The so expected Toronto International Film Festival finally came, and it is an incredible experience. Taking place from September 9 to 18, the 2021 fest is following a hybrid version of real-life and virtual events.
The last festival was smaller and very restricted, with mostly digital screenings and very few film stars to encounter in the city, screening only 50 films. But this year it was possible to include more than 100 films with in-person viewings, digital screenings, and drive-in alternatives.
Here are 3 films that you can’t miss during this TIFF, one for every millennial taste:
The famed science fiction novel from 1965 came once more to the big screen, but this time it came with all it could. The first attempt was planned to be released in 1970, starring Mick Jagger, Orson Wells and Salvador Dalí, but it never came to production and ended up being a documentary. In 1984 David Lynch brought it back but it was a total failure according to critics.
This time, director Denis Villeneuve brought stars like Oscar Isaac, Timothée Chalamet, Rebecca Ferguson and Stellan Skarsgard, Zendaya, Jason Momoa and more. It is expected to be visually beautiful and immersive thanks to the technology in animation we have today, compared to the previous attempts years back. And of course, the great Hans Zimmer is the film score composer.
Dune is a story about a conflict between two families for the power of Arrakis, a planet that allows access to a very precious good. The main character must flee to the desert, encounter dangerous situations, and plan a way to gain back control.
Last Night in Soho
Most of us have romanticized being in a period picture. Could there be something dangerous about this? Ask Eloise, a girl who arrives in London to study fashion and finds herself strangely connected to the London of the past. Her life gets twinned with a cabaret starlet named Sandie and gets tangled in an old-school horror movie facing the sinister reality in 1960’s London.
The film was written by director Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead) and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (1917) and stars Thomasin McKenzie (JoJo Rabbit) and the talented Anya Taylor-Joy (The Queen’s Gambit). Creative and terrifying, this British psychological horror film has the director’s particular stylish taste, where every sequence has perfect details. Read more about this movie here.
Dear Evan Hansen
A film adaptation of Steven Levenson’s Tony Award-winning musical about a teenager who suffers from a social anxiety disorder. This teen, Evan, writes letters for himself to observe the good things in his life but ends up tangling himself in an invented role in a tragedy he has nothing to do with.
The musical won six Tony Awards and has part of its on-stage cast on the big screen, such as protagonist Ben Platt and Colton Ryan, with other stars like Julianne Moore, Amy Adams, Amandla Stenberg, and Kaitlyn Dever. Director Stephen Chbosky’s (The Perks of Being a Wallflower) expertise on contemporary teen dramas shows how secret wounds can come out and work in such different and deep ways. Love musicals? See which musicals are coming this year to the big screen.
Do you want more recommendations for the TIFF? Read this article.
Published by HOLR Magazine.