A sampling of the 120+ films screening across the Festival’s 9 day run
The Song of Names | Opening Gala | Saturday, September 14, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
François Girard | Canada/United Kingdom/Germany/Hungary | 2019 | 113 Minutes
Tim Roth and Clive Owen star in an emotional detective story spread over two continents and a half century. Beneath the film’s stunning and pulsing musical revelations burn the horror of a war and the lost souls extinguished from history. Sponsored by CTV.
American Woman | Gala | Wednesday, September 18, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
Semi Chellas | United States | 2019 | 80 Minutes
A political activist helps take care of a group of America’s most wanted fugitives—including a well-known, recently radicalized heiress—in this fictionalized reimagining of the Patty Hearst affair. Sponsored by Milestones.
The Rest of Us | Gala | Friday, September 20, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
Aisling Chin-Yee | Canada | 2019 | 80 Minutes
Two mother-daughter duos must contend with their grief and complicated relationships with one another when the person who connects them dies. Sponsored by NOHFC.
Guest of Honour | Gala | Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 7:00 p.m.
Atom Egoyan | Canada | 2019 | 105 Minutes
Jim and his daughter Veronica, a young high-school music teacher, attempt to unravel their complicated histories and intertwined secrets. Sponsored by Toronto Celebrates Sudbury.
Clifton Hill | Special Presentation
Albert Shin | Canada | 2019 | 100 Minutes
Following the death of her mother, a young woman returns home to Niagara Falls and becomes entangled in the memory of a kidnapping she claims to have witnessed as a child. Sponsored by Rewind 103.9.
The Lighthouse | Special Presentation
Robert Eggers | Canada/United States | 2019 | 110 Minutes
The story of two lighthouse keepers on a remote and mysterious New England island in the 1890s. Sponsored by Pure Country 91.7.
Frankie | Special Presentation
Ira Sachs | France/Portugal | 2019 | 98 Minutes
About three generations of a family grappling with a life-changing experience during one day of a vacation in the historic town of Sintra, Portugal. Sponsored by KiSS 105.3.
The Parts You Lose | Special Presentation
Christopher Cantwell | Canada | 2019 | 94 Minutes
An unlikely friendship unfolds between a young deaf boy, Wesley, and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family’s rural North Dakota farm. Sponsored by 92.7 ROCK.
Sea of Shadows | World Doc
Richard Ladkani | Austria | 2019 | 104 Minutes
The vaquita, the world’s smallest whale, is nearing extinction as its habitat is destroyed by Mexican cartels and the Chinese Mafia. Environmental activists, the Mexican navy, and undercover investigators are fighting back against this illegal multimillion-dollar business. #PresentedBy @WaterDocs.
Please visit www.cinefest.com for the complete film lineup. Passports and tickets are available now.