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Apr 19
Athiran (India, D: Vivek, site)
A psychiatrist digs into the backstory of an autistic inmate at his mental institution.
Suburbs: Woodside    York
The Grizzlies (Canada, D: Miranda de Pencier, site)
Inuit teens living in a depressed town take up lacrosse.
City: Varsity    Yonge & Dundas
  High Life (UK/France/Germany/Poland/USA, D: Claire Denis, site)
Convicts aboard a spaceship are used for fertility experiments. From the director of Beau Travail and Trouble Every Day.
City: Varsity
  It's Hard To Be Human (Canada, D: Valerie Buhagiar, site)
A woman hanging between life and death seeks redemption from God.
City: Carlton
  Jersey (India, D: Gowtam Tinnamuri, site)
A cricketeer contends with his less-than-stellar career as he approaches middle age.
Suburbs: Woodside    York
  Kalank (India, D: Abhishek Varman, site)
Affairs of the heart play out against the 1940 partition of India.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Albion    Eglinton Town Centre    Mississauga    Vaughan    Winston Churchill    Woodbine    Woodside    York
  Kanchana 3 (India, D: Lawrence Raghavendra, site)
A man is possessed by a cobra spirit.
Suburbs: Woodside    York
  Kavaludaari (India, D: Hemanth M. Rao, site)
A retired cop is called in to help solve a cold case.
Suburbs: York
  Last Fool Show (Philippines, D: Eduardo W. Roy Jr., site)
A director uses material from her own life in coming up with a scenario for a romantic film.
City: Canada Square
  Long Day's Journey Into Night (China, D: Bi Gan, site)
A man disturbs old memories when he returns to his hometown, prompting a three-dimensional single-take reimagining of his past.
City: Lightbox
  A Model Kidnapping (USA, D: Damian Romay, site)
A model's mother and boyfriend look for her following her disappearance.
City: Carlton
  Nureyev (UK, D: David Morris & Jacqui Morris, site)
Archival footage and ballet sequences tell the tale of legendary dancer Rudolf Nureyev's defection and rise to fame.
City: Hot Docs (until Wed)
  Penguin Highway (Japan, D: Hiroyasu Ishida, site)
A young would-be scientist looks into the mysterious appearance of penguins in his town.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre    Winston Churchill
  Rafiki (Kenya/South Africa/France, D: Wanuri Kahiu, site)
Two Nairobi women fall in love despite their country's laws against homosexuality.
City: Lightbox
  Sir (India/France, D: Rohena Gera, site)
A servant working towards her dreams is employed by a man who has lost sight of his.
City: Canada Square
Suburbs: Winston Churchill
  Teen Spirit (UK/USA, D: Max Minghella, site)
A smalltown girl's dreams of pop stardom become achievable thanks to a unexpected mentor. With Elle Fanning.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Eglinton Town Centre    Richmond Hill    Vaughan    Winston Churchill
Apr 19
Ash Is Purest White (China, D: Jia Zhangke, site)
A woman who took the rap for her gangster boyfriend emerges from prison into a much-changed China.
City: Carlton
Firecrackers (Canada, D: Jasmin Mozaffari, site)
A plan to leave a godforsaken town behind runs into snags.
City: Carlton
  Lucifer (India, D: Prithviraj Sukumaran, site)
Criminals in politician clothing look for a new leader.
Suburbs: York
Apr 17
Mary Magdalene (UK/Australia/USA, D: Gsrth Davis, site)
Rooney Mara's Magdalene finds purpose in the teachings of Joaquin Phoenix's Jesus Christ.
City: Yonge & Dundas (Fri,Sat,Mon,Wed)
Suburbs: Winston Churchill (Fri,Sat,Mon,Wed)
Apr 18
Acquainted (Canada, D: Natty Zavitz, site)
Old schoolmates question their current relationships when they chance upon one another at a bar.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Badla (India, D: Sujoy Ghosh, site)
Amitabh Bachchan investigates a suspicious death. With Shah Rukh Khan.
Suburbs: Winston Churchill
  The Brink (USA, D: Alison Klayman, site)
Steve Bannon peddles white nationalism to the parliaments of Europe.
City: Canada Square
  Capernaum (Lebanon/USA, D: Nadine Labaki, site)
A pre-teen boy living on the streets sues his neglectful parents for bringing him into this world.
City: Carlton    Canada Square
  Fausto (Canada/Mexico, D: Andrea Bussman, site)
Myths and history of Mexico's Oaxacan coastal region intertwine with the colonial narrative of Faust.
City: Lightbox
  Free Solo (USA, D: Jimmy Chin & Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi, site)
Rock climber Alex Honnold scales Yosemite's El Capitan Wall.
City: Carlton
  Hellmington (Canada, D: Justin Hewitt-Drakulic & Alex Lee Williams, site)
A man's dying words sends his daughter on a quest to find a missing girl.
City: Yonge & Dundas
  Romeo Akbar Walter (India, D: Robbie Grewal, site)
A new recruit to India's intelligence agency is tasked with infiltrating Pakistani centres of power.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Albion    Eglinton Town Centre    Mississauga    Woodside       York
  Scare BNB (USA, D: Damian Romay, site)
A man discovers his sister's rental is wired for video.
City: Carlton
  Through Black Spruce (Canada, D: Don McKellar, site)
A Cree woman leaves Northern Ontario for the city to search for her missing sister.
City: Canada Square
Apr 19
The Aftermath (UK/Germany/USA, D: James Kent, site)
A British couple move into a German man's house as they aid in post-war reconstruction efforts. With Keira Knightley and Alexander Skarsgard.
City: Kingsway
Amazing Grace (USA, D: Alan Elliott & Sydney Pollack, site)
Aretha Franklin wows a Watts church circa 1972.
City: Varsity
  Apollo 11 (USA, D: Todd Douglas Miller, site)
Go deep inside NASA's moon shot courtesy recently discovered footage of the mission.
City: Canada Square    Lightbox
  The Beach Bum (USA/Switzerland/UK/France, D: Harmony Korine, site)
Matthew McConaughey lives a one-of-a-kind life by the rules of the beach.
City: Kingsway (one show nightly)    Scotiabank
  The Best Of Enemies (USA, D: Robin Bissell, site)
Civil Rights activist Ann Atwater (Taraji P. Henson) and a Klan leader (Sam Rockwell) duke it out over school desegregation.
City: Varsity
  Birds Of Passage (Colombia/Denmark/Mexico, D: Cristina Gallego & Ciro Guerra, site)
Rival clans go to war over the burgeoning drug trade.
City: Kingsway (one show Wed only)
  Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes (Switzerland, D: Sophie Huber, site)
Jazz legends and neophytes alike consider the history of the pioneering record label.
City: Regent (one show Sat,Tue only)
  Can You Ever Forgive Me? (USA, D: Marielle Heller, site)
A writer out of fashion turns to faking and forging celebrity letters. With Melissa McCarthy and Richard E. Grant.
City: Kingsway (one show Tue-Thu)
  Carmine Street Guitars (Canada, D: Ron Mann, site)
A Greenwich Village guitar-maker salvages wood from New York buildings to create one-of-a-kind instruments.
City: Lightbox    Regent (one show Fri-Sun,Thu)
  Far. The Story Of A Journey Around The World (Germany, D: Patrick Allgaier & Gwendolin Weisser, site)
A European couple spend three years traversing the globe using only surface transport.
City: Regent (one show Fri-Sun,Tue-Thu)
  The Favourite (UK/Ireland/USA, D: Yorgos Lanthimos, site)
Frail Queen Anne's close friend tends to her health and governs in her place until a new arrival connives to win the same favour. From the director of Dogtooth and The Lobster.
City: Kingsway (one show Tue,Thu)
  Giant Little Ones (Canada, D: Keith Behrman, site)
Teens have their sense of identity shaken after an unexpected sexual encounter. Selected for Canada's Top Ten!
City: Lightbox
  Girls Of The Sun (France, D: Eva Husson, site)
Formerly captive women take up the fight against Daesh.
City: Lightbox
  Gloria Bell (USA/Chile, D: Sebastian Lelio, site)
Divorced, middle-aged Julianne Moore strikes up an unexpected new romance.
City: Canada Square    Kingsway
  Green Book (USA, D: Peter Farrelly, site)
Viggo Mortensen chauffeurs an African-American pianist through the 1960's deep South.
City: Kingsway (one show daily)    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Richmond Hill
  Greta (Ireland/USA, D: Neil Jordan, site)
Chloe Grace Moretz befriends Isabelle Huppert, who holds more than a little ill will towards the younger woman.
City: Kingsway (one show Sun only)
  Heading Home: The Tale Of Team Israel (USA/Israel/Japan, D: Seth Kramer, Daniel A. Miller & Jeremy Newberger, site)
Israel's Olympic team competes in Seoul.
City: Mt. Pleasant
  Her Smell (USA, D: Alex Ross Perry, site)
Self-destructive rocker Elizaebeth Moss' abrasive antics threaten the longevity of her band and the state of her own sanity.
City: Lightbox
  The Invisibles (Germany, D: Claus Rafle, site)
Young Jews avoid detection in 1943 Berlin.
City: Mt. Pleasant
  Iyengar: The Man, Yoga, and the Student's Journey (USA/India, D: Jake Clennell, site)
Guru B.K.S. Iyengar popularizes yoga.
City: Hot Docs (one show Sun only)
  Manje Bistre 2 (India, D: Baljit Singh Deo, site)
Romance blooms when an Indian man visits Canada to attend a wedding.
City: Fairview    Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Albion    Eglinton Town Centre    Mississauga    Vaughan    Winston Churchill
  Master Z: Ip Man Legacy (Hong Kong/China, D: Yuen Woo-Ping, site)
A fighter once defeated by Master Ip has a tough time keeping a low profile in Hong Kong. With Michelle Yeoh, Tony Jaa and Dave Bautista. From legendary martial arts director Yuen Woo-Ping.
City: Scotiabank
Suburbs: Markham
  Mia And The White Lion (France/Germany/South Africa, D: Gilles de Maistre, site)
A London girl living in Africa seeks sanctuary for the lion she raised from a cub.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Queensway    Richmond Hill    Scarborough    Vaughan    Winston Churchill
  The Mustang (France/USA, D: Laure de Clermont-Tonnerre, site)
A violent inmate is enrolled in a therapy program centered around training wild horses.
City: Kingsway (one show nightly)
  P Storm (Hong Kong/China, D: David Lam, site)
Louis Koo goes undercover as a prison inmate to investigate a bribery scandal.
City: Yonge & Dundas
Suburbs: Markham
  Sherdil (Pakistan, D: Azfar Jafri, site)
A recruit follows his dreams into the Pakistani Air Force.
Suburbs: York
  A Star Is Born (USA, D: Bradley Cooper, site)
A veteran musician watches a young talent's star rise as his own begins to fall. With Lady Gaga.
City: Kingsway (one show Sat-Mon)
  Stockholm (Canada/USA, D: Robert Budreau, site)
Hostages form a bond with their captors during the infamous 1973 back heist. With Ethan Hawke, Noomi Rapace and Mark Strong.
City: Canada Square    Empress Walk    Varsity
Suburbs: Winston Churchill
  Sunset (Hungary/France, D: Laszlo Nemes, site)
A young woman's arrival in Budapest reveals a string of fammily secrets related to the hat store once owned by her parents.
City: Lightbox
  They Shall Not Grow Old (UK/New Zealand, D: Peter Jackson, site)
World War 1, and its participants, are brought to vivid life.
City: Hot Docs (one show Sun-Wed)    Kingsway (one show Tue-Thu)
  Us (USA, D: Jordan Peele, site)
A family is terrorized by seeming copies of themselves.
City: Don Mills VIP    Empress Walk    Fairview    Humber    Market Square    Scotiabank    Varsity    Yonge & Dundas    Yonge & Eglinton    Yorkdale
Suburbs: Beach    Eglinton Town Centre    Elgin Mills    Markham    Mississauga    Morningside    Queensway    Richmond Hill    Scarborough    Vaughan    Winston Churchill
  Woman At War (Iceland/France/Ukraine, D: Benedikt Erlingsson, site)
An eco-terrorist defending Iceland's landscape against industrial development weighs how best she can affect the planet's future.
City: Regent (one show Fri,Sun,Tue,Thu)

Compiled by Don Marks (contact)

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