Glass Onion and The Fabelmans bring back the best pre-pandemic memories in a glorious TIFF night –

My favorite memory of the Toronto premiere was where the future Best Picture winner Searchlight played to a strong crowd reaction at the Princess of Wales Theatre, the emotions were heightened even more when the Boston Globe journalists who had uncovered pedophile scandals in the Catholic Church took the stage and stood next to the actors who played them on screen. It’s been a few years since TIFF was able to show why it’s such a special festival, due to the Covid epidemic and Canada’s protective closures. Last night marked a turning point for TIFF as the preeminent film showcase of awards season, with the world premiere of Netflix directed by Rian Johnson at the Princess of Wales Theatre. Get the knives continuation glass bowfollowed by the premiere of Steven Spielberg’s Amblin/Universal love letter to his family and a movie camera, Fabelmans. Both of these films fall right into the awards conversation.

The evening began with Glass Bow: Mystery of Knives, a film that fired all over the place, and which crackled with amazing writing and sharp performances. The film stars Daniel Craig, Janelle Monáeth, Edward Norton, Leslie Odom Jr., Kate Hudson, Kathryn Hahn, Dave Bautista, Madeleine Kline, Jessica Henwick and Ethan Hawke, and most graced the stage for lively questions and answers about what it is It was. how to be in quarantine on a desert island paradise, creating a meticulous detective during the Covid lockdown. When there is chatter after the movie about how Netflix got its money for the $450 million it paid for two of those sequels, along with speculation about the worldwide box office take the movie could have had if Netflix had given it a full-blown theatrical release with Spending P&A before boarding the streamer, you know you’re doing well.

We exited the theater, reconnected, and returned to the Spielberg film. After an exciting glass bow, will it be a disappointment compared to him? No chance. The film is closer to Spielberg’s subtle effort, like spy bridge than some of his films. Many filmmakers have tried to convey their love of cinema in films not about them. Spielberg went straight to his personal story with the film’s thinly veiled autobiography, which outlined the complexities of finding his way to the art form at which he was arguably the best of all time. This included family strife, anti-Semitism, first loves, and the difficulties of growing up with a father who was a math and science genius and a mother who was an artist. Paul Dano and Michelle Williams shine as parents, as do Seth Rogen and Judd Hirsch as male formative influences. Then comes Gabriel Labelle’s speech, which put me on the map. The latter captivated the Q&A audience with a story about how he got the job playing the younger version of Spielberg: he flunked his audition, and the next thing he knew he was reading his story here at We have rave reviews for both films, but sometimes it feels like it’s worth just celebrating the special night this happens when an industry, still traumatized by years in quarantine, gets a chance to remember the special opening memories of great films. at a big festival.

Numerous films have been made, including woman king, and more – Jessica Chastain and Eddie Redmayne starring The Good Nurse, Harry Styles drama My Cop – all bowing soon. There may also be some acquisitions of films playing at the festival. But Saturday night was a day for books.



And in glass bow premiere:

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