Simply two Quebec characteristic movies at pared-down TIFF

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There’s normally a convoy of Quebec filmmakers headed down the 401 round this time. Our province’s cinema enjoys a privileged place on the Toronto Worldwide Movie Pageant. One of many world’s largest film occasions when it comes to trade presence, and the gateway to the coveted American market, TIFF is an enormous deal. All people goes to TIFF. Besides this yr.

Like most of the world’s festivals fortunate sufficient to even happen, TIFF needed to pare down on account of the pandemic. Its 45th version presents simply 50 characteristic movies — versus the standard 250 or so — together with titles by Spike Lee, Halle Berry, Werner Herzog, Chloé Zhao and Viggo Mortensen.

Of these, solely a half-dozen are from Canada, and simply two are from Quebec. In a traditional yr, our province sends 4 to 6 instances that variety of movies.

And downtown Toronto will really feel just a bit completely different this yr. Goodbye, throngs, purple carpets and lavish events. Hi there, limited-capacity screenings in theatres, drive-ins, and films streamed on-line for everybody else. A lowered variety of media will attend the competition, however solely nearly, watching movies on their computer systems.