Fingernails, Flora and Son, One Life and Knox Goes Away to Premiere at TIFF

July 24, 2023

The Toronto International Film Festival announced their line-up on Tuesday, July 24th and several FilmNation projects are among the official selection. 

Fingernails (Special Presentation)
Directed by: Christos Nikou
Cast: Jessie Buckley, Riz Ahmen, Jeremy Allen White
Anna (Buckley) increasingly suspects that her relationship with her longtime partner may not actually be the real thing. In an attempt to improve things, she secretly embarks on a new assignment working at a mysterious institute designed to incite and test the presence of romantic love in increasingly desperate couples.

Flora and Son (Gala Section)
Directed by: John Carney
Cast: Eve Hewson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Orlén Kinlan, Jack Reynor
Single mom Flora is at war with her teenage son, petty thief Max. Encouraged by the police to find Max a hobby, she rescues a beat-up guitar from a dumpster and finds that one person’s trash can be a family’s salvation.

Knox Goes Away (Special Presentation)
Directed by: Michael Keaton
Cast: MIchael Keaton, James Marsden, Al Pacino
John Knox (Keaton), a contract killer diagnosed with a fast-moving form of dementia, vows to spend his final days attempting to redeem himself by saving the life of his estranged adult son (Marsden). He finds himself in a race against the authorities as well as the ticking clock of his own rapidly deteriorating mind.

One Life (Special Presentation)
Directed by: James Hawes
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Helene Bonham Carter, Johnny Flynn
‘One Life’ tells the inspiring true story of Sir Nicholas ‘Nicky’ Winton (Hopkins/Flynn), whose unsung endeavours on the eve of World War II saved more than 600 children from their doom at the hands of the Nazis. Nicky considered himself a banker, not a humanitarian. Yet when he visited a recently annexed Prague in 1938 and saw the state of the fleeing Jewish refugees, he did what he believed was the right thing to do – the thing that anyone would do – and dedicated himself to the cause. War was approaching, and it was a race against time. How many children could he liberate before it ran out? Fifty years later, it’s 1988 and Nicky is haunted by the fate of the children he wasn’t able to help. And so it’s not until he’s surprised by the survivors on live television that he can accept that when facing devastating atrocities, saving even one life is a victory, and the British public learn the truth about the hero hidden in their midst.


The Tonronto International FIlm Festival runs from September 7 - 17. See the full line-up here