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Back to True North: Thoughts as I Return to the Toronto International Film Festival (Plus Films to See at TIFF 2022)

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Greetings from Toronto! I’ve settled into my Airbnb here in Canada, in preparation for the Toronto International Film Festival. The 2022 edition of TIFF kicks off pretty much right as you’re reading this, and it’s going to be something. Film screenings, fancy parties, movie premieres, and just being in another country. There’s nothing else quite like it. This is my second year attending, with many years in my future still to come. Coming hot on the heels of the Telluride Film Festival, and while the Venice Film Festival is still going on, there’s a bit of festival whiplash. I wasn’t at the fest in Venice, obviously, but I was in Telluride. Now, I’m in Toronto and about to see several of the year’s most hotly anticipated titles.

Last year, my TIFF experience was very different than most. One, it was still a COVID festival, so most opted to take it in virtually. So, it was a fairly low key fest. Two, I was there with my now ex-girlfriend, so it was a bit more relaxing and closer to a vacation in some ways. That’s all in the past, and there were tons of great films I saw, including Belfast, The Power of the Dog, and Spencer, but it will always feel like a unique memory to me. Anyway, onward and upward.


This year, TIFF is a more star studded affair, including the World Premieres of Steven Spielberg‘s The Fabelmans and Rian Johnson‘s Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery. There’s also Darren Aronofsky‘s The Whale, alongside plenty of other titles of note. It’s almost an embarrassment of riches, which will make seeing everything impossible. Still, I’m going to try to get about a dozen in, perhaps more. Time will tell, but there will be no shortage of things that I see over the next five days or so, as Shane also detailed here

Below, you can see the movies that seem most interesting at Toronto. I’m sure it won’t end up exactly being the case, but with the Honorable Mentions, there’s over 50 flicks listed. So, you should have plenty of 2022 (and 2023) releases to dig into here!

Here are the 35 films (in alphabetical order) I think one should most be looking out for at TIFF:

Searchlight Pictures


Alice, Darling

All Quiet on the Western Front

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed

The Banshees Of Inisherin




Catherine Called Birdy


Decision to Leave


Empire of Light

The Fabelmans

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

The Good Nurse

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

The Inspection

A Jazzman’s Blues


The Lost King

The Menu

Moving On

My Policeman


Raymond and Ray


The Son

Triangle of Sadness


Wendell & Wild

The Whale

The Woman King

Women Talking

The Wonder


Honorable Mentions: Bones of Crows, Carmen, Dalíland, EO, Emily, The End of Sex, The Eternal Daughter, Fixation, Good Night Oppy, Holy Spider, Maya and the Wave, Moonage Daydream, Nanny, One Fine Morning, Patrick and the Whale, Return to Seoul, Sanctuary, Susie Searches, The Swimmers, and What’s Love Got To Do With It?

Stay tuned for all of my coverage from the Toronto International Film Festival!


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