Toronto Film Festival Discovery strand includes 'I Kill Giants', 'The Future Ahead'

By Jeremy Kay | Screen

The biggest ever line-up of Discovery films at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) comprises 45 titles including world premieres for Anders Walter’s I Kill Giants (pictured), Constanza Novick’s The Future Ahead, and Daniel Kokotajlo’s Apostasy.

Discovery has expanded by 25% this year and opens with Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir’s The Swan, and closes with Nic Gorman’s Human Traces.

Toronto top brass also announced the line-up of on-stage conversations with the likes of Helen Mirren, Angelina Jolie and Javier Bardem, and announced TIFF Kids, TIFF Next Wave, the return of Festival Street.

“Uncovering new talent is one of the key roles of the Festival,” Piers Handling, TIFF director and CEO, said. “The Discovery programme 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.”

“If you don’t support the future of filmmaking, you fall behind,” TIFF artistic director Cameron Bailey said. “So we’re always looking for new talent. The fact that the Discovery programme 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 final wave of programming means the festival will screen a total of 339 films, down from 397 last year. There will be 255 features compared to 296 last year following the much-publicised 20% cull.

Of the features roster, 238 are world, international or North American premieres. Of those, 147 are world premieres (139 in 2016), 19 are international (30), and 72 are North American (97).

There were 7,299 total submissions (6,933): 6,166 international (5,693) and 1,133 from Canada (1,240). The festival comprises 13 programmes compared to 16 last year. The longest film will be Ex Libris – The New York Public Library at 197 minutes.

The 42nd edition of TIFF runs from September 7 to 17.


1% (Australia), Stephen McCallum WP

¾ (Three Quarters, Germany-Bulgaria), Ilian Metev,


A Fish Out Of Water (Taiwan), Lai Kuo-An, WP

*A Worthy Companion (Canada), Carlos Sanchez, Jason Sanchez, WP

*All You Can Eat Buddha (Canada), Ian Lagarde, WP

Apostasy (UK), Daniel Kokotajlo, WP

*AVA (Iran-Canada-Qatar), Sadaf Foroughi, WP

*Black Cop (Canada), Cory Bowles, WP

The Butterfly Tree (Australia), Priscilla Cameron, IP

*Cardinals (Canada), Grayson Moore, Aidan Shipley, WP

Disappearance (Napadid Shodan, Iran-Qatar) Ali Asgari, NAP

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

The Future Ahead (El Futuro Que Viene, Argentina) Constanza Novick, WP

The Garden (Sommerhäuser, Germany) Sonja Maria Kröner, IP

The Great Buddha+ (Taiwan), Huang Hsin-Yao, IP

The Lady From Holland (Netherlands-Germany), Marleen Jonkman, WP

Gutland (Luxembourg-Germany-Belgium), Govinda Van Maele, WP

High Fantasy (South Africa), Jenna Bass, WP

Human Traces (New Zealand), Nic Gorman, NAP – Discovery Closing Film

I Am Not A Witch (UK-France), Rungano Nyoni, NAP

I Kill Giants (UK), Anders Walter, WP

Indian Horse (Canada), Stephen Campanelli, WP

Killing Jesus (Matar a Jesús, Colombia-Argentina) Laura Mora, WP

Kissing Candice (Ireland), Aoife McArdle, WP

*Luk’Luk’I (Canada), Wayne Wapeemukwa, WP

*Mary Goes Round (Canada), Molly McGlynn, WP

Miracle (Stebuklas, Lithuania-Bulgaria-Poland) Egle Vertelyte, WP

Montana (Israel), Limor Shmila, WP

*Never Steady, Never Still (Canada), Kathleen Hepburn, WP

Oblivion Verses (Los Versos Del Olvido, France-Germany-Netherlands-Chile) Alireza Khatami, NAP

Oh Lucy! (USA-Japan), Atsuko Hirayanagi, NAP

The Poet And The Boy (Si-e-nui Sa-rang, South Korea) Kim Yang-hee, IP

Princesita (Chile-Argentina-Spain), Marialy Rivas, WP

Ravens (Sweden), Jens Assur, WP

Scaffolding (Pigumim, Israel-Poland), Matan Yair, NAP

Shuttle Life (Malaysia), Tan Seng Kiat, NAP

Simulation (Iran), Abed Abest, NAP

Soldiers. Story From Ferentari (Soldaţii. Poveste din Ferentari, Romania-Serbia-Belgium), Ivana Mladenovic, WP

Suleiman Mountain (Kyrgyzstan-Russia), Elizaveta Stishova, WP

The Swan (Svanurinn, Iceland) Ása Helga Hjörleifsdóttir, WP – Discovery Opening Film

Tigre Silvina Schnicer, Ulises Porra Guardiola, Argentina

World Premiere

Valley Of Shadows (Skyggenes Dal, Norway) Jonas Matzow Gulbrandsen, WP

Village Rockstars (India), Rima Das, WP

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

Winter Brothers (Vinterbrødre, Denmark-Iceland) Hlynur Pálmason, NAP

*Title was previously announced on August 9 with the complete Canadian feature line-up.