TIFF 2021 | Previews of Films Screening at the Festival

BECOMING COUSTEAU – International Premiere – TIFF Docs

Directed by Liz Garbus
Producers by Liz Garbus, Dan Cogan, Mridu Chandra, Evan Hayes
Executive Produced by Julie Gaither, Carolyn Bernstein, Ryan Harrington
Written by Mark Monroe and Pax Wasserman
Edited by Pax Wassermann

Adventurer, filmmaker, innovator, author, unlikely celebrity and conservationist: For over four decades, Jacques-Yves Cousteau and his explorations under the ocean became synonymous with a love of science and the natural world. As he learned to protect the environment, he brought the whole world with him, sounding alarms more than 50 years ago about the warming seas and our planet’s vulnerability. In BECOMING COUSTEAU, from National Geographic Documentary films, two-time Academy Award®-nominated filmmaker LIZ GARBUS takes an inside look at Cousteau and his life, his iconic films and inventions, and the experiences that made him the 20th century’s most unique and renowned environmental voice — and the man who inspired generations to protect the Earth.

THE FORGIVEN – World Premiere – Gala Presentations

Directed by John Michael McDonagh
Starring Ralph Fiennes, Jessica Chastain, Matt Smith

The Forgiven takes place over a weekend in the High Atlas Mountains of Morocco, and explores the reverberations of a random accident on the lives of both the local Muslims, and Western visitors to a house party in a grand villa.

HOLD YOUR FIRE – World Premiere – TIFF Docs

Directed by Stefan Forbes

Brooklyn, 1973. When Shu’aib Raheem and his friends attempted to steal guns for self-defense, it sparked the longest hostage siege in NYPD history. NYPD psychologist Harvey Schlossberg fought to avert a bloodbath, reform police methods, and save the lives of hostages, police, and the four young Muslim men at the heart of the conflict.

https://www.holdyourfirefilm.com/ 

JOCKEY (Sony Pictures Classics) – International Premiere – Contemporary World Cinema

Directed by Clint Bentley
Written by Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar
Produced by Clint Bentley, Greg Kwedar, Nancy Schafer
Director of Photography: Adolpho Veloso
Music by Bryce Dessner & Aaron Dessner
Starring Clifton Collins Jr., Moisés Arias, Molly Parker

An aging jockey (Clifton Collins Jr.) hopes to win one last title for his longtime trainer (Molly Parker), who has acquired what appears to be a championship horse. But the years – and injuries – have taken a toll on his body, throwing into question his ability to continue his lifelong passion. And the arrival of a young rookie rider (Moises Arias), who claims to be his son, and whom he takes under his wing, further complicates the path to fulfilling his dream.

Instilled with an immediately engaging realism by filmmakers Clint Bentley and Greg Kwedar, JOCKEY takes audiences inside the “backside” of racetrack life in a way no other film has. Filmed at a live racetrack in Arizona, and featuring real jockeys, JOCKEY reveals the true rider experience – real life, behind the track.

MONTANA STORY – World Premiere – Platform

Directed by: Scott McGehee and David Siegel (What Maisie Knew, The Deep End)
Starring: Haley Lu Richardson (UnpregnantFive Feet Apart and the upcoming After Yang), Owen Teague (The Stand, Mrs. Fletcher), Kimberly Guerrero (The Glorias), Eugene Brave Rock (Wonder Woman) and Gilbert Owuor (Reprisal)

Two estranged siblings return home to the sprawling ranch they once knew and loved, only to confront a deep and bitter family legacy. The fates of their ailing, unscrupulous father and a beloved old horse hang in the balance.

MOTHERING SUNDAY (Sony Pictures Classics) – North American Premiere – Special Presentations 

Adapted from Alice Birch’s (Succession, Normal People) screenplay, based on the provocative best-selling novel by Graham Swift, “Mothering Sunday”

Directed by: Eva Husson (Girls of the Sun)
Produced by: Elizabeth Karlsen (Carol) and Stephen Woolley (The Crying Game)
Starring: Odessa Young (The Staircase, Assassination Nation), BAFTA-nominee, Josh O’Connor (The Crown), Oscar-winner, Olivia Colman (The Favourite, The Father), Oscar-winner, Colin Firth (The King’s Speech), Ṣọpẹ́ Dìrísù (“Gangs of London”), and Glenda Jackson (Women in Love, A Touch of Class)

Behind-The-Scenes Team: 
Three-time Oscar-winning costume designer, Sandy Powell (“The Irishman,” “Mary Poppins Returns”)
BAFTA-winning hair and make-up designer, Nadia Stacey (“The Favourite,” “Cruella”)
BAFTA TV-nominated production designer, Helen Scott (“A Very English Scandal,” “Wuthering Heights”)
BIFA-nominated cinematographer Jamie D. Ramsay, SASC (“Moffie,” “Beauty”) 
Editor, Emilie Orsini (“Girls of the Sun,” “The Party”)

On a warm spring day in 1924, housemaid and foundling Jane Fairchild (Odessa Young) finds herself alone on Mother’s Day. Her employers, Mr. and Mrs. Niven (Colin Firth and Olivia Colman), are out and she has the rare chance to spend quality time with her secret lover. Paul (Josh O’Connor) is the boy from the manor house nearby, Jane’s long-term love despite the fact that he’s engaged to be married to another woman, a childhood friend and daughter of his parents’ friends. But events that neither can foresee will change the course of Jane’s life forever. 

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