TIFF 2019: Toronto International Film Festival news and movie reviews

The glitterati of Hollywood and global cinema — plus hundreds of thousands of moviegoers and members of the press — return to Toronto from September 5 to 15 for one of the biggest annual events on the movie calendar: the Toronto International Film Festival, which most people call by its acronym, TIFF.

TIFF marks the unofficial kick-off to the “prestige movie season.” And since its launch in 1976, the 10-day festival has become one of the largest and most prestigious in the world, propelling emerging filmmakers onto the international scene and awards hopefuls toward the big fall movie season.

Keeping an eye on what’s buzzy at TIFF may tell you a lot about what performances and movies will be part of awards chatter later in the year — movies like Jojo Rabbit, Just Mercy, Marriage Story, A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Judy, and Joker. And the festival’s timing positions it as the de facto opening of awards season, a marathon of mostly serious dramas that lasts about five months, until the Oscars finally wrap it all up on February 9.