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TIFF Unveils First Batch of Films: Highlights Include ‘Dumb Money,’ ‘One Life,’ and More

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Toronto International Film Festival 2023

Despite challenges arising from the current WGA and SAG-AFTRA strikes, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is pressing ahead. The festival’s organizers have recently announced the first batch of 60 films to be featured, with the total lineup expected to exceed 200 movies. Highlights from this year’s selection include the highly-anticipated Next Goal Wins by Taika Waititi, Dumb Money by Craig Gillespie, and notable biographical films such as One Life directed by James Hawes and George C. Wolfe’s Rustin. TIFF 2023 is set to run from Thursday, September 7 to Sunday, September 17.

Next Goal Wins, after facing multiple postponements, is finally getting its moment in the spotlight, making its world premiere at TIFF. Based on the 2014 documentary of the same name, the film chronicles the story of the American Samoa soccer team, infamous for their 31-0 loss in a 2001 FIFA match. The star-studded cast includes Michael Fassbender, Uli Latukefu, Rhys Darby, Elisabeth Moss, and others. Another noteworthy feature making its debut at TIFF is Craig Gillespie’s Dumb Money, due for a wider release on September 22. With a cast featuring Paul Dano, America Ferrera, Seth Rogen, Shailene Woodley, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Ramos, and more, Dumb Money offers a retrospective look at the 2021 GameStop short squeeze.

The festival will also host the world premiere of One Life, featuring Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham-Carter. Set during World War II, the film tells the true story of stockbroker Nicholas Winton (Hopkins) who risked his life to save nearly 700 children from the Nazis. Adapted from the book If It’s Not Impossible…: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton by Winton’s daughter Barbara, the screenplay for One Life was penned by Lucinda Coxon and Nick Drake, under the direction of James Hawes. The cast is rounded out by Johnny Flynn as young Winton, Lena Olin, Ramola Garai, Jonathan Pryce, and Alex Sharp.

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Further expanding the festival’s biopic offering, Netflix’s upcoming feature Rustin, directed by George C. Wolfe, will also make its TIFF debut. Colman Domingo portrays Bayard Rustin, a gay civil rights activist who helped organize the March on Washington alongside Martin Luther King Jr., a significant focus of the film. Rustin was instrumental in promoting nonviolence in the Civil Rights Movement but largely remained out of the limelight due to the added discrimination he faced as a gay Black man.

TIFF 2023 Full Lineup (So Far)

A Difficult Year

Éric Toledano and Olivier Nakache | France

International Premiere

A Normal Family

Hur Jin-ho | South Korea

World Premiere

American Fiction

Cord Jefferson | USA

World Premiere

Anatomy of a Fall

Justine Triet | France

Canadian Premiere

Close to You

Dominic Savage | Canada/United Kingdom

World Premiere

Days of Happiness

Chloé Robichaud | Canada

World Premiere

El Rapto

Daniela Goggi | Argentina

North American Premiere


Tony Goldwyn | USA

World Premiere


Christos Nikou | USA

International Premiere

Four Daughters

Kaouther Ben Hania | France/Tunisia/Germany/Saudi Arabia

North American Premiere

His Three Daughters

Azazel Jacobs | USA

World Premiere


Richard Linklater | USA

North American Premiere

In Restless Dreams: The Music of Paul Simon

Alex Gibney | USA

World Premiere


Marco Bellocchio | Italy/France/Germany

North American Premiere

Knox Goes Away

Michael Keaton | USA

World Premiere

La Chimera

Alice Rohrwacher | Italy/France/Switzerland

North American Premiere

Last Summer

Catherine Breillat | France

North American Premiere

*Les Indésirables

Ladj Ly | France

World Premiere


Michel Franco | USA/Mexico

North American Premiere


Kore-eda Hirokazu | Japan

North American Premiere

Mother Couch

Niclas Larsson | USA

World Premiere

North Star

Kristin Scott Thomas | United Kingdom

World Premiere

One Life

James Hawes | United Kingdom

World Premiere

Pain Hustlers

David Yates | USA

World Premiere


Chris Pine | USA

World Premiere


Grant Singer | USA

World Premiere


George C. Wolfe | USA

International Premiere

Seven Veils

Atom Egoyan | Canada

World Premiere


Michael Winterbottom | United Kingdom/Italy

World Premiere

Sing Sing

Greg Kwedar | USA

World Premiere


Ryoo Seung-wan | South Korea

North American Premiere

Swan Song

Chelsea McMullan | Canada

World Premiere

The Beast

Bertrand Bonello | France/Canada

North American Premiere

The Burial

Maggie Betts | USA

World Premiere

The Convert

Lee Tamahori | Australia/New Zealand

World Premiere

The Critic

Anand Tucker | United Kingdom

World Premiere

The Dead Don’t Hurt

Viggo Mortensen | Mexico/Canada/Denmark

World Premiere

The Holdovers

Alexander Payne | USA

International Premiere

The Peasants

DK Welchman, Hugh Welchman | Poland/Serbia/Lithuania

World Premiere

The Zone of Interest

Jonathan Glazer | United Kingdom/Poland/USA

Canadian Premiere

Together 99

Lukas Moodysson | Sweden/Denmark

World Premiere


Sally El Hosaini, James Krishna Floyd | United Kingdom/USA/Sweden

World Premiere


Paul Middleditch, Hamish Bennett | New Zealand

World Premiere

Wicked Little Letters

Thea Sharrock | United Kingdom

World Premiere


Ethan Hawke | USA

International Premiere

Woman of the Hour

Anna Kendrick | USA

World Premiere


Concrete Utopia

Um Tae-Hwa | South Korea

North American Premiere

Dumb Money

Craig Gillespie | USA

World Premiere

Fair Play

Chloe Domont | USA

International Premiere

Flora and Son

John Carney | Ireland/USA

Canadian Premiere

Hate to Love: Nickelback

Leigh Brooks | Canada

World Premiere


Ellen Kuras | United Kingdom

World Premiere

Next Goal Wins

Taika Waititi | USA

World Premiere


Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, Jimmy Chin | USA

International Premiere

Punjab ’95

Honey Trehan | India

World Premiere


Sophie Dupuis | Canada

World Premiere

The End We Start From

Mahalia Belo | United Kingdom

World Premiere

The Movie Emperor

Ning Hao | China

World Premiere

The New Boy

Warwick Thornton

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Toronto International Film Festival 2023

When will the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2023 take place?

The Toronto International Film Festival 2023 is scheduled to take place from Thursday, September 7, through Sunday, September 17.

Which films are included in the first wave lineup of TIFF 2023?

The first wave lineup for TIFF 2023 includes films like ‘Next Goal Wins’ directed by Taika Waititi, ‘Dumb Money’ by Craig Gillespie, ‘One Life’ by James Hawes, and ‘Rustin’ by George C. Wolfe, among others.

What is the film ‘Next Goal Wins’ about?

‘Next Goal Wins’ is a film based on the 2014 documentary about the American Samoa soccer team that lost a match 31-0 in the 2001 FIFA match. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Uli Latukefu, Rhys Darby, Elisabeth Moss, and others.

What is the film ‘One Life’ about?

‘One Life’ is a biopic starring Anthony Hopkins and Helena Bonham-Carter, set during World War II. It tells the true story of stockbroker Nicholas Winton, who saved nearly 700 children from the Nazis. The film is adapted from the book ‘If It’s Not Impossible…: The Life of Sir Nicholas Winton’ by Winton’s daughter, Barbara Winton.

Who stars in the film ‘Rustin’ and what is it about?

‘Rustin’ stars Colman Domingo in the title role and focuses on Bayard Rustin, a gay civil rights activist who played an integral part in organizing the March on Washington alongside Martin Luther King Jr. Despite his significant contributions to the Civil Rights Movement, Rustin faced additional discrimination for being a gay Black man and mostly stayed out of the public eye.

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ClassicCinephile July 25, 2023 - 3:03 am

Anthony Hopkins in One Life sounds like Oscar bait to me…But in a good way! The man is a legend.

EqualRightsActivist July 25, 2023 - 9:31 am

Rustin looks promising. More films need to explore stories of lesser-known activists. Can’t wait to see Domingo’s performance.

SoccerFanatic July 25, 2023 - 1:25 pm

omg Next Goal Wins is finally premiering? Been waiting for this for years!! Michael Fassbender is my fav.

DanTheMan July 25, 2023 - 2:07 pm

TIFF lineup is looking pretty awesome. Hope the event is as good as it’s shaping up to be. anyone know if the full list is out yet?

CinemaLover101 July 25, 2023 - 4:52 pm

Can’t wait for Dumb Money – Gillespie’s films never disappoint!

FilmBuff21 July 25, 2023 - 9:49 pm

Wow, cant believe TIFF is still going on despite the strikes! Gonna be great to finally see Next Goal Wins after all the delays.


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