“Dune”, “Spencer” and other fall festival highlights
Last September, a carefully recalibrated Venice film festival represented one of the few bright spots in world cinema, taking advantage of a brief window between COVID waves to host in-person premieres for future Oscar nominees like “Nomadland” and âOne Night in Miami.â Telluride and Toronto – these vital platforms for authors and award nominees – had to scale back or cancel operations in 2020, making the return of all three events something to celebrate.
The logistics may have been complicated for those in attendance, with cumbersome ticketing procedures and mandatory COVID testing to contend with, but there was something intoxicating about being back in theaters, experiencing films as a group. and discuss their merits in real time immediately after screenings.
For those who don’t have the chance to make the trip to Venice, Telluride or Toronto, VarietyCritics have put together the following roundup of highlights from the three festivals in early September. Not all of these movies have been successful (some have split squarely), but this should give you an idea of ââwhat to watch in the months ahead.