Three true tales about exceptional women are must-sees at TIFF 2019

Three true tales about exceptional women are must-sees at TIFF 2019

The Toronto International Film Festival is serious about sharing more stories created by and about women, including some exciting biopics that give real-life icons their due on the big screen.

Each year, the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) takes over the city with 11 days of amazing films and splashy premieres. But the festival is about more than just the stars — it’s also about showcasing emerging and exceptional talent. To help do so, TIFF has made a five-year commitment to supporting women behind and in front of the camera with its Share Her Journey movement. This year’s lineup includes many stellar picks made by and/or about women, including three that honour real-life legends Harriet Tubman, Marie Curie and Judy Garland.

These films feature powerful women who changed the world through bravery, innovation and artistry — you won’t want to miss them at TIFF 2019.


Directed by Marjane Satrapi and starring Rosamund Pike, both Academy Award nominees, Radioactive tells the story of two-time Nobel Prize winner and scientist Marie Curie, the only person to ever receive such an honour in two different fields. With impressive talent like Satrapi and Pike, and an unbelievable story about one of the most accomplished women in history, Radioactive shines a light on a visionary who should undoubtedly be more of a household name.


Musical biopics have become a trend in Hollywood over the past year, with the spotlight most recently on Queen and Elton John. Somehow, Judy Garland has never been portrayed in a theatrical film — until now. Star of the stage and screen, Garland is played by Renée Zellweger in Rupert Goold’s movie based on the Tony Award–winning play End of the Rainbow. The film focuses on Garland’s final year of life after she arrives in London to perform her run of sold-out concerts. In her fourth role after a six-year break in acting, a star is reborn in Zellweger’s performance as this beloved Hollywood icon.


Cynthia Erivo is a veteran stage actress, but judging by her knockout performances in 2018’s Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale, you’d never know she is relatively new to film. Now Erivo is commanding the screen as abolitionist Harriet Tubman in Kasi Lemmons’s adaptation of one of the most important stories in American history. It’s surprising that Tubman’s quest to live freely has not been portrayed on screen before, but the time is right and the world is in need of this poignant, inspiring and essential film.

Be sure to experience these exceptional historical female figures on the big screen during TIFF or when they hit theatres in the coming months.

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