Buckle up for the 47th TIFF’s 11-day World Cinema Marathon

By Pickle  August 1, 2022
Buckle up for the 47th TIFF’s 11-day World Cinema Marathon, Pickle Media

Following a hiatus of two years, the 47th Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is retuning in September 2022 with 11 days of non-stop film screenings from Canada and other countries, as well as special events featuring some of the biggest names in the business.

The refugee drama “The Swimmers” by Welsh-Egyptian director Sally El Hosaini will open the 2022 edition of Toronto International Film Festival on September 8 at Roy Thomson Hall.

The Swimmers recounts a true story of two young sisters who set out on a perilous voyage as refugees from war-torn Syria to the 2016 Rio Olympics using both their champion swimming abilities and their emotions to great use.

Presenting fresh and original viewpoints on the business and art of film, the 47th edition of TIFF will this year feature Hillary Rodham Clinton and Chelsea Clinton who will showcase their new Apple documentary series Gutsy, based on The Book of Gutsy Women: Favorite Stories of Courage and Resilience. The project has been produced by their production company HiddenLight.

Based on the Clintons’ acclaimed New York Times bestselling book, the Apple series features Hillary and Chelsea as they embark on a thought-provoking journey to speak with innovative women artists, activists, community leaders, and everyday heroes who show us what it truly means to be gutsy.

“What’s Love Got to Do With It?” by veteran filmmaker Shekhar Kapur and “Kachchey Limbu” by debutant Indian director Shubham Yogi are among the 18 Gala Presentation Selections for the TIFF 2022, which runs from September 8 to 18.

Kapur, whose last fiction feature was the biographical period drama “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” nearly a decade and a half ago, has returned with a 108-minute cross-cultural rom-com starring Lily James, Emma Thompson, Sajal Ali, Shazad Latif, and Shabana Azmi. Jemima Khan co-produced and wrote the script for the project.

“Kachchey Limbu,” is a sports film starring Radhika Madan (2018’s “Pataakha”) and Ayush Mehra, who is making his acting debut. The movie, which is set in Mumbai, centres on a pair of cricket-playing siblings who must choose between supporting their families and pursuing their dreams.

There are 18 Galas and 45 Special Presentations on the official TIFF 2022 selection of movies. The 47th TIFF is set to feature more Indian movies, according to Cameron Bailey, CEO of TIFF. The titles of the films in the Discovery, Contemporary World Cinema, and Platform competition sections have not yet been revealed.

Also in the Galas Selection are world premieres of “Alice, Darling” by Mary Nighy, “Black Ice” by Hubert Davis, “Butcher’s Crossing” by Gabe Polsky, “The Greatest Beer Run Ever” by Peter Farrelly, and “The Hummingbird” by Francesca Archibugi, among others.

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