RED ROSE, directed by Sepideh Farsi. France/Greece/Iran 
Number 15 of 16 films on The Mission List.
Sepideh Farsi’s latest feature is a superb example of how to make films across borders. This story of a young activist’s relationship with an older man has the strengths of the best European art cinema, but is rooted in Iranian culture. It is a fiction film, but plugged directly into Iran’s notorious election. 
Get more information on Red Rose here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see Red Rose:
Sun, Sep 7, 9:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 13
Mon, Sep 8, 12:00pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Sat, Sep 13, 8:45pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 11

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

RED ROSE, directed by Sepideh Farsi. France/Greece/Iran 

Number 15 of 16 films on The Mission List.

Sepideh Farsi’s latest feature is a superb example of how to make films across borders. This story of a young activist’s relationship with an older man has the strengths of the best European art cinema, but is rooted in Iranian culture. It is a fiction film, but plugged directly into Iran’s notorious election. 

Get more information on Red Rose here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see Red Rose:

Sun, Sep 7, 9:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 13

Mon, Sep 8, 12:00pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3

Sat, Sep 13, 8:45pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 11

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

X+Y, directed by Morgan Matthews. UK 
Number 14 of 16 films on The Mission List.
If you’re looking for a movie that just makes you feel good, see X+Y. This story about a math prodigy on the autism spectrum is warm, funny and deeply emotional. More than feel good, this British film also makes you imagine what you’re capable of.
Get more information on X+Yhere at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see X+Y:
Fri, Sep 5, 9:00pm Ryerson
Sun, Sep 7, 12:15pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2
Sun, Sep 14, 3:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 1

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

X+Y, directed by Morgan Matthews. UK 

Number 14 of 16 films on The Mission List.

If you’re looking for a movie that just makes you feel good, see X+Y. This story about a math prodigy on the autism spectrum is warm, funny and deeply emotional. More than feel good, this British film also makes you imagine what you’re capable of.

Get more information on X+Yhere at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see X+Y:

Fri, Sep 5, 9:00pm Ryerson

Sun, Sep 7, 12:15pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2

Sun, Sep 14, 3:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 1

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

TIME OUT OF MIND, directed by Oren Moverman. USA. 
Number 13 of 16 films on The Mission List.
Watch the way Richard Gere transforms himself from his much-loved power player persona to an utterly vulnerable man. Watch how Oren Moverman shoots this story of homelessness in New York to pull you into the picture.
Get more information on Time Out of Mind  here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see Time Out of Mind:
Sun, Sep 7, 6:15pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin)
Mon, Sep 8, 2:00pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 2 
Sat, Sep 13, 6:00pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin)

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

TIME OUT OF MIND, directed by Oren Moverman. USA. 

Number 13 of 16 films on The Mission List.

Watch the way Richard Gere transforms himself from his much-loved power player persona to an utterly vulnerable man. Watch how Oren Moverman shoots this story of homelessness in New York to pull you into the picture.

Get more information on Time Out of Mind  here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see Time Out of Mind:

Sun, Sep 7, 6:15pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin)

Mon, Sep 8, 2:00pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 2 

Sat, Sep 13, 6:00pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin)

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

THE RIOT CLUB, directed by Lone Scherfig. UK. 
Number 12 of 16 films on The Mission List.
In An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig sketched a precise portrait of a young woman’s coming of age in 1960s Britain. Here she’s just as detailed in revealing the excess of a group of contemporary young Oxford students. 
Get more information on The Riot Club here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see The Riot Club:
Sat, Sep 6, 9:30pm Roy Thomson Hall
Sun, Sep 7, 11:30am Visa Screening Room (Elgin) 
Sat, Sep 13, 8:00pm Winter Garden Theatre 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

THE RIOT CLUB, directed by Lone Scherfig. UK. 

Number 12 of 16 films on The Mission List.

In An Education, Danish director Lone Scherfig sketched a precise portrait of a young woman’s coming of age in 1960s Britain. Here she’s just as detailed in revealing the excess of a group of contemporary young Oxford students. 

Get more information on The Riot Club here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see The Riot Club:

Sat, Sep 6, 9:30pm Roy Thomson Hall

Sun, Sep 7, 11:30am Visa Screening Room (Elgin) 

Sat, Sep 13, 8:00pm Winter Garden Theatre 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

THE REACH, directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti. USA. 
Number 11 of 16 films on The Mission List.
If you love watching a classic movie setup executed perfectly, you’ll enjoy The Reach. Jean-Baptiste Leonetti directs Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine in a cat-and-mouse thriller under the desert sun.
Get more information on The Reach here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see The Reach:
Sat, Sep 6, 2:45pm Princess of Wales
Sun, Sep 7, 5:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 12 
Thu, Sep 11, 3:00pm Ryerson
The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

THE REACH, directed by Jean-Baptiste Leonetti. USA. 

Number 11 of 16 films on The Mission List.

If you love watching a classic movie setup executed perfectly, you’ll enjoy The Reach. Jean-Baptiste Leonetti directs Michael Douglas and Jeremy Irvine in a cat-and-mouse thriller under the desert sun.

Get more information on The Reach here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see The Reach:

Sat, Sep 6, 2:45pm Princess of Wales

Sun, Sep 7, 5:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 12 

Thu, Sep 11, 3:00pm Ryerson

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

A SECOND CHANCE, directed by Susanne Bier. Denmark. 
Number 10 of 16 films on The Mission List.
If you got to know Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, you have to see him play the lead in this gut-wrenching moral drama from Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier.
Get more information on A Second Chance here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see A Second Chance:
Tue, Sep 9, 6:00pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin)
Wed, Sep 10, 11:30am Visa Screening Room (Elgin)
Sun, Sep 14, 9:45pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

A SECOND CHANCE, directed by Susanne Bier. Denmark. 

Number 10 of 16 films on The Mission List.

If you got to know Danish actor Nikolaj Coster-Waldau as Jaime Lannister on Game of Thrones, you have to see him play the lead in this gut-wrenching moral drama from Academy Award-winning director Susanne Bier.

Get more information on A Second Chance here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see A Second Chance:

Tue, Sep 9, 6:00pm Visa Screening Room (Elgin)

Wed, Sep 10, 11:30am Visa Screening Room (Elgin)

Sun, Sep 14, 9:45pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

SAND DOLLARS, directed by Amelia Guzman, Israel Cardenas. Dominican Republic/Argentina/Mexico. 
Number 9 of 16 films on The Mission List.
The story of a delicate relationship between two women in an idyllic Caribbean beach town — fraught with power dynamics but told without judgment. 
Get more information on Sand Dollars here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see Sand Dollars:
Sun, Sep 7, 6:45pm Isabel Bader Theatre
Mon, Sep 8, 11:00am TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2
Fri, Sep 12, 9:00am Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 2

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

SAND DOLLARS, directed by Amelia Guzman, Israel Cardenas. Dominican Republic/Argentina/Mexico. 

Number 9 of 16 films on The Mission List.

The story of a delicate relationship between two women in an idyllic Caribbean beach town — fraught with power dynamics but told without judgment. 

Get more information on Sand Dollars here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see Sand Dollars:

Sun, Sep 7, 6:45pm Isabel Bader Theatre

Mon, Sep 8, 11:00am TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2

Fri, Sep 12, 9:00am Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 2

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

MURDER IN PACOT, directed by Raoul Peck. Haiti/Norway/France. 
Number 8 of 16 films on The Mission List.
Raoul Peck continues to tell the story of Haiti with insight, depth and nuance. In this post-earthquake drama, he reveals the pillars of power that still stand strong.  
Get more information on Murder in Pacot here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see Murder in Pacot:
Fri, Sep 5, 6:00pm Isabel Bader Theatre
Sun, Sep 7, 10:45am TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Sun, Sep 14, 9:30am TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

MURDER IN PACOT, directed by Raoul Peck. Haiti/Norway/France. 

Number 8 of 16 films on The Mission List.

Raoul Peck continues to tell the story of Haiti with insight, depth and nuance. In this post-earthquake drama, he reveals the pillars of power that still stand strong.  

Get more information on Murder in Pacot here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see Murder in Pacot:

Fri, Sep 5, 6:00pm Isabel Bader Theatre

Sun, Sep 7, 10:45am TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3

Sun, Sep 14, 9:30am TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE!, directed by Abd Al Malik. France. 
Number 7 of 16 films on The Mission List.
The director is a prize-winning author. The director is a rapper. The director makes his debut with this film, and it is extraordinary.

Get more information on May Allah Bless France! here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see May Allah Bless France!:
Sat, Sep 6, 10:15pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2
Mon, Sep 8, 4:15pm The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Sat, Sep 13, 9:15pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

MAY ALLAH BLESS FRANCE!, directed by Abd Al Malik. France. 

Number 7 of 16 films on The Mission List.

The director is a prize-winning author. The director is a rapper. The director makes his debut with this film, and it is extraordinary.

Get more information on May Allah Bless France! here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see May Allah Bless France!:

Sat, Sep 6, 10:15pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2

Mon, Sep 8, 4:15pm The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Sat, Sep 13, 9:15pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, directed by Shonali Bose. India. 
Number 6 of 16 films on The Mission List.
Indie star Kalki Koechlin plays a student with cerebral palsy discovering love, sex and politics between Delhi and New York. A gorgeous coming-of-age story from the director of Amu.
Get more information on Margarita, With a Straw here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see Margarita, With a Straw:
Mon, Sep 8, 6:00pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1
Wed, Sep 10, 5:00pm The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
Fri, Sep 12, 8:45pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 2

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

MARGARITA, WITH A STRAW, directed by Shonali Bose. India. 

Number 6 of 16 films on The Mission List.

Indie star Kalki Koechlin plays a student with cerebral palsy discovering love, sex and politics between Delhi and New York. A gorgeous coming-of-age story from the director of Amu.

Get more information on Margarita, With a Straw here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see Margarita, With a Straw:

Mon, Sep 8, 6:00pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1

Wed, Sep 10, 5:00pm The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema

Fri, Sep 12, 8:45pm Scotiabank Theatre Cinema 2

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

IN HER PLACE, directed by Albert Shin. Canada/South Korea.
Number 5 of 16 films on The Mission List.
A Seoul couple move in with a rural family to await the birth of their surrogate child. Precise, observant and unsettling filmmaking. Albert Shin is a filmmaker to watch.


Get more information on In Her Place here at the TIFF website.


Here’s where you can see In Her Place:
Sat, Sep 6, 2:00pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2
Tue, Sep 9, 3:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 4



The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

IN HER PLACE, directed by Albert Shin. Canada/South Korea.

Number 5 of 16 films on The Mission List.

A Seoul couple move in with a rural family to await the birth of their surrogate child. Precise, observant and unsettling filmmaking. Albert Shin is a filmmaker to watch.

Get more information on In Her Place here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see In Her Place:

Sat, Sep 6, 2:00pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2

Tue, Sep 9, 3:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 4

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

Some lucky #TIFF14 staffers start the day with a screening. Then: their usual brilliance.

Some lucky #TIFF14 staffers start the day with a screening. Then: their usual brilliance.

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I AM NOT LORENA, directed by Isidora Marras. Chile/Argentina.
Number 4 of 16 films on The Mission List.

A woman finds her identity challenged so often by faceless bureaucrats that she begins to challenge it herself. Kafka in contemporary Chile.

Get more information on I Am Not Lorena here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see I Am Not Lorena:
Fri, Sep 5, 6:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 9
Sun, Sep 7, 5:00pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 8
Sat, Sep 13, 12:45pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 4 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

I AM NOT LORENA, directed by Isidora Marras. Chile/Argentina.

Number 4 of 16 films on The Mission List.

A woman finds her identity challenged so often by faceless bureaucrats that she begins to challenge it herself. Kafka in contemporary Chile.

Get more information on I Am Not Lorena here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see I Am Not Lorena:

Fri, Sep 5, 6:30pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 9

Sun, Sep 7, 5:00pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 8

Sat, Sep 13, 12:45pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 4 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

EDEN, directed by Mia Hansen-Love. France.
Number 3 of 16 films on The Mission List.
Fall into the electronic dance scene that rose up in Paris in the ’90s. Hansen-Love recounts the story in telling moments and seductive beats.

Get more information on Eden here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see Eden:
Fri, Sep 5, 5:45pm Ryerson Theatre 
Sat, Sep 6, 12:15pm The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 
Sun, Sep 14, 9:30pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

EDEN, directed by Mia Hansen-Love. France.

Number 3 of 16 films on The Mission List.

Fall into the electronic dance scene that rose up in Paris in the ’90s. Hansen-Love recounts the story in telling moments and seductive beats.

Get more information on Eden here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see Eden:

Fri, Sep 5, 5:45pm Ryerson Theatre 

Sat, Sep 6, 12:15pm The Bloor Hot Docs Cinema 

Sun, Sep 14, 9:30pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 1 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.

BREAKUP BUDDIES, directed by Ning Hao. China
Number 2 of 16 films on The Mission List.
Road movie, comedy, snapshot of young, urban China. This is what the world’s fastest growing pop culture looks like right now.

Get more information on Breakup Buddies here at the TIFF website.
Here’s where you can see Breakup Buddies:
Sun, Sep 7, 9:30pm Princess of Wales
Mon, Sep 8, 1:30pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2
Sun, Sep 14, 9:15pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 2 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival
All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:
Transform the way people see the world through film.

BREAKUP BUDDIES, directed by Ning Hao. China

Number 2 of 16 films on The Mission List.

Road movie, comedy, snapshot of young, urban China. This is what the world’s fastest growing pop culture looks like right now.

Get more information on Breakup Buddies here at the TIFF website.

Here’s where you can see Breakup Buddies:

Sun, Sep 7, 9:30pm Princess of Wales

Mon, Sep 8, 1:30pm TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 2

Sun, Sep 14, 9:15pm Scotiabank Theatre Scotiabank 2 

The Mission List: 16 films to see at the Toronto International Film Festival

All 16 titles on the Mission List are world premiere feature-length films. All are currently without distribution in Canada or the US. I’ve chosen no more than two films per country, and all films, in my view, fulfill TIFF’s mission:

Transform the way people see the world through film.