A leaner, meaner TIFF
FIlm | TIFF | Sept. 7 to 17, various venues
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.