TIFF 2016: Special Presentations

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1. The Age of Shadows (2016)

TV-MA | 140 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

78 Metascore

Korean resistance fighters smuggle explosives to destroy facilities controlled by Japanese forces in this period action thriller.

Director: Jee-woon Kim | Stars: Byung-Hun Lee, Kang-ho Song, Yoo Gong, Richard Epcar

Votes: 6,840 | Gross: $0.54M

2. All I See Is You (2016)

R | 109 min | Drama, Mystery, Romance

43 Metascore

A blind woman's relationship with her husband changes when she regains her sight and discovers disturbing details about themselves.

Director: Marc Forster | Stars: Blake Lively, Jason Clarke, Ahna O'Reilly, Miquel Fernández

Votes: 8,983 | Gross: $0.22M

3. American Honey (2016)

R | 163 min | Adventure, Drama, Romance

79 Metascore

A teenage girl with nothing to lose joins a traveling magazine sales crew, and gets caught up in a whirlwind of hard partying, law bending and young love as she criss-crosses the Midwest with a band of misfits.

Director: Andrea Arnold | Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, Riley Keough, McCaul Lombardi

Votes: 32,905 | Gross: $0.66M

4. American Pastoral (2016)

R | 108 min | Crime, Drama

43 Metascore

An All-American college star and his beauty queen wife watch their seemingly perfect life fall apart as their daughter joins the turmoil of '60s America.

Director: Ewan McGregor | Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning, Peter Riegert

Votes: 13,402 | Gross: $0.54M

5. Asura: The City of Madness (2016)

Not Rated | 136 min | Action, Crime

64 Metascore

A shady cop finds himself in over his head when he gets caught between Internal Affairs and the city's corrupt mayor.

Director: Sung-su Kim | Stars: Woo-sung Jung, Jung-min Hwang, Ji-Hoon Ju, Do-won Kwak

Votes: 1,901 | Gross: $0.17M

6. Barakah Meets Barakah (2016)

88 min | Comedy, Romance

A guy from the middle class, meets a girl from A wealthy family, and they start a romance in a country that frowns upon it.

Director: Mahmoud Sabbagh | Stars: Hisham Fageeh, Fatima AlBanawi, Sami Hifny, Khairia Nazmi

Votes: 1,232

7. Barry (II) (2016)

104 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

A look into the early life of U.S. President Barack Obama.

Director: Vikram Gandhi | Stars: Devon Terrell, Anya Taylor-Joy, Jason Mitchell, Ellar Coltrane

Votes: 5,559

8. Below Her Mouth (2016)

Not Rated | 94 min | Drama, Romance

42 Metascore

An unexpected affair quickly escalates into a heart-stopping reality for two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.

Director: April Mullen | Stars: Erika Linder, Natalie Krill, Sebastian Pigott, Mayko Nguyen

Votes: 8,207

9. The Birth of a Nation (2016)

R | 120 min | Biography, Drama, History

69 Metascore

Nat Turner, a literate slave and preacher in the antebellum South, orchestrates an uprising.

Director: Nate Parker | Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Penelope Ann Miller, Jackie Earle Haley

Votes: 18,777 | Gross: $15.86M

10. Birth of the Dragon (2016)

PG-13 | 95 min | Action, Biography, Drama

35 Metascore

Set against the backdrop of 1960s San Francisco, BIRTH OF THE DRAGON is a modern take on the classic movies that Bruce Lee was known for. It takes its inspiration from the epic and still controversial showdown between an up-and-coming Bruce Lee and kung fu master Wong Jack Man - a battle that gave birth to a legend.

Director: George Nolfi | Stars: Billy Magnussen, Yu Xia, Philip Ng, Jingjing Qu

Votes: 6,323 | Gross: $6.90M

11. Bleed for This (2016)

R | 117 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

62 Metascore

The inspirational story of World Champion Boxer Vinny Pazienza who, after a near fatal car crash which left him not knowing if he'd ever walk again, made one of sport's most incredible comebacks.

Director: Ben Younger | Stars: Miles Teller, Aaron Eckhart, Katey Sagal, Ciarán Hinds

Votes: 22,586 | Gross: $4.85M

12. Chuck (2016)

R | 98 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

68 Metascore

A drama inspired by the life of heavyweight boxer Chuck Wepner, who had a once-in-a-lifetime bout with Muhammad Ali that would inspire the film Rocky (1976).

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Liev Schreiber, Elisabeth Moss, Ron Perlman, Naomi Watts

Votes: 4,870 | Gross: $0.32M

13. Blue Jay (I) (2016)

Unrated | 80 min | Drama, Romance

69 Metascore

Meeting by chance when they return to their tiny California hometown, two former high-school sweethearts reflect on their shared past.

Director: Alex Lehmann | Stars: Mark Duplass, Sarah Paulson, Clu Gulager, James Andrews

Votes: 11,054 | Gross: $0.01M

14. Brain on Fire (2016)

PG-13 | 88 min | Biography, Drama

34 Metascore

A young, capable professional cannot explain her newly erratic behavior.

Director: Gerard Barrett | Stars: Chloë Grace Moretz, Thomas Mann, Richard Armitage, Carrie-Anne Moss

Votes: 13,774

15. Brimstone (2016)

R | 148 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

45 Metascore

From the moment the new reverend climbs the pulpit, Liz knows she and her family are in great danger.

Director: Martin Koolhoven | Stars: Guy Pearce, Dakota Fanning, Emilia Jones, Carice van Houten

Votes: 31,642

16. Brotherhood (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 104 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

First, there was Kidulthood, then Adulthood, and now comes Noel Clarke's lastest instalment: Brotherhood. Sam is facing up to the new world. He realises it also comes with new problems; new... See full summary »

Director: Noel Clarke | Stars: Noel Clarke, Arnold Oceng, Red Madrell, Adjoa Andoh

Votes: 3,230

17. Burn Your Maps (2016)

PG-13 | 102 min | Adventure

50 Metascore

A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany - He believes that he is in fact a ... See full summary »

Director: Jordan Roberts | Stars: Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Virginia Madsen, Marton Csokas

Votes: 739

18. Carrie Pilby (2016)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama

52 Metascore

A person of high intelligence struggles to make sense of the world as it relates to morality, relationships, sex and leaving her apartment.

Director: Susan Johnson | Stars: Bel Powley, Nathan Lane, Gabriel Byrne, Vanessa Bayer

Votes: 5,519 | Gross: $0.02M

19. Catfight (I) (2016)

Not Rated | 95 min | Comedy, Drama

66 Metascore

The rivalry between two former college friends comes to a head when they both attend the same glamorous event.

Director: Onur Tukel | Stars: Sandra Oh, Anne Heche, Alicia Silverstone, Amy Hill

Votes: 4,468

20. Christine (2016)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama

72 Metascore

The story of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s TV reporter struggling with depression and professional frustrations as she tries to advance her career.

Director: Antonio Campos | Stars: Rebecca Hall, Michael C. Hall, Tracy Letts, Maria Dizzia

Votes: 11,675 | Gross: $0.30M

21. City of Tiny Lights (2016)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

In the teeming, multicultural metropolis of modern-day London, a seemingly straightforward missing-person case launches a down-at-heel private eye into a dangerous world of religious fanaticism and political intrigue.

Director: Pete Travis | Stars: Riz Ahmed, Billie Piper, James Krishna Floyd, Cush Jumbo

Votes: 1,539

22. The Commune (2016)

Not Rated | 111 min | Drama

60 Metascore

A story about the clash between personal desires, solidarity and tolerance in a Danish commune in the 1970s.

Director: Thomas Vinterberg | Stars: Fares Fares, Ulrich Thomsen, Trine Dyrholm, Magnus Millang

Votes: 5,825 | Gross: $0.04M

23. A Death in the Gunj (2016)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Thriller

Life for a shy young Indian student slowly falls to pieces during a family road trip.

Director: Konkona Sen Sharma | Stars: Kalki Koechlin, Vikrant Massey, Gulshan Devaiah, Ranvir Shorey

Votes: 3,110

24. The Duelist (2016)

R | 109 min | Action, Drama, Thriller

55 Metascore

In the 19th century Russia, the former military man of honor makes his own way in life participating in a deadly fights for other people as professional duelist.

Director: Aleksey Mizgiryov | Stars: Pyotr Fyodorov, Vladimir Mashkov, Yuliya Khlynina, Yuri Kolokolnikov

Votes: 2,532

25. Elle (I) (2016)

R | 130 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

89 Metascore

A successful businesswoman gets caught up in a game of cat and mouse as she tracks down the unknown man who raped her.

Director: Paul Verhoeven | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny, Charles Berling

Votes: 55,956

26. Denial (II) (2016)

PG-13 | 109 min | Biography, Drama

63 Metascore

Acclaimed writer and historian Deborah E. Lipstadt must battle for historical truth to prove the Holocaust actually occurred when David Irving, a renowned denier, sues her for libel.

Director: Mick Jackson | Stars: Rachel Weisz, Tom Wilkinson, Timothy Spall, Andrew Scott

Votes: 17,099 | Gross: $4.07M

27. The Exception (2016)

R | 107 min | Drama, Romance, War

60 Metascore

A German soldier tries to determine if the Dutch resistance has planted a spy to infiltrate the home of Kaiser Wilhelm in Holland during the onset of World War II, but falls for a young Jewish Dutch woman during his investigation.

Director: David Leveaux | Stars: Lily James, Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer, Loïs Alessandra

Votes: 8,983 | Gross: $0.61M

28. Foreign Body (2016)

92 min | Drama

After a young Tunisian woman informs on her radical Islamist brother, she arrives illegally in France, finding danger as well as hope.

Director: Raja Amari | Stars: Hiam Abbass, Sarra Hannachi, Salim Kechiouche, Marc Brunet

Votes: 120

29. Frantz (2016)

PG-13 | 113 min | Drama, History, Romance

73 Metascore

In the aftermath of WWI, a young German who grieves the death of her fiancé in France meets a mysterious Frenchman who visits the fiancé's grave to lay flowers.

Director: François Ozon | Stars: Pierre Niney, Paula Beer, Ernst Stötzner, Marie Gruber

Votes: 11,083 | Gross: $0.88M

30. The Handmaiden (2016)

Not Rated | 145 min | Drama, Romance, Thriller

84 Metascore

A woman is hired as a handmaiden to a Japanese heiress, but secretly she is involved in a plot to defraud her.

Director: Chan-wook Park | Stars: Min-hee Kim, Jung-woo Ha, Jin-woong Cho, So-Ri Moon

Votes: 84,696 | Gross: $2.01M

31. Harmonium (2016)

Not Rated | 120 min | Drama

84 Metascore

Toshio hires Yasaka in his workshop. This old acquaintance, who has just been released from prison, begins to meddle in Toshio's family life.

Director: Kôji Fukada | Stars: Tadanobu Asano, Mariko Tsutsui, Taiga, Momone Shinokawa

Votes: 1,676 | Gross: $0.02M

32. I Am Not Madame Bovary (2016)

Not Rated | 128 min | Comedy, Drama

65 Metascore

After being swindled by her ex-husband, a woman takes on the Chinese legal system.

Director: Xiaogang Feng | Stars: Chengpeng Dong, Bingbing Fan, Wei Fan, Xiaogang Feng

Votes: 1,813 | Gross: $0.44M

33. I, Daniel Blake (2016)

R | 100 min | Drama

78 Metascore

After having suffered a heart-attack, a 59-year-old carpenter must fight the bureaucratic forces of the system in order to receive Employment and Support Allowance.

Directors: Ken Loach, Laura Obiols | Stars: Dave Johns, Hayley Squires, Sharon Percy, Briana Shann

Votes: 45,608 | Gross: $0.26M

34. In Dubious Battle (2016)

R | 110 min | Drama

43 Metascore

An activist gets caught up in the labor movement for farm workers in California during the 1930s.

Director: James Franco | Stars: Nat Wolff, James Franco, Vincent D'Onofrio, Selena Gomez

Votes: 3,312

35. It's Only the End of the World (2016)

97 min | Drama

48 Metascore

Louis (Gaspard Ulliel), a terminally ill writer, returns home after a long absence to tell his family that he is dying.

Director: Xavier Dolan | Stars: Gaspard Ulliel, Marion Cotillard, Léa Seydoux, Vincent Cassel

Votes: 18,551

36. King of the Dancehall (2016)

100 min | Drama, Musical

A young man from Brooklyn gets caught up in Jamaica's lively Dancehall music scene.

Director: Nick Cannon | Stars: Nick Cannon, Collie Buddz, Whoopi Goldberg, Louis Gossett Jr.

Votes: 110

37. The Journey (III) (2016)

PG-13 | 94 min | Drama

53 Metascore

During the 2006 Northern Ireland peace talks, Sinn Fein leader Martin McGuinness (Colm Meaney) and Democratic Party leader Ian Paisley (Timothy Spall) are forced to travel by car together.

Director: Nick Hamm | Stars: Timothy Spall, Colm Meaney, John Hurt, Freddie Highmore

Votes: 1,173

38. 150 Milligrams (2016)

128 min | Biography, Drama

Irène Frachon, a doctor who lives in the Breton town of Brest, dares to stand up to the French health and pharmaceutical industry, helping to uncover the media scandal surrounding the ... See full summary »

Director: Emmanuelle Bercot | Stars: Sidse Babett Knudsen, Benoît Magimel, Charlotte Laemmel, Isabelle de Hertogh

Votes: 889

39. La La Land (I) (2016)

PG-13 | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

93 Metascore

While navigating their careers in Los Angeles, a pianist and an actress fall in love while attempting to reconcile their aspirations for the future.

Director: Damien Chazelle | Stars: Ryan Gosling, Emma Stone, Rosemarie DeWitt, J.K. Simmons

Votes: 449,560 | Gross: $151.10M

40. Lion (2016)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama

69 Metascore

A five-year-old Indian boy gets lost on the streets of Calcutta, thousands of kilometers from home. He survives many challenges before being adopted by a couple in Australia. 25 years later, he sets out to find his lost family.

Director: Garth Davis | Stars: Dev Patel, Nicole Kidman, Rooney Mara, Sunny Pawar

Votes: 187,707 | Gross: $51.74M

41. The Limehouse Golem (2016)

Not Rated | 109 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller

63 Metascore

In Victorian London, a Scotland Yard inspector hunts down the sadistic killer behind a series of gory, Jack the Ripper-Like murders.

Director: Juan Carlos Medina | Stars: Douglas Booth, Olivia Cooke, Sam Reid, María Valverde

Votes: 15,323

42. The Long Excuse (2016)

124 min | Drama

Based on a book by writer - director Miwa Nishikawa, a recently widowed writer ( Masahiro Motoki,Departures)whose wife died in a bus crash comes to terms with his grief,or lack of it, in ... See full summary »

Director: Miwa Nishikawa | Stars: Masahiro Motoki, Pistol Takehara, Eri Fukatsu, Kenshin Fujita

Votes: 721

43. Manchester by the Sea (2016)

R | 137 min | Drama

96 Metascore

A depressed uncle is asked to take care of his teenage nephew after the boy's father dies.

Director: Kenneth Lonergan | Stars: Casey Affleck, Michelle Williams, Kyle Chandler, Lucas Hedges

Votes: 220,492 | Gross: $47.70M

44. Mascots (2016)

TV-MA | 89 min | Comedy

57 Metascore

A look into the world of competitive mascots.

Director: Christopher Guest | Stars: Zach Woods, Wayne Wilderson, Sarah Baker, Michael Hitchcock

Votes: 6,217

45. Maudie (2016)

PG-13 | 115 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

65 Metascore

An arthritic Nova Scotia woman works as a housekeeper while she hones her skills as an artist and eventually becomes a beloved figure in the community.

Director: Aisling Walsh | Stars: Sally Hawkins, Ethan Hawke, Kari Matchett, Gabrielle Rose

Votes: 12,370 | Gross: $6.17M

46. Mean Dreams (2016)

R | 108 min | Thriller

64 Metascore

Follows Casey and Jonas, two teenagers desperate to escape their broken and abusive homes and examines the desperation of life on the run and the beauty of first love.

Director: Nathan Morlando | Stars: Josh Wiggins, Sophie Nélisse, Joe Cobden, Bill Paxton

Votes: 3,581

47. Neruda (2016)

R | 107 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

82 Metascore

An inspector hunts down Nobel Prize-winning Chilean poet, Pablo Neruda, who becomes a fugitive in his home country in the late 1940s for joining the Communist Party.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Luis Gnecco, Mercedes Morán, Emilio Gutiérrez Caba

Votes: 8,279 | Gross: $0.94M

48. Nocturnal Animals (2016)

R | 116 min | Drama, Thriller

67 Metascore

A wealthy art gallery owner is haunted by her ex-husband's novel, a violent thriller she interprets as a symbolic revenge tale.

Director: Tom Ford | Stars: Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson

Votes: 212,079 | Gross: $10.64M

49. The Oath (2016)

Not Rated | 103 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller