The Toronto International Film Festival isn’t just about the upcoming Oscar season. This year’s festival will also feature some exciting retrospective screenings and events, including a 20th-anniversary celebration of Michael Mann’s Heat. The acclaimed writer/director will appear and participate in a post-screening Q&A, discussing the memorable crime thriller that pitted Al Pacino’s suave L.A. cop against Robert De Niro’s dedicated crook. Heat was the first film to put the two acting legends on the screen together, opposite each other; and through the film wasn’t a blockbuster, it’s only grown in esteem in the last two decades.
Since it was announced in July, fans of Brad Bird’s Iron Giant have circled Sept. 30 on their calendar as the date that a remastered “Signature Edition” of the animated masterpiece — which will include two all-new scenes — returns for a very limited engagement in theaters. But festivalgoers in Toronto will get a first look, as the new version of the film will play in the TIFF Kids program. “The TIFF Kids Program is all about bringing the best of international children’s cinema to the Festival,” said Elizabeth Muskala, director of Youth Learning. “This year we are thrilled to showcase films from Europe and Asia, as well as a classic animated family feature, with The Iron Giant: Signature Edition.”
The festival, which begins Sept. 10, also unveiled its Discovery Program slate and a selection of youth-driven films, as well as a quartet of intimate conversations with notable stars. This year’s lineup of guests includes Julianne Moore, Salma Hayek, Sarah Silverman, and Matthew Weiner. “Our ‘In Conversation With…’ events always offer something unexpected. Whether it’s a personal anecdote, a surprising fact, or an industry tidbit, audiences will be enchanted by this year’s lineup of prestigious guests,” said Cameron Bailey, artistic director, Toronto International Film Festival. “Festivalgoers will have the exclusive opportunity to hear from the top talent of the film and television industries in a candid and intimate environment.”
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