‘Dear Evan Hansen’ to open Toronto International Film Festival

By Ray Bennett

The Toronto International Film Festival has selected Stephen Chbosky’s ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ (pictured), based on the hit Broadway show, to be its Opening Night film on September 9. Zhang Yimou’s ‘One Second’ will close the festival on September 18.

Artistic director and Co-Head Cameron Bailey said there was no question that ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ was the ‘ideal film ‘to launch this year’s festival. ‘This film is ultimately about healing, forgiveness, and reaffirms how connected and essential we all are to one another. We couldn’t think of a more important idea to celebrate this year as we come together once again to share the power and joy of cinema in theatres together.’

TIFF GALA PRESENTATIONS 2021

Opening Night Film

Dear Evan Hansen Stephen Chbosky | USA | World Premier

Closing Night Film

One Second Zhang Yimou | China | North American Premiere

Belfast Kenneth Branagh | United Kingdom | World Premiere

Clifford the Big Red Dog Walt Becker | USA/United Kingdom/Canada |World Premiere

The Electrical Life of Louis Wain Will Sharpe | United Kingdom | Canadian Premiere

Jagged Alison Klayman | USA  | World Premiere

Last Night in Soho Edgar Wright | United Kingdom | North American Premiere

The Mad Women’s Ball (Le Bal des folles) Mélanie Laurent | France |World Premiere

Night Raiders Danis Goulet | Canada/New Zealand | North American Premiere

The Survivor Barry Levinson | USA/Canada | World Premiere

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