Hirokazu Kore-eda (Shoplifters) directs this beautifully crafted and achingly touching crowd-pleaser about an unconventional family formed under the strangest of circumstances.

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Special Presentations

Broker

Hirokazu Kore-eda

It’s a rainy night, water pours endlessly down the sky, and a woman, So-young (Lee Ji-eun), climbs the stairs leading to a small church surmounted by an imposing red neon cross. It’s the Busan Family Church, home to one of the many “baby boxes” disseminated across the nation. She is going to leave her little Woo-sung there, abandoning him in complete anonymity, with the faint promise of coming back for him someday.

But she is not alone. Shrouded in rainy darkness, detective Ji-Sun (Bae Doona) and her colleague (Lee Joo-young) are monitoring the baby box hoping to find some leads to crack down on illegal child trafficking.

At the receiving end of the box, two men, Sang-hyun (Song Kang-ho) and Dong-soo (Gang Dong-won), an employee in the facility, follow what appears to be their normal routine. They check that no one is around, delete the surveillance video and steal Woo-sung. They are brokers, ready to put the baby up for sale to their network of wealthy wannabe parents. But something totally unexpected sends their plans off on a different path. And, on the following day, the mother does return to take back her child.

Making an effortless transition from Japan to Korea, Kore-eda revisits themes dear to him — forsaken childhood, adoption, and broken families are at the narrative core of undisputed masterpieces such as Nobody Knows (TIFF ‘04), Like Father Like Son (TIFF ’13), and Shoplifters (TIFF ’18). Without forcefulness or rhetoric, Kore-eda looks directly at life and creates a small, unconventional family universe. Broker is a film filled with moments of wonder and powerful emotion.

GIOVANNA FULVI

Screenings

Thu Sep 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Press
3:15pm
Tue Sep 13

Royal Alexandra Theatre

Premium
5:30pm
Wed Sep 14

Royal Alexandra Theatre

Regular
8:30pm
Thu Dec 29

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
7:00pm
Fri Dec 30

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
1:30pm
Fri Dec 30

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
3:30pm
Fri Dec 30

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
7:00pm
Fri Dec 30

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
9:00pm
Sat Dec 31

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
1:30pm
Sat Dec 31

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
3:30pm
Sat Dec 31

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
6:30pm
Sat Dec 31

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
9:25pm
Sun Jan 01

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
12:45pm
Sun Jan 01

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
3:35pm
Sun Jan 01

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
6:30pm
Sun Jan 01

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
9:45pm
Mon Jan 02

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
6:30pm
Mon Jan 02

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
9:30pm
Tue Jan 03

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
7:30pm
Wed Jan 04

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
1:30pm
Wed Jan 04

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
3:30pm
Wed Jan 04

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
7:00pm
Wed Jan 04

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
10:00pm
Thu Jan 05

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
1:00pm
Thu Jan 05

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
4:00pm
Thu Jan 05

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
7:00pm
Thu Jan 05

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
10:00pm
Fri Jan 06

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
1:45pm
Fri Jan 06

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
3:35pm
Fri Jan 06

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
7:00pm
Fri Jan 06

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
9:35pm
Sat Jan 07

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
12:45pm
Sat Jan 07

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
3:45pm
Sat Jan 07

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
6:45pm
Sat Jan 07

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
9:35pm
Sun Jan 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
1:00pm
Sun Jan 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
4:00pm
Sun Jan 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
7:00pm
Sun Jan 08

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
8:30pm
Tue Jan 10

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
7:30pm
Wed Jan 11

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
1:30pm
Wed Jan 11

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
4:00pm
Wed Jan 11

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
8:50pm
Thu Jan 12

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
2:00pm
Thu Jan 12

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
4:30pm
Thu Jan 12

TIFF Bell Lightbox 5

Regular
10:00pm
Fri Jan 13

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
3:00pm
Fri Jan 13

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
6:35pm
Fri Jan 13

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
9:40pm
Sat Jan 14

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
12:15pm
Sat Jan 14

TIFF Bell Lightbox 3

Regular
1:30pm
Sat Jan 14

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
9:45pm
Sun Jan 15

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
12:45pm
Sun Jan 15

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
3:40pm
Sun Jan 15

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
6:35pm
Tue Jan 17

TIFF Bell Lightbox 4

Regular
9:15pm
Wed Jan 18

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
1:00pm
Wed Jan 18

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
4:00pm
Wed Jan 18

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
10:00pm
Thu Jan 19

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
1:10pm
Thu Jan 19

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
4:10pm
Thu Jan 19

TIFF Bell Lightbox 2

Regular
9:30pm