To all of Toronto’s movie enthusiasts, it’s finally time to watch some incredible internationals films at the TIFF Next Wave Film Festival™. The Next Wave Committee has chosen some inspiring, emotional and heartrending films that examine and highlight social issues. From the struggles young immigrants’ deal with, to the insecurities tied to growing up, these films have the power to move audiences.
If you’re having trouble choosing which films to attend, I have outlined five films that are a must-see.
Leave to Remain
In this heart-rending film directed by Bruce Goodison and stars Toby Jones, a group of young teenagers have left their families, friends and homes behind in the hopes to leave war and corruption from their native country. This is a realistic tale of the reoccurring struggles immigrants face when forced to leave everything they once knew and deal with a different type of brutality when they fight to remain in the UK.
Sophie Hyde makes her directorial debut with this heartbreaking family drama. A sixteen-year-old high school student (Billie) struggles with her mother’s female-to-male gender transition while dealing with her own identity crisis. The film captures Billie’s rocky relationship with her mother and Billie’s complex relationship with her newfound friends who share their own struggles and insecurities along the way.
Canadian filmmaker Lindsay MacKay directed this thoughtful coming of age drama. This tale follows a young girl, Samantha, from a small town who takes swimming lessons while her friends experiment with boys and drugs, which makes Samantha uncomfortable. After getting into trouble, she is forced to work at a retirement home where she befriends two of the residents. Actor Craig Arnold will be in attendance.
Lily & Kat
Director Micael Preylser’s Lily & Kat is making its World Premiere in Toronto. Two inseparable best friends spend their last few days together by hitting up the city life and getting into trouble along the way, even meeting a mysterious artist who joins their wild ride. The director and actors Jessica Rothe and Hannah Murray will be in attendance.
Anna Kazejak directs this Polish/Danish psychological drama. After Liliana finds out her boyfriend Janek has cheated on her, she gives him an ultimatum to prove his love within twenty-four hours or acknowledge the possibility of losing her forever.
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