Although the full TIFF programme is yet to be announced, some of the Nordic region’s most prominent and rising voices are already lined up for the festival’s 43rd edition.

The Contemporary World Cinema counts 47 titles of which six are from the Nordics.

Two Danish films produced by Nordisk Film are having their world premieres: Before the Frost by Michael Noer, a harsh drama set in the 19th century, and the quirky family dramedy That Time of Year by Paprika Steen. The films’ respective national premieres are set for January 10, 2019 and November 8, 2018.

Finland has also two world premieres. One Last Deal by the Golden Globe nominated Klaus Härö tells of an ageing art dealer trying to pull his last big deal. The Making Movies production opens domestically on January 4, 2019.

After 2016 successful launch of Little Wing in Toronto, Selma Vilhunen is back with her second fiction film Stupid Young Heart, produced by Tuffi Films. The drama about two suburban teenagers who have to deal with grown-up problems of pregnancy is scheduled to open October 12 in Finland.

Iceland’s Baldvin Z will also be back in Toronto, four years after screening Life in a Fishbowl. His latest drama Let Me Fall produced by the Icelandic Film Company tells of two girls’ addictions and relationships from teen years to adulthood. The domestic release is set for September 7.

Sweden’s rising talent Ali Abbasi is bringing his Cannes Un Certain Regard winning film Border, screening as a North American premiere.

The Special Presentations section will screen Paul Greengrass’s Norwegian/Icelandic film 22 July straight after its world presentation in competition in Venice. The English-language drama about the Norwegian terrorism attack will be distributed worldwide by Netflix.

Another high-profile director - Denmark’s Thomas Vinterberg - will present the world premiere of his English-language submarine thriller Kursk, backed by France’s EuropaCorp.

The Documentary line up has the world premiere of Heartbound by Danish director Janus Metz, whose fiction film Borg vs McEnroe was TIFF’s opening film in 2017. Co-directed with Sine Plambech and filmed over a period of 10 years, Heartbound is a continuation of the creators’ earlier films Love on Delivery and Ticket to Paradise, that pictured globalisation through a series of marriages between Thai women and Danish men. The film produced by Magic Hour Films will premiere in Denmark on September 20.

Also screening in the section is Margarethe von Trotta’s Searching for Ingmar Bergman and James Longley’s Angels are Made of Light, about a group of Afghan children and their teachers. The US film is co-produced by Denmark’s Final Cut for Real and Norway’s Piraya Film.

Toronto’s Cinematheque is programming two landmark Scandinavian films with rare 35mm prints: Ingmar Bergman’s Persona as part of the global celebration of the Swedish master’s centenary, and Carl Theodor Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc.

Nordic short films selected include Sweden’s Fuck You by Anette Sidor, Norway’s Interior by Reed van Dyk and To Plant a Flag by Bobbie Peers, Iceland’s Viktoría by Brúsi Ólason and the Burkina Faso/Swedish co-production The Ambassador’s Wife by Theresa Traore Dahlberg.

Heartbound, Stupid Young Heart, Let Me Fall, Border, One Last Deal were supported by Nordisk Film & TV Fond.

The Toronto International Film Festival runs September 6 -16, 2018.