A leaner, meaner TIFF

FIlm | TIFF | Sept. 7 to 17, var­i­ous venues

Toronto Life - - Culture -

For 42 years, TIFF has gone in just one di­rec­tion: big­ger. For the first time, it’s down­siz­ing, slash­ing its to­tal film count by 20 per cent. Why? We’ll be the first to ad­mit the 11-day bac­cha­nal could be a lit­tle over­whelm­ing. Still, the thin­ner fest re­mains North Amer­ica’s might­i­est cin­e­matic buf­fet. Some of the high­lights: fest opener Borg/McEn­roe, about the war­ring ten­nis stars; Jake Gyl­len­haal and Ta­tiana Maslany in the Bos­ton Marathon bomb­ing pic Stronger; Guillermo del Toro’s mer­man ro­mance The Shape of Wa­ter; Long Time Run­ning, a Trag­i­cally Hip doc­u­men­tary; and two Matt Da­mon films, in­clud­ing the shot-in-Toronto Down­siz­ing.

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