Dear Evan Hansen, directed by Stephen Chbosky, will open the festival on September 9. Photo: Huanxi Media Group

Neon, distributor behind Palme d’Or winner Titane, has captured the North American rights to One Second by Chinese director Zhang Yimou. One Second was initially set to premiere at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival, but was pulled days before its premiere. The movie went through reshoots and was released in China in November 2020, grossing just $10 million. According to the Berlinale, the highly anticipated film was withdrawn for “technical reasons.” Set during the Cultural Revolution of 1966 to 1976, a sensitive subject for the ruling party, speculation that the film’s historical story line was not approved by regulators arose. The film will now close the 2021 Toronto International Film Festival on September 18. Below, find the list of films added to the TIFF lineup so far, including those by Edgar Wright and Céline Sciamma. Toronto International Film Festival unveiled its lineup on Tuesday, two weeks after declaring in-person audiences will be welcome as Canadian border restrictions loosen. Gala PresentationsBelfast, directed by Kenneth BranaghClifford the Big Red Dog, directed by Walt BeckerDear Evan Hansen, directed by Stephen ChboskyThe Electrical Life of Louis Wain, directed by Will SharpeThe Eyes of Tammy Faye, directed by Michael ShowalterJagged, directed by Alison KlaymanLast Night in Soho, directed by Edgar WrightThe Mad Women’s Ball (Le Bal des folles), directed by Mélanie LaurentNight Raiders, directed by Danis GouletOne Second, directed by Zhang YimouThe Survivor, directed by Barry Levinson

Special PresentationsAli & Ava, directed by Clio BarnardAll My Puny Sorrows, directed by Michael McGowanBenediction, directed by Terence DaviesBergman Island, directed by Mia Hansen-LøveCharlotte, directed by Eric Warin, Tahir RanaDionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, directed by Dave Wooley, David HeilbronerDrive My Car, directed by Ryusuke HamaguchiEncounter, directed by Michael PearceThe Guilty, directed by Antoine FuquaI’m Your Man, directed by Maria SchraderInexorable, directed by Fabrice du WelzLakewood, directed by Phillip NoyceThe Middle Man, directed by Bent HamerOfficial Competition (Competencia Oficial), directed by Mariano Cohn, Gastón DupratParis, 13th District (Les Olympiades), directed by Jacques AudiardPetite Maman, directed by Céline SciammaThe Starling, directed by Theodore MelfiThe Story of My Wife, directed by Ildikó EnyediThree Floors (Tre Piani), directed by Nanni MorettiViolet, directed by Justine BatemanThe Worst Person in the World (Verdens Verste Menneske), directed by Joachim Trier


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