Toronto Film Festival Adds Conversations and Events With Mahershala Ali, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Jason Reitman

The festival will also include a Hilary Swank conversation and an appearance by Drake, among other new programs

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Maggie Gyllenhaal in "The Kindergarten Teacher" / Sundance Institute

The 2018 Toronto International Film Festival has added conversations with Mahershala Ali, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hilary Swank to its lineup, as well as special events including a Jason Reitman Live Read and an IMAX screening of “First Man,” TIFF organizers announced on Thursday.

The conversations and events will join the list of 343 films that were previously announced for the festival, which will run from September 6 through September 16.

The In Conversation With … program will feature three onstage discussions with actors who have films at the festival. Ali appears with Viggo Mortensen in Peter Farrelly’s “Green Book,” Gyllenhaal stars in “The Kindergarten Teacher” and Swank co-stars with Michael Shannon, Robert Forster and Blythe Danner in “What They Had.”

The special events include an opening-night screening of the Black Lives Matter-themed drama “Monsters and Men” with an introduction by Drake; a behind-the-scenes look at the upcoming “How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World” presented by director Dean DeBlois and producer Brad Lewis; a sneak-peek IMAX screening of Damien Chazelle’s “First Man,” starring Ryan Gosling as astronaut Neil Armstrong, at Ontario Place Cinesphere, the world’s first permanent IMAX theater.

Also, Toronto will feature a live reading of “The Breakfast Club” directed by Jason Reitman, who in past years has brought his popular Live Read series to TIFF for readings of “American Beauty,” “Boogie Nights” and “The Princess Bride.”

Tickets for the 43rd Toronto International Film Festival go on sale to the public on September 3, with more information available at