Because the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc on Hollywood, the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant unveiled a slimmed-down lineup on Thursday that options new work from administrators like Spike Lee and Mira Nair.
Lee’s “American Utopia,” a filmed recording of the musical by David Byrne, will open the occasion on Sept. 10, whereas Nair’s BBC mini-series, “A Appropriate Boy,” will shut the competition. Different high-profile motion pictures embrace “Nomadland,” a Frances McDormand drama that’s slated to be the centerpiece of the New York Film Festival later within the month, in addition to characteristic directorial debuts from two Oscar-winning actresses: The MMA movie “Bruised,” directed by Halle Berry, and the historic drama “One Night time in Miami,” from Regina King, the “Watchmen” and “If Beale Avenue Might Discuss” star.
Nonetheless, the checklist of 50 motion pictures is a far cry from Toronto’s 2019 lineup of 333 titles, which included the eventual Oscar winners “Parasite,” “Jojo Rabbit,” and “Marriage Story.”
“We started this yr planning for a 45th competition very like our earlier editions,” Cameron Bailey, the competition’s creative director and co-head, mentioned in a press release, “however alongside the way in which we needed to rethink nearly every thing.”
Which means as a substitute of lobbying for the unique world premiere of huge Oscar contenders, Toronto will extra freely share movies like “Nomadland” with the Venice and New York festivals, which have needed to equally scale down within the face of the pandemic. The Toronto lineup additionally lacks main, star-driven titles like final yr’s “Knives Out” and “Hustlers,” as studios proceed to mull whether or not to delay their largest motion pictures till 2021.
Although the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant sometimes attracts press from all around the globe, this yr’s version will incorporate an online-streaming part to entice the celebs, administrators and journalists who can’t or received’t journey through the pandemic. Bailey has beforehand indicated that parts of the competition will nonetheless bodily happen in Toronto if social-distancing tips may be met, although Thursday’s information launch provided no updates in that regard.
For the entire movie lineup, go to tiff.net.