Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Toronto International Film Festival will spotlight female directors and people of color at this year's gathering - CHICAGO TRIBUNE

by Steven Zeitchik
Originally published: July 26, 2016

ovie awards season that's shaping up to be about diversity will get a fitting kickoff at this year's Toronto International Film Festival.

The early Oscar bellwether will feature a number of stories by and about underrepresented voices. Most notably that means women, with 7 of its 19 galas directed by female filmmakers, a festival record.

Beginning Sept. 8, TIFF will also feature films by and about people of color. This includes the world premieres of  “The Magnificent Seven,” Antoine’s Fuqua’s race-themed remake of the John Sturges classic that now stars Denzel Washington (and opens the festival); Mira Nair's Ugandan chess tale "Queen of Katwe" starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo; George Nolfi's "Birth of the Dragon," about the origins of Bruce Lee, and "Barry," Vikram Gandhi's look at the formative Columbia University years of Barack Obama.