TIFF 2015 Shortlist

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1. Spotlight (I) (2015)

R | 129 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

93 Metascore

The true story of how the Boston Globe uncovered the massive scandal of child molestation and cover-up within the local Catholic Archdiocese, shaking the entire Catholic Church to its core.

Director: Tom McCarthy | Stars: Mark Ruffalo, Michael Keaton, Rachel McAdams, Liev Schreiber

Votes: 379,933 | Gross: $45.06M

2. The Dressmaker (I) (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama

47 Metascore

A glamorous woman returns to her small town in rural Australia. With her sewing machine and haute couture style, she transforms the women and exacts sweet revenge on those who did her wrong.

Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse | Stars: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving

Votes: 48,621 | Gross: $2.02M

3. Anomalisa (2015)

R | 90 min | Animation, Comedy, Drama

88 Metascore

A man crippled by the mundanity of his life experiences something out of the ordinary.

Directors: Duke Johnson, Charlie Kaufman | Stars: David Thewlis, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan

Votes: 60,094 | Gross: $3.76M

4. The Club (2015)

Not Rated | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

73 Metascore

A crisis counselor is sent by the Catholic Church to a small Chilean beach town where disgraced Priests and nuns, suspected of crimes ranging from child abuse to baby-snatching from unwed mothers, live secluded, after an incident occurs.

Director: Pablo Larraín | Stars: Alfredo Castro, Roberto Farías, Antonia Zegers, Marcelo Alonso

Votes: 8,529 | Gross: $0.03M

5. Desierto (2015)

R | 88 min | Drama, Thriller

51 Metascore

A group of people trying to cross the border from Mexico into the United States encounter a man who has taken border patrol duties into his own racist hands.

Director: Jonás Cuarón | Stars: Gael García Bernal, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Alondra Hidalgo, Diego Cataño

Votes: 8,536 | Gross: $1.83M

6. Brooklyn (2015)

PG-13 | 117 min | Drama, Romance

88 Metascore

An Irish immigrant lands in 1950s Brooklyn, where she quickly falls into a romance with a local. When her past catches up with her, however, she must choose between two countries and the lives that exist within.

Director: John Crowley | Stars: Saoirse Ronan, Emory Cohen, Domhnall Gleeson, Jim Broadbent

Votes: 120,648 | Gross: $38.32M

7. Room (I) (2015)

R | 118 min | Drama, Thriller

86 Metascore

Held captive for 7 years in an enclosed space, a woman and her young son finally gain their freedom, allowing the boy to experience the outside world for the first time.

Director: Lenny Abrahamson | Stars: Brie Larson, Jacob Tremblay, Sean Bridgers, Wendy Crewson

Votes: 331,376 | Gross: $14.68M

8. The Lobster (2015)

R | 119 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

In a dystopian near future, single people, according to the laws of The City, are taken to The Hotel, where they are obliged to find a romantic partner in forty-five days or are transformed into beasts and sent off into The Woods.

Director: Yorgos Lanthimos | Stars: Colin Farrell, Rachel Weisz, Jessica Barden, Olivia Colman

Votes: 192,666 | Gross: $8.70M

9. Legend (I) (2015)

R | 132 min | Biography, Crime, Drama

55 Metascore

Identical twin gangsters Ronald and Reginald Kray terrorize London during the 1960s.

Director: Brian Helgeland | Stars: Tom Hardy, Emily Browning, Taron Egerton, Paul Anderson

Votes: 144,221 | Gross: $1.87M

10. Documentary Shorts Program (II) (2015)

R | 99 min | Biography, Drama, Sport

53 Metascore

An Irish sports journalist becomes convinced that Lance Armstrong's performances during the Tour de France victories are fueled by banned substances. With this conviction, he starts hunting for evidence that will expose Armstrong.

Director: Stephen Frears | Stars: Ben Foster, Chris O'Dowd, Guillaume Canet, Jesse Plemons

Votes: 15,003

11. Maggie's Plan (2015)

R | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Maggie wants to have a baby, raising him on her own, but when she gets romantically involved with John, a married man, things get complicated and all the balance of Maggie's plans may collapse.

Director: Rebecca Miller | Stars: Greta Gerwig, Ethan Hawke, Julianne Moore, Maya Rudolph

Votes: 14,736 | Gross: $3.35M

12. I Smile Back (2015)

R | 85 min | Drama

59 Metascore

Laney Brooks does bad things. Married with kids, she takes the drugs she wants, sleeps with the men she wants, disappears when she wants. Now, with the destruction of her family looming, ... See full summary »

Director: Adam Salky | Stars: Sarah Silverman, Josh Charles, Skylar Gaertner, Shayne Coleman

Votes: 4,717 | Gross: $0.06M

13. Remember (I) (2015)

R | 94 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

52 Metascore

With the aid of a fellow Auschwitz survivor and a hand-written letter, an elderly man with dementia goes in search of the person he believes to be responsible for the death of his family in the death camp to kill him himself.

Director: Atom Egoyan | Stars: Christopher Plummer, Kim Roberts, Amanda Smith, Martin Landau

Votes: 20,323 | Gross: $0.64M

14. Victoria (II) (2015)

Not Rated | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

A young Spanish woman who has recently moved to Berlin finds her flirtation with a local guy turn potentially deadly as their night out with his friends reveals a dangerous secret.

Director: Sebastian Schipper | Stars: Laia Costa, Frederick Lau, Franz Rogowski, Burak Yigit

Votes: 46,589

15. Lolo (2015)

Not Rated | 99 min | Comedy

50 Metascore

Violette, a 40-year old workaholic with a career in the fashion industry falls for a provincial computer geek, Jean-Rene, while on a spa retreat with her best friend.

Director: Julie Delpy | Stars: Julie Delpy, Dany Boon, Vincent Lacoste, Karin Viard

Votes: 3,383 | Gross: $0.02M

16. The Daughter (2015)

96 min | Drama

62 Metascore

The story follows a man who returns home to discover a long-buried family secret, and whose attempts to put things right threaten the lives of those he left home years before.

Director: Simon Stone | Stars: Geoffrey Rush, Nicholas Hope, Sam Neill, Ewen Leslie

Votes: 4,098 | Gross: $0.03M

17. Demolition (2015)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

49 Metascore

A successful investment banker struggles after losing his wife in a tragic car crash. With the help of a customer service rep and her young son, he starts to rebuild, beginning with the demolition of the life he once knew.

Director: Jean-Marc Vallée | Stars: Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts, Chris Cooper, Judah Lewis

Votes: 81,119 | Gross: $1.98M

18. The Colony (2015)

R | 110 min | Biography, Drama, History

33 Metascore

A young woman's desperate search for her abducted boyfriend draws her into the infamous Colonia Dignidad, a sect nobody has ever escaped from.

Director: Florian Gallenberger | Stars: Emma Watson, Daniel Brühl, Michael Nyqvist, Richenda Carey

Votes: 43,546

19. Youth (I) (2015)

R | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

A retired orchestra conductor is on vacation with his daughter and his film director best friend in the Alps when he receives an invitation from Queen Elizabeth II to perform for Prince Philip's birthday.

Director: Paolo Sorrentino | Stars: Michael Caine, Harvey Keitel, Rachel Weisz, Jane Fonda

Votes: 66,400 | Gross: $2.70M

20. Trumbo (2015)

R | 124 min | Biography, Drama

60 Metascore

In 1947, Dalton Trumbo was Hollywood's top screenwriter, until he and other artists were jailed and blacklisted for their political beliefs.

Director: Jay Roach | Stars: Bryan Cranston, Diane Lane, Helen Mirren, Louis C.K.

Votes: 70,505 | Gross: $7.86M

21. The Danish Girl (2015)

R | 119 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

66 Metascore

A fictitious love story loosely inspired by the lives of Danish artists Lili Elbe and Gerda Wegener. Lili and Gerda's marriage and work evolve as they navigate Lili's groundbreaking journey as a transgender pioneer.

Director: Tom Hooper | Stars: Eddie Redmayne, Alicia Vikander, Amber Heard, Ben Whishaw

Votes: 151,381 | Gross: $12.71M

22. Son of Saul (2015)

R | 107 min | Drama, War

91 Metascore

A Jewish-Hungarian concentration camp prisoner sets out to give a child he mistook for his son a proper burial.

Director: László Nemes | Stars: Géza Röhrig, Levente Molnár, Urs Rechn, Todd Charmont

Votes: 40,608 | Gross: $1.78M

23. Freeheld (2015)

PG-13 | 103 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

50 Metascore

New Jersey police lieutenant, Laurel Hester, and her registered domestic partner, Stacie Andree, both battle to secure Hester's pension benefits when she is diagnosed with terminal cancer.

Director: Peter Sollett | Stars: Julianne Moore, Ellen Page, Steve Carell, Michael Shannon

Votes: 10,870 | Gross: $0.53M

24. The Family Fang (2015)

R | 105 min | Comedy, Drama, Mystery

67 Metascore

A brother and sister return to their family home in search of their world famous parents who have disappeared.

Director: Jason Bateman | Stars: Jason Bateman, Nicole Kidman, Kathryn Hahn, Maryann Plunkett

Votes: 7,217 | Gross: $0.24M

25. The Man Who Knew Infinity (2015)

PG-13 | 108 min | Biography, Drama

56 Metascore

The story of the life and academic career of the pioneer Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan, and his friendship with his mentor, Professor G.H. Hardy.

Director: Matt Brown | Stars: Dev Patel, Jeremy Irons, Malcolm Sinclair, Raghuvir Joshi

Votes: 45,655 | Gross: $3.87M

26. Septembers of Shiraz (2015)

PG-13 | 110 min | Thriller

16 Metascore

Prior to the Iranian revolution it was a place where people of all religions were allowed to flourish. This is the story of a prosperous Jewish family who abandon everything before they are consumed by the passions of revolutionaries.

Director: Wayne Blair | Stars: Salma Hayek, Adrien Brody, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Gabriella Wright

Votes: 3,461

27. Len and Company (2015)

Unrated | 102 min | Comedy, Drama

60 Metascore

A successful music producer quits the industry and exiles himself in upstate New York, but the solitude he seeks is shattered when his estranged son and the pop star he's created come looking for answers.

Director: Tim Godsall | Stars: Rhys Ifans, Juno Temple, Jack Kilmer, Keir Gilchrist

Votes: 467

28. Families (2015)

113 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

Jérôme Varenne, a French financier, lives and works in Shanghai with Chen-Li, his life and business partner. One day, during a short stay in Paris, while paying a call to his mother, he is ... See full summary »

Director: Jean-Paul Rappeneau | Stars: Mathieu Amalric, Marine Vacth, Gilles Lellouche, Nicole Garcia

Votes: 703

29. Un + une (2015)

Not Rated | 115 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

French famous film score composer goes to India to compose the score for an Indian adaptation of Romeo and Juliet. There he meets the wife of the French ambassador to India, and a complicated relationship ensues.

Director: Claude Lelouch | Stars: Jean Dujardin, Elsa Zylberstein, Christopher Lambert, Alice Pol

Votes: 1,589

30. The Lady in the Van (2015)

PG-13 | 104 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

70 Metascore

A man forms an unexpected bond with a transient woman living in her van that's parked in his driveway.

Director: Nicholas Hytner | Stars: Maggie Smith, Alex Jennings, Jim Broadbent, Clare Hammond

Votes: 23,903 | Gross: $10.02M

31. Where to Invade Next (2015)

R | 120 min | Documentary, Comedy

64 Metascore

To learn what the USA can learn from other nations, Michael Moore playfully "invades" them to see what they have to offer.

Director: Michael Moore | Stars: Michael Moore, Johnny Fancelli, Christina Fancelli, Lorena Lardini

Votes: 22,119 | Gross: $3.82M

32. Born to Be Blue (2015)

R | 97 min | Biography, Drama, Music

64 Metascore

A re-imagining of jazz legend Chet Baker's musical comeback in the late '60s.

Director: Robert Budreau | Stars: Ethan Hawke, Carmen Ejogo, Callum Keith Rennie, Tony Nappo

Votes: 7,358 | Gross: $0.83M

33. Endorphine (2015)

PG | 84 min | Drama

Complex time shifting drama revolving about a violent senseless murder and young witness.

Director: André Turpin | Stars: Sophie Nélisse, Mylène Mackay, Lise Roy, Guy Thauvette

Votes: 603

34. Into the Forest (2015)

R | 101 min | Drama, Sci-Fi, Thriller

59 Metascore

After a massive power outage, two sisters learn to survive on their own in their isolated woodland home.

Director: Patricia Rozema | Stars: Ellen Page, Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie

Votes: 17,148 | Gross: $0.01M

35. Our Loved Ones (2015)

102 min | Drama

After the death of his father, an artisan does his best to raise and nurture his dynamic daughter.

Director: Anne Émond | Stars: Maxim Gaudette, Karelle Tremblay, Valerie Cadieux, Mickaël Gouin

Votes: 286

36. My Internship in Canada (2015)

108 min | Comedy

An idealistic young Haitian travels to rural Quebec to intern for an independent Member of Parliament when a national debate erupts that finds the MP holding the tie-breaking vote.

Director: Philippe Falardeau | Stars: Irdens Exantus, Caroline Trudel, Patrick Huard, Clémence Dufresne-Deslières

Votes: 735

37. No Men Beyond This Point (2015)

80 min | Comedy, Drama, Sci-Fi

In a world where women have become asexual and are no longer giving birth to males, a quiet, unassuming housekeeper named Andrew Myers finds himself at the center of a battle to keep men from going extinct.

Director: Mark Sawers | Stars: Patrick Gilmore, Bronwen Smith, Tara Pratt, Kristine Cofsky

Votes: 1,388

38. River (I) (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Thriller

57 Metascore

In the south of Laos, an American volunteer doctor becomes a fugitive after he intervenes in the sexual assault of a young woman. When the assailant's body is pulled from the Mekong River, things quickly spiral out of control.

Director: Jamie M. Dagg | Stars: Rossif Sutherland, Douangmany Soliphanh, Sara Botsford, Ted Atherton

Votes: 1,901

39. Sleeping Giant (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Adventure, Drama

71 Metascore

While spending the summer in cottage country on the shores of Lake Superior, three teens cope with boredom by testing the limits of their experience.

Director: Andrew Cividino | Stars: Jackson Martin, Nick Serino, Reece Moffett, Katelyn McKerracher

Votes: 1,505

40. This Changes Everything (2015)

Not Rated | 89 min | Documentary

59 Metascore

A look at seven communities around the world with the proposition that we can seize the crisis of climate change to transform our failed economic system into something radically better.

Director: Avi Lewis | Stars: Naomi Klein, Stacey Arwen Raab

Votes: 479 | Gross: $0.01M

41. Ville-Marie (2015)

101 min | Drama

An actress mother and her estranged gay son's lives intersect with those of two medical professionals after an unexpected tragedy, forcing secrets to be revealed and personal demons to be dealt with.

Director: Guy Édoin | Stars: Monica Bellucci, Pascale Bussières, Aliocha Schneider, Patrick Hivon

Votes: 647

42. The Idol (2015)

Not Rated | 100 min | Biography, Comedy, Drama

Mohammed Assaf, an aspiring musician living in Gaza, sets a seemingly impossible goal: to compete on the program "Arab Idol."

Director: Hany Abu-Assad | Stars: Tawfeek Barhom, Kais Attalah, Hiba Attalah, Ahmad Qasem

Votes: 1,489

43. The Final Girls (2015)

PG-13 | 88 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy

59 Metascore

A young woman grieving the loss of her mother, a famous scream queen from the 1980s, finds herself pulled into the world of her mom's most famous movie. Reunited, the women must fight off the film's maniacal killer.

Director: Todd Strauss-Schulson | Stars: Taissa Farmiga, Malin Akerman, Adam Devine, Thomas Middleditch

Votes: 31,415

44. Green Room (2015)

R | 95 min | Horror, Music, Thriller

79 Metascore

A punk rock band is forced to fight for survival after witnessing a murder at a neo-Nazi skinhead bar.

Director: Jeremy Saulnier | Stars: Anton Yelchin, Imogen Poots, Alia Shawkat, Patrick Stewart

Votes: 95,675 | Gross: $3.22M