Spike Lee whose latest movie premiered online and at drive-in screenings due to coronavirus paid tribute to black victims of police violence at Toronto Film festival, as his. Cameron Bailey, co-head told Agence France-Presse, “It feels like this year in particular, what he’s been saying for decades is resonating with a lot more people. It does feel like it is exactly the film for the moment… it gives both David and Spike the opportunity to really focus the audience’s attention on issues of anti-black racism, of the Black Lives Matter movement,”
Amid coronavirus, the film festival has scrambled to find socially-distanced ways to present this year’s line-up. Otherwise the festival is attended by half a million attendees to its celebrity-studded red carpets and world premieres, which include Oscars hopefuls and obscure arthouse flicks hoping to find distributors.
This year is restricted for everyone except for those cinephiles based in town and can attend physical screenings at a dramatically pared-down festival boasting just 50 feature films on show — compared with a typical 300-odd.
Prominent personalities like Martin Scorsese, Anthony Hopkins, Nicole Kidman and Kate Winslet had virtually called in to boost Toronto with online talk and galas happening from 20 september.
Bailey said, “We still wanted to do a festival. It’s important for our audience, and I think we just all need some inspiration that art can provide.”