Toronto International Film Festival Unveils First Batch of Films for 2017 Edition

Toronto International Film Festival Unveils First Batch of Films for 2017 Edition
We're less than two months away from the massive movie marathon that is the Toronto International Film Festival. Though organizers have promised to scale back their programming ever so slightly, the fest will still undoubtedly overwhelm with its selection. Today, we get our first taste with the unveiling of the fest's galas and special presentations.

The first batch of films for the fest includes projects directed by Andy Serkis, Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier, David Gordon Green, Angelina Jolie, Darren Aronofsky, Guillermo del Toro, Wim Wenders and George Clooney.

You'll find the first batch of announced films below, along with a handful of trailers.

TIFF runs from September 7 to 17.

Galas:

Breathe, directed by Andy Serkis (United Kingdom).
The Catcher Was A Spy, directed by Ben Lewin (US).
Darkest Hour, directed by Joe Wright (United Kingdom).
Film Stars Don't Die in Liverpool, directed by Paul McGuigan (United Kingdom).
Kings, directed by Deniz Gamze Ergüven (France/Belgium).
Long Time Running, directed by Jennifer Baichwal and Nicholas de Pencier (Canada).
Mary Shelley, directed by  Haifaa Al Mansour (Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/US).
The Mountain Between Us, directed by Hany Abu-Assad (US).
Mudbound, directed by Dee Rees (US).
Stronger, directed by David Gordon Green (US).
The Wife, directed by Bjorn Runge (United Kingdom/Sweden).
Woman Walks Ahead, directed by Susanna White (US).

Special Presentations:

Battle of the Sexes, directed by Valerie Faris and Jonathan Dayton (US).
BPM (Beats Per Minute), directed by Robin Campillo (France).
The Brawler, directed by Anurag Kashyap (India).
The Breadwinner, directed by Nora Twomey (Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg).
Call Me By Your Name, directed by Luca Guadagnino (Italy/France).
Catch the Wind, directed by Gael Morel (France).
The Children Act, directed by Richard Eyre (United Kingdom).
Disobedience, directed by Sebastian Lelio (United Kingdom).
Downsizing, directed by Alexander Payne (US).
A Fantastic Woman, directed by Sebastian Lelio (Chile).
First They Killed My Father, directed by Angelina Jolie (Cambodia).
The Guardians, directed by Xavier Beauvois (France).
Hostiles, directed by Scott Cooper (US).
The Hungry, directed by Bornila Chatterjee (India).
I, Tonya, directed by Craig Gillespie (US).
mother!, directed by Darren Aronofsky (US).
Novitiate, directed by Maggie Betts (US).
Omerta, directed by Hansal Mehta (India).
Plonger, directed by Mélanie Laurent (France).
The Price of Success, directed by Teddy Lussi-Modeste (France).
Professor Marston & the Wonder Women, directed by Angela Robinson (US).
The Rider, directed by Chloé Zhao (US).
A Season in France, directed by Mahamat-Saleh Haroun (France).
The Shape of Water, directed by Guillermo del Toro (US).
Sheikh Jackson, directed by Amr Salama (Egypt).
The Square, directed by Ruben Östlund (Sweden).
Submergence, directed by Wim Wenders (France/Germany/Spain).
Suburbicon, directed by George Clooney (US).
Thelma, directed by Joachim Trier (Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark).
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (directed by Martin McDonagh (US).
Victoria and Abdul, directed by Stephen Frears (United Kingdom).