TIFF 2021: Dear Evan Hansen, Clifford the Big Red Dog has been added to the festival lineup


Musical feature by Stephen Chbosky Dear Evan Hansen, The Toronto International Film Festival mixed-race will open this year, with organizers touting the expansion of last year’s shrunken show, the return of red carpets and a personal facade while easing the pandemic’s border measures.

On Tuesday, the organizers revealed the first selections for the gala event and special presentation slots for the 46th edition, which runs from September 9-18.

Recently announced star-studded features that include world premieres Tami Faye’s eyes Written by Michael Showalter, the biographical boxer drama of Barry Levinson survivor A Canadian adaptation of Michael McGowan All I have is mortal sadness. It’s among more than 100 films set to show digitally and in person at downtown and outdoor cinemas, as well as some in-person venues, including TIFF Bell Lightbox and Roy Thomson Hall.

TIFF co-chair and artistic director Cameron Bailey said the festival wants to organize this year’s parties and special presentations as safely as possible while reviving some pre-pandemic excitement.

However, the red carpets will likely be smaller than usual and kept indoors – a departure from the usual outside media that attracts legions of fans looking for hugs, photos and autographs from celebrities.

Tuesday’s announcement came a day after the federal government said fully vaccinated US citizens and permanent residents would be allowed to enter Canada starting August 9. Visitors from the rest of the world will be allowed into Canada from September 7.

TIFF Co-President and CEO Joanna Vicente said they are still trying to figure out if the local press and industry will also need a full vaccination, and what COVID-19 testing may be required.

“We know that everyone who’s coming to Canada will need to be tested and have proof of a vaccine, so it’s really taken care of,” Vicente said in an interview.

“We just take a lot into consideration and find out what the correct safety and health measures are.”

In this undated photo provided by Dear Evan Hansen, the National Theater cast performs on the show. (Matthew Murphy/The Canadian Press)

Stephen Levinson adaptation Dear Evan Hansen, From his Tony Award-winning theatrical run, Ben Platt reprized his famous lead role as a teenager with social anxiety disorder.

Amy Adams, Julianne Moore and Kaitlyn Dever are among the other cast members in the story directed by Chbosky, known for his film and novel the perks of being a Wallflower.

The feature, which will premiere in the world with a celebratory show at Roy Thompson Hall, follows in the footsteps of previous TIFF editorials packed with music including American utopiaAnd the One’s Wear Brothers: Robbie Robertson and the Band, the documentary U2 From the sky And the The result: A Hockey Musical.

Billy said while Dear Evan Hansen, It covers a tough topic, “It’s not a heavy film.”

“It’s a movie he has a lot of hope for, and he has this great score,” he said in an interview on Tuesday.

“Great cast, great story and tone that I think is what we want to start with: We’ve had a tough year, we’re not afraid to face tough problems in life, but we want to focus on hope.”

Chinese director Zhang Yimou One secondAbout the relationship between a traveling movie showrunner and an escaped prisoner, the festival will be closed.

“He set it up in the 1970s and during the Cultural Revolution in China, at a time when movies were really one of the few ways people could have fun as a group,” Bailey said.

“And so you really get a sense, when you have so little else in it, how movies can move you and how they can change you.”

That’s one of the festival’s themes, Vicente said, after more than a year of theater shutdowns: “Just reminding people of the magic of coming together to see a movie and immerse themselves in it.”

Special Presentations Announced

TIFF announced 10 concerts and 22 specials on Tuesday, including All I have is mortal sadness, based on the book by Myriam Toze. Alison Bell and Sarah Gadon star in a story based on the Manitoba author’s relationship with her older sister and father.

The newly announced world premieres include Tami Faye’s eyesand starring Jessica Chastain as TV pianist Tammy Faye Packer, and middle man By Bent Hammer, a Norway/Canada/Germany/Denmark co-production with Cannock stars Don McKellar, Paul Gross and Rusev Sutherland.

Then there is Walt Baker Clifford the Big Red DogIt is a Canadian, US and UK co-production based on the children’s book series about a giant red dog.

“I love that people are like, ‘What?'” said Bailey, laughing at the social media reactions. ” Clifford Being in the lineup.

Watch | Clifford the Big Red Dog TIFF 2021 Trailer:

Clifford It’s just super fun. “It really is that simple,” he added, noting that it’s a story known for “big Hollywood visual effects” and a cast of stars including David Alan Greer as Clifford’s voice.

“For every family who’s been home for a long time and just missed taking them to an adventure on the big screen, this one’s for you.”

Among the previously announced titles for the world’s first ceremonial presentations is the documentary film by American director Alison Kleiman. serratedAbout singer-songwriter Alanis Morissette who grew up in Ottawa.

TIFF said it has added the Scotiabank Toronto Theater to its venues for the first five days of the festival, and will also screen films at the Princess of Wales Theater and Cinesphere Theater in Ontario Place.

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