It’s that time of year again when the world’s most prestigious movie stars and film industry talent can be spotted around Toronto. This year, the Toronto International Film Festival is celebrating a record-breaking feat—half of the films being presented are directed by women, telling stories across different genres and following people of varying nationalities, religions, sexualities, and ethnic backgrounds. To celebrate this triumph, here are six of the most highly anticipated female-directed films at TIFF 2019.
Bring Me Home: Kim Seung-woo
A dedicated mother in search of her missing son follows a lead to a fishing village where corrupt police officers might have the answers to her long-lived mystery.
Harriet: Kasi Lemmons
A biopic about renowned American abolitionist Harriet Tubman who escapes slavery and risks her life to lead others to freedom through a network of safe-houses, later known as the underground railroad.
Highway To Heaven: Sandra Ignagni
A beautifully composed documentary on the 25 houses of worship that line Road No. 5 in Richmond, BC. The film captures the tensions around multiculturalism and ethnic diversity in Canada.
I Am Woman: Unjoo Moon
This uplifting biopic tells the story of Helen Reddy, the fiercely ambitious Australian singer behind the 1971 hit song that became the signature rallying cry of the women’s liberation movement.
Portrait of a Lady on Fire: Céline Sciamma
Hired to paint a portrait ahead of a prospective marriage, an 18th century artist finds herself falling for the reclusive bride to be. Intimacy and attraction begin to grow as the two women share the reluctant bride’s last moments of freedom.
There’s Something in The Water: Ellen Page, Ian Daniel
Ellen Page brings attention to the injustices caused by environmental racism in her home province. The documentary highlights the indigenous and African Nova Scotian women fighting to protect their communities, their land, and their future.