Little mom and The Bal des folles, the latest films by French directors, will compete for the Audience Award at the 46th edition scheduled for September 9 to 18.
The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF), North America’s biggest film festival held virtually last year due to a pandemic, will welcome moviegoers in person for its 46th edition from September 9 to 18, announced on Wednesday. organizers. Canadian director Denis Villeneuve will present Dune, a long-awaited new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, a week after its screening in Venice. Cinephiles will be able to see the documentary Jagged by Alanis Morissette, the film Little mom directed by Céline Sciamma, The Bal des Folles by Mélanie Laurent, Belfast by Kenneth Branagh with Judi Dench or the thriller Lakewood directed by Naomi Watts.
The Canadian festival, which does not award a palm or a bear like in Cannes or Berlin but only an audience award, often sets the tone for the Oscar race. Usually, half a million moviegoers flock to the festival to watch the Hollywood gratin on its red carpet. The stars were however conspicuous by their absence last year, due to the closure of Canada’s borders to non-essential travel. The gradual reopening of borders is expected in the coming weeks, but no date has yet been put forward.
Hard hit in recent months by the pandemic, the Canadian metropolis is quietly beginning its deconfinement and, for this reason, the festival will not offer popcorn to moviegoers and snack bars will remain closed. “We are so proud of the scale of the films and the diversity of the stories that we will be presenting this year”, said Joana Vicente, CEO of TIFF, unveiling twelve films from the lineup.
“It’s so extraordinary to be able to share these films with festival-goers in theaters”, added Joana Vicente in a statement stressing that the world is finally and “Definitely moving towards a degree of normality”. In total, around 100 films will be screened, more than double the number of last year, but far from the 300 or so feature-length and short films usually screened in Toronto.
Due to the sanitary restrictions still in force, the number of seats in cinemas will also be reduced, and screenings will be organized outdoors in “Drive-in”. Introduced last year, digital screenings will also be making a comeback, allowing moviegoers across Canada to view the films from the comfort of their own homes.