Toronto International Film Festival

Looking for something new to do? Something that would require you to leave the country? Have I got something for you. It’s coming up, well, quickly. The Toronto Film Festival begins on September 8th thru the 18th. Yes, a little short notice? Well, if you can, get your passport out and get ready to hit the 47th annual and magical Toronto International Film Festival. Accommodations may be a little hard to come by, but you have a car, right?

The Toronto International Film Festival is one of the largest and most prestigious film festivals in the world. Many of the most box-office success movies premiere there and go on to win major film awards.

If you can get there somehow, do it! Many moons ago, I had the opportunity to view the film, “Last Night” at the Toronto International Film Festival (like 1989 many moons ago). And it was amazing, bustling with energy and stars. If you can’t get there in person, review their website at for sweet reviews of some of the films, like:

“The Taste of Apples is Red” is the gripping debut of the Syrian Filmmaker, Ehab Tarabieh. A film about a sheik who must decide between family and duty.

“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”, starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Evan Rachel Wood. It’s a true account of dynamic accordion player “Weird Al” Yankovic’s rise to fame.

“The Hotel”, the World Premiere of Director Wang Xiaoshuai, details the unique pandemic story and the devastating effects on the minds of younger generations, once projected into a bright future and now confined to strict boundaries and uncertainty.

“Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery” a much anticipated sequel with Daniel Craig.

Other notable films in the festival’s lineup include:

“The Whale” with Brendan Fraser

“Causeway” with Jennifer Lawrence

“Women Talking” with Frances McDormand

“The Son” with Hyugh Jackman and Laura Dern

“The Fabelmans” by Steven Spielberg

“Empire of Light” with Olivia Colman

“The Geatest Beer Run Ever” with Zac Efron

Those are just a few of the wonderful, creative, forward-thinking films meant to inspire, entertain, and illuminate the mind.

So, if you can make it to the show, I promise it’s magical. If not, at least peruse the selection of films and check off a few to watch when they are available to view on whichever provider they end up on. Cheers!!


Susanne Nierhaus
Susanne Nierhaus
Susanne “Susie” Nierhaus is a writing and editing professional who lives in the metro Detroit area. She’s worked in television and advertising. During her writing career, she has received two Emmy nominations for a children's television show that was filmed locally for Detroit PBS. She enjoys writing about 19th and 20th century history, film, theatre and architecture. When she’s not writing, she enjoys quiet time with human friends and feline friends.

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