The forty-sixth session of the Toronto International Film Festival will be held from 9 to 18 September in the presence of the audience, the organizers announced on Wednesday, after the largest film event in North America was satisfied with the default format last year due to the pandemic.
A week after its screening at the Venice Film Festival, Canadian director Denis Villeneuve’s highly anticipated “Dion”, a new adaptation of Frank Herbert’s science fiction novel, will be shown at the festival.Audience Award
The Canadian festival does not award a prize that chooses the winner of a jury, only the audience award, but it often determines the directions of the race to the Oscars.
The festival usually attracts about half a million moviegoers who get the chance to see Hollywood stars on its red carpet, but those were absent last year due to the closing of Canada’s borders to non-essential travelers. It is expected to gradually reopen in the coming weeks, but no date has yet been set.
The Canadian capital has been hit hard by the epidemic in recent months, but it has begun to gradually lift quarantine measures, which will prevent popcorn from being sold to moviegoers while snack bars will remain closed.
Program includes 12 films
“We are very proud of the importance of films and the diversity of stories that we will present this year,” said the festival’s executive director, Joanna Vicenci, noting that the program includes 12 films.
Festival audiences will be able to attend the documentary “Jagged” by Alanis Morissette, “Petit Maman” by Celine Siyama, “Le Pal de Vols” by Melanie Laurent and “Belfast” by Kenneth Branagh starring Judi Dench and “Lakewood” by Naomi Watts.
Limited attendance and outdoor performances
The total number of films shown at the festival is about a hundred, more than double that of the previous year, but far fewer than the number of long and short films that the festival used to screen, which is usually close to 300.
The number of audiences in the halls will be limited due to the continued application of health restrictions, and outdoor shows will be held, attended by people from inside their cars, according to the “Driven” system, in addition to the continuation of showing films in digital format as in the past year.