TIFF 2019: Films starring Jennifer Lopez, Tom Hanks, Joaquin Phoenix coming to this year’s festival

By Zach Harper

Mark your calendars, movie fans! Some huge titles are going to screen at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) from Sept. 5 to 15, and there will be some massive stars likely on hand for gala events.

Hustlers, featuring Jennifer Lopez, Constance Wu, Cardi B and Julia Stiles, will have a gala screening. Other films that will have gala presentations include A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, which stars Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers; the adaptation of the novel The Goldfinch, starring Ansel Elgort; The Joker, featuring Joaquin Phoenix in the legendary Batman badguy role; and Harriet, starring Cynthia Erivo as abolitionist Harriet Tubman.

Knives Out, which stars Christopher Plummer, Daniel Craig, Chris Evans, Jamie Lee Curtis, Toni Colette, Michael Shannon and others will have a special presentation, as will Judy, featuring Renee Zellweger as screen icon Judy Garland.

The Bruce Springsteen-directed Western Stars, a companion for his latest studio album of the same name, will also screen.

Radioactive, which features Rosamund Pike as pioneering physicist and chemist Marie Curie, will close TIFF on Sept. 15. It was directed by Marjane Satrapi, author of acclaimed graphic novel series Persepolis.

Documentary Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band, a documentary about the Canadian music legends, will screen at the opening night gala on Sept. 5.

TIFF 2019’s full schedule will be announced on Aug. 20.

Here are the full list of gala presentations and special presentations at this year’s festival (note: world premieres are bolded):

Gala presentations:

  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood (starring Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys; directed by Marielle Heller)
  • Abominable (featuring the voices of Eddie Izzard and Sarah Paulson; directed by Jill Culton)
  • American Woman (directed by Semi Chellas)
  • Blackbird (starring Susan Sarandon; directed by Roger Michell)
  • Clemency (starring Alfre Woodard; directed by Chinonye Chukwu)
  • Ford v Ferrari (starring Matt Damon, Christian Bale; directed by James Mangold)
  • Harriet (starring Cynthia Erivo; directed by Kasi Lemmons)
  • Hustlers (starring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Constance Wu, Julia Stiles; directed by Lorene Scafaria)
  • Joker (starring Joaquin Phoenix; directed by Todd Phillips)
  • Just Mercy (starring Michael B. Jordan, Jamie Foxx; directed by Destin Daniel Cretton)
  • Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band (directed by Daniel Roher)
  • Ordinary Love (starring Liam Neeson, Lesley Manville; directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa, Glenn Leyburn)
  • Radioactive (starring Rosamund Pike; directed by Marjane Satrapi)
  • The Goldfinch (starring Nicole Kidman, Ansel Elgort, Luke Wilson, Sarah Paulson; directed by John Crowley)
  • The Sky is Pink (directed by Shonali Bose)
  • The Song of Names (directed by François Girard)
  • True History of the Kelly Gang (directed by Justin Kurzel)
  • Western Stars (directed by Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen)

Special presentations:

  • A Herdade (directed by Tiago Guedes)
  • Bad Education (starring Hugh Jackman, Allison Janney, Ray Romano; directed by Cory Finley)
  • Coming Home Again (directed by Wayne Wang)
  • Dolemite is My Name (starring Eddie Murphy; directed by Craig Brewer)
  • Ema (directed by Pablo Larraín)
  • Endings, Beginnings (starring Shailene Woodley; directed by Drake Doremus)
  • Frankie (starring Isabelle Huppert; directed by Ira Sachs)
  • Greed (starring Steve Coogan; directed by Michael Winterbottom)
  • Guest of Honour (starring David Thewlis; directed by Atom Egoyan)
  • Heroic Losers (directed by Sebastian Borensztein)
  • Honey Boy (directed by Almar Har’el)
  • Hope Gap (starring Annette Bening and Bill Nighy; directed by William Nicholson)
  • How to Build a Girl (directed by Coky Giedroyc)
  • I Am Woman (directed by Unjoo Moon)
  • Jojo Rabbit (starring Sam Rockwell, Scarlett Johansson, Rebel Wilson, Alfie Allen; directed by Taika Waititi)
  • Judy (starring Renee Zellweger; directed by Rupert Goold)
  • Knives Out (starring Daniel Craig, Toni Collette, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Evans, Don Johnson, Michael Shannon; directed by Rian Johnson)
  • La Bell Époque (directed by Nicolas Bedos)
  • Marriage Story (starring Adam Driver, Scarlett Johansson; directed by Noah Baumbach)
  • Military Wives (starring Kristin Scott-Thomas; directed by Peter Cattaneo)
  • Motherless Brooklyn (starring and directed by Edward Norton)
  • No. 7 Cherry Lane (directed by Yonfan)
  • Pain and Glory (starring Antonio Banderas; directed by Pedro Almodóvar)
  • Parasite (directed by Bong Joon-ho)
  • Pelican Blood (directed by Katrin Gebbe)
  • Portrait of a Lady on Fire (directed by Céline Sciamma)
  • Saturday Fiction (directed by Lou Ye)
  • The Friend (starring Jason Segel, Dakota Johnson, Casey Affleck; directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite)
  • The Laundromat (starring Meryl Streep, Gary Oldman, Antonio Banderas; directed by Steven Soderbergh)
  • The Lighthouse (starring Willem Dafoe, Robert Pattinson; directed by Robert Eggers)
  • The Other Lamb (directed by Malgorzata Szumowska)
  • The Painted Bird (directed by Václav Marhoul)
  • The Personal History of David Copperfield (starring Dev Patel, Tilda Swinton, Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie, Peter Capaldi, Ben Whishaw; directed by Armando Iannucci)
  • The Report (starring Adam Driver; directed by Scott Z. Burns)
  • The Two Popes (starring Jonathan Pryce, Anthony Hopkins; directed by Fernando Meirelles)
  • Uncut Gems (starring Adam Sandler; directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie)
  • Weathering With You (directed by Makoto Shinkai)
  • While at War (directed by Alejandro Amenábar)
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