Over the last several months, the fall movie season has been anticipated in largely abstract terms. With countless film festivals canceled earlier in the year, it was never truly clear how the traditional launch pads of Telluride, TIFF, Venice, and NYFF would proceed. While Telluride has been canceled and the bulk of the NYFF selection lies ahead, this week brought news of more than 50 movies set to premiere in Venice and Toronto. Like everything else in 2020, it’s far from business as usual, with only a handful of bigger, star-driven movies and Oscar hopefuls. Instead, both festivals are poised to support new documentaries and international fare, raising fascinating questions about how the festival circuit will impact film culture in the immediate future.
In this week’s episode of Screen Talk, Eric Kohn and Anne Thompson discuss those lineups and how the festivals are approaching the practical challenges they face with very different strategies. They also touch on the new theatrical window deal between AMC and Universal as well upcoming theatrical release plans for “Tenet” and “Unhinged.”
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