Joker movie heading to Toronto International Film Festival

Warner Bros. is sending Todd Phillips’ Joker to the Toronto International Film Festival this September.

Inclusion in the film festival circuit, and especially TIFF, is usually a good indicator of a potential run at awards season. It is also a good indication that a studio has faith in a film for having some success in that run. If Warner Bros. is sending Joker up to the show, it shows there is a lot of faith in what we’re about to see.

The only potential drawback is that the film will be running for weeks ahead of its general release, so we’re all going to need to be careful when it comes to spoilers out on social media.

Here is the full list of the films that will be shown at the festival. Also worth noting is that Robert Pattinson’s The Lighthouse will be there. This was the film he was promoting at Cannes during the height of the rumors of his having been chosen by Matt Reeves for The Batman.


  • Opening Night Film (previously announced) : “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band,” directed by Daniel Roher
  • Closing Night Film: “Radioactive,” directed by Marjane Satrapi
  • “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” directed by Marielle Heller
  • “Abominable,” directed by Jill Culton
  • “American Woman,” directed by Semi Chellas
  • “Blackbird,” directed by Roger Michell
  • “Clemency,” directed by Chinonye Chukwu
  • “Ford v Ferrari,” directed by James Mangold
  • “Harriet,” directed by Kasi Lemmons
  • “Hustlers,” directed by Lorene Scafaria
  • “Joker,” directed by Todd Phillips
  • “Just Mercy,” directed by Destin Daniel Cretton
  • “Ordinary Love,” directed by Lisa Barros D’Sa and Glenn Leyburn
  • “The Goldfinch,” directed by John Crowley
  • “The Sky Is Pink ,” directed by Shonali Bose
  • “The Song of Names,” directed by François Girard
  • “True History of the Kelly Gang,” directed by Justin Kurzel
  • “Western Stars,” directed by Thom Zimny and Bruce Springsteen

Special Presentations

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  • “A Herdade,” directed by Tiago Guedes
  • “Bad Education,” directed by Cory Finley
  • “Coming Home Again,” directed by Wayne Wang
  • “Dolemite Is My Name,” directed by Craig Brewer
  • “Ema,” directed by Pablo Larraín
  • “Endings, Beginnings,” directed by Drake Doremus
  • “Frankie,” directed by Ira Sachs
  • “Greed,” directed by Michael Winterbottom
  • “Guest of Honour,” directed by Atom Egoyan
  • “Heroic Losers ( La odisea de los giles),” directed by Sebastian Borensztein
  • “Honey Boy,” directed by Alma Har’el
  • “Hope Gap,” directed by William Nicholson
  • “How to Build a Girl,” Coky Giedroyc
  • “I Am Woman,” directed by Unjoo Moon
  • “Jojo Rabbit,” directed by Taika Waititi
  • “Judy,” directed by Rupert Goold
  • “Knives Out,” directed by Rian Johnson
  • “La Belle Époque,” directed by Nicolas Bedos
  • “Marriage Story,” directed by Noah Baumbach
  • “Military Wives,” directed by Peter Cattaneo
  • “Motherless Brooklyn,” directed by Edward Norton
  • “No. 7 Cherry Lane,” directed by Yonfan
  • “Pain and Glory,” directed by Pedro Almodóvar
  • “Parasite (Gisaengchung),” directed by Bong Joon-ho
  • “Pelican Blood ( Pelikanblut ) ,” directed by Katrin Gebbe
  • “Portrait of a Lady on Fire (Portrait de la jeune fille en feu) ,” directed by C éline Sciamma
  • “Saturday Fiction ( Lan Xin Da Ju Yuan ) ,” directed by Lou Ye
  • “The Friend,” directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite
  • “The Laundromat,” directed by Steven Soderbergh
  • “The Lighthouse,” directed by Robert Eggers
  • “The Other Lamb,” directed by Malgorzata Szumowska
  • “The Painted Bird,” directed by V áclav Marhoul
  • “The Personal History of David Copperfield,” directed by Armando Iannucci
  • “The Report,” directed by Scott Z. Burns
  • “The Two Popes,” directed by Fernando Meirelles
  • “Uncut Gems ,” directed by Benny Safdie and Josh Safdie
  • “Weathering With You,” directed by Makoto Shinkai
  • “While at War ( Mientras Dure La Guerra ) ,” directed by Alejandro Amenábar

The festival will be held from Sept. 5 to 15 in Toronto, Canada.

Joker will hit wide release on Oct. 4.