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The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival revealed its first slate of films for the upcoming festival, set to begin September 7, 2017.

TIFF has become an important kick off to the awards season over the years, with major and independent studios choosing to screen the year's most anticipated films at the festival first. Between TIFF and the Telluride Film Festival, which takes place the week prior, festival-goers have been given the chance to see future Oscar winners before anyone else.

Last year, La La Land received its first set of screenings on the festival circuit, kickstarting its massive awards season run. Other recent Oscar-worthy films to have a presence at TIFF include 12 Years a Slave, Slumdog Millionaire, and Paul Haggis' Crash.

Piers Handling and Cameron Bailey announced the first list in this year's lineup early this morning. This year's festival will feature 14 Galas and 33 Special Presentations, including: 25 World Premieres, 8 International Premieres, 6 North American Premieres, and 8 Canadian Premieres.

Highlights of the list include Battle of the Sexes, starring Steve Carell and Emma Stone; Mary Shelley, starring Elle Fanning and directed by Haifaa Al Mansour, the first female Saudi director; Sundance hit Mudbound, by director Dee Rees; and, Darren Aronofsky's mother!, starring Jennifer Lawrence and Michelle Pfeiffer. Plus, films from Angelina Jolie and George Clooney are among the mix. And, David Gordon Green's Boston bombing drama Stronger, starring Jake Gyllenhaal and Tatiana Maslany.

The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7-17. Tickets can now be purchased online.

GALAS

BREATHE
Andy Serkis, director
United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Starring Andrew Garfield, Diana Rigg, Claire Foy

THE CATCHER WAS A SPY
Ben Lewin, director
United States (World Premiere)
Starring Paul Rudd, Sienna Miller, Guy Pierce

DARKEST HOUR
Joe Wright, director
United Kingdom (Canadian Premiere)
Starring Gary Oldman, Lily James, Ben Mendelsohn

FILM STARS DON'T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Paul McGuigan, director
United Kingdom (Canadian Premiere)
Starring Jamie Bell, Annette Bening, Julie Walters

KINGS
Deniz Gamze Erguven, director
France/Belgium (World Premiere)
Starring Daniel Craig, Halle Berry, Issac Ryan Brown

LONG TIME RUNNING
Jennifer Baichwal, Nicolas de Pencier, directors
Canada (World Premiere)
Starring Gord Downie, Paul Langlois, Gord Sinclair

MARY SHELLEY
Haifaa Al Mansour, director
Ireland/United Kingdom/Luxembourg/United States (World Premiere)
Starring Elle Fanning, Maisie Williams, Bel Powley

THE MOUNTAIN BETWEEN US
Hany Abu-Assad, director
United States (World Premiere)
Starring Kate Winslet, Idris Elba, Dermot Mulroney

MUDBOUND
Dee Rees, director
United States (International Premiere)
Starring Garrett Hedlund, Jason Clarke, Carey Mulligan

STRONGER
David Gordon Green, director
United States (World Premiere)
Starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Tatiana Maslany, Clancy Brown

THE WIFE
Bjorn Runge, director
United Kingdom/Sweden (World Premiere)
Starring Christian Slater, Harry Lloyd, Glenn Close

WOMAN WALKS AHEAD
Susanna White, director
United States (World Premiere)
Starring Jessica Chastain, Sam Rockwell, Ciaran Hinds

SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS

BATTLE OF THE SEXES
Valerie Faris, Jonathan Dayton, directors
United States (International Premiere)
Starring Emma Stone, Steve Carell, Elisabeth Shue

BPM (BEATS PER MINUTE)
Robin Campillo, director
France (North American Premiere)
Starring Nahuel Perez Biscayart, Arnaud Valois, Adele Haenel

THE BRAWLER
Anurag Kashyap, director
India (World Premiere)

THE BREADWINNER
Nora Twomey, director
Canada/Ireland/Luxembourg (World Premiere)
Starring Saara Chaudry, Laara Sadiq, Shaista Latif

CALL ME BY YOUR NAME
Luca Guadagnino, director
Italy/France (Canadian Premiere)
Starring Armie Hammer, Timothee Chalamet, Michael Stuhlbarg

CATCH THE WIND
Gael Morel, director
France (International Premiere)
Starring Sandrine Bonnaire, Lubna Azabal, Ilian Bergala

THE CHILDREN ACT
Richard Eyre, director
United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Starring Fionn Whitehead, Emma Thompson, Stanley Tucci

THE CURRENT WAR
Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, director
United States (World Premiere)

DISOBEDIENCE
Sebastian Lelio, director
United Kingdom (World Premiere)
Starring Rachel McAdams, Rachel Weisz, Alessandra Nivola

DOWNSIZING
Alexander Payne, director
United States (Canadian Premiere)
Starring Matt Damon, Kristen Wiig, Laura Dern

A FANTASTIC WOMAN
Sebastian Lelio, director
Chile (Canadian Premiere)
Starring Daniela Vega, Francisco Reyes, Luis Gnecco

FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER
Angelina Jolie, director
Cambodia (Canadian Premiere)

THE GUARDIANS
Xavier Beauvois, director
France (World Premiere)
Starring Nathalie Baye, Iris Bry, Laura Smet

HOSTILES
Scott Cooper, director
United States (International Premiere)
Starring Rosamund Pike, Christian Bale, Stephen Lang

THE HUNGRY
Bornila Chatterjee, director
India (World Premiere)
Starring Naseeruddin Shah, Tisca Chopra, Antonio Aakeel

I, TONYA
Craig Gillespie, director
United States (World Premiere)
Starring Margot Robbie, Sebastian Stan, Mckenna Grace

LADY BIRD
Greta Gerwig, director
United States (International Premiere)

MOTHER!
Darren Aronofsky, director
United States (North American Premiere)
Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer, Ed Harris

NOVITIATE
Maggie Betts, director
United States (International Premiere)
Starring Liana Liberato, Margaret Qualley, Dianna Agron

OMERTA
Hansel Mehta, director
India (World Premiere)
Starring Sylvester Stallone

PLONGER
Melanie Laurent, director
France (World Premiere)
Starring Gilles Lellouche, Maria Valverde, Ibrahim Ahmed

THE PRICE OF SUCCESS
Teddy Lussi-Modeste, director
France (International Premiere)
Starring Tahar Rahim, Roschdy Zem, Maiwenn

PROFESSOR MARSTON AND THE WONDER WOMEN
Angela Robinson, director
United States (World Premiere)
Starring Luke Evans, Rebecca Hall, Bella Heathcote

THE RIDER
Chloe Zhao, director
United States (Canadian Premiere)
Starring Brady Jandreau, Tim Jandreau, Lilly Jandreau

A SEASON IN FRANCE
Mahamat-Saleh Haroun, director
France (World Premiere)
Starring Eriq Ebouaney, Sandrine Bonnaire

THE SHAPE OF WATER
Guillermo del Toro, director
United States (Canadian Premiere)
Starring Sally Hawkins, Octavia Spencer, Michael Shannon

SHEIKH JACKSON
Amr Salama, director
Egypt (World Premiere)
Starring Basma, Ahmad El-Fishawi, Ahmed Malek

THE SQUARE
Ruben Ostlund, director
Sweden (North American Premiere)
Starring Claes Bang, Elisabeth Moss, Dominic West

SUBMERGENCE
Wim Wenders, director
France/Germany/Spain (World Premiere)
Starring Alicia Vikander, James McAvoy, Charlotte Rampling

SUBURBICON
George Clooney, director
United States (North American Premiere)
Starring Matt Damon, Oscar Isaac, Julianne Moore

THELMA
Joachim Trier, director
Norway/Sweden/France/Denmark (International Premiere)
Starring Eili Harboe, Okay Kaya, Ellen Dorrit Petersen

THREE BILLBOARDS OUTSIDE EBBING, MISSOURI
Martin McDonagh, director
United States (North American Premiere)
Starring Frances McDormand, Woody Harrelson, Sam Rockwell

UNTITLED BRYAN CRANSTON/KEVIN HART FILM
Neil Burger, director
United States (World Premiere)
Starring Bryan Cranston, Kevin Hart

VICTORIA AND ABDUL
Stephen Frears, director
United Kingdom (North American Premiere)
Starring Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Olivia Williams

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