There are more than 300 films from over 60 countries screened at The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). This event ultimately draws in an estimated 400,000 attendees annually making it widely regarded as one of the most influential film festivals in the world.
Movies screened at the TIFF often go on to win Oscars, it is no surprise that Chinonye Chukwu‘s acclaimed drama, Clemency has been selected as part of TIFF’s ‘Gala Presentations’ this year — a category for movies that have amassed major audience interest.
The Toronto International Film Festival is slated to run from September 5 to September 15 and will feature Chinonye Chukwu’s Clemency.
Clemency is a hard-hitting drama that follows a prison warden, Bernadine Williams (Alfre Woodard), who confronts her own psychological demons, as she develops an emotional connection to the death row inmate she is scheduled to execute.
Chukuw’s sophomore feature, Clemency had its premiere at the Sundance International Film Festival, where it won the ‘US Dramatic Grand Jury Prize’, making the Nigerian-American filmmaker the first black woman to earn Sundance’s highest honour.
A month after Sundance, the film, which also stars Aldis Hodge and Daniel Brooks, was picked up by US distribution giant, Neon (the same distributor as 2018 Oscar darling, I, Tonya), nabbing an awards-friendly December release date.