl)
The Daughter (Manuel Martín Cuenca)
The Gravedigger’s Wife (Khadar Ayderus Ahmed)
The Hill Where the Lionesses Roar (Luàna Bajrami)
Întregalde (Radu Muntean)
Jockey (Clint Bentley)
Kicking Blood (Blaine Thurier)
La Soga 2 (Manny Perez)
Maria Chapdelaine (Sébastien Pilote) ○
Medusa (Anita Rocha da Silveira)
Murina (Antoneta Alamat Kusijanović)
Nobody Has to Know (Bouli Lanners)
The Odd-Job Men (Neus Ballús)
The Other Tom (Rodrigo Plá & Laura Santullo)
Out of Sync (Juanjo Giménez)
7 Prisoners (Alexandre Moratto)
Small Body (Laura Samani)
Terrorizers (Ho Wi Ding) ○
True Things (Harry Wootliff)
Unclenching the Fists (Kira Kovalenko)
Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash (Edwin)
The Wheel (Steve Pink)
Whether the Weather is Fine (Carlo Francisco Manatad)


Discovery (16; Two years ago: 37)
Aloners (Hong Sung-eun) ○
Anatolian Leopard (Emre Kayış)
As in Heaven (Tea Lindeburg)
A Banquet (Ruth Paxton)
Dug Dug (Ritwik Pareek) ○
Farha (Darin J. Sallam)
The Game (Ana Lazarevic)
Learn to Swim (Thyrone Tommy)
Lo Invisible (Javier Andrade)
Quickening (Haya Waseem)
River of Blood (Nithin Lukose)
Scarborough (Shasha Nakhai, Rich Williamson)
Snakehead (Evan Jackson Leong)
To Kill the Beast (Agustina San Martín) ○
Tug of War (Amil Shivji)
Wildhood (Bretten Hannam)


Gala Presentations (15; Two years ago: 20)
Belfast (Kenneth Branagh) ○
Bergman Island (Mia Hansen-Løve)
Dear Evan Hansen (Stephen Chbosky)
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain (Will Sharpe)
The Forgiven (John Michael McDonagh)
The Good House (Maya Forbes & Wallace Wolodarsky) ○
Jagged (Alison Klayman)
Lakewood (Phillip Noyce)
Last Night in Soho (Edgar Wright)
The Mad Women’s Ball (Mélanie Laurent)
Night Raiders (Danis Goulet)
One Second (Zhang Yimou) ○
Silent Night (Camille Griffin) ○
The Survivor (Barry Levinson)
The Worst Person In The World (Joachim Trier)


TIFF Docs (14; Two years ago: 25)
Attica (Stanley Nelson)
Beba (Rebeca Huntt)
Becoming Cousteau (Liz Garbus)
Burning (Eva Orner)
Comala (Gian Cassini)
The Devil’s Drivers (Mohammed Abugeth & Daniel Carsenty)
Flee (Jonas Poher Rasmussen)
Hold Your Fire (Stefan Forbes)
Julia (Julie Cohen & Betsy West)
Listening to Kenny G (Penny Lane)
Oscar Peterson: Black + White (Barry Avrich)
The Rescue (E. Chai Vasarhelyi & Jimmy Chin)
Three Minutes – A Lengthening (Bianca Stigter)
Wochiigii lo: End of the Peace (Heather Hatch)


Platform (8; Two years ago: 10)
Arthur Rambo (Laurent Cantet)
Drunken Birds (Ivan Grbovic)
Earwig (Lucile Hadžihalilović)
Good Madam (Jenna Cato Bass)
Huda’s Salon (Hany Abu-Assad)
Montana Story (Scott McGehee & David Siegel) ○
Silent Land (Aga Woszczyńska)
Yuni (Kamila Andini) ○


Special Events (8; Two years ago: 5)
Dune (Denis Villeneuve)
A Hero (Asghar Farhadi)
Memoria (Apichatpong Weerasethakul)
Memory Box: Echoes of 9/11 (Bjørn Johnson & David Belton)
Surprise Screening of New Steven Soderbergh Film (Steven Soderbergh) ○
Spencer (Pablo Larraín)
Triumph: Rock & Roll Machine (Sam Dunn & Marc Ricciardelli)

NBA Films For Fans created with OLG
Born Identities (Kat Jayme)
Draft Day (Thyrone Tommy)
Inheritance (Shawn Gerrard)
Shorty (Romeo Candido)
The Shot (S.M. Turrell)


Wavelengths (7, including shorts programmes; Two years ago: 16)
Futura (Pietro Marcello, Francesco Munzi, & Alice Rohrwacher)
The Girl and the Spider (Ramon & Silvan Zürcher)
Neptune Frost (Saul Williams & Anisia Uzeyman)
A Night of Knowing Nothing (Payal Kapadia)
Ste. Anne (Rhayne Vermette)
The Tsugua Diaries (Miguel Gomes & Maureen Fazendeiro)

WL shorts: Present, Tense
Dear Chantal (Nicolás Pereda) ○
The Capacity for Adequate Anger (Vika Kirchenbauer) ○
Inner Outer Space (Laida Lertxundi) ○
“The red filter is withdrawn.” (Minjung Kim)
Polycephaly in D (Michael Robinson) ○
earthearthearth (Daïchi Saïto) ★
Train Again (Peter Tscherkassky)


TIFF Cinematheque (7; Two years ago: 5)
Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner (2001, Zacharias Kunuk) ●

Celebrating Alanis – The Dignity of Children: Programme 1
Snowshoes (1972, Alanis Obomsawin)
Walking Is Medicine (2017, Alanis Obomsawin)
– Our People Will Be Healed (2017, Alanis Obomsawin)

Celebrating Alanis – The Dignity of Children: Programme 2
Honour to Senator Murray Sinclair (2021, Alanis Obomsawin)
Mount Currie Summer Camp (1975, Alanis Obomsawin)
Children (1972, Alanis Obomsawin)
Sigwan (2005, Alanis Obomsawin)
When All the Leaves Are Gone (2010, Alanis Obomsawin)
Christmas at Moose Factory (1971, Alanis Obomsawin)

Celebrating Alanis – Lighting the Fire: Programme 1
The Canoe Picture of Maple leaf (1972, Alanis Obomsawin)
– Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance (1993, Alanis Obomsawin)

Celebrating Alanis – Lighting the Fire: Programme 2
Moose Call (1972, Alanis Obomsawin)
– Amisk (1977, Alanis Obomsawin)
– Incident at Restigouche (1984, Alanis Obomsawin)

Celebrating Alanis – Portraits: Programme 1
Puberty – Part 1 (1975, Alanis Obomsawin)
Puberty – Part 2 (1975, Alanis Obomsawin)
– Mother of Many Children (1977, Alanis Obomsawin)

Celebrating Alanis – Portraits: Programme 2
Richard Cardinal: Cry from a Diary of a Métis Child (1986, Alanis Obomsawin)
– No Address (1988, Alanis Obomsawin)


Midnight Madness (6; Two years ago: 10)
After Blue (Dirty Paradise) (Bertrand Mandico)
DASHCAM (Rob Savage) ○
Saloum (Jean Luc Herbulot)
Titane (Julia Ducournau)
You Are Not My Mother (Kate Dolan)
Zalava (Arsalan Amiri)


Primetime (4; Two years ago: 6)
Colin in Black and White (Ava DuVernay & Colin Kaepernick)
Hellbound (Yeon Sang-ho)
The Panthers (Tom Hern & Halaifonua Finau)
Sort Of (Bilal Baig & Fab Filippo)


Masters (R.I.P.; Two years ago: 11)


Short Cuts [Both “Canada” and “International”]
Check the festival website for info about films playing in this section.