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TIFF: Patricia Rozema to Chair Platform Competition Jury

The Toronto Film Festival has set Canadian director Patricia Rozema as chair of its 2022 Platform competition jury. Rozema, whose director credits include I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing, Mansfield Park and co-writing HBO’s Grey Gardens, will be joined on the jury by Iram Haq, a Norwegian Pakistani filmmaker, and Mumbai-based filmmaker Chaitanya Tamhane. Haq’s feature debut I Am […]

Toronto: Sam Mendes Tapped for Ebert Director Award

Sam Mendes, the filmmaker whose directorial debut American Beauty had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 23 years ago en route to bringing him the best director Oscar, will be the recipient of the Ebert Director Award at the fourth annual TIFF Tribute Awards, TIFF announced on Tuesday. The 57-year-old Brit, whose […]

TIFF: Tyler Perry, Film Academy CEO Bill Kramer Join Industry Conference Lineup

The Toronto Film Festival has unveiled the first wave of speakers for its Industry Conference lineup in September. Veteran director and actor Tyler Perry; Bill Kramer, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; and newly named Academy president Janet Yang lead the slate of Hollywood creative talent and executives taking part in […]

Toronto Film Fest: Harry Styles and ‘My Policeman’ Co-Stars Tapped for Performance Award

The stars of Michael Grandage‘s upcoming film My Policeman — Harry Styles, Emma Corrin, Gina McKee, Linus Roache, David Dawson and Rupert Everett — will receive a TIFF Tribute Award for Performance at the fourth annual TIFF Tribute Awards on Sept. 11, during the 47th Toronto International Film Festival, TIFF said Monday. The fest has switched […]

‘Navalny’ Director Talks Shooting Harrowing Russian Dissident Doc: “We Were Catching Something Remarkable and Historic”

Despite having made only his second feature documentary, Navalny director Daniel Roher is good at pitches. Back in 2017 in an L.A. recording studio, Roher had to sell fellow Toronto native Robbie Robertson on his vision for a film about the rock legend. “Kid, let’s make trouble together,” Robertson eventually told the precocious director before […]

‘Zalava’: Film Review | TIFF 2021

The devil literally cannot be contained in Arsalan Amiri's debut feature.

Afghan Director Sahraa Karimi at TIFF: “Do Not Let Afghan Cinema Die”

“I am trying to start a new life, a new journey but I am very sad, of course,” said Sahraa Karimi during a virtual conversation out of the Toronto International Film Festival.  “Anytime I am alone, my thinking immediately goes to Kabul.” The director behind feature Hava, Maryam, Ayesha, and the first woman to head Afghan […]