What to expect from this year's Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival
Toronto International Film Festival

Toronto International Film Festival

Hollywood may be mostly shut down, but festival season is still chugging along. The Venice International Film Festival, which winds down this week, saw its fair share of pro-union speeches, controversial guests and opinions, and, as always, buzzy premieres ready to hit wider distribution in the coming months. Now, film fanatics, Oscar voters, and Letterboxd users at large are turning their attention to the Toronto International Film Festival, which kicks off tonight with the North American premiere of Hayao Miyazaki’s 12th and final film, The Boy And The Heron. Here’s what to expect from one of the largest festivals in the world.

What’s on?

TIFF will be screening over 200 features this year, including many hotly anticipated and potentially Oscar-winning titles. As stated above, Miyazaki’s The Boy And The Heron, which was already released in Japan (without any promotion), will have its North American premiere on the festival’s opening night.

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Deadline also reports that some films are still working to finalize their agreements, so their stars aren’t 100% confirmed yet. These maybes include Nicolas Cage for A24's Dream Scenario, Michael Keaton for Knox Goes Away, Kate Winslet for Lee, and Bobby Cannavale for Ezra. We’ll see if any of them actually show up, and if they do, how they use their precious time in front of the camera.

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