(TIFF) Toronto International Film Festival 2019 l Special Presentations

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1. Parasite (2019)

R | 132 min | Comedy, Drama, Thriller

95 Metascore

All unemployed, Ki-taek's family takes peculiar interest in the wealthy and glamorous Parks for their livelihood until they get entangled in an unexpected incident.

Director: Bong Joon Ho | Stars: Kang-ho Song, Yeo-jeong Jo, So-dam Park, Woo-sik Choi

Votes: 46,373

2. Pain & Glory (2019)

R | 113 min | Drama

88 Metascore

A film director reflects on the choices he's made in life as past and present come crashing down around him.

Director: Pedro Almodóvar | Stars: Antonio Banderas, Asier Etxeandia, Leonardo Sbaraglia, Nora Navas

Votes: 14,848

3. Weathering with You (2019)

111 min | Animation, Drama, Fantasy

A high-school boy who has run away to Tokyo befriends a girl who appears to be able to manipulate the weather.

Director: Makoto Shinkai | Stars: Kotaro Daigo, Nana Mori, Kentaro Araki, Chieko Baishô

Votes: 3,457

4. Deerskin (2019)

77 min | Comedy

72 Metascore

A man's obsession with his designer deerskin jacket causes him to blow his life savings and turn to crime.

Director: Quentin Dupieux | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Adèle Haenel, Albert Delpy, Coralie Russier

Votes: 1,116

5. The Lighthouse (I) (2019)

R | 109 min | Drama, Fantasy, Horror

82 Metascore

The hypnotic and hallucinatory tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s.

Director: Robert Eggers | Stars: Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson, Valeriia Karaman

Votes: 2,905

6. Motherless Brooklyn (2019)

R | 144 min | Crime, Drama

62 Metascore

Set against the backdrop of 1950s New York, Motherless Brooklyn follows Lionel Essrog, a lonely private detective afflicted with Tourette's Syndrome, as he ventures to solve the murder of his mentor and only friend, Frank Minna.

Director: Edward Norton | Stars: Dallas Roberts, Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Fisher Stevens

Votes: 1,183

7. Portrait of a Lady on Fire (2019)

119 min | Drama, History, Romance

93 Metascore

On an isolated island in Brittany at the end of the eighteenth century, a female painter is obliged to paint a wedding portrait of a young woman.

Director: Céline Sciamma | Stars: Noémie Merlant, Adèle Haenel, Luàna Bajrami, Valeria Golino

Votes: 2,189

8. Heroic Losers (2019)

116 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime

Based on the book from Eduardo Sacheri "The Night of the Heroic Losers" (Alfaguara Novel Prize 2016). In a far-flung town in the province of Buenos Aires, many things are about to die out. ... See full summary »

Director: Sebastián Borensztein | Stars: Ricardo Darín, Luis Brandoni, Chino Darín, Verónica Llinás

Votes: 1,096

9. Sibyl (2019)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

57 Metascore

A jaded psychotherapist returns to her first passion of becoming a writer.

Director: Justine Triet | Stars: Virginie Efira, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Gaspard Ulliel, Sandra Hüller

Votes: 636

10. The Report (I) (2019)

R | 119 min | Drama, Thriller

79 Metascore

Idealistic Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, tasked by his boss to lead an investigation into the CIA's post 9/11 Detention and Interrogation Program, uncovers shocking secrets.

Director: Scott Z. Burns | Stars: Adam Driver, Annette Bening, Jon Hamm, Ted Levine

Votes: 676

11. Marriage Story (2019)

R | 136 min | Comedy, Drama

95 Metascore

Noah Baumbach's incisive and compassionate look at a marriage breaking up and a family staying together.

Director: Noah Baumbach | Stars: Merritt Wever, Scarlett Johansson, Adam Driver, Laura Dern

Votes: 1,159

12. Frankie (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 98 min | Drama

56 Metascore

Three generations grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in Sintra, Portugal, a historic town known for its dense gardens and fairy-tale villas and palaces.

Director: Ira Sachs | Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Sennia Nanua, Ariyon Bakare, Vinette Robinson

Votes: 261

13. La belle époque (2019)

115 min | Comedy, Drama

A couple in crisis. He, disillusioned, sees his life upset the day an entrepreneur offers him to plunge back into the time of his choice.

Director: Nicolas Bedos | Stars: Daniel Auteuil, Guillaume Canet, Doria Tillier, Fanny Ardant

Votes: 335

14. Ema (2019)

102 min | Drama

72 Metascore

A couple deals with the aftermath of an adoption that goes awry as their household falls apart.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Santiago Cabrera, Mariana Di Girolamo, Josefina Fiebelkorn, Giannina Fruttero

Votes: 466

15. The Laundromat (I) (2019)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

57 Metascore

In this The Big Short (2015)-esque dramedy based on the Mossack Fonseca scandal, a cast of characters investigate an insurance fraud, chasing leads to a pair of a flamboyant Panama City law partners exploiting the world's financial system.

Director: Steven Soderbergh | Stars: Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas, AJ Meijer, Arsenio Castellanos

Votes: 7,359

16. Seberg (2019)

96 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller

58 Metascore

Inspired by real events about the French New Wave darling and Breathless star, Jean Seberg, who in the late 1960s was targeted by Hoover's FBI, because of her political and romantic involvement with civil rights activist Hakim Jamal.

Director: Benedict Andrews | Stars: Zazie Beetz, Kristen Stewart, Margaret Qualley, Vince Vaughn

Votes: 338

17. The Truth (2019)

106 min | Drama

71 Metascore

About a stormy reunion between a daughter and her actress mother, Catherine, against the backdrop of Catherine's latest role in a sci-fi picture as a mother who never grows old.

Director: Hirokazu Koreeda | Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Juliette Binoche, Ethan Hawke, Clémentine Grenier

Votes: 419

18. Wasp Network (2019)

123 min | Thriller

53 Metascore

The story of five Cuban political prisoners who had been imprisoned by the United States since the late 1990s on charges of espionage and murder.

Director: Olivier Assayas | Stars: Ana de Armas, Penélope Cruz, Edgar Ramírez, Gael García Bernal

Votes: 293

19. Uncut Gems (2019)

R | 135 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

91 Metascore

A charismatic New York City jeweler always on the lookout for the next big score, makes a series of high-stakes bets that could lead to the windfall of a lifetime. Howard must perform a precarious high-wire act, balancing business, family, and encroaching adversaries on all sides, in his relentless pursuit of the ultimate win.

Directors: Benny Safdie, Josh Safdie | Stars: Adam Sandler, Julia Fox, Kevin Garnett, The Weeknd

Votes: 744

20. Judy (II) (2019)

PG-13 | 118 min | Biography, Drama, History

66 Metascore

Legendary performer Judy Garland arrives in London in the winter of 1968 to perform a series of sold-out concerts.

Director: Rupert Goold | Stars: Renée Zellweger, Jessie Buckley, Finn Wittrock, Rufus Sewell

Votes: 4,554

21. Pelican Blood (2019)

121 min | Drama

A woman who trains police horses adopts her second child, a severely traumatised 5-year-old girl. When the girl shows violent and anti-social behaviour, her new mother becomes determined to help her.

Director: Katrin Gebbe | Stars: Nina Hoss, Murathan Muslu, Yana Marinova, Daniela Holtz

Votes: 97

22. Jìyuántái qihào (2019)

125 min | Animation

70 Metascore

An English literature student living in 1960s Hong Kong finds himself caught in a love triangle with the woman he is tutoring and her mother.

Director: Yonfan | Stars: Sylvia Chang, Wei Zhao

Votes: 131

23. The Painted Bird (2019)

169 min | Drama, War

75 Metascore

A young Jewish boy somewhere in Eastern Europe seeks refuge during World War II where he encounters many different characters.

Director: Václav Marhoul | Stars: Stellan Skarsgård, Harvey Keitel, Barry Pepper, Udo Kier

Votes: 459

24. The Two Popes (2019)

PG-13 | 125 min | Drama

83 Metascore

Behind Vatican walls, the conservative Pope Benedict and the liberal future Pope Francis must find common ground to forge a new path for the Catholic Church.

Director: Fernando Meirelles | Stars: Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins, Juan Minujín, Sidney Cole

Votes: 260

25. Waves (I) (2019)

R | 135 min | Drama, Romance

80 Metascore

Traces the journey of a suburban African-American family - led by a well-intentioned but domineering father - as they navigate love, forgiveness, and coming together in the aftermath of a loss.

Director: Trey Edward Shults | Stars: Taylor Russell, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Alexa Demie, Bill Wise

Votes: 412

26. Guest of Honour (2019)

105 min | Drama

53 Metascore

Veronica wants to remain in jail for a sexual assault she knows she's been wrongfully indicted for. She and her father, Jim, find themselves acting out of the bounds of good behavior as the past haunts them.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Laysla De Oliveira, David Thewlis, Luke Wilson, Rossif Sutherland

Votes: 182

27. Lyrebird (2019)

117 min | Drama

An artist is suspected of selling a valuable painting to the Nazis, but there is more to the story than meets the eye.

Director: Dan Friedkin | Stars: Daan Aufenacker, Claes Bang, Mark Behan, Daniël Brongers

Votes: 46

28. Mosul (I) (2019)

100 min | Drama, War

A police unit from Mosul fight to liberate the Iraqi city from thousands of ISIS militants.

Director: Matthew Michael Carnahan | Stars: Waleed Elgadi, Hayat Kamille, Suhail Dabbach, Adam Bessa

Votes: 43

29. Saturday Fiction (2019)

126 min | Drama, History

51 Metascore

Yu Jin is working undercover gathering intelligence for the Allies.

Director: Ye Lou | Stars: Li Gong, Mark Chao, Pascal Greggory, Xiangli Huang

Votes: 123

30. Jojo Rabbit (2019)

PG-13 | 108 min | Comedy, Drama, War

54 Metascore

A young boy in Hitler's army finds out his mother is hiding a Jewish girl in their home.

Director: Taika Waititi | Stars: Roman Griffin Davis, Thomasin McKenzie, Scarlett Johansson, Taika Waititi

Votes: 1,761

31. The Elder One (2019)

110 min | Crime, Drama

A 10 year old boy living on an island sets off on a journey in pursuit of Akbar, his long lost elder brother.

Director: Geethu Mohandas | Stars: Nivin Pauly, Shashank Arora, Sanjana Dipu, Sobhita Dhulipala

Votes: 86

32. Dolemite Is My Name (2019)

R | 117 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

78 Metascore

Eddie Murphy portrays real-life legend Rudy Ray Moore, a comedy and rap pioneer who proved naysayers wrong when his hilarious, obscene, kung-fu fighting alter ego, Dolemite, became a 1970s Blaxploitation phenomenon.

Director: Craig Brewer | Stars: Eddie Murphy, Keegan-Michael Key, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Wesley Snipes

Votes: 469

33. While at War (2019)

107 min | Drama, History, War

55 Metascore

Writer Miguel de Unamuno faces himself and his ideals after the 1936's military coup d'etat.

Director: Alejandro Amenábar | Stars: Karra Elejalde, Eduard Fernández, Santi Prego, Nathalie Poza

Votes: 1,156

34. The Domain (2019)

166 min | Drama

The chronicle of a Portuguese family that owns one of the largest estates in Europe, on the south bank of the River Tagus.

Director: Tiago Guedes | Stars: Albano Jerónimo, Sandra Faleiro, Miguel Borges, Ana Vilela da Costa

Votes: 341

35. Knives Out (2019)

PG-13 | 130 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

84 Metascore

A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family.

Director: Rian Johnson | Stars: Ana de Armas, Edi Patterson, Toni Collette, Chris Evans

Votes: 451

36. Lucy in the Sky (2019)

R | 124 min | Drama, Sci-Fi

36 Metascore

Astronaut Lucy Cola returns to Earth after a transcendent experience during a mission to space, and begins to lose touch with reality in a world that now seems too small.

Director: Noah Hawley | Stars: Natalie Portman, Jon Hamm, Zazie Beetz, Dan Stevens

Votes: 655

37. The Personal History of David Copperfield (2019)

119 min | Comedy, Drama

74 Metascore

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens.

Director: Armando Iannucci | Stars: Ben Whishaw, Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie

Votes: 258

38. Synchronic (2019)

96 min | Horror, Sci-Fi

61 Metascore

Two New Orleans paramedics' lives are ripped apart after encountering a series of horrific deaths linked to a designer drug with bizarre, otherworldly effects.

Directors: Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead | Stars: Jamie Dornan, Anthony Mackie, Katie Aselton, Ally Ioannides

Votes: 177

39. The Other Lamb (2019)

97 min | Drama, Horror

A girl was born into an all-female cult led by a man in their compound begins to question his teachings and her own reality.

Director: Malgorzata Szumowska | Stars: Michiel Huisman, Raffey Cassidy, Denise Gough, Kelly Campbell

Votes: 91

40. Ordinary Love (2019)

R | 92 min | Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

An extraordinary look at the lives of a middle-aged couple in the midst of a breast cancer diagnosis towards the wife.

Directors: Lisa Barros D'Sa, Glenn Leyburn | Stars: Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville, David Wilmot, Amit Shah

Votes: 47

41. Military Wives (2019)

110 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

With their partners away serving in Afghanistan, a group of women on the home front form a choir and quickly find themselves at the center of a media sensation and global movement.

Director: Peter Cattaneo | Stars: Teresa Mahoney, Kristin Scott Thomas, Sharon Horgan, Jason Flemyng

Votes: 32

42. Jungleland (2019)

90 min | Drama

51 Metascore

A reluctant bare-knuckle boxer "Lion" and his manager / brother "Stanley" must travel across the country for one last fight, but an unexpected travel companion "Sky" exposes the cracks in their bond along the way.

Director: Max Winkler | Stars: Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Barden, Jack O'Connell, Fran Kranz

Votes: 35

43. How to Build a Girl (2019)

102 min | Comedy

71 Metascore

The novel charts the journey of teenager Johanna Morrigan, who reinvents herself as Dolly Wilde: fast-talking, lady sex-adventurer, moves to London, and gets a job as music critic in the ... See full summary »

Director: Coky Giedroyc | Stars: Jameela Jamil, Emma Thompson, Lucy Punch, Beanie Feldstein

Votes: 40

44. Hope Gap (2019)

100 min | Drama, Romance

53 Metascore

A couple's visit with their son takes a dramatic turn when the father tells him he plans on leaving his mother.

Director: William Nicholson | Stars: Bill Nighy, Annette Bening, Josh O'Connor, Aiysha Hart

Votes: 69

45. Guns Akimbo (2019)

95 min | Action, Comedy

43 Metascore

A guy relies on his newly-acquired gladiator skills to save his ex-girlfriend from kidnappers.

Director: Jason Lei Howden | Stars: Samara Weaving, Daniel Radcliffe, Ned Dennehy, Rhys Darby

Votes: 167

46. Greed (I) (2019)

100 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

Satire about the world of the super-rich.

Director: Michael Winterbottom | Stars: Isla Fisher, Asa Butterfield, Steve Coogan, Shirley Henderson

Votes: 90

47. The Friend (I) (2019)

124 min | Drama

44 Metascore

After learning that his terminally ill wife has six months to live, a man welcomes the support of his best friend who moves into their home to help out. His impact on the whole family is much greater than anyone could have imagined.

Director: Gabriela Cowperthwaite | Stars: Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck, Jason Segel, Gwendoline Christie

Votes: 125

48. Endings, Beginnings (2019)

110 min | Drama

44 Metascore

A 30-something woman navigating through love and heartbreak over the course of one year. During that time, she will unlock the secrets to her life in a sudden turn of events and in the most surprising of places.

Director: Drake Doremus | Stars: Shailene Woodley, Jamie Dornan, Sebastian Stan, Matthew Gray Gubler

Votes: 96

49. Coming Home Again (2019)

86 min | Drama

A Korean American man takes care of his sick mother as she teaches him her traditional recipes.

Director: Wayne Wang