“The Swimmers” selected as the opening film of the Toronto International Film Festival

by Staff, The Canadian Press.

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“The Swimmers”, a film about two sisters escaping from Syria, will be the opening evening presentation on Toronto International Film Festival.

Director Sally El Husseini’s film is based on the true story of the Mardini sisters, who were forced to swim for hours with their laden boat to reach Greece from Turkey in 2015.

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Al-Hussaini says the film, produced by Working Title and Netflix, is a perfect fit for a city as diverse as Toronto.

Previous opening night films include “Dear Evan Hansen” and “Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band.”

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TIFF has been releasing lineups one after another this year, rather than announcing them all at once.

The festival runs from 8 to 18 September.

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