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Tailored to fit the moment, this year's 45th Toronto International Film Festival presents itself as a hybrid event offering both virtual and on screen experiences to bring the best in film to the broadest possible audience. Over the first five days, TIFF’s full slate of films will premiere as physical, socially distanced screenings. Festival-goers can also enjoy drive-ins and outdoor experiences that take them beyond the movie theatre. For the first time in its history, TIFF will launch a digital platform for the festival, creating new opportunities to connect with a broader audience through the hosting of digital screenings, virtual red carpets, press conferences, and industry talks. The strong representation of women, Black people, Indigenous people, and people of colour among TIFF’s selection reflects the organization’s continuing commitment to normalizing gender parity and racial equality for future generations.
Included is Francis Lee’s 1800’s set British drama “Ammonite” starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan featuring the music of the German composer Volker Bertelmann aka Hauschka (read our interview with the artist on our German Film @ Canada Blog
). Originally set to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival, the TIFF screening will be its global and North American premiere. Oscar winner Kate Winslet will be honoured with this year's TIFF Tribute Award.
Werner Herzog and Clive Oppenheimer will premiere their latest documentary "Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds." Also screening are Iranian-German coproduction "Bandar Band" by Manijeh Hekmat, "Lift Like a Girl" by Mayye Zayed (Egypt/Germany/Denmark), "Notturno" by Gianfranco Rosi (Italy/France/Germany), and "Quo Vadis, Aïda?" by Jasmila Žbanić (Bosnia and Herzegovina/Norway/The Netherlands/Austria/Romania/France/Germany/Poland/Turkey).
Wim Wenders, a long-time TIFF friend, is a Festival Ambassador, a new initiative that rallies acclaimed filmmakers and actors to help TIFF celebrate this year’s unique event by engaging with audiences through interactive digital experiences.
TIFF will announce its full program in August 2020.
The 45th Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 10 to 19, 2020.
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