11 films we can't wait to see at TIFF this year

Jul 27 2016, 4:11 am

There are a lot of movies coming to TIFF in 2016.

Dozens and dozens, in fact. And there’s no way you’re going to see them all. But, you can see a few of the best. So we’ve selected 11 films playing at TIFF in 2016 that we’re excited to see.

We have, however, restricted ourselves to films that have already released trailers so you can get a sense beyond words of whether or not you’d like to see them too.

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So while examples like Barry, a film about a young Barack Obama, and famed Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival will be at TIFF – and we’d very much like to see them – you won’t find them on this list.

Happy watching!


A JFK for our generation? We’ll find out when Oliver Stone tackles one of the biggest classified leaks in American history.

Director: Oliver Stone

Stars: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Shailene Woodley, Scott Eastwood, Zachary Quinto

The Magnificent Seven

The Training Day director is back to work with Denzel Washington again in the remake of a remake. It doesn’t get any more Hollywood than this.

Director: Antoine Fuqua

Stars: Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt, Haley Bennett Ethan Hawk, Vincent D’Onofrio, Matt Bomer, Peter Sarsgaard

Birth of a Nation

The rights to this film were purchased in the largest ever deal made at Sundance. We expect for very good reason.

Director: Nate Parker

Stars: Nate Parker, Armie Hammer, Mark Boone Junior

La La Land

Writer and Director of Whiplash has Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling singing and dancing through LA. How does that not get your attention?

Director: Damien Chazelle

Stars: Emma Stone, Ryan Gosling, J.K. Simmons


Director of Total Recall and Basic Instinct takes on a rape-revenge story with a stellar star. This will be dark as hell. But also likely excellent.

Director: Paul Verhoeven

Stars: Isabelle Huppert, Laurent Lafitte, Anne Consigny

American Pastoral

Ewan McGregor’s directorial debut based on a Philip Roth novel. Expect it to be disturbing and contemplative.

Director: Ewan McGregor

Stars: Ewan McGregor, Jennifer Connelly, Dakota Fanning


Director of Mud and Take Shelter tells the story of an interracial couple who are sentenced to prison in Virginia in 1958 for getting married.

Director: Jeff Nichols

Stars: Ruth Negga, Joel Edgerton, Michael Shannon

Bleed for This

Based on the wild true story of one of the most unbelievable sports comeback stories of all time, this could be Teller’s best role to date.

Director: Ben Younger

Stars: Miles Teller, Katey Sagal, Ted Levine

American Honey

Nominated earlier this year for the Palme d’Or at Cannes, the trailer makes it look like it could be our generation’s Kids.

Director: Andrea Arnold

Stars: Sasha Lane, Shia LaBeouf, McCaul Lombardi


Academy Award winner Rachel Weisz must prove that the Holocust happened. This will be powerful.

Director: Mick Jackson

Stars: Rachel Weisz, Andrew Scott, Tom Wilkinson

The Handmaiden

When you directed Old Boy (and indeed, the entire Vengeance Trilogy) you have our attention every time you release a new film.

Director: Chan-wook Park

Stars: Jung-woo Ha, Min-hee Kim, Tae Ri Kim

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