Natalie Portman, Chloe Grace Moretz Dramas Added to Toronto Film Festival Lineup

Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux,” with Portman, and Neil Jordan’s “Greta,” with Moretz, are among almost 50 films that bring the total number of films in Toronto to 343

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Brady Corbet’s “Vox Lux,” with Natalie Portman and Jude Law, and Neil Jordan’s “Greta,” with Chloe Grace Moretz and Isabelle Huppert, are among almost 50 films that have been added to the lineup of the 2018 Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF organizers announced on Tuesday.

The two films have been added to the Special Presentations program, with “Greta” having its world premiere at TIFF and “Vox Lux” its Canadian premiere.

“Greta” features Moretz as a young woman in New York who befriends a widow who turns out to have sinister intentions; “Vox Lux” is a musical drama that encompasses the life of a woman who achieves success after a tragic childhood.

Toronto also announced its Discovery program, which is devoted to up-and-coming filmmakers. The 46 films in the lineup come from 37 different countries, and include “Girl,” Belgian director Lukas Dhont’s story of a transgender teen that made a big impact in Cannes this year; Adina Pintilie’s “Touch Me Not,” which won the Golden Bear and the best first feature award at this year’s Berlin Film Festival; and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje’s “Farming,” with Kate Beckinsale.

Indian director Arnand Patwardhan’s “Reason” was also added to the TIFF Docs lineup.

TIFF also announced that Indian-American director Mira Nair has joined Bela Tarr and Lee Chang-dong on the Platform Prize Jury, which will award a $25,000 prize to the best film that that section of the festival. And it revealed free events that will take place on King Street West (“festival street”) during the opening weekend of the festival, as well as a series of speakers who will participate in screenings of the TIFF films “Birds of Passage,” “Donbass,” “I Do Not Care if We Go Down in History as Barbarians,” Look at Me,” “The Other Story” and “The Public.”

The new additions bring the total number of films heading to Toronto to 343, 255 features and 88 shorts. Of those, according to a festival fact sheet, 138 are world premieres.

The selections represent 83 countries, and 34 percent of them are directed by women.

They were chosen from 7,926 total submissions, about 600 more than last year.

The 43rd Toronto International Film Festival will begin on Sept. 6-16.

The new additions:

“Greta,” Neil Jordan
“Vox Lux,” Brady Corbet

“aKasha,” Hajooj Kuka
“ANIARA,” Pella Kagerman and Hugo Lilja
“Blind Spot,” Tuva Novotny
“The Chambermaid,”Lila Aviles
“Complicity,” Darko Sante
“The Crossing,” Bai Xue (opening film)
“The Day I Lost My Shadow,” Soudade Kaadan
“The Dig,” Andy Tohill and Ryan Tohill
“An Elephant Sitting Still,” Hu Bo
“Emu Runner,” Imogen Thomas
“ENDZEIT – EVER AFTER,” Carolina Hellsgard
“The Extraordinary Journey of Celeste Garcia,” Arturo Infante
“Farming,” Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje
“Fig Tree,” Aalam-Warqe Davidian
“Float Like a Butterfly,” Carmel Winters
“Girl,” Lukas Dhont
“Gwen,” William McGregor
“Helmet Heads,” Neto Villalobos
“Her Job,” Nikos Labot
“Icebox,” Daniel Sawka
“Jirga,” Benjamin Gilmour
“Light as Feathers,” Rosanne Pel
“Lionheart,” Genevieve Nnaji
“The Load,” Ognjen Glavonic
“Manta Ray,” Puttiphong Aroonpheng
“The Mercy of the Jungle,” Joel Karekezi
“Orange Days,” Arash Lahooti
“Our Body,” Han Ka-ram
“Parade,” Nino Zhvania
“Phoenix,” Camilla Strom Henriksen
“Rafiki,” Wanuri Kahiu
“Saf,” Ali Vatansever
“Screwdriver,” Bassam Jarbawi
“Summer Survivors,” Marija Kavtaradze
“Tel Aviv on Fire,” Sameh Zoabi
“The Third Wife,” Ash Mayfair
“Tito and the Birds,” Gustavo Steinberg, Gabriel Bitar, Andre Catoto
“Too Late to Die Young,” Dominga Sotomayor
“Touch Me Not,” Adina Pintilie
“Twin Flower, Laura Luchetti
“Woman at War,” Benedikt Erlingsson

“Reason,” Anand Patwardhan