The most exciting time of the year in film is finally here and if you want to keep your finger on the pulse, you must have these highly-anticipated TIFF 2022 films on your list.

Brought to us by Academy Award-winning directors and some of the biggest names in on-screen talent, these films are undoubtedly the best of the best, and they’ll be making their world debut right here in Toronto.

Without further delay, here are some of the most exciting films gracing the screen at TIFF 2022.

My Policeman

With Harry Styles playing the lead character, you’re probably already sold, but the plot of this buzz-worthy film will definitely have you intrigued.

Styles plays a young police officer in 1950s Britain who plays by the rules but longs for more, and when he meets a schoolteacher named Marion and later, a sophisticated museum curator named Patrick, a heated love triangle begins.

“This tale of forbidden romance and changing social convention […]  and their emotional journey spanning decades,” the description says.

Black Ice

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Directed by Hubert Davis and executive produced by LeBron James, Drake, and Maverick Carter, this thought-provoking documentary dives into the history of anti-Black racism in hockey.

“This incisive, urgent documentary examines the role of Black players in Canadian hockey, from pre-NHL contributions to the game to the struggles against racism that continue to this day,” reads the synopsis.

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The Son


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Starring Hugh Jackman, Laura Dern, and Anthony Hopkins, this highly-anticipated film follows the story of a family struggling to support a teenager going through a mental health crisis.

The film is the product of Academy Award–winning writer-director Florian Zeller and is the follow-up to The Father. It’s described as a “bold, incisive, and harrowing. Revisiting its predecessor’s focus on fraught family dynamics,” that takes viewers “into a world of troubled legacies, where people try their best in the face of crisis.”

The Woman King


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Any film starring Viola Davis has already won us over, and this historical drama is said to be a thrilling performance by the Oscar-winning actress.

“This epic tale brings to life the true story of the Agojie, the all-female military regiment charged with protecting the embattled African Kingdom of Dahomey,” the synopsis says.

The film takes place in the 1800s and follows the story of Agojie as she protects the Kingdom from adversarial neighbours, European colonizers, and the horrors of the slave trade.

Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

TIFF describes this production as “undoubtedly one of the year’s most anticipated films,” so it deserves a spot at the top of your list.

The Knives Out sequel tells the story of a tech billionaire who invites his friends for a getaway on his private Greek island. It’s all fun and games until someone turns up dead, and detective Benoit Blanc (played by Daniel Craig) is called in to solve the mystery.

The Greatest Beer Run Ever

If you loved the Oscar-winning film Green Book, you will have to see Peter Farrelly’s follow-up film starring Zac Efron and Russell Crowe.

The film takes place in the 1960s and Efron plays a merchant seaman named John “Chickie” Donohue who accepted an impossibly ridiculous bet to personally deliver a case of beer from New York to his army buddies in Vietnam.

“Efron proves a wonderful vessel for this story, delivering a performance of both warmth and depth as good-time Chickie matures in the face of war’s cruel hypocrisies into a wiser man.”

Butcher’s Crossing

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Nicholas Cage stars as a buffalo hunter in Gabe Polsky’s adaptation of John Williams’ literary western, set in the 1870s.

“As a buffalo hunter who lures a naïve young man on an ambitious expedition, Cage embodies hubris in this tale of how one of America’s most awe-inspiring natural wonders was lost,” says the film’s description by TIFF.

Polsky “frames Will’s journey from innocence to insight against the breathtaking vistas of the western wilderness.”

A Jazzman’s Blues

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Tyler Perry brings us this tale of forbidden love and family secrets starring Joshua Boone, Solea Pfeiffer, Amirah Vann, Austin Scott, and Ryan Eggold.

The film is described as a “heartbreaking tale of forbidden love lays secreted within a tantalizing murder mystery spiked with a series of dazzling musical numbers,” and is a “testament to Black American music, resilience, and storytelling.”

The Whale


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Darren Aronofsky directs this fascinating film about a reclusive English professor struggling with personal relationships and self-acceptance, played by Brendan Fraser.

Fraser, who is practically unrecognizable in this film, is said to give a “career-defining performance” in this “arrestingly intimate drama” as a man consumed by isolation, technology, and body shaming culture.