TIFF 2023 Preview: Films Directed By Women

The 48th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is once again ready to kick off in Toronto. While this year may not have the star power of previous years due to the ongoing SAG and WGA strikes, there are still plenty of films to see – especially ones with women filmmakers at the helm. While not reaching gender parity in their programming this year, TIFF is still showcasing films by women from around the world. Both well-established directors and first-time directors helm everything from star-studded ensembles, documentaries, indie dramas, comedies, and more. With more than 70 films, series, and shorts directed by women, there are many opportunities to take in female-helmed films this festival, which runs September 7 through 17th. See the full list of feature-length films and series directed or co-directed by women.

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THE SWIMMERS – Review by Lois Alter Mark

At a time when the governors of Texas and Florida are callously using refugees as political pawns, The Swimmers is a must-watch movie that puts individual human faces to the staggering number of people escaping war-torn countries to find a safe place to live. Almost seven million Syrians have become refugees since 2011 when civil war broke out, and The Swimmers, which is based on a true story, solidly focuses on two of them while never losing sight of the rest.

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THE SWIMMERS – Review by Jennifer Green

The Swimmers is an old-fashioned biopic, a roller coaster of emotions spread out over an unabashed 135 minutes. The storytelling forces viewers into the shoes of young refugees whose lives are torn apart by war and who in no way deserve the difficult twists of fate thrown at them. Whatever shortcomings viewers find with the film, the real-life story is impossible not to appreciate.

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Cameron Bailey on TIFF 2022, Curation and Share Her Journey – Liz Braun interviews

For the first time in two years, The Toronto International Film Festival will be fully in-person. After falling back on drive-ins, streaming and limited screenings during the pandemic, CEO Cameron Bailey and his team were determined that TIFF 2022 would be extra special. “We knew we wanted to come back strong,” said Bailey in a recent interview. Mission accomplished.

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