With a whopping 342 films on the docket this year, there are no shortage of films to watch at the annual Toronto International Film Festival.
Now in its 42nd year, TIFF has become one the largest publicly-attended film festivals in the world, drawing members of the industry from around the world to come and watch some of the most highly-anticipated films of the year and to get a glimpse of some of the film industry’s burgeoning talent.
This year, TIFF is also addressing the diversity and inclusion conversation that’s been going on in Hollywood, announcing in June that it would make sure that at least 20 percent of critics and journalists to get press credentials were members of underrepresented groups.
Notable films this year include the black and white film “Roma,” from writer-director Alfonso Cuarón, “First Man,” the Neil Armstrong biopic from “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, “If Beale Street Could Talk,” a new film from the Oscar-winning director of “Moonlight,” Barry Jenkins, and the documentary “Monrovia, Indiana” from acclaimed documentary filmmaker Frederick Wiseman.
Today on FilmWeek, Larry Mantle chats with film critic Peter Rainer, who has been taking in films at TIFF for the last week and joins us to share some of the highlights.
Peter Rainer, film critic for KPCC and the Christian Science Monitor; he attending TIFF in Toronto