The countdown begins today! With just one week to go until this year’s Toronto International Film Festival kicks off, movie lovers are running out of time to finalize their must-see movie list. Despite a slightly pared-down slate, largely due to COVID-19 restrictions and logistics, there are still close to 200 titles to choose from over the 10 days of screenings. Then there’s the inevitable, yearly dilemma: do you try to see all the buzzed about biggies or set out to discover something completely new and different? There’s definitely plenty of the former including Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, Julia Ducournau’s Titane, Edgar Wright’s Last Night in Soho, and Jane Campion’s The Power of the Dog; but likewise, between an inordinately great slate of documentaries (The Rescue, Becoming Cousteau) and an impressive list of contemporary international pieces (Saloum, Snakehead, Întregalde), there’s lots to be found outside the spotlight.
The team here at That Shelf has combed through the full schedule and made our must lists. Then we revised them, and revised them again until we’re dreaming about screening dates and times. But now it’s time to commit. So whether it’s a movie with built-in buzz (Spencer), an under-the radar indie with potential (Learn to Swim), or just something that makes our film-loving hearts flutter (Night Raiders, The Electrical Life of Louis Wain, Belfast), here’s what we’re excited to see at TIFF 2021.