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TIFF 2019 Opening: The View from Far Out

Far Out is at the Toronto International Film Festival, where the atmosphere has become even livelier since 2018. There is still the same serious approach to film as an art form; still the same firm line as regards any highjinks that cross over into insult or abuse—warning signs about this are posted everywhere—and still the same level of professionalism. However, this year the festival area is marked by a sign using the term ‘party all night’ and the press literature opens with the greeting, “Smile! You’re at a film festival!” 

The approach is borne out in the festival-related activities, including an opening-weekend block party including musical performances, food trucks, and free screenings, a friendly march supporting women in the film industry, an increase of outdoor food and drink vendors, and outdoor concerts. 

Add to that the presence of some high calibre celebrities, including Tom Hanks, for the premiere of his newest film, A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood; Meryl Streep, promoting her latest, Laundromat; Martin Scorcese, producer on The Band documentary; Kristen Stewart for her latest, Seberg; and Jennifer Lopez, producer and star of Hustlers.

Follow our film section for running updates from the event.