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Indie darling Greta Gerwig’s directing debut, “Lady Bird,” stars Saoirse Ronan as a Sacramento teen hoping to make it to New York City. Gerwig also penned the comedy’s script.

Haifaa al-Mansour, thought to be Saudi Arabia’s first female filmmaker, enjoyed acclaim and official selection by her country’s Oscar submission board for her first feature, “Wadjda,” in 2012. She is back with “Mary Shelley” (previously known as “A Storm in the Stars”), concerning the relationship between the author of “Frankenstein” and Percy Bysshe Shelley. The cast is led by Elle Fanning and Douglas Booth, and gets support from Bel Powley (“Diary of a Teenage Girl”), Maisie Williams (“Game of Thrones”), Stephen Dillane (“Game of Thrones,” “John Adams”) and Joanne Froggatt (“Downton Abbey”).

Andy Serkis’ directorial debut, “Breathe,” which he made during time off from his upcoming motion-capture “Jungle Book,” stars Andrew Garfield and Claire Foy (“The Crown”) in a polio-themed romance.

“Breathe” was also the title of Mélanie Laurent’s last directorial effort — her new one, “Plonger,” will also screen at TIFF.

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