The TIFF – Toronto International Film Festival Movies We’re Looking Forward to Most

The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2023: A Sneak Peek at Notable Premieres

TIFF 2022 set the bar high with acclaimed movies like “Aftersun” and “How to Blow Up a Pipeline.” Now, as we eagerly anticipate TIFF 2023, let’s take a look at some of the notable premieres scheduled to grace the festival.

World Premieres

Dumb Money

“Dumb Money” delves into the GameStop saga, exploring the chaos that ensued when the investment world was turned upside down. With a star-studded cast including Paul Dano, Seth Rogen, Shailene Woodley, and Anthony Ramos, this film by director Craig Gillespie promises to capture a unique moment in American capitalism. We hope it lives up to the standard set by Gillespie’s previous successes like “I, Tonya.”


“Lee” is a historical drama featuring Kate Winslet as Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, a fashion model turned war correspondent during World War II. Directed by Ellen Kuras, this character-driven film is set to showcase Winslet’s exceptional talent alongside a stellar supporting cast, including Alexander Skarsgård and Marion Cotillard.

More up coming film premieres

The End We Start From

Starring Jodie Comer and Benedict Cumberbatch, “The End We Start From” follows a woman navigating an environmental crisis with her newborn child in a flooded London. Directed by Mahalia Belo and based on the book by Megan Hunter, this thriller promises an engaging and suspenseful storyline.

Pain Hustlers

“Pain Hustlers,” directed by David Yates, takes us into the ethical dilemmas of the pharmaceutical industry. Emilly Blunt, played by Liza Drake, becomes entangled in a struggling pharmaceutical start-up in Central Florida. The film features an impressive cast, including Chris Evans and Andy García.

Seven Veils

In “Seven Veils,” Amanda Seyfried stars as Jeanine, a troubled theater director attempting to put on her mentor’s famous opera. As she faces her own traumas, the drama unfolds. Written and directed by Atom Egoyan, this film is sure to showcase Seyfried’s talents.

Other Premieres

Anatomy of a Fall

The Palme d’Or winner at Cannes, “Anatomy of a Fall,” is a twisted true crime family drama starring Sandra Hüller. The film follows Sandra’s life as it spirals into turmoil after the death of her husband, leading to a gripping trial that promises to captivate audiences.

Concrete Utopia

“Concrete Utopia” by Um Tae-hwa is a disaster film set in Seoul, focusing on a group of survivors coping with the aftermath of a massive earthquake. The film promises spectacle and high-stakes storytelling.

Fair Play

“Fair Play” is a psychological thriller directed by Chloe Domont. The film centers on the intense competition between a recently engaged couple, played by Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich, as they vie for a promotion at their financial firm.


Richard Linklater’s “Hitman” stars Glen Powell as a Houston cop posing as a hitman, leading to unexpected consequences. The film’s intriguing premise and Powell’s leading role make it a highly anticipated entry.


Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Monster” tells the story of a boy struggling in school and his mother’s efforts to support him. As the narrative unfolds, the film takes unexpected turns, promising to be a thought-provoking piece.

Actors Behind the Camera

Knox Goes Away

Michael Keaton wears the director’s hat for the noir thriller “Knox Goes Away.” Keaton also stars as a contract killer facing dementia, which adds a unique twist to this film.

North Star

Kristin Scott Thomas makes her directorial debut with “North Star,” a family drama where she stars alongside Scarlett Johansson and Sienna Miller. The film explores the complexities of family relationships during a mother’s wedding.

The Dead Don’t Hurt

Viggo Mortensen directs and stars in “The Dead Don’t Hurt,” a Western set in California during the 1860s. Mortensen’s involvement promises a compelling narrative with the aid of co-star Vicky Krieps.


Ethan Hawke’s directorial debut “Wildcat” features his daughter, Maya Hawke, as a young Flannery O’Connor. The film aims to provide a deeper look into O’Connor’s life and work.

Woman of the Hour

Anna Kendrick directs and stars in “Woman of the Hour,” a true-story-inspired comedy about Rodney Alcala, a killer who appeared on a TV dating show while committing his crimes. Kendrick’s film looks to add a humorous twist to a dark tale.


TIFF 2023 is shaping up to be another exciting festival, with a diverse array of films that promise to captivate audiences. From historical dramas to thrillers, and even comedies, there’s something for everyone. As we eagerly await the official announcement of the rest of the lineup in August, these world premieres and other notable entries have already piqued our interest and have us looking forward to the cinematic delights that lie ahead.

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Stevie Flavio
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