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Toronto Film Fest Sets Discovery Lineup With 45 Titles From Up-and-Coming Directors
A scene from "Tigre," opening film of the Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery program (photo courtesy of TIFF)
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The Toronto International Film Festival® debuted the 2017 Discovery program lineup with 45 first and second feature films by up-and-coming filmmakers from around the world. This is the biggest Discovery program to date, with 25% more titles than the 2016 roster and two-thirds of the selection world premiering at TIFF.

“Uncovering new talent is one of the key roles of the Festival,” said Piers Handling, director and CEO of TIFF. “The Discovery program allows us to carve out a space for emerging filmmakers to be seen by the international film industry and has helped launch the careers of award-winning filmmakers like Maren Ade, Barry Jenkins, Steve McQueen, Christopher Nolan, and Dee Rees.”

The films, produced or co-produced in 35 different countries, include fresh, experimental and compelling voices. Life in small, rural communities is portrayed in Miracle, Ravens and The Swan, while families dealing with crises and conflict are addressed in Apostasy, Shuttle Life and Suleiman Mountain. LGBTQ+ themes run through several of the Discovery titles, including Montana, Soldiers. Story from Ferentari and The Poet and the Boy, while teen sexuality is explored in Disappearance, Kissing Candice and Princesita.

“If you don’t support the future of filmmaking, you fall behind. So we’re always looking for new talent,” said Cameron Bailey, artistic director of TIFF. “The fact that the Discovery program continues to grow is deeply encouraging, and speaks to the fact that there are a lot of people that want to make films when it is often increasingly more difficult to do so.”

The Toronto International Film Festival also announced an additional title to the Docs program: Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart, a documentary about Lorraine Hansberry, a black writer, communist, feminist, lesbian and outspoken trailblazer at the height of the Civil Rights Movement.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017.

Films screening as part of the Discovery program include:

1% Stephen McCallum, Australia
World Premiere

3/4 (Three Quarters) Ilian Metev, Germany/Bulgaria
North American Premiere

A Fish Out Of Water Lai Kuo-An, Taiwan
World Premiere

A Worthy Companion Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez, Canada
World Premiere

All You Can Eat Buddha Ian Lagarde, Canada
World Premiere

Apostasy Daniel Kokotajlo, United Kingdom
World Premiere

AVA Sadaf Foroughi, Iran/Canada/Qatar
World Premiere

Black Cop Cory Bowles, Canada
World Premiere

The Butterfly Tree Priscilla Cameron, Australia
International Premiere

Cardinals Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley, Canada
World Premiere

Disappearance (Napadid Shodan) Ali Asgari, Iran/Qatar
North American Premiere

Five Fingers For Marseilles (Menoana e Mehlano ea Marseilles) Michael Matthews, South Africa
World Premiere

The Future Ahead (El futuro que viene) Constanza Novick, Argentina
World Premiere

The Garden (Sommerhäuser) Sonja Maria Kröner, Germany
International Premiere

The Great Buddha+ Huang Hsin-Yao, Taiwan
International Premiere

The Lady From Holland Marleen Jonkman, Netherlands/Germany
World Premiere

Gutland Govinda Van Maele, Luxembourg/Germany/Belgium
World Premiere

High Fantasy Jenna Bass, South Africa
World Premiere

Human Traces Nic Gorman, New Zealand
North American Premiere

Discovery Closing Film.
I am not a Witch
Rungano Nyoni, United Kingdom/France
North American Premiere

I Kill Giants Anders Walter, United Kingdom
World Premiere

Indian Horse Stephen Campanelli, Canada
World Premiere

Killing Jesus (Matar a Jesús) Laura Mora, Colombia/Argentina
World Premiere

Kissing Candice Aoife McArdle, Ireland
World Premiere

Luk’Luk’I Wayne Wapeemukwa, Canada
World Premiere

Mary Goes Round Molly McGlynn, Canada
World Premiere

Miracle (Stebuklas) Egle Vertelyte, Lithuania/Bulgaria/Poland
World Premiere

Montana Limor Shmila, Israel
World Premiere

Never Steady, Never Still Kathleen Hepburn, Canada
World Premiere

Oblivion Verses (Los Versos del Olvido) Alireza Khatami, France/Germany/Netherlands/Chile
North American Premiere

Oh Lucy! Atsuko Hirayanagi, USA/Japan
North American Premiere

The Poet and the Boy (Si-e-nui Sa-rang) Kim Yang-hee, South Korea
International Premiere

Princesita Marialy Rivas, Chile/Argentina/Spain
World Premiere

Ravens Jens Assur, Sweden
World Premiere

Scaffolding (Pigumim) Matan Yair, Israel/Poland
North American Premiere

Shuttle Life Tan Seng Kiat, Malaysia
North American Premiere

Simulation Abed Abest, Iran
North American Premiere

Soldiers. Story from Ferentari (Soldaţii. Poveste din Ferentari) Ivana Mladenovic, Romania/Serbia/Belgium
World Premiere

Suleiman Mountain Elizaveta Stishova, Kyrgyzstan/Russia
World Premiere

The Swan (Svanurinn) Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, Iceland
World Premiere

Discovery Opening Film.
Tigre
Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola, Argentina
World Premiere

Valley of Shadows (Skyggenes Dal) Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen, Norway
World Premiere

Village Rockstars Rima Das, India
World Premiere

Waru Briar Grace-Smith, Ainsley Gardiner, Renae Maihi, Casey Kaa, Awanui Simich-Pene, Chelsea Cohen, Katie Wolfe, Paula Jones, New Zealand
International Premiere

Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre) Hlynur Pálmason, Denmark/Iceland
North American Premiere

TIFF DOCS
Sighted Eyes/Feeling Heart
Tracy Heather Strain, USA
World Premiere

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