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Toronto Film Festival Soldiers on Through Covid-19, but Where Are the Movie Stars?

Toronto Film Festival Soldiers on Through Covid-19, but Where Are the Movie Stars?

In the Toronto Film Festival world premiere of “Dear Evan Hansen,” a lonely Ben Platt belts out: “When you’re falling in a forest and there’s nobody around, do you ever really crash or even make a sound?”

That question could well apply to a laundry list of absent talent and filmmakers with projects at the Canadian festival, whose organizers pulled off a successful (and partially in-person) 2021 program. Thoughtful and inspiring in places and boasting some of the most exhaustive health and safety protocols from a festival in the coronavirus era, it’s still fair to ask — where are the movie stars?

Toronto, particularly in recent years, has become an important launchpad for award season contenders and premium studio projects. This normally guarantees heavy traffic from A-list stars and premieres of coveted, high-brow commercial fare, the likes of which aren’t seen as often at haughtier companion festivals like Cannes and Venice.

See full article on Variety