While I've posted a breakdown of the female filmmakers at Cannes a couple of time, with over 300 films being screened at TIFF, reviewing each summary to determine how many were directed by women is far too much work for my lazy ass. As a long time fan and attendee of TIFF, I did spent some time looking at this years selections and noticed quite a few of them were directed by women. This inspired me to do some research.*
I was pleasantly surprised to find that the TIFF site has a Female Directors page. Currently it lists 42 movies directed by women which is a solid raw number but only about 15% of the total number of movies at TIFF this year. However, as I reviewed the list, I noticed quite a few movies that weren't listed.
The first one to jump out at me (because it stars Idris Elba..and I have tickets) is Second Coming. Sorry, no trailer as of yet.
A married, middle-class London couple (Nadine Marshall and Idris Elba) are shocked when they seem to have been blessed — or cursed — with an immaculate conception, in the provocative second feature by award-winning British playwright Debbie Tucker Green.
Another film not listed is Beyond the Lights from writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood (Love & Basketball).
A few more are two South Korean films — Cart directed by Boo Ji-Young and A Girl at My Door directed by July Jung — not one but two Bovarys — Madame Bovary directed by Sophie Barthes (UK) and an updated version of the classic, Gemma Bovary, directed by Anne Fontaine (French) — and another French film Breathe directed by Mélanie Laurent (who you may recognize from Inglourious Basterds).
Note that this is by no means make a comprehensive list of what's absent from the TIFF Female Directors page. I've looked at maybe half of the 300 films at TIFF this year and only took note of the ones I mentioned above because they're all films I'd like to see.
I'm hoping as the Festival moves forward that the Female Directors page will be updated so that it contains an accurate and complete list of all the women helmed films at TIFF this year. Even if they don't, I recommend you check it out. There are films in different genres by filmmakers from all over the world. I bet you find a few that will interest you. And with a little luck, you'll be able to track them down in theaters or (for the less mainstream ones) on the glorious interwebz.
And if you've read this far, your reward is this trailer for Susanne Bier's A Second Chance staring
your boyfriend Jamie Lannister Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, It is on the TIFF page.