If you’ve been paying any attention to the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival lineup, you may have noticed a glaring difference in this year’s schedule from TIFFs past. Sure, there are still the Oscar-bait biopics (Ford v Ferrari), and the buzzy book adaptations (The Goldfinch), not to mention the requisite homegrown content (opening-night film Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band). But, in a first for the festival — which opens today and runs until the 15 — many of the most highly anticipated films are helmed by women. There’s the J.Lo-produced and Lorene Scafaria-directed Hustlers, the Fred Rogers biopic A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, directed by Marielle Heller, and Kasi Lemmons’ Harriet, just to name a few.
That’s by design. This year, festival programmers made a serious effort to …read more