The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) has announced the first titles to be screened as galas or special presentations in its upcoming 2019 edition, which includes a few titles directed by Latin American filmmakers, including Ema, the eighth film by Chilean director Pablo Larraín (Jackie, Neruda) starring Mexican actor Gael García Bernal.
The Chilean incendiary drama about art, desire, and family tells the story of a woman who sets out on a risky quest to reset her life, after a terrible accident fractures her family and her marriage. Larraín’s film will be screened in its North American premiere, leaving the door open for a world premiere at the Venice Film Festival.
The other two titles directed by Latin American directors are the Argentine dramedy Heroic Losers / La odisea de los giles directed by Sebastian Borensztein (A Chinese Tale) starring Ricardo Darín and his son Chino Darín, to be screened as an international premiere; and The Two Popes by Brazilian filmmaker Fernando Meireles (City of God), starring Anthony Hopkins as Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as Pope Francis. The Netflix production, which will also be screened at TIFF as a special presentation, explores the relationship and opposing visions between two of the most powerful leaders in the Catholic Church, both of whom must address their own pasts and the demands of the modern world in order to move the church forward.