All the best movies we saw at Toronto Film Festival, ranked (including ‘The Water Man’)

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It’s definitely a different Toronto International Film Festival than usual, with a couch and a Keurig taking the place of theater seats and a coffeehouse stop.

In a year when everything in the movie industry has had to scramble amid COVID-19, Toronto (running through Sept. 19) is the biggest of the A-list film festivals to go virtual, with a reduced slate of movies for an event that’s considered one of the biggest kickoffs for Oscar season. Still, you can’t ignore its cache, even in a very strange 2020: The last five best-picture winners all played Toronto, so it might be the place that (at least virtually) launches, say, Chloe Zhao’s road drama “Nomadland” (starring Frances McDormand) or Francis Lee’s lesbian romance “Ammonite” (with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan) into Academy Awards consideration. 

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All the best movies we saw at Toronto Film Festival, ranked (including ‘Good Joe Bell’)

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It’s definitely a different Toronto International Film Festival than usual, with a couch and a Keurig taking the place of theater seats and a coffeehouse stop.

In a year when everything in the movie industry has had to scramble amid COVID-19, Toronto (running through Sept. 19) is the biggest of the A-list film festivals to go virtual, with a reduced slate of movies for an event that’s considered one of the biggest kickoffs for Oscar season. Still, you can’t ignore its cache, even in a very strange 2020: The last five best-picture winners all played Toronto, so it might be the place that (at least virtually) launches, say, Chloe Zhao’s road drama “Nomadland” (starring Frances McDormand) or Francis Lee’s lesbian romance “Ammonite” (with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan) into Academy Awards consideration. 

Save a seat for Frances McDormand: New drama ‘Nomadland’ is Oscar-ready

‘Penguin Bloom’: Naomi Watts was ‘the most

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All the best movies we saw at Toronto Film Festival, ranked (including ‘Concrete Cowboy’)

Laveta Brigham

It’s definitely a different Toronto International Film Festival than usual, with a couch and a Keurig taking the place of theater seats and a coffeehouse stop.

In a year when everything in the movie industry has had to scramble amid COVID-19, Toronto (running through Sept. 19) is the biggest of the A-list film festivals to go virtual, with a reduced slate of movies for an event that’s considered one of the biggest kickoffs for Oscar season. Still, you can’t ignore its cache, even in a very strange 2020: The last five best-picture winners all played Toronto, so it might be the place that (at least virtually) launches, say, Chloe Zhao’s road drama “Nomadland” (starring Frances McDormand) or Francis Lee’s lesbian romance “Ammonite” (with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan) into Academy Awards consideration. 

Save a seat for Frances McDormand: New drama ‘Nomadland’ is Oscar-ready

‘Penguin Bloom’: Naomi Watts was ‘the most

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All the best movies we saw at Toronto Film Festival, ranked (including ‘MLK/FBI’)

Laveta Brigham

It’s definitely a different Toronto International Film Festival than usual, with a couch and a Keurig taking the place of theater seats and a coffeehouse stop.

In a year when everything in the movie industry has had to scramble amid COVID-19, Toronto (running through Sept. 19) is the biggest of the A-list film festivals to go virtual, with a reduced slate of movies for an event that’s considered one of the biggest kickoffs for Oscar season. Still, you can’t ignore its cache, even in a very strange 2020: The last five best-picture winners all played Toronto, so it might be the place that (at least virtually) launches, say, Chloe Zhao’s road drama “Nomadland” (starring Frances McDormand) or Francis Lee’s lesbian romance “Ammonite” (with Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan) into Academy Awards consideration. 

Save a seat for Frances McDormand: New drama ‘Nomadland’ is Oscar-ready

‘Penguin Bloom’: Naomi Watts was ‘the most

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Here’s how the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival will make you love movies again

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Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in <em>Ammonite</em>. (Photo: Courtesy of TIFF)
Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan in Ammonite. (Photo: Courtesy of TIFF)

In most years, September is the time when moviemakers, movie stars, movie journalists and movie lovers alike head to Canada for the Toronto International Film Festival, a weeklong celebration of cinema… and the official launch of awards season. But 2020 isn’t most years. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, this edition of TIFF will be offering a mixture of virtual screenings, as well as outdoor events and limited in-person theatrical showings for Toronto-based film fans.

Outside of select events, American audiences won’t be able to attend TIFF either remotely or in real life: Virtual screenings are exclusive to Canada, and the U.S./Canada border remains closed to travelers. But the festival is still a key part of the moviegoing calendar, setting the tone for the awards season to come by launching high-profile films from past Oscar winners like Regina King,

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Venice Film Festival Chief Alberto Barbera On Temperature Checks, Studio Anxiety, ‘Nomadland’, Gender-Neutral Prizes & The Volpi Cup

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This has been a Venice like no other. The world’s first COVID-era festival is taking place amid a slew of health and safety protocols and has had to adjust expectations accordingly. But the mere fact the event is going ahead is a marvel. The event is showcasing a blend of global arthouse movies and U.S. independent films with the occasional studio feature to boot. The journalists and industry I’ve spoken to are largely thrilled to be here.

At the event’s half-way point we sat down with long-time festival director Alberto Barbera to discuss in real-time how the festival is progressing and some of the burning questions that have arisen in recent days and weeks, including how the protocols are going, gender-neutral awards, which movie has the best shot at the Oscars and whether Netflix will be back next year.

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You’re invited to the Cosmopolitan Careers Festival: find the details here

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned
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Venice Director Alberto Barbera Explains How He Programmed a Festival in a Pandemic

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It’s been a strange and challenging year for all film festivals, which made this morning’s announcement of the Venice International Film Festival lineup all the more striking. Somehow, artistic director Alberto Barbera assembled a program of more than 50 films from around the world. It’s the first major fall festival to reveal its full lineup.

While Venice may add titles in the days ahead, it’s clear that this year’s edition won’t look like previous ones. The 2019 selection included splashy premieres with Joaquin Phoenix, Brad Pitt, and Meryl Streep; this version of Venice has fewer starry American films, reflecting our current inability to travel to Europe. The Venice selection still offers much to explore with at least one significant Oscar contender, a range of promising new work from international auteurs and newcomers, and nearly 50 percent of its competition featuring women directors.

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Virus fears force animal sellers online for Muslim festival

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Prancing in front of a camera with its blond mane blowing in the wind, “007” is one of thousands of goats being sold online as Muslims prepare for a key religious festival shaken this year by the coronavirus pandemic.

Millions of goats, sheep and cattle are slaughtered annually at Eid al-Adha — the festival of sacrifice — one of two major holy days observed by Muslims across the world, including some 600 million in South Asia.

The pandemic has, however, badly hit India, Bangladesh and Pakistan, which have shut or heavily restricted major markets, while fears about catching the virus are keeping customers away ahead of the main festival on Saturday.

“We were traumatised by the loss of two of my uncles to COVID-19 and didn’t want to sacrifice an animal,” Saddid Hossain told AFP in Bangladesh’s capital Dhaka.

“But we have to stay within our religious tradition, so we’d

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