The best seats at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) this year are reserved not for the stars but frontline workers and community heroes battling the Covid-19 pandemic.The 45th Toronto film festival, which opened on September 10, is unlike any other edition. There are physical and digital screenings, drive-in venues, an open-air theatre and virtual red carpets. Toronto, Canada’s commercial capital that boasts of a sizeable South Asian population, is saluting frontline workers with a special digital screening of Idris Elba-starrer Concrete Cowboy for 500 of them tomorrow.One of the festival’s two drive-in venues has set aside its best seats for frontline workers for the entire event. “It is still hard to believe that we are all living through a global medical crisis,” say TIFF Co-Heads Cameron Bailey and Joana Vicente. “We could never have anticipated the global seismic changes we would be facing in 2020.”Close One of the biggest international film festivals in the world, TIFF has substantially reduced the number of films this year, screening only 50 feature films and five programmes of short films. “The pandemic has hit TIFF hard, but we’ve responded by going back to our original inspiration — to bring the very best in film to… Read full this story
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