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Film Festivals at Home: What Happens to the Fall Movie Season When It Becomes a Virtual Affair

In the latest Screen Talk, IndieWire staffers break down the weirdness of this year's fall festival season as it takes off.

A view of a festival sign

It’s that time of the year again: Fall film festivals are taking place around the globe, unleashing a stream of new movies bound to inject some excitement into the marketplace. This time, however, the word “stream” has a different connotation: While the Venice Film Festival is actually taking place as a physical event, most journalists will be covering the Toronto International Film Festival online. That means no standing ovations, packed houses, red carpets, or after parties. So what’s a film festival when all you can do is watch movies? That’s the subject of this week’s episode of Screen Talk. With Anne Thompson on vacation, Eric Kohn is joined by David Ehrlich and Kate Erbland to share some of their favorite festival moments and why this year feels so different. They also offer a few of the titles that they’re most excited to see, while Ehrlich addresses his recent experience watching “Tenet” in a rented movie theater and why he won’t be going to a public screening anytime soon.

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