The Toronto International Film Festival Is Here...But What If I Can't Go?

September 6, 2017 | Rachelle

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The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival is finally here and there is something for everyone. From drama to comedy to romance, TIFF is sure to entertain. But what if you are unable to attend? Fear not! There are still several ways to enjoy great films. Sam, my colleague, has once again put together a great list of international films that are available at the library. Download the two-page PDF, A Film Watcher's Guide to World Cinema 5, and place holds on films that you would like to see. Now in its fifth edition, the list includes titles that have been screened at TIFF as well as additional world cinema titles that the library owns.

Links to past guides are listed below:
First Edition, 2012; Second Edition, 2013; Third Edition, 2015; and Fourth Edition, 2016 

Toronto Public Library also has a large assortment of new DVDs that you can borrow. Videos and TV shows can be streamed right on your web browser or viewed offline on your smartphone or tablet through Hoopla, Criterion and Overdrive. Our collection is growing every day, with films in many languages, so go ahead, relax, and enjoy!

Hoopla Criterion Overdrive

The Toronto International Film Festival is scheduled from September 7 to 17. The festival will showcase a variety of new films from around the world in many languages, including Russian, Tagalog, Spanish and Mandarin. TIFF also screens films in several indigenous languages. Films can be viewed at many locations across the city and tickets cost as little as $10.

This year, two movies are being adapted from great novels. My personal favourite is Indian Horse, adapted from the novel of the same title by Richard Wagamese. This movie sheds a light on the dark history of residential schools in Canada. I was fortunate enough to meet the late Wagamese, who passed away earlier this year. I will always treasure my autographed copy of his novel.

The second movie is adapted from Margaret Atwood's novel, Alias Grace. It has been quite a year for Atwood, whose masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, became a television sensation in 2017. Now another one of her books is getting a well-deserved Hollywood treatment and being screened at TIFF.