The Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) is set to be back in all its glory this year. The 46th edition of the festival, scheduled to be held from September 9 to 18, 2021 will again be held in a hybrid form; with both physical and digital screenings due to the ongoing pandemic. The lineup includes over 100 films, which means that it is comparatively smaller than the pre-pandemic TIFFs; but it’s significantly better than last year’s lineup when only 50 films were screened.
The opening film this year would be Stephen Chbosky’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’—an adaptation of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul’s 2015 stage musical of the same name. The film will have its world premiere at the 2021 TIFF on September 9, 2021 as its opening Night Gala Presentation. The festival’s closing film will be the legendary Chinese filmmaker Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second,’ the director of films like: ‘Raise the Red Lantern,’ ‘Hero,’ ‘House of Flying Daggers,’ and ‘Shadow,’
Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Dune’, Asghar Farhadi’s ‘A Hero’, and Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s ‘Memoria’ in the ‘Special Events’ segment are among the festival’s biggest crowd pullers. But the festival has so much more to offer. And we must take a look at some of the other major attractions this year.
This year at TIFF, everyone will have their eyes on Kenneth Branagh whose most personal film till date ‘Belfast’ will be screened as part of the Gala presentations. The Academy Award-nominated British writer, director, and actor will join the festival as part of ‘In Conversation With…’ series to discuss his journey, the charm of adapting Shakespeare’s plays for the big screen, and the story behind the making of ‘Belfast’.
Walt Becker’s ‘Clifford the Big Red Dog’ will also have its world premiere as part of the Gala presentations. The segment will also screen Will Sharpe’s ‘The Electrical Life of Louis Wain’ (Canadian Premiere), Alison Klayman’s ‘Jagged’ (World Premiere), Edgar Wright’s highly anticipated film ‘Last Night in Soho’ (North American Premiere), Mélanie Laurent’s ‘The Mad Women’s Ball’ (World Premiere), and Barry Levinson’s post World War II saga ‘The Survivor’ (World Premiere), which stars Ben Foster in the role of a boxer—haunted by the memories and his guilt, having fought fellow prisoners in the concentration camps to survive—who attempts to use high-profile fights against boxing legends like Rocky Marciano as a way to find his first love again.
A major attraction of this segment is English filmmaker Terence Davies’ ‘Benediction’ (World Premiere), which explores the turbulent life of First World War poet, Siegfried Sassoon—a complex man who survived the horrors of fighting in World War I and was decorated for his bravery but who became a vocal critic of the government’s continuation of the war when he returned from service. Sassoon’s poetry was inspired by his experiences on the Western Front and he became one of the leading war poets of the era.
Another important film to look out for in this segment is Michael McGowan’s ‘All My Puny Seasons’ (World Premiere) starring Alison Pill and Sarah Gadon. Based on Miriam Toews’ internationally acclaimed bestselling novel of the same name, the film follows the story of two loving sisters: one a gifted pianist (essayed by Gadon) obsessed with ending her life, the other a struggling writer (portrayed by Pill) who, in wrestling with this decision, makes profound discoveries about herself.
The segment will also screen Mia Hansen-Love’s ‘Bergman Island’ (International Premiere), Eric Warin and Tahir Rana’s ‘Charlotte’ (World Premiere), Michael Pearce’s ‘Encounter’ (International Premiere), Ryusuke Hamaguchi’s ‘Drive My Car’ (North American Premiere), Bent Hamer’s ‘The Middle Man’ (World Premiere), Theodore Melfi’s ‘The Starling’ (World Premiere), Antoine Fuqua’s ‘The Guilty’ (World Premiere), and Joachim Trier’s ‘The Worst Person In The World’ (North American Premiere), among others.
CONTEMPORARY WORLD CINEMA
Finnish filmmaker Juho Kuosmanen’s ‘Compartment No. 6’ which won the Grand Prix at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival is a major attraction of this segment. The film follows a young Finnish woman who escapes an enigmatic love affair in Moscow by boarding a train to the Arctic port of Murmansk. Some other films to watch out for in this segment include Sébastien Pilote’s ‘Maria Chapdelaine’, Alexandre Moratto’s ‘7 Prisoners’, Mounia Aki’s ‘Costa Brava, Lebanon’, Manuel Martín Cuenca’s ‘The Daughter’, Clint Bentley’s ‘Jockey’, Juanjo Giménez’ ‘Out of Sync’, Kira Kovalenko’s ‘Unclenching the Fists’,e Steve Pink’s ‘The Wheel’, and Blaine Thurier’s ‘Kicking Blood’—an ultra-modern spin on the vampire genre which evokes cult-horror figures like George A. Romero and Stuart Gordon.
Arsalan Amiri’s ‘Zalava’, set in 1978, follows the inhabitants of a small village in Iran called Zalava who claim there is a demon among them. The film is a part of the ‘Midnight Madness’ segment which also features Kate Dolan’s ‘You Are Not My Mother’. Ivan Grbovic’s ‘Drunken Birds’ is another interesting film to watch out for, along with Darin J. Sallam’s ‘Farha’, Javier Andrade’s ‘Lo Invisible’, and Haya Waseem’s brilliant film ‘Quickening’, starring Arooj Azeem, Ashir Azeem, and Bushra Ashir Azeem, which explores the life of a young woman of colour navigating love, heartbreak, and family turmoil.
Mohammed Abugeth and Daniel Carsenty’s documentary film ‘The Devil’s Drivers’ (World Premiere) presents an intimate and harrowing portrait of a group of smugglers risking everything on high-speed trips to help Palestinian workers cross the border into Israel every day for work. Stefan Forbes’ ‘Hold Your Fire’ takes us to the beginning of the longest hostage siege in NYPD history when four young African-American men stealing guns for self-defense in Brooklyn were cornered by the NYPD in the year 1973. The documentary uncovers what really happened in this landmark event which has the potential to revolutionize American policing. Gian Cassini’s captivating documentary ‘Comala’ follows the director on his personal journey in search of his absent father, discovering the ghosts of Mexico’s failed war on drugs along the way.
Agustina San Martín’s ‘To Kill the Beast’ follows the 17-year-old Emilia who arrives in a religious town on the border between Argentina and Brazil, looking for her long-lost brother. She stays in the jungle at her aunt’s hostel where, according to rumors, a dangerous beast appeared a week ago. This beast, people claim, is the spirit of an evil man that takes the shape of different animals.
Created and executive produced by Halaifonua Finau and Tom Hern, The Panthers, one of only four series to be shown in the TIFF Primetime Program, follows Will Ilolahia, who along with a group of young street gangsters and university students, form The Polynesian Panthers (which celebrated their 50th anniversary this year) in the 1970s.
TIFF 2021 also has a segment titled ‘Shot Cuts’ dedicated to short films. Also, ‘TIFF Rewind’ will screen classics like ‘The Training Day’ and ‘Eastern Promises.’
Zacharias Kunuk’s ‘Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner’ will be screened as part of ‘TIFF Cinemathèque’. And, just like last year, the ‘Industry Selects’ program will screen films only for industry professionals, acting as a film market owing to the continued COVID-19 pandemic which has severely impacted the ability of filmmakers and critics to travel to international film festivals.
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Tom Hanks’ sci-fi movie ‘Finch’ drops first trailer
WASHINGTON: The first official full trailer of Hollywood star Tom Hanks’ upcoming sci-fi adventure movie ‘Finch’ has recently been dropped by Apple TV+, where it will premiere on November 5.
The movie narrates the story of a lone survivor of a global apocalypse who has embarked on a dangerous journey to find a new home for his unlikely family, a dog and a newly created robot. Hanks has portrayed the titular character, a robotics engineer, who is the only survivor of a solar event. Finch creates the robot named Jeff (Caleb Landry Jones) to take care of his loyal companion, dog Goodyear, when he’s gone.
The almost 3-minute trailer of ‘Finch’ begins with Hanks’ character saying “It all happened so fast. There was a solar flare. Goodbye crops and food, goodbye everything,” as scenes of a deserted, dystopian America pass by. “So I hid, frightened and so alone, and I found you,” he continues, addressing the sweet dog.
After Finch develops the robot Jeff, it learns its purpose (“Robots must protect dog”), the trio then set out west, embarking on a treacherous journey to beat a deadly storm to safety. “If we don’t go before that storm hits, we’ll die. All of us,” Finch says in the trailer.
During the journey, they experience some lighthearted moments on the road, Finch teaching Jeff how to drive, Jeff learning how to “talk dog”, all while the pressures of the post-apocalyptic world seem to be closing in. Along the way, they navigate through extreme weather phenomena, merciless heat, UV radiation, and other unexpected challenges.
SOHA REMEMBERS HIS FATHER ON HIS DEATH ANNIVERSARY
MUMBAI: On the tenth death anniversary of legendary cricketer Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, his daughter Soha Ali Khan held a prayer in the former’s memory.
Taking to Instagram, Soha, who is currently spending time at her grand ancestral property Pataudi Palace, posted a picture of her and her little daughter Inaaya lovingly looking at the photo frames of late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi kept on a table. The prayer set-up was decorated with lit candles and a cricket bat.
“Abba . 05.01.1941 – 22.09.2011,” Soha captioned the heartwarming post. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi and veteran actor Sharmila Tagore’s elder daughter Saba Pataudi also penned an emotional note on social media. “Abba…..I miss you every day and know you watch over me. It doesn’t feel like a decade since you left us… only just yesterday. You’ll stay in our hearts forever. Love you always,” she wrote on Instagram.
Alongside the note, Saba posted a video featuring several images of the late Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi. Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi, who was popularly known as Tiger, passed away on September 22, 2011 after battling a severe lung infection. He was 70 when he breathed his last.
BRITNEY SPEARS’FILM GIVES GLIMPSE OF HER CONSERVATORSHIP
WASHINGTON: Documentary on singer Britney Spears will explore her highly-publicised conservatorship.
On Wednesday, Netflix unveiled the project’s official teaser, wherein Britney is heard leaving a message for an attorney in 2009. For the unversed, Britney’s conservatorship began in 2008 after the singer had several mental breakdowns publicly. Her father Jamie Spears served as both a conservator of her estate and person for more than a decade, but, in 2019, he temporarily stepped down as manager of her person due to his own health issues. Jodi Montgomery temporarily took his place for the past two years. And earlier this year, Britney and her lawyer filed the official court petition to request the removal of Jamie as conservator of the songstress’ estate.
Titled ‘Britney vs Spears’, the clip features a voicemail left by Britney to her lawyer at 12:29 a.m. on January 21, 2009, reports The Hollywood Reporter.
“Hi, my name is Britney Spears. I called you earlier. I’m calling again because I just wanted to make sure that during the process of eliminating the conservatorship..,” she can be heard saying the teaser. The 18-second teaser has created curiosity among social media users. “This is gonna be SO good!!! And right before the next court date! More s**t is gonna come out. I can feel it,” a netizen commented. “Omg! It’s happening. Can’t wait to see it,” another one wrote. The upcoming project is directed by Erin Lee Carr.
‘BHOOT POLICE’ IS VERY CLOSE TO MY HEART: SAIF
MUMBAI: The recently released horror-comedy Bhoot Police starring Saif Ali Khan, Arjun Kapoor, Jacqueline Fernandez and Yami Gautam has been receiving love from all quarters. The film serves a tasteful dose of humour packed with nail-biting horror. Saif’s performance has received rave reviews and the critics have praised him for bringing in a different energy to the film and its storyline. His impeccable comic timing coupled with a unique sense of style and acting prowess has always made for a great combination for genre-defining movies like Bhoot Police.
Commenting on the appreciation for his role, Saif Ali Khan said, “There are certain scripts that you read and fall in love with immediately because you see the potential they hold. You find it important that it gets made in a certain way because you have a lot of hope with that kind of script. Bhoot Police is certainly one of them! This is a movie that is very close to my heart. I want to thank everyone associated with the film – especially the producers Ramesh Taurani and Jaya Taurani for identifying and agreeing with me on the potential of this idea, and of course, Pavan Kirpalani for bringing the movie to me and standing by me. I would also like to thank my co-actors Arjun, Yami and Jacqueline – Arjun especially, because we were in it together from the beginning and it was a lot of fun jamming with him on our scenes together. Thank you everybody for all the love and happiness. Success is measured in strange and different ways. And especially in today’s times, in a pandemic, I think we can really call this a success and a feather in our caps.”
He also thanked his fans and supporters and said he is very excited as they already started working on its sequel.
SARA MEETS INDIAN ARMY MEN IN KASHMIR
MUMBAI: Actress Sara Ali Khan, who is currently vacationing in Kashmir, has met a few Indian Army men there.
Taking to the Instagram Story, Sara posted a picture of herself standing next to the soldiers with the tricolour flying high in the backdrop. She also thanked them for keeping everyone protected. “So thrilled to meet the heroes that make us feel safe, secure and protected. Thank you for all that you do for us. Jai Hind,” Sara captioned the post.
It seems like Sara is in complete holiday mode as prior to Kashmir, she visited Ladakh and Maldives. She was in Ladakh with actress Radhika Madan and singer Jasleen Royal. On her Maldives trip, she went to the ocean paradise with her mother Amrita Singh and her best friend Sara Vaisoha.
RANI WRAPS UP ESTONIA SCHEDULE OF ‘MRS CHATTERJEE VS NORWAY’
MUMBAI: Estonia schedule of Rani Mukerji-starrer ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’ has been completed. On Tuesday, the makers of the film took to their social media handle to share the update with the fans. They also posted a picture, wherein we can see Rani celebrating the completion of the schedule by cutting a cake with the whole cast and crew in Europe.
As per a statement, Rani and the entire crew shot in a bio bubble with all necessary precautions. The final schedule of the movie is expected to begin in India soon. Directed by Ashima Chibber, ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’ revolves around a journey of a mother’s battle against an entire country. Apart from ‘Mrs Chatterjee Vs Norway’, Rani will also be seen in ‘Bunty Aur Babli 2’, co-starring Saif Ali Khan and Siddhant Chaturvedi.
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