Latest Toronto International Film Festival News

'Jojo Rabbit' wins Toronto's sought-after audience award

Sep. 15, 2019 3:48 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Taika Waititi's Nazi Germany-set satire "Jojo Rabbit" won the People's Choice award Sunday at the Toronto International Film Festival, a prize that has historically been one of the most ironclad predicators of Academy Awards chances. Because so many of the top fall movies play in Toronto,...

Banderas drew on his heart attack for emotions in new film

Sep. 12, 2019 12:19 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Antonio Banderas says his emotional state from having a heart attack a few years ago influenced his award-winning performance in the Pedro Almodóvar film, "Pain and Glory." Banderas won the best actor trophy earlier this year at the Cannes Film Festival. In an interview at the Toronto...

'Harriet,' the first film about Tubman, premieres in Toronto

Sep. 11, 2019 12:57 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — Hard as it may be to believe, "Harriet" is the first feature film about Harriet Tubman. Kasi Lemmons' movie about the Underground Railroad leader premiered Tuesday night at the Toronto International Film Festival where festival director Cameron Bailey, introducing the film, noted the...

In 'Women Make Film,' a 14-hr epic of an overlooked history

Sep. 10, 2019 8:33 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The length of Mark Cousin's 14-hour documentary "Women Make Film" is itself a statement. The work of female filmmakers throughout cinema history is too rich and too vast for anything less. Cousins' epic film, which has been playing throughout the Toronto International Film Festival, is not a...

Toronto Film Fest pays tribute to Streep, Phoenix

Sep. 10, 2019 2:13 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — In a gala dinner held Monday amid the Toronto International Film Festival's unspooling premieres, the festival paid tribute to Joaquin Phoenix, Meryl Streep, filmmaker Taika Waititi and cinematographer Roger Deakins. With the city teaming with stars in town for the festival, TIFF this year...

'Ford v Ferrari' revs into high gear at Toronto Film Fest

Sep. 9, 2019 8:12 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — As a big-budget original movie made largely with practical effects, "Ford v Ferrari" isn't so much pointed against headwinds in Hollywood as it is speeding 200 miles-per-hour right into them. The film, directed by James Mangold, premiered Monday at the Toronto International Film Festival,...

Eddie Redmayne happy to reunite with Felicity Jones

Sep. 9, 2019 5:41 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — As soon as Eddie Redmayne read the script for "The Aeronauts," he knew whom his co-star should be: His "Theory of Everything" co-star Felicity Jones. "I read it . with Felicity in mind and the second I finished it, I called her up and I said, 'I'll do this if you do,'" the star said. "And...

Waititi's 'Jojo Rabbit' finds a mixed response in Toronto

Sep. 9, 2019 4:24 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival, and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I'm still learning, really, how to describe it," Waititi says. It's no easy task. But, then...

In 'Dolemite Is My Name,' a return to form for Eddie Murphy

Sep. 9, 2019 1:06 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It took Eddie Murphy more than a decade to get a movie made about Rudy Ray Moore. Judging by the response to the film at the Toronto International Film Festival, the wait was worth it. "Dolemite Is My Name" drew some of the best reviews of Murphy's career, following the film's premiere over...

Rian Johnson's razor-sharp 'Knives Out' revives the whodunit

Sep. 8, 2019 3:21 PM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — The whodunit, with its puffy armchairs, missing murder weapons and meandering trail of clues, never exactly went out of favor. But in "Knives Out," Rian Johnson has revived the genre with an affectionate ode to Agatha Christie that has some contemporary twists of its own. "Knives Out" made...