The Guardian (Charlottetown)

TIFF scales down for 2020

The festival this year will run one day shorter than usual, from Sept. 10-19

- CHRIS KNIGHT

The Toronto Internatio­nal Film Festival has announced its full feature-film lineup for the pandemic-truncated 2020 event. While the 50 films are a fraction of the festival’s usual lineup (last year there were 245), organizers stress there is a mix of male and female filmmakers, new and establishe­d directors, Black and Indigenous and Canadian voices, as well as films from around the world.

If any group or region is underrepre­sented it may be Africa, which has only two films in the lineup, and those are co-production­s with European and other nations.

Even so, there is much to get excited for in the lineup. Werner Herzog and his Into the Inferno co-director Clive Oppenheime­r have a new documentar­y called Fireball: Visitors from Darker Worlds, about the threat of asteroids and other space debris. Canadian Indigenous filmmaker Michelle Latimer delivers Inconvenie­nt Indian, a documentar­y that takes its title from Thomas King’s 2012 book about colonial history. And Chloe Zhao, whose 2017 drama The Rider wowed festival audiences at Cannes, TIFF and beyond, brings her newest, Nomadland, starring Frances McDormand and David Strathairn.

There are also new films from Naomi Kawase (True Mothers), François Ozon (Summer of 85), Regina King (One Night in Miami), Viggo Mortensen (Falling), Frederick Wiseman (City Hall) and Joel Bakan and Jennifer Abbott (The New Corporatio­n: The Unfortunat­ely Necessary Sequel).

The closing-night film will be A Suitable Boy, Mira Nair’s mini-series adaptation of Vikram Seth’s sprawling 1993 novel. The festival this year will run one day shorter than usual, from Sept. 10 to Sept. 19.

 ?? ELEVATION PICTURES PHOTO ?? Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite, one of 50 films to screen at TIFF this September.
ELEVATION PICTURES PHOTO Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite, one of 50 films to screen at TIFF this September.

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