The Toronto International Film Festival looked a little different with a greatly pared-down lineup of films that were mostly screened virtually. With COVID restrictions being gradually lifted and more and more Ontario residents looking forward to a #TwoShotSummer, Festival organizers are looking towards a hybrid festival for it’s landmark 45th edition that will see it’s virtual platform remain in place while offering a select few in-person screenings here in Toronto.
The Festival will run from September 9-19, and will feature over 100 films from around the world. There will be in-person screenings at existing venues Roy Thompson Hall, the Princess of Wales Theatre, and TIFF Bell Lightbox, as well as a new Festival Village at Ontario Place which is comprised of the Cinesphere IMAX Theatre (the first IMAX theatre in the world) and three outdoor venues; the Visa Skyline Drive-in, RBC Lakeside Drive-In and the West Island Open Air Cinema.
Perhaps the biggest and most high-profile announcement was that Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, which was originally set to be released last December, will finally be making it’s theatrical debut at TIFF 2021. You already know I’ve been waiting with bated breath for Dune, and I’ll be first in line for Villeneuve’s version. For those that are local, the film will have it’s world IMAX premiere at the Cinesphere, which will be an extremely hot ticket. Villeneuve made the announcement this morning with the following statement:
Edgar Wright (Scott Pilgrim vs the World, Shaun of the Dead) makes his TIFF debut with the much-anticipated Last Night in Soho, and could be seen elatedly making the announcement on Twitter today:
Rounding out this first announcement of films for the Festival were:
- Le Bal des Folles directed by Mélanie Laurent – Trailer here
- The Guilty directed by Antoine Fuqua, starring Jake Gyllenhaal
- Charlotte directed by Eric Warin and Tahir Rana
- Dionne Warwick: Don’t Make Me Over directed by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner;
- HBO’s Alanis Morissette documentary Jagged directed by Alison Klayman
- Lakewood directed by Philip Noyce, starring Naomi Watts
- Night Raiders directed by Danis Goulet
- The Starling directed by Theodore Melfi, starring Melissa McCarthy, Timothy Olyphant, Daveed Diggs
We’ll have more about the TIFF lineup as it’s revealed, but you can get ticketing information at their website here.