The annual Toronto International Film Festival have recently announced a more trimmed-down version of the event scheduled for September 9 – 18 that will have drive-in, digital, and physical screenings available.
“It’s been a tough year and we’re so glad to be back,” Cameron Bailey, TIFF artistic director and co-head, said in a statement.
Among the first wave of newly announced films to the roster is Antoine Fuqua’s The Guilty from Netflix, Kenneth Branagh’s Belfast, starring Caitriona Balfe, Judi Dench, and Jamie Dornan; HBO’s Alanis Morissette documentary Jagged, directed by Alison Klayman; and the Naomi Watts-lead Lakewood, directed by Philip Noyce which was filmed in northern Ontario.
Denis Villeneuve‘s highly anticipated reboot of Dune is also set to have a special event screening at an IMAX theater in Toronto. Another addition to the roster is Edgar Wright‘s Last Night in Soho starring Thomasin McKenzie and Anya Taylor-Joy, which will be the acclaimed filmmaker’s first full-on horror film.
Danis Goulet’s indigenous zombie thriller Night Raiders, a Canada/New Zealand co-production that bowed in Berlin will also get a premiere at TIFF; Céline Sciamma’s Berlinale competition title Petite Maman; the documentary Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over, co-directed and co-produced by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner and to screen in Toronto after being introduced to buyers at the Cannes market; Charlotte, directed by Eric Warin and Tahir Rana; and the Ted Melfi-directed dramedy The Starling, which re-teams the filmmaker with his St. Vincent star Melissa McCarthy has been picked up by Netflix.
Another Netflix film that will get a premiere is Antoine Fuqua’s The Guilty thriller, starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Peter Sarsgaard, Riley Keough, Paul Dano and Ethan Hawke.
As for COVID-19 safety protocols for the event, organizers have stated “Audiences will confidently be able to enjoy in-cinema screenings by maintaining a safe physical distance and wearing a mask,” Toronto organizers said in a statement. Some TIFF titles will also be available for Canadians across the country to view at home as the festival for the second year running plans more streaming than screening.”
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