TIFF ‘23 Official Selection
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Defiant
Filmmaker Karim Amer (The Square, TIFF ’13) gains unique access to Ukraine’s Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and other key figures in the administration who are fighting to save their country against Russia’s invasion by combatting disinformation. Featuring Dmytro Kuleba, Rustem Umerov, Mykhailo Fedorov, and Iryna Vereshchuk.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: In the Rearview
Maciek Hamela’s minimalist debut documentary is an expansive road trip through an invasion that drove more than 15 million refugees — more than one-third of Ukraine’s population — in search of safer pastures.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Nun or Never!
A nun’s discovery of a strange but beguiling newcomer threatens to upset the rhythm and harmony she enjoys among her sisters in this irresistibly sweet and utterly unique animation by Finland’s Heta Jäälinoja.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Menus-Plaisirs Les Troigros
Esteemed documentarian Frederick Wiseman’s latest is a food-lovers heaven — a long, behind-the-scenes excursion into the world of France’s venerable restaurant La Maison Troisgros, which has held three Michelin stars for more than five decades.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Mr.Dressup: The Magic of Make-Believe
This heartfelt documentary celebrates the life and work of Ernie Coombs, the iconic Canadian children’s television personality who encouraged generations of kids to be their best selves. Directed by Robert McCallum, the film features Judith Lawrence, Chris Coombs, Cathie LeFort, Nina Keogh, and more.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Bye Bye Tiberias
Years after leaving her Palestinian village to pursue an acting career in France, Hiam Abbass (Succession) returns home with her daughter, filmmaker Lina Soualem, in this intimate documentary about four generations of women and their shared legacy of separation.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Sorry/Not Sorry
Filmmakers Caroline Suh and Cara Mones re-examine the case of Louis C.K., who was accused of sexual harassment in 2017. They explore his comeback and the unseen effects of this on the women who spoke publicly about his behaviour.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: The Pigeon Tunnel
David Cornwell, a.k.a. spy novelist John le Carré, opens up to Oscar-winning documentarian Errol Morris for the author’s final interview, reflecting on the influences he took away from his father’s life as a con man.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Silver Dollar Road
A Black family in North Carolina battles decades of harassment by land developers trying to seize their waterfront property, in this searing documentary by Oscar-nominated director Raoul Peck (I Am Not Your Negro).
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Copa 71
In this documentary produced by Serena and Venus Williams, filmmakers use archival footage and new interviews to tell the story of the 1971 Women’s World Cup, an underappreciated moment in the history of soccer. Directed by Rachel Ramsay and James Erskine, the film features Brandi Chastain, Nicole Mangas, Silvia Zaragoza, Carol Wilson, and more.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa
The first Nepali woman to summit and descend Mount Everest — now a single mom working at a Connecticut Whole Foods — heads back to Everest to make a better life for her two daughters. Directed by Lucy Walker, the film features Lhakpa Sherpa, Nima Sherpa, Sunny Dijmarescu, and Shiny Dijmarescu.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Walls
For her debut film, actor turned filmmaker Kasia Smutniak travels to Poland’s forbidden red zone to shine a light on her home country’s border policies and the European Union’s refugee crisis.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: Homecoming
As museums worldwide are increasingly pressured to return cultural property, co-directors Suvi West and Anssi Kömi share a personal and insightful story about the return of Sámi artifacts — long held in a museum — to their homeland. Also featuring Heini Wesslin, Eeva-Kristiina Nylander, and Áile Aikio.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: God Is a Woman
Swiss-Panamanian director Andrés Peyrot films with the Indigenous Kuna people in Panama’s San Blas islands as they seek to lay claim to a 1975 documentary that captured their community, but never was shown to them. Featuring Arysteides Turpana, Laida Diaz de Prestan, Olonigdi Chiari, Cebaldo Inawinapi, and more.
First Look at TIFF ‘23 Film: The Contestant
This true story of a Japanese reality TV star left naked in a room for more than a year, tasked with filling out magazine sweepstakes to earn food and clothing, prompts innumerable questions about our culture of oversharing. Featuring Tomoaki Hamatsu “Nasubi,” and Toshio Tsuchiya.