Films & Events tagged with female director

All the Wrong Reasons

Making one of his final screen performances, the late Cory Monteith leads a superb Canadian ensemble in this sharply nuanced comic drama from debut Canadian director Gia Milani.

The Amazing Catfish

A lonely young woman becomes a live-in caregiver for an ailing but indomitable matriarch and her brood of kids, in this joyful and wonderfully naturalistic comedy-drama.

The Animal Project

A Toronto theatre director endures a series of creative and personal travails in this affecting and typically inventive new film from Festival favourite Ingrid Veninger (MODRA, i am a good person/i am a bad person).

Around the Block

Christina Ricci stars as an American teacher who takes a troubled inner-city Sydney youth under her wing, in this gritty, unflinching yet inspirational debut feature by Australian director Sarah Spillane.

Bad Hair

A nine-year-old boy’s preening obsession with straightening his hair elicits a tidal wave of homophobic panic in his hard-working mother, in this tender but clear-eyed coming-of-age tale from Venezuelan writer-director Mariana Rondón.


A humble chauffeur (Chen Kun; Painted Skin, Let the Bullets Fly) and his employer's spoiled wife (Carina Lau; Days of Being Wild, Ashes of Time, Flowers of Shanghai) are linked together by very different kinds of dilemmas, in this quietly heart-rending double-character study from first-time feature director Flora Lau.


Two Lisbon women — a privileged architectural illustrator and a cheerful housekeeper from the city’s Guinean community — join together to save a young Guinean girl from ritual genital mutilation, in this sensitive and intimate second feature from immensely talented Portuguese director Inês Oliveira.


Touching on love, sex, money, and art, Cassandra Cronenberg directs this formally daring inventory of human transactions, which tracks a young woman’s journey through an intoxicating sleepless night.

Concrete Night

A fourteen-year-old boy in a stifling Helsinki slum takes some unwise life lessons from his soon-to-be-incarcerated older brother, in Finnish master Pirjo Honkasalo’s gorgeously stylized and emotionally devastating work about what we pass on to younger generations, and the ways we do it.

Dangerous Acts Starring the Unstable Elements of Belarus

In the Republic of Belarus, Europe’s last remaining unreconstructed Communist dictatorship, the Belarus Free Theatre risks censorship, imprisonment and worse to stage their provocative and subversive plays in secret performances at home and to critical acclaim abroad. Director Madeleine Sackler goes behind the scenes with this group of gutsy performers as they brave a renewed government crackdown on dissenters in 2010.

The Dark Matter of Love

Documentarian Sarah McCarthy (The Sound of Mumbai: A Musical) returns to the Festival with this extraordinary portrait of a Wisconsin family’s struggle to bond with a trio of Russian orphans — the last such case to predate Russia’s controversial ban on adoptions by Americans.

The Dog

An astonishing documentary portrait of the late John Wojtowicz, whose attempted robbery of a Brooklyn bank to finance his male lover’s sex-reassignment surgery was the real-life inspiration for the classic Al Pacino film Dog Day Afternoon.

The Eternal Return of Antonis Paraskevas

A drolly absurd addition to Greece’s recent New Wave, this accomplished debut feature from Elina Psykou stars Christos Stergioglou (Dogtooth) as a veteran television host whose plummeting ratings and spiralling personal debt prompt him to stage his own kidnapping.

An Extraordinary Person

Actor Monia Chokri makes her directorial debut with this winning chronicle of a bachelorette party that descends into a bitter war of words.


Precocious newcomer Jasmin Mozaffari directs this bittersweet portrait of friendship and frustrated ambition, about a pair of Northern Ontario BFFs who dream of making it big in the city.

For Those Who Can Tell No Tales

An Australian tourist discovers the silent legacy of wartime atrocities when she arrives in a seemingly idyllic little town on the border of Bosnia and Serbia. From Jasmila Zbanic, director of the Golden Bear winner Grbavica.


Quebecois filmmaker Louise Archambault directs this tender drama about a developmentally challenged young woman's quest for independence and sexual freedom.

Hateship Loveship

Kristen Wiig, Guy Pearce, Nick Nolte and Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) star in this smart, funny, and moving family drama based on a short story by revered Canadian author Alice Munro.

Hi-Ho Mistahey!

Internationally acclaimed filmmaker and activist Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) chronicles the Attawapiskat First Nations campaign to draw global attention to the Canadian government’s neglect of Aboriginal youth education.


Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair) stars in this comedy-drama as a recovering control freak who finds support and a new lease on life when she enters group therapy.

I Am Yours

A twentysomething single mother in Norway’s expatriate Pakistani community struggles with her dysfunctional relationship with her perpetually disapproving mother, in this startlingly assured feature debut by Norwegian actor, singer and filmmaker Iram Haq.

Lucky Them

A rock journalist (Toni Collette) is given the impossible assignment to hunt down a long-unseen revered local musician, and is joined on the road by a music-hating, aspiring documentarian (Thomas Haden Church), in director Megan Griffith's edgy comedy.

Mission Congo

Death, diamonds and greed. A charismatic US businessman pursues an irresistible opportunity during one of the worst humanitarian crises of modern times.

My Love Awaits Me by the Sea

Inspired by the artist and writer Hasan Hourani's wondrous reveries, this poetic, first-person essay chronicles filmmaker Mais Darwazah’s first-ever visit to her Palestine homeland, charting an exquisite journey to the seafront of Jaffa.

Night Moves

Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Saarsgard star as radical environmental activists whose act of eco-terror plunges them into a moral maelstrom, in the highly anticipated new film from acclaimed American auteur Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy, Meek’s Cutoff).


Poignant and disarmingly honest, Mexican director Mariana Chenillo’s second feature explores the difficulty of change and our modern obsession with body-type through the story of an overweight couple trying to slim down together.


Tantoo Cardinal (Dances With Wolves) and Lorne Cardinal (Corner Gas) star in this satirical thriller about a German who travels to Canada to commune with nature and experience First Nations culture.

Sam's Formalwear

A tuxedo-rental proprietor suffers a mid-life crisis on the occasion of his daughter's prom in this uproarious comic vignette from director Yael Staav.

Sarah Prefers to Run

This stylish and slyly comic chronicle of a young woman’s sexual awakening is the highly anticipated feature debut of Quebec filmmaker Chloé Robichaud.


Eva Cvijanovic’s dreamlike pen-and-ink animation is a marvelous maritime escapade, enveloping viewers in a beautifully ethereal underwater world.


After a 10-year hiatus from filmmaking, director Penny Panayotopoulou makes her highly anticipated return to the Festival with this poignant study of a solitary woman who develops an increasingly peculiar attachment to a neighbouring family following the death of her dog.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 1

Intergalactic monkeys, unwelcome tourists, the fear of forgetfulness, and 3D animation from Academy Award winners and nominees fill out this visually spectacular and completely unconventional package of shorts — best seen on the big screen.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 2

From Chinese shipping captains with a soft spot for pop music to teens surfing the net for new love, things aren’t always as they appear in this shorts programme that features fantastic visual effects and some of the most imaginative storytelling found in the Festival.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 3

Performance is at the centre of this daring programme of boundary-pushing shorts that explore questions of history, politics, and identity.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 4

From restless teens occupying an abandoned mansion to a family waiting for planes to land, the seemingly innocuous — but finally decisive — things people do with their hours supply the raw material for this observant, bright collection of shorts.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 5

Friends and criminals — and their chance encounters — link this programme to make keen observations that, from coast to coast, we’re not always as easygoing and apologetic as we might claim.

Short Cuts Canada Programme 6

Community, friends and family form life's essential networks. Some of the most adventurous films of the year explore the complications of starting anew, of keeping up or forging ahead.

Something Necessary

Judy Kibinge’s daring yet elegant film is an uplifting parable about atonement, set against the deadly violence that followed the 2007 elections in Kenya.

The Square

This documentary epic is the result of director Jehane Noujaim (Control Room) and her crew’s dogged chronicling of activism, unrest and revolution in Cairo’s Tahrir Square.


Taylor Schilling (Netflix’s Orange is the New Black) stars as a newly-single pregnant woman who confronts an uncertain future in the long-awaited sophomore drama from Wiebke von Carolsfeld (Marion Bridge).

The Strange Colour of Your Body's Tears

The latest from Hélène Cattet and Bruno Forzani (Amer) is a sensual, blood-soaked homage to the 1970s giallo aesthetic that will keep you guessing.

The Summer of Flying Fish

In this subtle and atmospheric allegory by first-time feature director Marcela Said, a teenaged girl holidaying at a lake house in southern Chile experiences a bittersweet coming of age as she faces disillusionment in love and confronts the incoherency and intolerance of her affluent family’s political views.

A Time is a Terrible Thing to Waste

Gifted animator Leslie Supnet collaborates with Winnipeg storyteller Glen Johnson for this contemplative comic fantasy about a time-obsessed squirrel.

Trap Street

A poignant and engaging thriller, Vivian Qu’s feature debut plunges us into the fascinating world of state surveillance in China as it follows a digital mapping surveyor’s investigation of an "off-the-grid" hidden alley.

Une Jeune Fille (A journey)

Inspired by Robert Bresson’s classic Mouchette, the new film from Catherine Martin (Trois temps après la mort d’Anna, L’esprit des lieux) follows a teenage girl who flees an unbearable home life for the rugged beauty of Quebec’s Gaspé Peninsula.


Following their triumph with Manufactured Landscapes, photographer Edward Burtynsky and filmmaker Jennifer Baichwal reunite to explore the ways in which humanity has shaped, manipulated and depleted one of its most vital and compromised resources: water.

White Lies

In a small New Zealand town in the early 20th century, three very different women — a Maori medicine woman, a wealthy, sharp-tongued white housewife, and a controlling housekeeper — are brought together by a scandalous secret, in this complex and mesmerizing tale of culture clash and social mores based on a novella by the author of Whale Rider.

The World of Goopi and Bagha

A captivating animated adaptation of a cherished children’s classic, this timeless fable is the story of Goopi and Bagha, a pair of musicians gifted with magical powers by the King of Ghosts.