Toronto Film Festival: No Taika, fewer films, but NZ still has strong presence

Last year’s Toronto Film Festival (TIFF) was a triumph for former New Zealander of the Year Taika Waititi. Not only did the 45-year-old director receive the inaugural TIFF Ebert Director Award, but his World War II black comedy Jojo Rabbit picked up the prestigious People’s Choice title. Of course, much has changed since then, Covid-19 has ravaged the cinema landscape and forced film festivals like TIFF to either postpone or pivot online. The 45th edition of Canada’s biggest celebration of cinema kicks off on Thursday (September 10), with a much reduced line-up of around 50 feature films, five programmes of shorts, as well as interactive talks, film cast reunions and Q&As. While there will be some physical screenings (including drive-in sessions), most of the interaction will take place online. However, despite the slimmed-down festival, Kiwis will still have a significant presence. READ MORE:Taika Waititi’s Jojo Rabbit wins top gong at Toronto Film FestivalTaika Waititi’s new film Jojo Rabbit makes world premiere at Toronto International Film FestivalThor director and ‘rock star’ Taika Waititi to receive first ever Toronto Ebert Director AwardHuman Traces, Waru selected for Toronto Film FestivalKiwi actor Vinnie Bennett named as one of four Rising Stars SHIFT72 While not… Read full this story

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