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August 30th, 2019

Still from The Barefoot Emperor, film with sound

Have you spotted any stars cuddling rescue puppies, or grabbing a coffee in Leslieville? In Toronto we know this influx of celebrities means TIFF season is here! Just in time for things to kick off on September 5, we’ve rounded up a list of several amazing TIFF screenings in the AGO’s Jackman Hall. From documentaries to dramedies and everything in between, this year’s lineup is a star-studded showcase of dynamic and diverse talent in all genres of film.

Check out these five films screening at Jackman Hall throughout the festival.

The Barefoot Emperor

Europe is in crisis. The EU has dissolved and is looking for a modern emperor to take the helm. Could it be the king of the Belgians, who is recovering from a gunshot wound to the ear at a sanatorium in Croatia? A pitch-perfect satire on Brexit-era Europe, this dramedy comes from award-winning directors Peter Brosens and Jessica Woodworth.

The Giant

Still from The Giant, courtesy of TIFF.

A sleepy town in Georgia is rocked by a series of murders, just as a teenager’s missing boyfriend suddenly reappears. Coincidence? Or is something more sinister at play? Director David Raboy takes the classic coming-of-age story and gives it a dark, thrilling twist in his TIFF debut.

Our Lady of the Nile

Still from Our Lady of the Nile , courtesy of TIFF.

Director Atiq Rahim’s adaptation of the French novel Notre-Dame du Nil showcases an ensemble cast of Rwandan schoolgirls coming of age at a Catholic boarding school in 1973. With events at the school eerily foreshadowing the Rwandan genocide and Civil War in 1994, the film is a definite “must-see.”

The Last Porno Show

Still from The Last Porno Show, courtesy of TIFF.

An ode to Toronto’s underbelly, The Last Porno Show tells the story of a man who inherits his father’s dilapidated adult film cinema. With unparalleled wit, Toronto director Kire Paputts explores gentrification, loss and our search for love in all the wrong places.


Still from Kuessipan, courtesy of TIFF.

Another Canadian entry, Kuessipan follows the story of two Innu teenagers whose different life circumstances threaten to tear their friendship apart. Adapted from Naomi Fontaine’s acclaimed novel of the same name, this film is directed by Canadian, Myriam Verreault.

Join us in Jackman Hall for all these films and more. Or, check out the full festival calendar for a list of all TIFF film screenings, venues, and show times. Tickets are available now.

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