Actor Ben Platt's big-screen adaptation of the popular stage musical (co-starring Julianne Moore and Amy Adams) will get a virtual world premiere as TIFF 2021's opening-night film, and fans around the world can belt along to the production when it streams globally as part of the ongoing Oscar-positioning cinema event.
Courtesy TIFF Ben Platt will star in the 'Dear Evan Hansen' movie world premiere at TIFF.
The Stephen Chbosky–directed film — about a teenager overcoming social anxiety in high school following a fellow classmate's suicide — will host an in-person screening on Thursday, Sept. 9, at Roy Thomson Hall, with additional screenings set for the Visa Screening Room at the Princess of Wales Theatre and the RBC Lakeside Drive-In at Ontario Place as well as a digital streaming on the TIFF Bell Lightbox web platform.
"There was no question that Dear Evan Hansen was the ideal film to launch the Festival this year. This film is ultimately about healing, forgiveness, and reaffirms how connected and essential we all are to one another. We couldn't think of a more important idea to celebrate this year as we come together once again to share the power and joy of cinema in theaters together," said TIFF's Cameron Bailey, while his festival co-head Joana Vicente added that the film "connects to our shared humanity and that reminds us how deeply we need one another."
The festival also announced Tuesday that acclaimed filmmaker Zhang Yimou's latest work, One Second, will close its 2021 edition.
Elsewhere, TIFF's tightened annual edition is set to host gala presentations for potential Oscar contenders The Eyes of Tammy Faye (starring Jessica Chastain), Kenneth Branagh's Judi Dench–starring semi-autobiographical historical drama Belfast, and Edgar Wright's genre-hopping fantasy Last Night in Soho. Denis Villeneuve's Dune will show as a world exclusive IMAX special event at the festival as well.
See the Toronto International Film Festival's 2021 lineup of gala and special presentations below. TIFF runs Sept. 9-18 this year.
GALA PRESENTATIONS 2021
Belfast Kenneth Branagh | United Kingdom World Premiere
Clifford the Big Red Dog Walt Becker | USA/United Kingdom/Canada World Premiere
Dear Evan Hansen Stephen Chbosky | USA World Premiere
The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Will Sharpe | United Kingdom Canadian Premiere
The Eyes of Tammy Faye Michael Showalter | USA World Premiere
Jagged Alison Klayman | USA World Premiere
Last Night in Soho Edgar Wright | United Kingdom North American Premiere
The Mad Women's Ball (Le Bal des folles) Mélanie Laurent | France World Premiere
Night Raiders Danis Goulet | Canada/New Zealand North American Premiere
One Second Zhang Yimou | China North American Premiere
The Survivor Barry Levinson | USA/Canada/Hungary World Premiere
SPECIAL PRESENTATIONS 2021
Ali & Ava Clio Barnard | United Kingdom North American Premiere
All My Puny Sorrows Michael McGowan | Canada World Premiere
Benediction Terence Davies | United Kingdom World Premiere
Bergman Island Mia Hansen-Løve | France International Premiere
Charlotte Eric Warin, Tahir Rana | Canada/France/Belgium World Premiere
Dionne Warwick: Don't Make Me Over Dave Wooley, David Heilbroner | USA World Premiere
Drive My Car Ryusuke Hamaguchi | Japan North American Premiere
Encounter Michael Pearce | United Kingdom/USA International Premiere
The Guilty Antoine Fuqua | USA World Premiere
I'm Your Man Maria Schrader | Germany North American Premiere
Inexorable Fabrice du Welz | Belgium/France International Premiere
Lakewood Phillip Noyce | Canada World Premiere
The Middle Man Bent Hamer | Norway/Canada/Germany/DenmarkWorld Premiere
Official Competition (Competencia Oficial) Mariano Cohn, Gastón Duprat | Spain/ArgentinaNorth American Premiere
Paris, 13th District (Les Olympiades) Jacques Audiard | France North American Premiere
Petite Maman Céline Sciamma | France Canadian Premiere
The Starling Theodore Melfi | USA World Premiere
The Story of My Wife Ildikó Enyedi | Hungary/Germany/Italy/France North American Premiere
Three Floors (Tre Piani) Nanni Moretti | Italy/FranceNorth American Premiere
Violet Justine Bateman | USA International Premiere
The Worst Person In The World (Verdens Verste Menneske) Joachim Trier | Norway/France/Sweden/Denmark North American Premiere
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