TIFF brings the world to Toronto

The Toronto International Film Festival celebrates diversity with 35 international short films
rounding out its Short Cuts lineup. The slate showcases insightful and dynamic storytelling by filmmakers who
demonstrate a flair for concision while still achieving cinematic excellence in live-action narrative,
documentary, and animated short-form filmmaking. This year includes award-winning short-film masters;
many directors who are returning to the Festival; and vital emergent talents whose films cover topics and
themes from love and sexuality to race and politics. These titles represent over 30 countries with over 20
different languages.

“We’re thrilled to be able to showcase amazing work from the huge and diverse array of filmmakers pushing
short-form cinema in bold new directions,” says Short Cuts Lead Programmer Jason Anderson. “In addition to
being able to introduce viewers to the most incredible new talents we’ve discovered from among the 4,500
submissions the programme received this year, we are very excited to welcome back many seasoned directors
and animators who clearly appreciate all the possibilities and freedoms they find when working in the short
format.”

“The international titles in the Short Cuts programme puts a spotlight on rich stories from Nepal, Costa Rica,
Ethiopia, Lebanon, and many other countries that often go without screen representation,” added Short Cuts
programmer Robyn Citizen. “It is an honour to bring these strong international voices to the Festival, and I can’t
wait to share them with our TIFF audiences.”

Programme highlights include the North American premiere of Nimic, a drama by Yorgos Lanthimos starring
Matt Dillon as a professional cellist whose life takes a very strange turn. Two more films by celebrated
directors — whose recent features have also played the Festival — are Yona Rozenkier’s Butterflies, a warm
and moving snapshot of one family’s encounter with the natural world, and Teemu Nikki’s All Inclusive, the
story of a bullied man who gets a mysterious chance to even the score.

Short Cuts also includes World Premieres of much-anticipated new films by American actor and filmmaker
Casey Wilson (Daddio, starring Michael McKean), award-winning Swedish animator Niki Lindroth von Bahr
(Something to Remember), and Ethiopian director Hiwot Admasu Getaneh (A Fool God).

Films in the Short Cuts programme are eligible for the IWC Short Cuts Award for Best Film. This year’s jury
includes Léo Soesanto, a Paris-based programmer and film journalist; Chelsea McMullan, a Toronto-based
filmmaker; and Andrea Roa, producer of It Comes at Night, Unexpected, and Tramps.

The 44th Toronto International Film Festival runs September 5–15, 2019.

The 35 newly announced international titles screening as part of Short Cuts include:
All Cats Are Grey in the Dark Lasse Linder | Switzerland
International Premiere
All Inclusive Teemu Nikki | Finland
North American Premiere
And then the Bear Agnès Patron | France
North American Premiere
Ani Josephine Stewart-Te Whiu | New Zealand
North American Premiere
Anna Dekel Berenson | Ukraine/Israel/United Kingdom
North American Premiere
Are You Hungry? Teemu Niukkanen | Finland
World Premiere
Austral Fever Thomas Woodroffe | Chile
North American Premiere
BARAKAT Manon Nammour | Lebanon
World Premiere
Bare Trees In The Mist Rajan Kathet | Nepal
World Premiere
Butterflies Yona Rozenkier | Israel/France
North American Premiere
Daddio Casey Wilson | USA
World Premiere
Darling Saim Sadiq | Pakistan/USA
North American Premiere
Daughter Daria Kashcheeva | Czech Republic
North American Premiere
Exam Sonia K. Hadad | Iran
World Premiere
Flesh Camila Kater | Brazil/Spain
North American Premiere
A Fool God Hiwot Admasu Getaneh | France
World Premiere
Hello Ahma Siyou Tan | Singapore/USA
World Premiere
Human Nature Sverre Fredriksen | Netherlands
World Premiere
Locals Only Brent Harris | South Africa
World Premiere
Lucia En El Limbo Valentina Maurel | Belgium/France/Costa Rica
North American Premiere
The Nap (La Siesta) Federico Luis Tachella | Argentina
North American Premiere
Nimic Yorgos Lanthimos | Germany/USA/United Kingdom
North American Premiere
The Raft Sylvain Cruiziat | Germany
World Premiere
Reminiscences of the Green Revolution Dean Colin Marcial | Philippines/USA
World Premiere
Route-3 Thanasis Neofotistos | Bosnia and Herzegovina/Greece
World Premiere
Sadla Zamo Mkhwanazi | South Africa
World Premiere
She Runs Qiu Yang | China/France
North American Premiere
Something to Remember (Något att minnas) Niki Lindroth von Bahr | Sweden
World Premiere
Thirsty Nicole Delaney | USA
World Premiere
Toomas Beneath the Valley of the Wild Wolves Chintis Lundgren | Croatia/Estonia/France
North American Premiere
The Trap (Fakh) Nada Riyadh | Egypt/Germany
North American Premiere
Watermelon Juice Irene Moray | Spain
North American Premiere
Who Talks Elin Övergaard | Sweden
North American Premiere
Why Slugs Have No Legs Aline Höchli | Switzerland
World Premiere
Yandere William Laboury | France
World Premiere

Previously announced Short Cuts films include Chloé Robichaud’s Delphine, Ariane Louis-Seize’s The Depths,
Joseph Amenta’s Flood, Daniel Cockburn’s God’s Nightmares, Sandra Ignagni’s Highway to Heaven, Thea
Hollatz’s Hot Flash, Sofia Banzhaf’s I Am in the World as Free and Slender as a Deer on a Plain, Alexandre
Dostie’s I’ll End Up in Jail, Anna Maguire’s It’s Nothing, Emilie Mannering’s Jarvik, Renuka Jeyapalan’s Life
Support, Karen Chapman’s Measure, Carol Nguyen’s No Crying At The Dinner Table, Christopher Auchter’s Now
is the Time, Aaron Poole’s Oracle, Theodore Ushev’s The Physics of Sorrow, Brandon Cronenberg’s Please
Speak Continuously And Describe Your Experiences As They Come To You, Pier-Philippe Chevigny’s Rebel
(Recrue), Asia Youngman’s This Ink Runs Deep, and Karen Moore’s Volcano.

For film synopses, cast lists, images, and more information, see tiff.net/shortcuts.

Festival tickets are available at tiff.net, by phone at 416.599.2033 or 1.888.258.8433, or in person at a box office.

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