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TIFF 2018: Films I’m Excited About!


Are you guys ready for another year of TIFF!? I absolutely love this time of year! September rolls around, there’s a slight chill in the air, fall styles are returning and TIFF is coming back to Toronto! TIFF (Toronto International Film Festival) is Toronto’s festival for all things film! It draws massive crowds and all of the celebrities and it is also one of the few film festivals around the world that is open to the public! There are so many fantastic films coming this year and I’m going to highlight the ones that I am the most excited about and that I hope to see! So without further ado, let’s begin!

A Star Is Born

Bradley Cooper’s directorial debut tells the story of a seasoned musician who discovers — and falls in love with — a struggling artist, but, even as her career takes off, he fights an ongoing battle with his own internal demons.

Beautiful Boy

The English-language debut from Felix van Groeningen (The Broken Circle Breakdown) chronicles the meth addiction and recovery of a young man (Timothée Chalamet) through the eyes of his pained father (Steve Carell).


In this thriller from director Lee Chang-dong, based on a short story by Haruki Murakami, a young man grows suspicious about the motives of a deceptive interloper who is hanging around with his childhood friend–turned–burgeoning love interest.

First Man

The Academy Award–winning team of director Damien Chazelle and star Ryan Gosling (La La Land) reunites for this biopic on the adventures and life of Neil Armstrong, from his entry into NASA’s astronaut program in 1961 to his epoch-making walk on the moon eight years later.

Giant Little Ones

In the latest from Canadian director Keith Behrman, Kyle MacLachlan and Maria Bello star as divorced parents whose teenage son (Josh Wiggins) faces seismic personal upheaval after an unexpected incident at a party.

The Hate U Give

A timely commentary in the Black Lives Matter era, George Tillman, Jr.’s adaptation of the novel by Angie Thomas follows Starr, a promising student and cherished daughter whose life is upended, then galvanized, when a friend is senselessly shot dead by police.

Hidden Man

On the cusp of the Second Sino-Japanese War, a spy (Eddie Peng) returns to China set on revenge, but finds himself plunged into a high-stakes game of intrigue, love, and scheming, in actor-director Jiang Wen’s energetic follow-up to Let the Bullets Fly and Gone with the Bullets.

White Boy Rick

Matthew McConaughey, Bruce Dern, Eddie Marsan, and Jennifer Jason Leigh star in this fact-based crime drama about an 1980s-era petty hustler who became a drug boss, then FBI informant, before the age of 16.

Assassination Nation

In this Salem-set thriller from Sam Levinson (Another Happy Day), four young women are accused of hacking and publishing their community’s private information, launching a proverbial witch hunt with very real consequences.


The fourth feature from writer-director Tim Sutton, this hard-hitting drama tells the story of two men — an ex-marine who struggles to provide for his family and a violent drug dealer with an undefeated fighting record — who are determined to compete in the Donnybrook, a legendary, bare-knuckle brawl with a cash prize of $100,000.

Cities Of Last Things

This arresting tale from Ho Wi Ding, told in reverse-chronological order, reveals one man’s fraught inner world and the circumstances that led to a life-altering decision.

Jessica Forever

Caroline Poggi and Jonathan Vinel’s visually striking debut feature presents a dystopian world where violent misfits reign supreme, counterbalanced by one woman and her makeshift family of rehabilitated marauders fighting for peace.

The Death & Life of John F. Donovan
Xavier Dolan’s highly anticipated drama about a young man’s calculated reassessment of his infamous, and ultimately disastrous, childhood correspondence with an American television star features an all-star cast, including Kit Harington, Natalie Portman, Susan Sarandon, Kathy Bates, Thandie Newton, Jacob Tremblay, and Ben Schnetzer.


An obsessive astronomer and his unconventional research partner probe their difficult pasts while searching for proof of the existence of life on distant planets, in this emotive sci-fi drama about the importance of making contact.


In this genre-bending psychological sci-fi thriller, a bold girl discovers a bizarre, threatening, and mysterious new world beyond her front door after she escapes her father’s protective and paranoid control.

Boy Erased
The teenaged son of a Baptist pastor is forced into a gay-conversion program by his parents, in actor-director Joel Edgerton’s emotive drama starring Nicole Kidman, Russell Crowe, and Lucas Hedges.

Duelles (Mothers’ Instinct)

When a sudden tragedy uproots the lives of two women and their families, they begin to question the relationships they once held so dear, in this psychological thriller from Olivier Masset-Depasse (Illégal).


Lee Pace, Jason Sudeikis, Judy Greer, and Corey Stoll star in this story — inspired by true events — of the rise and fall of automotive maverick John Delorean and his drug dealer-turned-informant neighbour, who worked with the authorities to bring the inventor down.

When a woman who was abandoned at birth because of a genetic disorder sees a child facing the same fate, she finds herself trying to persuade their parents to reconsider and goes to extreme lengths to save the child in Liu Jie’s latest.

American Woman

Following the disappearance of her teenage daughter, a woman must raise her infant grandson and find some answers, in this decade-spanning drama starring Christina Hendricks, Sienna Miller, and Aaron Paul.

22 July

Paul Greengrass (Captain Phillips, United 93) recounts the true story of the aftermath of Norway’s deadliest terrorist attack on July 22, 2011, when 77 people were killed after a far-right extremist detonated a car bomb in Oslo before carrying out a mass shooting at a leadership camp for teens.

The Lie

In this thriller from Toronto-born writer-director Veena Sud, two parents wrestle with the consequences of their teenage daughter’s lethal mistake, proving just how far any parent would go to protect their child.

Hold The Dark

When a child goes missing in Alaska, the man sent to find him becomes embroiled in a mass-murder investigation and tensions within the community, in Jeremy Saulnier’s adaptation of William Giraldi’s dark thriller.


Jamie Bell stars in the true life story of Bryon Widner, a young man raised by skinheads, for whom turning his back on hatred and violence meant undergoing painful and expensive operations to remove the tattoos that signified his terrible past life — a process only possible with the support of a Black activist.

Viper Club
In Iranian-American filmmaker Maryam Keshavarz’s latest, a war correspondent gets taken hostage while on assignment, prompting his mother (Susan Sarandon) — impatient with the government’s lack of concern — to take matters into her own hands.

Stupid Young Heart

When carefree, young Lenni and his girlfriend find themselves expecting a child, he ends up looking for a role model in all the wrong places as he becomes involved with local right-wing activists, in the latest from Selma Vilhunen (Little Wing).

In My Room

A highlight of the Un Certain Regard section at Cannes, In My Roomfeatures Armin who awakens one morning after a tragic loss and discovers all of humanity has disappeared, giving him a rare opportunity for self-discovery, until a stranger arrives.

Long Day’s Journey Into Night
Sculpting in time and space, Long Day’s Journey Into Night is a technical marvel as well as a dreamlike, neon-bathed noir, confirming Bi Gan as one of cinemas most exciting young luminaries.

There you have it! All of the films that I’m the most excited about that will be airing at the Toronto International Film Festival! Which films are you the most excited for?!
Thank you for reading!

9 thoughts on “TIFF 2018: Films I’m Excited About!

    1. Haha! No problem at all! I also created it before every single film was announced so there’s even more I’d like to see now haha!

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  1. There are so many (hopefully) good upcoming releases for the next year. I can’t wait to see Beautiful Boy, A Star is Born, and the Hate U Give, but I still need to read the book for that one haha. I hope you have the best time at TIFF.

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    1. ahh there’s so many good ones this year!!! Thank you!!! I hope you get to come back during the festival season sometime! 😀


  2. Wow, now that’s a list! I’ve always wanted to go to TIFF, it’s one of the world’s best! Out of this list, I would definitely see Beautiful Boy, Boy Erased (Lucas Hedge for the win), First Man, White Boy Ricky. Also, I don’t think you’ve mentioned it, but I think they will show it: Destroyer, the new Nicole Kidman movie with Sebastian Stan. Now, that’s a transformation!

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    1. I wasn’t sure at first when I wrote this list if I was interested in seeing Destroyer, but I totally am now after hearing more about it! Hopefully I can catch a screening of it as well! You should totally try to attend sometime! It has such a fantastic atmosphere! 🙂


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